How to Make Your Makeup Last (For Oily Skin Types)

When you have oily skin, applying makeup can be a real challenge, as you constantly have to deal with midday shine and trying to find the right makeup formula and combinations that actually stay put. It’s so important to choose the right products that work with your specific skin type’s needs. If not, you’ll forever be struggling with that unflattering oily shine or your foundation’s formula separation, which can accentuate fine lines and wrinkles.

When trying to find the right makeup that will work well with your oily skin, I always recommend to any client I see, that having the proper skin care regimen is the first step in keeping your skin clean, healthy and well-moisturized. When you properly take care of your skin and before applying your makeup, making sure that your skin is prepped, your eye shadow and foundation will last longer, and help control that unwanted shine.

Skip the Foundation for Midday Touchups

Common mistakes people with oily skin make when applying makeup to fix that midday shine is applying makeup directly back onto the oily makeup-layered skin. The constant layering of makeup on top of your now oily skin just leads to an unnatural, cakey appearance. Instead, try an oil-absorbing, translucent powder like our H&H Ultimatte Finishing Powder to soak up any excess oil. By using a product like this that is specifically designed for oil absorption, your foundation and color will not be disturbed during the touchup process.

Exfoliate at Least 3 Times a Week

Like I said earlier, using the correct skin care products for your skin type prior to your makeup application is crucial! People with oily skin should always go for a lightweight and oil-controlling formula and look for ingredients that will purify and mattify without irritating the skin. Look for ingredients such as salicylic acid and clays (such as Kaolin Sulfur). Our H&H Pore Minimizing Masque is a fabulous green clay mask that is enhanced with mint and minerals to help clean out your pores while absorbing excess oil.

Another tip: by exfoliating at least 3-5 ties a week with an acid, you will help enhance your makeup’s longevity and appearance. The removal of those dull surface skin cells (which makeup products tend to attach to), your skin will be more smooth and clean – the ideal canvas for makeup application.

Don’t Forget to Hydrate!!

So many of my clients come in and tell me that they completely avoid any type of facial moisturizer, because they don’t want to add any product to their face that will add to the oiliness (which is a HUGE mistake!). By conditioning and hydrating your skin, it allows for a smoother and more even makeup application. No matter if you have oily or dry skin, all skin types need daily hydration. For oily skin types, I always recommend a lightweight option like the H&H Ultra Lite Oil Free Moisturizer or the H&H Skin Quench Hydrating Serum to help balance the skin’s natural moisture content without weighing it down.

A key ingredient to look for is hyaluronic acid, which is a humectant that binds water to skin and helps prevent water loss.

Foundation Primer is a Must…

Priming your face before applying makeup is so important for oily skin types when impacting the look and wear of your makeup. Our H&H Pore Perfecting Face Primer is always a go-to as it is an oil-free primer that helps smooth your skin’s texture while also containing Dermat Complex for shine control and Salicylic Acid to eliminate pore blockage.

…So Is an Eyeshadow Primer

Having a quality Eyeshadow primer is so important, especially for anyone who experience the ‘eyeshadow-melting-and-slipping-off-your-face’ look. Prep your oily lids with the H&H Botanical Shadow Primer and create a perfect canvas for creaseproof, long-lasting eyeshadow application.

Choose a Satin or Matte Finish When It Comes to Foundation

Having a liquid, BB or powder-based foundation that provides a satin or matte finish works well with oily skin types. Our H&H Pressed Powder Foundations deliver the right amount of coverage while still allowing your kin to breathe. It also provides buildable, sheer-to-full coverage with a semi-matte finish.

Don’t Forget to Set Your Makeup

As mentioned above in my first tip, setting and touching up midday makeup is an important makeup application step for all skin types – especially oily skin. Finishing and setting powders help set your makeup after you’ve applied your primer, foundation, and concealer. H&H Ultimatte Finishing Powder helps combat and eliminate shine while the translucent powder helps to absorb excess oil and set your makeup for all-day wear.

What do you Think?

What products do your recommend for oily skin? Let me know in the comments below!
XOXO Heather