Preparation is key so perfect your look by prepping your skin properly. For oily skin, it’s best to exfoliate twice or thrice a week to scrub away dead skin, and deep-seated dirt. You’ll be left with smooth and bright skin instantly, meaning your skincare and makeup products will work better.
The rumors are false—you do need moisturizer even if you have oily skin. Gel formula moisturizers work best for oily skin. After you cleanse and tone your face, smooth on a lightweight moisturizer to prep your skin for makeup. Let it set on your skin for at least five minutes before you apply anything else.
For long days—or when you decide to go full glam—use an oil-control or pore-filling primer before applying your foundation. This extra step is essential to slip-proof your foundation.
4. Pick the perfect foundation.
Your preparation will be put to waste if you don’t use the right foundation for your skin type. For oily skin, choose one that’s lightweight, oil-free, and long-wearing. Our pick? The Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place foundation. This cult-favorite offers medium to full coverage, while leaving the most natural matte finish on the skin. It controls oil and shine, so you don’t have to worry about looking like a hot mess midday.
If you’re always on the go, we recommend the Estee Lauder Double Wear Makeup To Go foundation. Its spill-proof packaging is a dream come true for women who can’t be bothered to bring around bottles or tubes of foundation. It comes with a sponge and mirror, so you don’t have to worry about touchups!
Always having trouble blending your foundation? Go for the new Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup (available June 2017). It comes with a built-in cushion tip that helps even foundation beginners easily dispense and blend the makeup on your skin for a flawless, radiant glow. It's so lightweight and hydrating on the skin too!
5. Apply it properly.
Work your foundation onto your skin by applying it in thin layers and use a foundation brush to apply evenly. For fuller coverage, use a buffing brush to work the product onto your skin.
6. Don’t forget to set.
Skipping the setting powder for liquid and cream foundation is one of the biggest makeup mistakes every girl with oily skin can ever make. Dust on finishing powder on the areas where you get the oiliest—your t-zone.