Nov 1, 2016 Diana Crisan Face

Makeup Artist Tips & Product Picks for Oily Skin

Glistening, glowing, dewy, luminous—they’re all positive adjectives when it comes to skin, until they go just a little too far into oily territory. While oily skin comes with some complexion benefits, the annoyances of keeping your makeup in place and ditching shine can definitely wear on a gal. To help guide us down the path towards shine-free skin we asked Urban Decay makeup artist, Amanda Rodriguez to share her oily skin fixes.


Makeup for Oily Skin

1. Skin Prep

What you do before applying makeup is just as important—if not more—than finding the right formula and shade of foundation. Keeping skin hydrated (yes, even for those with oily skin) and using an oil-control, matte finish primer is key to long-lasting wear. Trust us, it’s the difference between a shine-free complexion and having to touch up your T-Zone every 30 minutes in the office bathroom.

So, what type of moisturizer do you look out for if you’re worried about looking like a grease ball? Amanda recommends a formula with hyaluronic acid. “The majority of clients and models I speak to think that because they’re oily, moisturizer is terrible for them. Hydration is different than moisturizing. Hydrate your complexion to balance out the oil so makeup applies better. I’m a big fan of hyaluronic acid because it plumps up and hydrates skin, but also reduces the appearance of pores.”

Product Recommendations: La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Light Moisturizer, Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Daily Volumizing Moisturizer


Makeup for Oily Skin

2. Foundation Formula

“When shopping for makeup, look out for formulas that have a mattifying and long wear claim. These are designed specifically to combat shine. Avoid cushion compacts and anything with the word luminous,” says Amanda.

And when it comes to using the right tools, she notes that you can use either a foundation brush or blending sponge. “Just be thoughtful with application and avoid a cakey look. You can always add foundation to areas that need more coverage,” she says.


Here Amanda shows us her tips and tricks on how to create a flawless complexion using the Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation.

Makeup for Oily Skin

3. Touching Up

OK, so you wouldn’t dare leave the house without some back-up oil-control method. We get it. In that case, you can throw a pack of blotting papers in your purse or a travel-friendly compact like the the De-Slick Mattifying Powder (it’s like blotting papers in compact form). “I even use those toilet seat covers in public bathrooms when I’m in a pinch,” says Amanda. Sounds awk, we know, but we swear by them too!


Makeup for Oily Skin

4. De-Slick Setting Spray

When layering powder over powder starts to get cakey, Amanda recommends De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray—a weightless spray that controls oil, deflects shine, keeps skin looking matte, and helps makeup stay put! Talk about an all-in-one beauty product.


Do you have any oily-skin tips to share with us? Tell us your tricks in the comments below!



    About the Author:Diana creates on-trend beauty content for readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.