The Best Makeup for Oily Skin, According to Our Editors

September 10, 2020
Marisa Petrarca
By: Marisa Petrarca | by L'Oréal
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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. 

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