The Best Makeup for Oily Skin, According to Our EditorsSeptember 10, 2020
In a world where highlighter is seemingly every beauty lover’s best friend, glistening, dewy skin has become more popular than ever. But if you have oily skin, it’s easy to look more slick and shiny than radiant and glowy. Fortunately, with the right products, it’s totally possible to be matte in all the right places and beaming on the others. To help you build your perfect routine, we consulted with New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner about what types of makeup to look for if 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,” Dr. Zeichner says. “Your makeup should be oil-free and contain 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 light-reflecting pigments. “They brighten the skin and minimize shine,” he says.
Here, we rounded up seven oil-fighting face makeup products to incorporate into your daily makeup routine.
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Oil-Free Primer
Start your makeup routine off right with a primer. This one not only grips the makeup you apply after, but it also helps refine the look of pores. It’s even great to wear on its own to help blur imperfections.
NYX Professional Makeup Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Foundation
This creamy, long-wear foundation goes on smooth and leaves behind a matte, transfer-proof finish. The lightweight yet full-coverage formula is also non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog pores.
Dermablend Cover Care Full Coverage Concealer
A little goes a long way with this pigmented, non-comedogenic concealer. Although it doesn’t feel heavy, it can cover any imperfection you have, is waterproof and gives skin a matte finish.
This oil-absorbing and oil-free blush glides on and stays put for a natural, long-lasting flush.
Uoma Beauty Black Magic Carnival Bronzing Highlighter
If liquid highlighters look too greasy on you, try a pressed powder. This oil-free Uoma Beauty powder with illuminating pearl pigments melts into skin, giving it a natural, radiant glow.
Maybelline New York Lasting Fix All Day Matte Setting Powder
If you have oily skin, consider a setting powder. Giving your complexion a dusting at the end of your makeup routine will help keep your products in place and shine away, no matter how hot and sweaty it is outside. This one is translucent and mattifying.
Urban Decay All Nighter Ultra Matte Setting Spray
For even more makeup insurance, finish up with a mattifying setting spray. The Urban Decay All Nighter Ultra Matte spray truly lives up to its name with its budge-proof and shine-controlling formula.