How to Apply the Make-Up on Oily Skin?

How to Apply the Make Up on Oily Skin

Those with oily skin often have trouble keeping makeup on their face. This is especially difficult during summer when the heat is much and you are all sweaty. The good news is that you can keep makeup on your face for as long as possible even if you have oily skin.

In this article, you will find out the steps to take in applying makeup to your oily skin and keep it on for a long time.

What Are the Steps to Apply Makeup to Your Oily Face?

In this section, the steps you need to take before, while and after applying makeup has been carefully outlined and detailed.

Read on to discover how you can apply makeup on your oily face.

1. Cleanse Your Face

It is essential for you to cleanse your face before applying makeup. This will remove dirt from your skin surface. Pre-cleansing with warm water is also advised. Clean your face with warm water before proceeding to use a face cleanser. Make sure you use a gentle face cleanser, rinse off, and pat dry with a towel.

While it might be tempting to wash your face multiple times a day, avoid doing this. This will end up removing the natural moisture on the face, making the skin go dry, and further produce oil. Wash twice per day, in the morning and before going to bed at night.

2. Apply Toner

After cleansing, the next step is to apply toner to your face. This will take care of any excess dirt, oil, and makeup that your cleanser couldn’t pick up. Use a cotton ball soaked with an oil-free toner to wipe your face and allow it to dry. Make sure you avoid the eyes and eye region.

There are various natural toners available, some excellent choices are rosewater and witch hazel. Avoid using toners that contain alcohol as it might dehydrate your skin.

3. Moisturize Your Skin

Every skin type needs to moisturize even oily skin. The skin needs to stay hydrated; this will prevent the sebum glands from producing excess oil. However, make sure you choose an oil-free moisturizer. For oily skin, a mattifying moisturizer is a great choice as it is designed to absorb oil from the skin. Apply moisturizer on your face to keep it hydrated. Make sure you do not layer too much product.

Avoid using moisturizers that contain alcohol. These kinds of products often dry out the skin, causing it to produce more oil to compensate for the dryness. You can moisturize in the morning and at night.

4. Exfoliate Your Skin

The skin produces sweat and oil causing dirt to stick to the surface, clogging the pores. Even previous makeup might contribute to the dirt on the face if not properly cleaned. Regular exfoliation will keep the face clean and unclog your pores. Exfoliating at least 3 times per week will remove all the dead skin, keeping the skin smooth and fresh.

Apply oil-controlling exfoliants to your wet face and massage in a circular motion. When you are done, rinse off and pat the face dry. You can opt for a chemical exfoliant or try out a sugar scrub to exfoliate the skin.

5. Prime Your Face

You need to prime your face before applying foundation. Primer ensures makeup stays on your face and doesn’t melt off. Make sure you select an oil-free primer that mattifies the face. They come in powder and liquid form, choose the one you prefer. Apply the primer to your face starting from the center and blend to the sides. Pay more attention to the T-zone when applying the primer, these are the areas that need it most.

6. Conceal Your Blemishes

One of the major issues with oily skin is that it is prone to breakout and acne. To mask these imperfections, you can use a concealer. Concealers come in liquid and powder form. Applying the concealer before foundation will help hide red marks and dark circles

To further conceal these unwanted imperfections on your skin, you can layer the foundation on concealer. You do this by applying liquid concealer first, then you follow up with powder foundation, and then apply liquid concealer on top of that. The more layers you have, the lesser shiny spots you see through the day.

7. Apply Foundation

Choose a foundation that works for your skin type and gives a matte finish.  For oily skin, you should choose an oil-free foundation, make sure to check the product label to confirm. Apply foundation to your face with a powder brush, moving it in a circular motion to cover the face. If needed, you can apply an extra layer of foundation with a damp sponge.

You can also use a mousse or water-based foundation in place of the powder form.

8. Avoid Applying Thick Layers of Makeup  

Using heavy layers of makeup is not advisable especially for people with oily skin. Make sure you apply makeup in thin layers, it helps make it last longer. If you must add more layers of foundation or concealer, do so in areas that need them the most. Too much makeup can get you sweaty and clog your pores.

9. Apply Powder

Applying matte powder after foundation will further prevent the skin from getting oily. Use a powder brush to apply the powder starting from inside the face and further extending it to the rest of the face. This powder will help absorb excess oil. You can also apply it to your eye area and focus on places that get oily.

10. Add Flush to Cheeks

To add that radiant glow after touching up with your powder, apply mattifying blush to your cheeks. It will help reduce excess oil in the cheek areas. Start from the front of the cheeks and further apply the blush towards your upper ears. You should avoid shimmery blushes as they will make your cheeks look shiny which you do not want if you have oily skin. Go for a powder matte blush, they stay longer.

11. Use Setting Spray

The setting spray helps make sure the makeup sticks to the skin. It is essential for people with oily skin to use this because they have a harder time keeping makeup on their faces. Use after applying primer or after using foundation. You can also move around with one in your bag if you will be out for long. This spray helps your makeup to stay way longer.  

12. Carry Blotting Papers All-Day

Even after layering and padding the face with different makeup products, natural oil still finds its way through the makeup, making your face glisten. When you notice this, you can use blotting papers. They are designed to absorb excess oil on your face while keeping the makeup intact. Use blotting paper to carefully pat your face paper to absorb excess oil then peel off when you are done. Avoid wiping your face with it, doing this will mess up your makeup.

There are blotting papers that add the powder to oily spots after absorbing oil from them.

13. Mask Oil Spot with Powder

After using blotting paper to get rid of oil on the face. Apply powder to the oily spots to keep your complexion even, it will also absorb excess oil. Use a powder brush to apply the powder to the oily spot and blend with a beauty blender. Make sure you always carry powder with you on any outings, especially if you have oily skin.

14. Apply Face Mask

It is healthy to apply oil-absorbing face make at least once per week. Using a face mask will help you reduce and maintain oil content on your face. There are various Facial masks available for use and they each offer their own benefits to your skin. The common one is called cosmetic clay and others include honey, oatmeal, etc.

Mix a teaspoon of clay with water and apply a thin layer to your face. Leave to dry for about 10 – 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water. This will help absorb excess oil on your face and soothe irritations.

Apply a thin spread of honey on your face and leave for about 10 minutes. Wash off with warm water. Honey is a natural humectant and also has antibacterial properties. It offers many benefits when used on oily skin and it also keeps it moist.

15. Avoid Touching Your Face

To keep makeup on your face for a long time, you must avoid touching your face throughout the day. Touching the face can transfer germs from the hands to the face causing skin irritation. It can also cause makeup to break down especially if the skin is oily. So, make sure you keep your hand away from your face when you are wearing makeup.


People with oily skin are challenged with making makeup last longer on their faces. However, following the simple steps outlined in this article will ensure your makeup stays longer. Exfoliate as often as possible and make sure you use a facial mask once or twice per week.

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