The Best Makeup for Oily Skin: 10 Steps to Long-Lasting Makeup

Chrissie Milan
by Chrissie Milan
10 Materials
15 Minutes

In this tutorial, I’m going to share with you my secret perfect matte finish makeup routine. I have the oiliest skin out of everybody I’ve ever come across.

I’ve tried everything: milk of magnesia, changing my diet, different masks, different skincare routines, so many different foundations and powders, and nothing worked. At one stage, I gave up. I thought my skin is oily; that’s just me. But then I found a special combination of products that is fault-proof and completely changed how much I appreciate makeup.

This right here is my perfect combination after years of trying; it keeps my face hydrated yet oil-free. Of course, you know what will work best for your skin, but I hope you'll find some helpful tips and tricks for applying makeup for oily skin using the products you already have.

Tools and materials:

  • Cleanser
  • Spritzer 
  • Moisturizer
  • Primer
  • Setting powder
  • Concealer
  • Foundation
  • Translucent powder
  • Face setting spray 
  • Baking powder
Cleansing face ready for the makeup routine

1. Cleanser

I start my routine by washing my face and then applying the Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser. The key is to use something to cleanse your face that doesn’t make it oily. Most of us know our skin; we know what is too harsh and what is not too harsh.

Spritzing face

2. Spritzer 

Next up I’m going to use the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer. This is my favorite toner on this planet because it’s very moisturizing. After I wash my face, I’m just dying to use it. It’s so hydrating.

Applying moisturizer

3. Moisturizer

The next step is to rub moisturizer into my face. I used Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturizer. Then that’s it for the skincare routine - cleanser, toner, moisturizer. I’ve kept it simple and haven’t used anything that’s too harsh or too drying.

Makeup routine for oily skin

4. Primer

With the primer, I’ve rubbed a little bit of it into my hands, and then I’m just going to rub and tap it into my face. I try not to use too much of it because it can make it difficult to apply your makeup. I use Becca Primer. After this stage, I’m going to do my brows.

How to do makeup for oily skin at home

5. Setting powder

Next, I’m going to use my Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder to powder my face. I’m going to put the powder onto all of my oily parts (which is basically my entire face!) and then blend it in. Don’t worry if this gets into your brows because you can redo them at the end.

Makeup tips for oily skin

6. Concealer

I use Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Concealer to define my brows.

Best makeup products for oily skin

7. Foundation

I have tried every foundation under the sun with the hope that it will be good for oily skin, and Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation is the holy goods. This is sacred. It is the absolute best.

You do have to work quickly, though, because it can get dry very quickly. It’s also quite thick because of the matte finish that it gives, so you just need to make sure to apply it evenly. I’m going to use a brush and then blend it in with a sponge.

Long-lasting makeup tips for oily skin

8. Translucent powder

I put Laura Mercier Translucent Powder under my eyes and then use a different brush to brush off any excess.

Applying setting spray with a sponge

9. Setting spray 

I don’t like spraying the setting spray directly onto my face because I feel like it will ruin my makeup. So, I spray my Huda Beauty Resting Boss Face Setting Spray onto a sponge, then I dab it onto my face. It should feel slightly wet.

Baking and setting makeup

10. Baking and setting powder

Now I’m using a baking and setting powder. I'm using the H uda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powder. I thought that it was a finishing powder when I bought it, and then I realized that it wasn’t when I brought it home, so technically, it might not be designed for finishing, but it does the job!

Finished makeup look

The best makeup for oily skin

That is the finished look, and it can last for 12 hours! This routine has completely changed my confidence. Now, when I’m out, I’m not worrying every two hours about how my face looks.

Obviously, you don’t have to use the exact same products that I have if you can’t get hold of them, but I hope that if you have oily skin this skincare routine inspires you and you’ll give it a go.

Suggested materials:
  • Cleanser
  • Spritzer
  • Moisturizer
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