Calling All My Oily-Skinned Girls! Here's How to Get a Matte Look

Dawn's Life, over 40
by Dawn's Life, over 40
8 Materials
10 Minutes

Today’s tutorial is about how to get a matte look and have it look its very best. I am an oily-skinned girl and always have been, so I prefer matte foundations. Now that I'm older, my skin is less oily, but I still get oily around my T-zone.

Those of us with oily skin tend to stay away from foundations with a "radiant finish" dewy or glossy finish, as it highlights the oily shine. However, you can still achieve that gorgeous glossy look with a matte foundation as well.

Today, I will give you a few tips for a flawless matte makeup look. The exact products I used are listed at the end of this post, but you can use whichever products you prefer or work best for your skin - the same advice and techniques still apply.

Tools and materials:

  • Moisturizer 
  • Primer
  • Foundation
  • Blush
  • Bronzer
  • Highlighter
  • Setting powder
  • Makeup brushes
Applying moisturizer

1. Moisturize 

Apply your moisturizer. It is extremely important to have hydrated skin, especially when you will be applying makeup. 

Applying primer to the face

2. Prime the skin

Apply your primer. If you have one that is specifically hydrating, that's great. Find what works best for your skin. I prefer primers that really grip to foundation.

Applying a mattifying foundation with fingers

3. Apply a matte foundation

Apply a mattifying foundation. Make sure to shake the bottle before you apply so that the foundation is all mixed up. I dab a few spots on my face first before going in with a brush.

The key here is to go super light on the foundation. You do not want it to look too cakey - this is an easy mistake with matte foundations. Go for the lightest layer possible.

The coverage is in the pigment, not in the amount that you put on. You're aiming for a lightweight medium coverage for your base. This is the perfect amount for controlling oil throughout the day.

Then, add more according to where you get oily. For me, that's my T-zone, so I add a little more foundation there.I also have a few breakouts, so I applied a little more foundation to those areas too for extra coverage.

Buffing foundation with a brush

4. Buff

Buff foundation out with a brush. I'm not going to use concealer here, so there's nothing to blend, but I may add some later when I do my eyeshadow.

Applying blush to the upper cheek area

5. Apply blush 

Apply blush to your upper cheek area.

The amazing thing about blush is that it blurs your pores. People with oily skin like me generally struggle with enlarged pores, so using blush is a must. 

Applying a matte bronzer to add warmth

6. Apply matte bronzer

You want to make sure that the bronzer you're using is a matte bronzer. If you use just a standard, it will likely have some shimmer in it that will make you look oily.

Applying highlighter to cheekbones

7. Apply highlighter 

Apply your highlighter with a fan brush. Likewise, you want to choose your highlighter carefully.

Don't choose one that's too glowy because it will emphasize texture, pores, and oily skin, and you might end up looking like the Tin Man!

Also, don't use a highlighter that's too powdery because you don't want to add layers of powder on top of matte foundation; that's what gives the cakey look and can actually make skin look too dry.

Applying setting powder to cheekbones

8. Apply setting powder

Apply setting powder to set everything in. This will also help blur your pores.

How to get a matte look

How to get a matte look tutorial

This is the finished look! A beautiful flawless matte makeup look is possible with oily skin. I hope I have taught my fellow oily-skinned girls some tricks and tips to help create a beautiful glowy and matte makeup look. 

Try these tips at home and let me know in the comments below how they turn out for you.

Products used

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  • Carol de la Fuente Carol de la Fuente on Jun 29, 2022

    You look gorgeous!!! Soo natural looking!!!

  • Chris Keating-Ingelse Chris Keating-Ingelse on Jun 29, 2022

    Thanks for the great tip! At 66, my skin is STILL oily. It was the bane of my existence as a teenager, but now it's great- I don't have many wrinkles! Gotta see the glass half full, don't we? 😄