The best make-up products for oily skin

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The best make-up products for oily skin

Oily skin can be a tricky, slippery little sucker.

Those who have it know how incredibly frustrating it is to find make-up products that won’t slide off, look shiny or cake throughout the day.

So we trawled through our member reviews and sought some expert advice, to find out which make-up products work best on oily skin.

Best PRIMERS for oily skin

The expert says:

Those with oily skin often assume a matte primer would work best for their skin, but speaking to make-up artist Rae Morris as part of the Priceline Pharmacy ‘Find Your Beautiful’ campaign* she says, “Matte textures absorb the oil but not for long, [so] use a water-based moisturiser or primer – but not both.”

Why not both? Rae explains, “When you are applying make-up, the rule is to only use one product between you and your foundation (sometimes you don’t even need that!). The more cream you put on your face, the harder it is for your make-up to sink in.”

You recommend:

#1 BIODERMA Sébium Pore Refiner (water-based)

“One of the few products on the market that actually does leave a matte finish.” – The Loved Life Blog

#2 Paula’s Choice Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish (silicone-based)

“So incredible for mattifying oily or combination skin. It lasts the whole day.” – discorduwa

#3 jane iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener (water-based)

“It glides on like silk and has the most refreshing, light scent. It doesn’t make your skin oily and helps your foundation last all day!” – Meg662

Best FOUNDATIONS for oily skin

The expert says:

When testing out foundation formulas, Rae stresses that it’s important to look for one that “disappears into the skin, not one that sits on top”. Again, she prefers ones with a water-based formula “that have a natural or slightly dewy reflection”.

You recommend:

#1 Almay Clear Complexion Liquid Makeup

“The product itself stays on my face all day, with my T-zone only needing a touch-up once with powder. For my oily skin – this is amazing!” – cupcake11

#2 Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10

“I have very oily skin. Where [other foundation] would last a few hours and be disappearing, I’ve worn Double Wear for 13 hours and have just blotted and dusted with powder to take off the shine.” – AliceJaneInNewcastle

#3 Mirenesse Skin Clone Mineral Powder Foundation Compact

“I use [this] compact on its own, it doesn’t need anything else. It doesn’t ‘slide’ or go gunky when my skin gets oily.” – beautyqueen95

Best POWDER for oily skin

The expert says:

With all the talk about water-based this and that, you’ve probably been thinking, “But what’s going to mattify my complexion?!” – well this is where your powder will come in. Rae says, “If you really want to achieve a velvety or matte [look on the] skin, always blot before you powder, because the more oil on your skin the more powder it will absorb.”

You recommend:

#1 Natio Loose Powder

“It instantly covers up all oily bits on your face, and leaves you with a flawless-looking complexion.” – LibbyLovesMakeup

#2 Revlon Touch & Glow Face Powder

“This one controls the oil on my T-zone beautifully.” – Dianne181

#3 MOMMA HD Finishing Powder

“I have oily skin and this also helps mattify my face without looking too powdery or cakey.” – dream-angels

Best BLUSH for oily skin

The expert says:

When it comes to deciding between powder and cream blush, this depends on whether the skin is blemished. “If it is, cream blushes will enhance the bumps, [so] opt for powder blush instead.” But if oil is the only problem, opt for cream. “Yes, it can crease [and] move, but it can also be touched up constantly.”

You recommend:

#1 Clinique Cheek Pop

“Once applied it doesn’t shift or disappear from my face for a good eight hours! I have combo skin with an oily T-zone, so to have blush last that long is amazing.” -Parisu

#2 e.l.f. cosmetics Studio HD Blush

“The color payoff was amazing, not to mention it stayed put all day.”

Best EYE MAKE-UP for oily skin

The expert says:

Even those without oily skin can still experience oily eyelids. “The biggest killer for eye make-up is oil on the skin – it’s impossible to blend eyeshadow on an oily eyelid!”

says Rae. “Eyelids are actually greasier than your T-zone, so don’t ever moisturise them,” she adds. Use a primer and powdered base always, even if you plan on adding glitter or creams on top – your eye make-up will first need something to hold onto.

You recommend:

#1 blinc Eye Shadow Primer

“By the end of the day my eyeshadow hadn’t faded and creased, but looked as fresh as when I had applied it in the morning.” -jaffacat

#2 Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes

“If you have a tendency to have oily lids I would suggest carrying this in your bag for touch-ups throughout the day.” – KateK1

*Make-up tips and tricks are from Priceline Pharmacy Make-up Director, Rae Morris, speaking exclusively to beautyheaven as part of the Priceline Pharmacy ‘Find Your Beautiful’ campaign, which encourages women to update their health and beauty routine to look and feel better, inside and out.

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