If you have oily skin, you may be tempted to pack on the powder to mattify oily areas. Whilst powder can be beneficial, it's important not to go overboard.
Oily skin can be caused by numerous factors: hormones, genetics, puberty, weather, and stress to name a few. If you have oily skin, you may be tempted to pack on the powder to mattify oily areas. Whilst powder can be beneficial, it's important not to go overboard.
Choosing a powder for oily skin
If you have oily skin, powder can help increase your makeup's longevity and mattify the skin to reduce an oily appearance. Not just any powder will do though. Contrary to popular belief, you don't want anything too heavy.
If you're already wearing a foundation with coverage, using a medium- or full-coverage powder on top will only cake the products and clog your pores. Congested skin is prone to breakouts and irritation, leaving your skin far from flawless and in need of more makeup, perpetuating the cycle.
Keep things light with a translucent setting powder. Setting powders work really well to mattify and absorb oils. Inika Mattifying Setting Powder can be used before and after foundation to minimise pores and set makeup.
Always go for a mattifying powder. Powders with shimmer only accentuate pores and highlight shine.
How to apply powder on oily skin
So you're fully equipped with your powder, and it's time to mattify! You may look in the mirror and just see an oil slick looking back, but you're being too harsh on yourself.
Look more carefully, and you'll see that the oily areas are actually a lot smaller than you initially thought—typically the T-zone. You actually don't need to powder your whole face.
Use a small powder brush and concentrate on the oily areas only. This will prevent your makeup from looking cakey. We recommend the Sigma F15 Duo Fibre Powder/Blush Brush, which helps evenly distribute a fine layer of product over small areas.
Don't be heavy-handed with your brush. Instead, just lightly press the powder onto the oily areas. You can go over any other areas with a light sweep to set makeup. If you apply too much powder, use a damp makeup sponge to blot off the excess carefully.
Topping up powder
You may want to carry a compact for top-ups. If you notice any shine throughout the day, use the same gentle and light-handed technique.
Alternatively, use blotting papers or try out an oil-blotting stick. You can use Benefit POREfessional License to Blot alone or on top of makeup.
If you have oily skin, you can definitely benefit from using a powder. Just be sure it's a mattifying, lightweight product, and only powder the areas that really need it.