Posted by Ashley Robustelli on

I have struggled with oily skin my entire life! And if you’re reading this, then you probably have too. So you know how I feel when I say that it is AWFUL to have grease-filled, shiny face days ALL THE TIME. I have finally found (and tested) some solutions that actually help. And I have to say, I am upset that it took me 26 years of my life to find these tips. If only I knew of these back when I was in high school! But, I refuse to live a life of ‘what ifs.’ It’s time to move on and move forward AWAY from oily skin!

Below I’ve listed 5 makeup tips and tricks that have helped me maintain a less-oily look throughout my days. Keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different, so all of these may not work for you, but I have high hopes that they will!

1. Use a mattifying primer

Begin to combat oil with a matte base layer. This is called a primer, and you apply it to your skin before you begin your makeup routine. I usually only add primer to the oiliest places of my face: my forehead, chin, and cheek areas. Wait for this to dry completely before you move on to the next step. The best primers are from high quality brands like Make Up For Ever, Smashbox, Tarte, Clinique etc. I use Make Up For Ever Step 1 Mattifying Primer from Sephora.

2. Apply translucent powder – before AND after

I love using translucent powder to help create a matte layer on my face! I recently found out that you can apply this powder before and afterfoundation to help combat oily skin. I’ve tried it several times and it actually works! After adding primer, I add a layer of translucent powder to my face (then another layer after I apply my foundation). You do not need a high-quality brand of this powder. I use NYX HD Finishing Powder which can be found at any drugstore.

3. Use a high-quality foundation with a blender

I have tried many foundations from drugstores, asked the opinions of thousands of my Instagram followers, and watched many YouTube tutorials from beauty bloggers to find the perfect foundation. After years of trial and error, I have landed on Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. It holds back your oil throughout the day as you work and complete your errands. I have also heard that Tarte is a good brand, but most bloggers stated that Estee Lauder beats it. It is pricy (around $40), but worth it. For a long time I used a foundation brush to apply it to my face, but I recently found that a beauty blender is better. You use less foundation while achieving the same amount of coverage, and it blends better while avoiding the “caked on” look. (Don’t forget to add another layer of translucent powder after this step!)

4. Use eyelid primer

My eyelids are one of the oiliest places on my face. I find that oil really builds throughout the day, which can make my eyeliner and mascara run. So I apply eyelid primer to my lids and also under my eyes, even though I do not wear eyeshadow. This trick has helped me for years! If I forget to use eyelid primer, I end up with black smudges ender my eyes and am constantly wiping away oil from those areas. I have only ever used Milani Eyeshadow Primer from CVS.

5. Finish with a mattifying setting spray

To really lock in and set your look, you should use a setting spray. There are several finishes to choose from: dewy, matte, etc. Of course you will want matte to look as least oily as possible! This will be the last step in your makeup routine. Once your makeup is completely dry (make sure your mascara is too or spray will make it smudge and run), spray 4-5 times about 8-10 inches away from you face. Once it dries, you are ready for your day! I use Too Faced Peach Mist from Sephora.

These tips and tricks have really stepped up my makeup game over the years! Do you have any additional tips? Let me know in a comment!

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