Oily skin tends to dissolve makeup faster, leaving you with a shiny, nearly naked face by day's end. A few simple tricks can help your makeup last all day.
Oily skin might seem like a curse, but it's actually a sign that your skin is secreting healthy levels of protective sebum. Over time, excess sebum reduces your risk of sensitive skin, dry patches, and other skin issues. One recent study even suggests that oily skin might be less prone to wrinkles!
Of course, none of this is much consolation if your skin feels like a greasy, broken-out mess. Oil tends to dissolve makeup, causing it to break down as the day goes on. By afternoon, your makeup may have shifted or be altogether gone.
You can't change your skin type, but you can do a lot to help your makeup last longer. Here's how to master the art of long-wearing makeup on an oily complexion.
Invest in a Good Cleanser
To prevent your skin from becoming an oil slick, you need to strip excess sebum with a quality cleanser. Cleanse twice a day with a skin-friendly option such as ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub. Applying foundation to clean skin ensures that your foundation won't mix with excess oil or trap oil in your skin.
Use a Primer
Primer is sort of like skin-friendly glue. It gives your foundation something to stick to, helping it last longer. You can even use primer as a light, natural-looking skin perfector if you don't have time to apply foundation.
Some primers also help combat oil. Extend the life of your foundation while attacking oil with Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener for Oily Skin. Pat the product on with your fingers or a foundation brush, and then wait for the primer to dry completely before applying your foundation.
Choose Makeup for Oily Skin
You can't use just any foundation on your oily skin. Some makeup products are rich in oils that only exacerbate your skin's greasiness. Others can clog your pores, triggering breakouts. Start strong by selecting a foundation designed specifically for oily skin.
If your skin is extremely oily and also acne-prone, consider a treatment foundation. These foundations are formulated with ingredients such as salicylic acid that help reduce oiliness and improve skin condition. But because these formulas can be drying, use them only if your skin is consistently oily.
Carry Pressed Powder With You
Pressed powder is your best friend if you have oily skin. Simply apply a dusting throughout the day to absorb oil and reduce shine.
But don't use the sponge or puff that comes with the powder. That can create an uneven finish and introduce more oil to your skin. Instead, use a blush or powder brush to sweep pressed powder across your T-zone and any other shiny areas.
Try Blotting Papers
Don't have time to touch up with powder? Don't like the matte look of pressed powder? Try blotting papers instead. They absorb excess oil without drying your skin or smearing your makeup, offering you a quick touch-up that doesn't require a mirror.
Avoid Overdoing it With Touch-Ups
When your makeup begins to run, it's tempting to apply more product again, and again, and again. If you keep reapplying foundation, your skin may get even oilier, since foundation can trap oil in the pores. Moreover, layers upon layers of makeup are unlikely to yield a smooth, natural finish.
Instead, blot out the oil with blotting papers. Then apply a sweep of pressed powder and touch up only the areas that absolutely demand it.
Wash Off Your Makeup as Soon as You Can
Makeup is hard on oily skin because it tends to increase oil. One of the best things you can do for your skin is to remove your makeup as soon as you're able.
When you get home, remove every trace of makeup and follow up with an oily-skin cleanser. This prevents breakouts and keeps the cycle of oiliness from escalating out of control.