Make-up tips for oily skin

Oily skin isn’t something that you would think people have to deal with during winter, considering that most people’s skin only produces excess shine during the warmer months of the year. However, for the unlucky few, colder weather doesn’t necessarily mean dryer skin – so here are some tips on how to deal with oily/shiny skin on an everyday basis.

Find the perfect foundation:

There are so many foundations out there specifically designed for oily or combination skin types, and taking the time to find the right one will be worth it in the end. Foundations like the Revlon Colorstay or Maybelline Superstay 24hr are the best ones for students on a smaller budget, and they work really well in all conditions to make sure the product stays in place for most of the day (plus the Revlon foundation blends really well – which is an added bonus).

Credit: Maria Morri

Credit: Maria Morri


Primer is important for all skin types, but it’s even more important for those with oily skin as it makes the difference between your makeup lasting until lunch time and it lasting all day. A matte primer, for example Rimmel Stay Matte or Body Shop Matte It, not only make a great base for your everyday makeup – but they help to regulate the amount of oil your skin produces, which reduces the amount of shine and stops you looking like you’ve just got back from the gym.

Blotting paper:

Blotting paper is a life saver for anyone who has a long day ahead without time to redo or touch up their makeup. The NYX Green Tea blotting paper is fantastic product for this – green tea is great for your skin (and it means you’re not adding any more chemicals or product to your face throughout the day), and they’re perfect to pop in your bag and use whenever you’ve got a spare two minutes to wipe away any oil.

Don’t make the mistake of not moisturising:

So many people think that, because their skin is producing too much oil, they should skip the moisturising part of their skincare routine – but this is the least helpful thing you can do to your skin. By not moisturising, your skin will think it needs to produce even more oil to counteract the lack of moisture, which will only make your skin look even shinier. By using an oil-free moisturiser, you’ll help to keep your skin well nourished without having to worry about adding to the shine.

Credit: Natasia Causse

Credit: Natasia Causse

Wash your brushes:

We’re all guilty of it – leaving our makeup brushes for months on end without washing them, knowing that we should probably get round to doing it at some point. By not washing them regularly (at least every fortnight), you’re letting bacteria build up in the brushes – only for your skin to then produce more oil to get rid of the bacteria that you’ve put there. You don’t even need anything special to wash your brushes with, just some soap and warm water, so there’s no excuse really.

Whatever you do, don’t touch your face:

Whether it’s to lean on your hands during a lecture or wipe the oil away with your fingers, touching your face with your hands only makes the shine worse. Hands accumulate a lot of bacteria throughout the day, and by touching your face with those hands you give yourself the same problem as when you don’t wash your brushes. So no matter how tempting it is to rest your head in your hands, it’s really not worth it.