It wasn’t until I went to college that my skin totally took a turn for the oily side — and to be honest, I’ve been frustrated with my shiny complexion ever since. As I was seeking new products to try and regimens to attempt, I realized that my skin was growing oiler because it was overcompensating. That’s right, my own face is under the illusion that it’s not producing enough oil, and that’s why it feels the need to grease up daily.

The best solution I’ve found? Face oil. It sounds counterintuitive, but face oils actually provide that excess oil your skin thinks it needs. Ahead, find the best five to layer under your makeup if you have an oily (or even an extremely dry!) complexion — and get prepared to seriously mind-trick every skin cell you have.

Everyday Oil

A mix of the absolute best face oils out there, Everyday Oil is a completely plant based oil that feels super smooth and delicate to the touch. Even better, it smells absolutely luscious and can be used beyond your face — you can put it anywhere, really.

Urban Decay Drop Shot

Urban Decay’s first ever face oil, Drop Shot, is an excellent mix-in to add to your foundation to make it a lot smoother and more hydrating. While it’s great added to makeup, it can also be used alone for a healthy glow or as part of nighttime regimen.

Nyakio Marula + Neroli Brightening Oil

This Nyakio brightening oil will forever change the way your makeup wears — it’s guaranteed to even out any blemishes or patchy spots. It’s also rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, which are sure to help brighten up your complexion.

Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate

Made up of ginger root oil, sunflower botanical and tamanu botanical, this Kiehl’s face oil helps clear away pollutants. It also helps to make your skin appear more youthful, brighter and radiant. And makeup glides right over top.

Giorgio Armani Crema Nera Supreme Recovery Oil

Crema Nera is the ultimate face oil for makeup prep — it’s a truly splurge-worthy product. It’s anti-aging, smoothing and works to protect and moisturize every skin crevice — keeping your cells totally shine-free. Tim Quinn, one of our favorite celebrity makeup artists, is a major fan.

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