Applying makeup on oily skin can be a real challenge, from constantly dealing with midday shine to finding the right makeup formula that actually stays put. “Most oily skin types face shorter wear time with certain products, specifically foundation, eye shadow and blush,” explains Anna De La Cruz, director of brand development for glominerals and glotherapeutics, licensed esthetician and self proclaimed product junkie. “This is why it’s imperative to choose the right product depending on your skin’s specific needs. If not, you deal with the ramifications of an unflattering oily shine throughout the day and formula separation, which can accentuate fine lines and pores.”
While finding the right makeup that will work well with your overactive sebaceous glands is half the battle, De La Cruz says the other part of the equation involves keeping your skin clean, healthy and well-moisturized. “Key product descriptors to look for when on the hunt for products that work well with oilier skin types are: oil-absorbing, mattifying, oil-free and long-wear. Also, by assuring skin is properly prepped, eye shadow and face makeup will last longer, help control oily, unwanted shine and take a makeup look to the next level.”
Need more tips on how to apply makeup on oily skin? De La Cruz gives us more below—plus, her top recommendations for a flawless complexion!
AD: A common mistake people make when applying makeup onto oily skin relates to the midday touchup process. Often, they apply either a pigmented pressed powder or foundation. This constant layering just leads to an unnatural, cakey and often muddy appearance to the skin. Instead, try an oil-absorbing, translucent powder like glominerals Perfecting Powder or Blotting Papers to soak up excess oil. By using these products specifically designed for oil absorption, foundation and color will not be disturbed during the touchup process.
AD: Using the right skin care products prior to makeup application is crucial! Oily skin clients should be on the lookout for lightweight and oil-controlling formulas and ingredients that will purify and mattify without stripping or irritating the skin. Some top choices are: tea tree, salicylic acid, clays (such as kaolin or bentonite) and sulfur. Another expert tip: exfoliating 3 to 5 times per week will aid in your makeup longevity and appearance. By gently sloughing away dull surface cells (which makeup products tend to attach to, impeding even distribution), your skin will be more uniform and smooth—the ideal canvas for makeup application.
AD: Often oily skin clients will avoid moisturizer, which is a huge mistake! Conditioning and hydrating your skin allow for a smooth and even makeup application, making it look more natural and radiant. All skin types need daily hydration, but for oilier skin types, look for an ultra lightweight option like glotherapeutics Oil Free Moisturizer that will help balance skin’s natural moisture content without weighing it down. A key ingredient for weightless hydration is hyaluronic acid, a humectant that binds water to skin and helps prevent transepidermal water loss. It’s estimated that 75% of the population suffers from dehydrated skin, meaning it’s lacking water, not oil, making hyaluronic acid a must-have hydrator for everyone, including oily skin!
AD: Priming is an often overlooked step but has great impact on the look and wear of makeup. Here at glominerals, we’ve made priming more personalized with glominerals’ Signature Block Priming Technique. Mattifying Primer by glominerals is the go-to face primer for oilier skin types. This unique formula is a specialty primer, and is used to instantly de-shine, refine and target areas of excess oil production. It’s silky, oil-free and water-based, helping extend the wear of foundation for anyone prone to an oily shine. Oil-absorbing kaolin clay is combined with line-filling silicone to perfect the skin’s appearance for a smooth, mattified finish. It can also be used for spot-treating an oily shine and for midday touchups.
AD: A quality eye shadow primer is key for a long-lasting eye look. glominerals Shadow Primer is the perfect eyelid prep for oily lids. This lightweight, silky formula glides on for crease-free, smudge-proof staying power while intensifying eye shadow color. The combination of flexible, binding emollients creates a smooth, even canvas that acts as adhesive for eye shadow to prevent fallout and creasing while intensifying pigment.
AD: Liquid or powder-based foundations that provide a satin to matte finish work well with oily skin types. Top selling and award-winning glominerals Pressed Base Powder Foundation delivers unsurpassed coverage that nourishes, corrects and protects. It provides buildable, sheer-to-full coverage with a flawless, semi-matte finish. Pressed Base is suitable for all skin types and is available in a multitude of shade options.
AD: Color tends to fade faster on oily skin, so here’s an expert tip to ensure wearability: layer products in natural ways. Usually cream is a word oiler skin types tend to avoid. Here at glominerals, we have formulated beautifully pigmented Cream Blush to suit all skin types, including oily, by offering a long-lasting flush of color with the help of kaolin clay. Apply Cream Blush to the apples of cheeks and then top with a similar shaded color of powder blush to set for all day wear.
AD: Setting makeup as well as touching up midday are important application steps for all skin types and is highly recommended for anyone prone to an oily shine. A finishing powder sets makeup after prime, base and conceal steps are complete. Finishing and setting powders combat and eliminate shine while extending the wearability of makeup. glominerals Perfecting Powder is a clay-based pressed powder that offers a truly translucent natural finish to absorb excess oil and set makeup for all-day wear.