How to Do Natural-Looking Full Coverage Foundation for Oily Skin

12 Materials
30 Minutes

Today's tutorial is this full coverage foundation for oily skin, and I've paired it with simple eye makeup that consists only of mascara and lashes. This is perfect for anyone with oily or combination skin looking for a flawless but natural-looking finish. Let's get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Mattifying primer
  • Mattifying foundation
  • Concealer
  • Assorted brushes
  • Cream-based blush
  • Cream-based bronzer
  • Setting powder
  • Mascara
  • Eyeliner
  • Fake eyelashes (optional) 
  • Beauty blender sponge
  • Eyebrow pencil

The specific makeup brands and products I used are listed and linked at the bottom of this tutorial, but you can use your preferred products to create a similar look.

Applying a mattifying primer

1. Apply a mattifying primer

Those with oily skin should go for a primer that mattifies the face. This will eliminate the shine.

Tip: You can also apply a mattifying primer over the top of your foundation, if you prefer.

Applying a full-coverage foundation with a matte finish

2. Apply foundation

Go for a full coverage foundation that has a matte finish. This will further eliminate the shine as it’s geared toward combination and oily skin types.

Simply add a little to the back of your hand and gently dab it on your face with a beauty blender sponge. 

Applying concealer to areas that need coverage

3. Apply concealer

Next, apply a light-reflecting concealer to the inner and outer corners of the eyes, underneath the eyes, and around the nostrils. Basically, apply it where you need extra coverage. 

Blending concealer with a beauty blender

Then, blend those areas with a brush and use a beauty blender for the under eyes. 

Setting the eyes with setting powder

4. Set the eyes

Now, go ahead and apply setting powder around your eyes for a flawless, mattified finish. 

Filling in brows with brow pencil

5. Fill in your brows

Fill in your brows with your favorite brow pencil. 

How to apply foundation on oily skin

Also, here’s an up-close look at the foundation. As you can see, it is mattified and is sitting on top of the skin as opposed to blending in with the skin. That’s what you’re looking for when it comes to foundation for oily skin. 

Tightlining the upper lash line

6. Apply eye makeup

For eye makeup, we are going to keep it super simple. The most important step is to first tightline the eye.

It’s such a great way to make the lash line look fuller without having to wear eyeliner on your top lid. If you have oily skin, there's a risk of your eyeliner smudging or running, so this is a great way to combat that.

Applying mascara to the upper lashes

Next, put on mascara. I recommend a mascara that comes off with water only. Like that, if you have oily eyelids, you don’t need to worry about it coming off. I like to add my mascara before putting on false lashes. 

Applying false lashes

This step is optional, but if you want a little “oomph” then glue on your favorite false lashes. I’m placing these underneath my natural lash line so that the bond glue sticks to the mascara. 

Using an old mascara brush to comb lashes

Use an old, dry mascara brush to comb everything through. 

Applying a cream-based contour to the cheeks

7. Apply contour

Apply a cream-based contour to the hollows of your cheeks and along the side of your head. I love this formula because it gives off a matte finish when it dries. Blend it out with your beauty blender afterward.

Applying the contour to the bridge of the nose

Also, apply down the bridge of your nose and blend accordingly. 

Blending cream-based bronzer

8. Apply bronzer

Next, apply a little cream-based bronzer and blend it in, too. 

Applying a cream-based blush

9. Apply blush

Apply a cream-based matte-finish blush, working around the apple of your cheek and blending it gently with your sponge with a bouncing technique. 

Applying blush with lip balm

10. Apply lip color

Instead of applying lipstick, I’m gently dabbing some of that blush (with a bit of nude lip balm) onto my lips with my finger. 

Buffing and setting makeup

11. Finishing touches

Buff the cheek area to ensure the blush and foundation is nice and seamless. Finally, apply a setting spray! 

Full coverage foundation for oily skin

Full coverage foundation for oily skin

Here’s the finished result! I hope you liked this full coverage foundation for oily skin tutorial. Thanks for joining me, and let me know in the comments below what you most learned from this makeup guide!

Products used

Suggested materials:
  • Mattifying primer
  • Mattifying foundation
  • Concealer
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