These oily skin makeup products will help make your matte dreams a reality.
In a world where highlighter is every girl's best friend, glistening, dewy skin has become more popular than ever before. Celebrities and Insta influencers are glowing like disco balls, and shine is being embraced. However, if you have oily skin, it’s not so easy to pull of this look – and all those glistening products might just slide off your face. Fortunately, with the best makeup for oily skin, it’s possible to be matte in all the right places – and glisten in others.
There’s no doubt oily skin means you have to work a lot harder than people with normal skin to get the beauty look that you want – but it’s completely doable. We spoke to New York City dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, about what ingredients to look for – and avoid – when you have oily skin.
“If you have very oily skin or acne breakouts, consider makeup with low concentrations of salicylic acid to prevent clogging of the pores,” he explains. “Your makeup should be oil-free, using ingredients like dimethicone rather than heavy oils like petrolatum. Dimethicone helps absorb skin oil and gives a mattifying effect. Silica is also commonly used to absorb oil and reduce shine.”
And if you’re looking for brightening makeup for oily skin, look for pigments instead of oils. “Light reflecting pigments brighten the skin and minimize shine, as well,” says Dr. Zeichner.
We rounded up eight oil-fighting makeup products that you should incorporate into your daily makeup routine for the matte skin of your dreams. You’ll be amazed by how easily you can take control of your oily skin with the right makeup.
Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray
This Urban Decay Setting Spray was created with oily skin in mind. The product’s high-tech ingredients keep your makeup from melting and becoming shiny. After applying your makeup, mist your face between two to four times in an “X” and “T” formation for best results.
100% Pure Mattifying Primer
Start your makeup routine off right with a primer that best meets the needs of your skin. This gel-like primer from 100% Pure is made with seaweed collagen that will help keep your makeup on and shine-proof all day long. Let the product set in your skin for at least 90 seconds before applying makeup.
L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation
Believe it or not, there is such thing as foundation being too matte. L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte medium-coverage foundation will control oil without drying out your skin. For best results, apply a moisturizer first, and apply the product with a makeup sponge. We have even more oily skin foundation options here.
Maybelline Shine-Free Oil Control Loose Powder
One of Maybelline’s bestsellers, the Shine-Free Oil-Control Loose Powder is oil and shimmer free. The powder will keep your skin matte and will give you a layer of sheer coverage. After touching the puff to the powder, be sure to shake gently to avoid putting too much powder on your face.
NYX Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer
If you’re desperately searching for a primer that will help keep your eyeshadow on until you use decide to remove it, the NYX Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer is just what you’re looking for. Smooth onto your lids and let the product dry before applying your shadow. Yes, oily lids are a thing, and this primer will help.
This five-star rated oil-free Lancôme Blush comes in 24 unique shades ranging from a very-light pink in “Summer Pink Fling” to a darker purple in “Shimmer Plum Charm.” The oil absorbing blush looks very natural on skin and will stay on all day long.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
There’s nothing more frustrating than ending a day with smeared eyeliner. (See previous comment about oily eyelids.) Stila Waterproof Eyeliner will last all day and is super easy to use for a thin line to a bold cateye.
About the Author:Marisa is an assistant beauty editor at Makeup.com where she's responsible for creating content that inspires, informs and influences readers. She's obsessed with trying new beauty products, hoards a crazy amount of lipstick and her second love (besides makeup) is food. Her work has also appeared in Domino Magazine, StyleCaster, Guest of a Guest and Jeannine Morris Media.