If you’re prone to oily skin, getting the matte makeup look can be a real challenge. Even if you painstakingly apply foundation and powder, your makeup can slide off by the end of the day. You can’t keep reapplying your cosmetics as soon as they disappear, so the best plan of action is to fight back against your oily skin. Win the battle by combining an anti-shine cleaning routine with an arsenal of mattifying beauty products.
1. Tone it down
The road to oil-free skin all begins with a specialised skincare routine. If you want to achieve a healthier, less oily complexion then it’s time to ditch the makeup wipes (yes, I know they’re so much quicker but trust me, your skin will thank you). Skin toners are arguably one of the most useful tools for sufferers of oily skin as they help to keep that unwanted greasy complexion at bay with their potent properties.
2. Mask your problems away
No, not behind makeup. Once a week, try treating your skin to a face mask that targets oil directly. You’ll want to look out for masks that include white clay, charcoal or salicylic acid. These all work to absorb excess sebum from within the pores, so you’re definitely going to need one of these in your bathroom cabinet. For more help choosing the perfect face mask, check out our guide to face masks.
3. Prioritise your primer
The answer to long-lasting, non-patchy makeup lies in the form of a mattifying skin primer. Next time you’re browsing the endless options, try looking out for one that boasts a shine control finish. Usually, these products tend to soak up oil while diffusing its reflective nature.
4. Powder up
This one probably isn’t going to come as a shock to you, but powdering up your complexion helps to soak up any noticeable surface oil. It’s the quickest shortcut to instantly mattified skin, but does only last between three to five hours on average, depending on your sebum production. Nevertheless, a decent face powder can hide any shine and keep skin feeling healthy.
5. Set the look
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, oily skin makes it hard to maintain a long-wearing look. Sure, primer holds it in place for a steady amount of time, but when you’re looking to go from that 9am meeting to that 9pm catch up, an oil-controlling makeup setting spray is a must. This genius product not only keeps your look on lock down, but it helps to mattify with each spritz.