Makeup doesn’t last long on oily skin—a fact that women with this skin type know all too well. Don’t fret. Not only does oily skin mean natural moisture and fewer signs of skin aging, but there are also many things you can do to make your makeup last longer.

The Secrets on How to Make Makeup Last Longer on Oily Skin

Here are some of the techniques that you’d probably love to try:


Before putting any makeup on, cleanse your skin to get rid of oil and dirt. Doing so helps keep the makeup on for a longer time. Both oil and dirt clog the pores, causing makeup products to cake up on the skin surface. Worse, this can lead to terrible breakouts. See to it that you close the pores with cool clean water after your facial cleansing routine.


It’s a common misconception that oily skin doesn’t need any more moisture. But truth is, you need to moisturize your oily skin with a non-cream based moisturizer. It’s best to use one that comes with sun protection of at least 15. Look at the ingredients before buying any product. Those with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide are preferable. Both have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.


A makeup primer certainly helps women with oily skin keep their makeup on. Work on the oiliest parts of the face like the nose and forehead. Use a product that’s oil-free. Apply right after cleansing your face and before putting on your powder or foundation. For makeup to stay longer—think five hours or so—use a matte primer.


The right makeup can do wonders even for the oiliest of skin. Let’s start with the powder. Prefer a matte translucent product. It’s an effective anti-shine powder. Don’t use it on your entire face but just on the oiliest areas. For the concealer, go for the stick kind instead of those with sponges or brushes. A great option would be spot-correct concealer pens. Choose a foundation without oil and fragrance. Apply it using a foundation brush and not a sponge. Use the tip of your finger for the dark spots. As for eye shadow, the powder is better than cream. Avoid stick blush and go for a powder brush, which will keep your rosy glow for a longer time. Shiny lipsticks are a major no-no. Buy one that has a matte finish.


Even if you’ve managed to put your makeup perfectly in the morning, you’d still look shiny by the middle of the day. Don’t let this put a damper on your style. Have blotting papers ready in your purse. A blotting sheet will get rid of the oil but not your makeup if you use it the right way. Instead of rubbing the sheet against your skin, press it gently and roll it off.


Getting rid of excess oil is probably the best way to make your makeup last the whole day. Use a treatment mask at least once a week. The best choices for oily skin include products with bentonite or kaolin. These ingredients absorb oil efficiently without harming the skin. Be sure to exfoliate as well. Just don’t over-do it. Excessive exfoliation will only worsen the oil problem.

These are no-nonsense tips that would definitely help your makeup stay on for a much longer time.

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