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Makeup Tips, Tricks, and Products for Oily Skin.

I’ve always had oily skin. For as long as I can remember, the makeup I’d wear would just slide right off my face. I’ve been wearing makeup since I was in fifth grade,so I’m not new to the game. I’ve gone through thousands of bottles of foundation, mascara, and primer, trying to find the best product for my oily AND acne-prone skin. I’m still looking for the perfect match for me, but over the past seven years, I’ve come across some amazing products that work wonders on oily skin that I wanted to share with all of you. The tips and tricks I’ve used for my makeup are fool-proof. I’ve used each of them for months or even years and they always work.


  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Review: This foundation used to be my holy grail. I would swear by it and tell all my makeup-loving friends to try it out. Somehow, this foundation doesn’t let any of the oil shine through. I don’t know how they do it, but hats off to you, Estee Lauder. Personally, I don’t enjoy wearing heavy makeup anymore. This foundation tends to be on the heavier side and it’s not my cup of tea at the moment.

  • Benefit Porefessional Primer

Review: I haven’t used this primer in ages, but it’s still one of my all time favorites. Sadly, I was cursed with two devils: oily skin and large pores. When combining those two together, it’s not fun. This primer literally smoothed out my whole t-zone area and made me look as smooth as a baby’s bottom.

Buy it here: Full size-

Travel Size (I usually get this one because I’m broke)-

  • Tarte Park Ave Princess Palette

Review: I got this palate Christmas 2019 and it’s been my go-to since then. The palette comes with two powders and four contour shades. I use the powder everywhere on my face. It is amazing. It leaves my skin looking matte, smooth, and bright. ( The contour shades are also stunning.)

Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder

Review: I’ve used this powder for years now and I don’t plan on stopping. It is quite literally the best drugstore powder I’ve ever tried. Not only does it do the job amazingly, but it also comes in a good size for the price. I normally use this for baking my face when I’m doing heavier looks, but it also does well for lighter days.

  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

Review: I haven’t used this concealer in a while, but when I was using it? It was stunning. It went on flawlessly and gave a natural yet full coverage look. Though it is a “creamy” concealer, it won’t come off as oily or greasy if applied and set properly.

  • I am not going to include a setting spray as I haven’t found my perfect one yet. Some honorable mentions are the NYX Matte Setting Spray and the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray.

Tips and Tricks

  • When applying your primer, do these steps: Moisturize ( use a moisturizer that isn’t oil based!), powder, setting spray, primer. I’ve been doing this for months now and it has made my skin look amazing!

  • Less is more with oily skin. I’ve learned over the years that the more I put on, the more oily and cakey my skin will look. With my current makeup routine- a few dots of concealer, powder, blush, bronzer, and mascara- I look more fresh faced and natural. When I would cake on my foundation, sure, the oil would be absorbed for the first few hours... At the end of the day, though? I looked like a cake.

  • Blotting paper has literally saved my life. My family and I took a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando last fall. Since it was Florida, it was still insanely humid and decently hot. So, I bought a cheap pack of blotting paper and it worked amazing for me. I had no shame in taking a piece and blotting every couple of hours; I was trying to look fresh! The paper absorbed all the oil and sweat from my face and left me looking good as new.

  • Don't use all matte products. If you use too many products that have the goal of making you look matte, you’ll end up looking flat and cakey. Trust me, this is what I used to do. Try using a normal foundation or BB cream, a mattifying primer, a nice powder, a creamy concealer, and a matte setting spray. This may not work for you, but it sure did for me!

Everyone's skin is different. My skin and Susie's skin may both be labeled as “oily,” but we will both have tons of differences in how it reacts to certain environments, products, and treatments. This post is by no means meant to tell anyone how to do their makeup, it’s just my advice from years of failures with products. Take these tips and try these products with a grain of salt as they may not work perfectly for everyone!

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