Oily Skin: Eight Ways To Make Makeup Last

Skin types vary, and it is important to remember to wear your makeup in line with your skin type. Blessing Ukemena writes with report from WebMD.

One problem with oily skin is that they can attract dirt more than other skin types, and are thus more prone to breakouts. Now, just because you've got oily skin, that doesn’t mean you have to forever forego makeup. It's a matter of knowing what works with your skin type.

These eight ideas, from a makeup artist and a dermatologist, are expert solutions for wearing makeup if you have an oily complexion.Is your skin parched? You can nourish it while keeping your makeup looking fresh all day.? Some types of cosmetics will help more than others, but the difference starts with how you care for your skin before you reach for your makeup.

One valuable tip to remember is that no matter how oily your skin is, always moisturise. After each wash, always moisturise before putting on your makeup. Yes, it's tempting to just skip it, but the key is for your makeup to stay on, and by this, it will help perfect your look.

You want to always stick to oil-free moisturisers, and make sure it is water based. One of the recommended moisturisers is Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturising gel for oily skin. From then on, you just apply your makeup. These eight strategies will get you started.

First, apply foundation
After your foundation is applied, let it set in for 5-10 minutes before you apply a translucent powder or a setting powder. (You can be on to eye makeup during this time!) Using a face powder brush, you want to sweep the powder lightly onto the face, making circles on the cheeks. Make sure to target the forehead and bridge of the nose as well. We use powder so that the oils on our face will set in. You want to be sure it is a light powder that is in the shade according to your foundation to make it more natural.

Prepare your eyes
To cut down on eye makeup creasing, avoid priming your lids with concealer. Something, that, Warren says, many women with dark circles or redness do. Instead, use a primer specifically designed for eyelids. The base creates a perfect canvas for eye shadow and liner while absorbing crease-causing oils throughout the day.

Don't overdo powdering
It sounds like the right thing to do to pile on the face powder. But going overboard could backfire by making your pores push out more oil. Apply powder just on areas that are shiny. Use a matte translucent formula, which can cut shine on any skin tone. If you do apply too much powder, dampen a makeup sponge and blot it over the over-powdered areas.

Carry blotting papers
No matter how flawless and matte your makeup looks in the morning, if you’re prone to oiliness, you’ll spot shine by midday. Some blotting sheets simply lift the oil from your skin. Others deposit a bit of powder to sop up the oil. The trick to using blotting papers without taking off all of your makeup is to press the paper where you’re oily and then roll it off your skin, instead of rubbing the paper on your skin.

Go oil-free
Since your skin naturally produces more than enough oil, invest in makeup products (especially foundation and blush) that are oil-free and noncomedogenic, which means they don't clog your pores. Also, use face cleansers and toners that are infused with glycolic acids, which cut down on excess oil, says Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, a cosmetic dermatologist in Washington, D.C.

Look for 'long wear'
Water and oil can do the same things to makeup: make it smear, smudge, or slip. That's a reason to stick to eye products that are waterproof, water-resistant, or long-wear. One of the best, long-wear combos is water-resistant eyeliner and cream eye shadow over an eye primer.

Think soft skin, not slick skin
Those heavy, anti-ageing creams are fine for nighttime use, but before you put on your makeup, reach for a lighter moisturiser that hydrates without being greasy. Don't forget your sunscreen – look for an oil-free formula. After you’ve put it on, place a tissue flat on your face and press gently to remove any excess before applying your makeup base.

Use a mask
Once or twice a week, use a treatment mask. Those made with kaolin or bentonite clay are best for oily skin types, as they naturally absorb oil and impurities while calming irritation. Apply a little amount of the mask with your fingers. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes, and then, rinse it off with warm water for an immediate matte finish.