Oily skin doesn’t have to be all bad even though it comes with peculiar features. If you have an oily skin type, you already know you are prone to acne, breakouts, and blemishes more than any other skin type.
Applying makeup on this skin type can sometimes be a nightmare. Most skin types will experience some greasiness at a certain point during the day, but this can happen much faster than other skin types for oily skin.
Oily skin type requires more care and attention to detail. The makeup application steps are not entirely the same as for other skin types. If you want your makeup to last longer throughout the day without having any shine before noon, then there are some steps you need to follow. You also need to consider certain factors that could affect or trigger oil production from your skin, like products and aftercare.
The first and most crucial step is to adopt an oily skincare routine. This process takes care of the problem at the root and is a fundamental step that comes first. I’ve listed the benefits of a skincare routine before makeup and why you should adopt one. That being said, let’s find out the makeup steps for oily skin.
Makeup Steps For Oily Skin
When applying makeup to oily skin, you don’t just jump in with makeup products. You need to take some steps to prevent your skin from being overstimulated when you apply your makeup.
- Cleanse Your Skin
The first step to a less greasy makeup look is to cleanse your face first. Suppose you can wash your face first with lukewarm water, as this removes all the excess oils. If there is no way to wash your face, you can wipe off any oil with an absorbent paper towel. You can also use face wipes (not baby wipes) to remove any products’ residue and cleanse your skin deeply.
- Moisturise and Tone
Just because you have oily skin doesn’t mean you have to skip this step. Stripping your skin of some of its natural moisture will trigger more oil production. You need to replace any moisture lost by applying some moisturizer and toner before applying any makeup products. Use a lightweight moisturizer or go for a serum– since they are much lighter. You do not want to apply products with a thick consistency before your makeup, making your face grease up faster. It is all about finding the balance with your prep products before your makeup products.
Make use of a face primer in the critical areas, especially your T-zone, your forehead, nose, and chine. These are the parts of your face that tend to have more shine than other parts. This step is essential and lays the base for your makeup products. Also, make use of eye primer as your eyeshadow base to prevent it from creasing up. You can also prime your lips as well before putting on some lipstick.
- Oil-free Products
When shopping for your makeup items, you need to go for products that are water-based or oil-free. The formula of your products also affects the oil production of your skin. Look out for non-comedogenic products to prevent your pores from clogging up. You need to be more conscious and aware of your makeup products’ contents if you want to avoid breakouts and greasiness.
- Long-wear Foundation
Products that have a long-wear are much preferable for oily skin and all skin types in general. Having long-wear products will also ensure that your makeup lasts longer and that it does not start slipping off. These products are also water-resistant, sweat-proof, and will reduce the amount of oil that seeps through your makeup.
- Mattifying products
Look out for concealers, foundation, lipsticks, and any product that will go on your face in a mattifying formula. Mattifying products reduce the oil secretion and ensure your makeup stays dry for as long as possible. These products also combat shine instantly, giving you a smooth and dry finish.
- Avoid Excess Powder
Contrary to what most people think, you need to avoid applying too much powder on your face. Too much powder can cause your face to crease up and produce more oils, leaving you with a messy look. Sparingly apply powder with a light hand on areas that have any sheen.
- Have A Blotting Sheet
Always have blotting sheets handy to mop up any excess oils throughout the day. Lightly dab and roll off the skin and not wipe in order not to smear your makeup. Some blotting sheets come with some powder on them to soak up any oils produced. Remember never to leave the house without some blotting sheets, especially if you are wearing makeup.
Think of your oily skin as a unique skin type with special needs. You don’t need to be frustrated or down when wearing makeup; neither do you need to avoid makeup altogether. The steps listed above have been tested and trusted and will undoubtedly help your makeup last longer on your oily skin.
Aftercare is also very essential when caring for your oily skin. At the end of each day, make sure to double cleanse to remove makeup product residue. You will also need to incorporate a face mask into your skincare routine at least twice a week. It will help reduce oil production and draw out any impurities that could cause breakouts and blemishes.
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