stock.xchngChoosing the right makeup complexion can be confusing at the best of time, but for those with overly active sebaceous glands it can be even more of a challenge as it has to conceal blemishes and pimples whilst minimising excess sebum. To add to their woes, makeup doesn’t last well on oily skin and has a tendency to smear. So how do you apply makeup onto oily skin? Not to fret, read on for tips.
Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.netPrepping your skin - Always start with a freshly cleansed and toned face as it helps to remove excess oil without stripping your skin and closes pores. Hydrate skin with an oil-free moisturiser with added SPF if prone to dry skin.
By TerryFoundation - Apply an oil-free liquid foundation with a matte finish in thin layers remembering less is definitely more, as you want to avoid a caked on look! Set with a loose powder or a makeup setting spray to help foundation last longer. For excessively oily skin, avoid powder foundations as it can look patchy. Foundations/powders with kaolin clay are great for absorbing sebum.
stock.xchngBlushes & Powder - Pick a powder blush with a matte finish a shade lighter than your natural colour to prevent dark patches from forming on your face. Avoid cream blushes as these tend to make shine more prominent and can sit evenly on the skin. Powdered blushes are denser and last longer. Carry one with you to control shine with touch ups throughout the day.
nixxphotography / FreeDigitalPhotos.netEye shadows & Eye-liner - Start with an eye shadow primer to help absorb oil and serve as a base before applying shadow. It helps it to last longer and makes colours pop! Again, opt for a powdered shadow rather than a cream which has a tendency to smear. Remember, makeup smudges more easily on oily skin! After applying eye-liner, pat the same colour eye shadow on top to ensure the liner lasts.
...And more tips
- Facial blotting paper are great in absorbing excess sebum and reduce shine every few hours.
- To prevent pores from becoming clogged, look for products which are non-comedogenic.
- Products containing serecite will help to reduce the appearance of pores and absorb excess oil.
- As a rule of thumb, never pile on makeup even if you want to hide breakouts as this will only blocks pores, thus worsening breakouts.
- In order to take attention off breakouts or uneven skin tone, emphasise your best features such as your eyes or lips.
By Eleanor Ang