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How To Apply Makeup For Oily Skin Tutorial | Makeup Tutorials

Do you have oily skin? Then learn how to apply makeup for your skin type the right way! Keep your makeup oil- and smudge-proof with these makeup tips.

How To Apply Makeup For Oily Skin

Summer is about having fun in the sun. But let’s be honest here, even if it’s scorching hot, women still prefer to wear makeup. In fact, women with oily skin have it harder in the summertime. Thankfully, we’ve found a sweatproof makeup routine for women with oily skin. Learning how to apply makeup with this routine will help your makeup stay in place all day long, regardless of the weather.

Wearable summer makeup for oily skin

To pull off a shine-free and sweatproof look this summer, you must prep your oily skin properly before focusing on how to apply makeup. Here’s how:

Step 1: Clean and Exfoliate

You want to apply your makeup on a smooth a canvas as possible as this helps foolproof the application process.

Clean and exfoliate the face to remove dead skin cells

You can mix sea salt and powdered charcoal with your face cleanser for a deeper exfoliation. (Looking for a DIY charcoal soap recipe? Click here.) Wash your face gently with the mixture.

Mix sea salt and cleanser for exfoliation

Step 2: Moisturize

After washing your face, apply a moisturizer right away. If you can, pick a moisturizer with SPF for added sun protection.

Use moisturizer with SPF

Step 3: Mattify Your Skin

YouTube beauty guru Ingrid Nilsen recommends L’Occitane’s Ultra Matte Fluid for women with oily skin. This product helps mattify the skin which helps in holding makeup in place all day. Apply a few drops on the face and spread evenly with your fingers.

Mattify the skin to be shine-free

Step 4: Prime your skin

Use a face primer. Primers help smooth out the skin so that it’s easier to achieve a flawless finish. There are primers that also help minimize pores. We recommend Tarte’s Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primerhow to apply makeup for oily skin.

Minimize pores and create a smooth canvas with a face primer

Step 5: Use a setting spray

Use a setting spray after you apply the primer. This will ensure the makeup sticks to the skin. Women with oily skin tend to suffer from melting or smudging makeup.

Use a setting spray so makeup can stay longer

Step 6: Apply eye primer

The last step of prepping the skin is to apply eye primer under the eyes. This will help the concealer and base makeup adhere to the skin better.

Use eye primer on the eyes to help tone down puffy eyes

Step 7: BB cream

Now it’s time to apply your makeup. You can start with a BB cream. The reason why you’d want to use a BB cream is because of its SPF and ability to make your skin tone even. On top of that, BB creams are easily blendable so you can apply more makeup on top of it without caking. Our favorite BB cream is Garnier Skin Perfector BB Cream For Oily/Combo Skinhow to apply makeup for oily skin.

Use BB cream after the primer as this is blendable with foundation

Step 8: Conceal & Cover

Apply a light coverage concealer under the eyes.

Use a light coverage concealer for under the eyes

Step 9: Set your BB cream

Use the setting spray again to set the BB cream and concealer before moving forward.

Lock makeup in place with a setting spray

Step 10: Apply your foundation

Apply foundation evenly on your face. If you can, use airbrush foundation instead due to its finish. An airbrush finish is more matte than shiny or glossy.

Apply foundation to ensure full coverage

Step 11: Define your brows

Work on your brow game. Fill in your brows with a pencil and then finish up with a brow gel to add color and definition.

Define your eyebrows as it will frame your eyes

Step 12: Eyeshadow prep

Apply lid primer to prepare the eyes for eyeshadow. Eyeshadow primers will help keep eye color in place longer so you don’t need to retouch frequently.

Apply eye primer to keep eyeshadow in place

Step 13

A peachy pink eyeshadow looks great in the summer. You can use your fingers to dab some color onto your lids once the primer is dry.

A pink eyeshadow looks lovely in the summer

Step 14

On top of your base eyeshadow, apply a shimmery eyeshadow on top of it. Pick the lightest shade and use it as a highlighter on the inner corner of the eyes.

Add shimmer to the eyes for a glowing effect

Step 15: Finish your eye makeup

Curl your eyelashes and get it ready for some eyeliner and mascara action!

Curl those lashes!

Step 16

For your eyeliner, pick a waterproof one so that it doesn’t smudge on your eyes.

Use a waterproof eyeliner

Step 17

Apply mascara on your top and bottom lashes.

Do not leave home without applying waterproof mascara

Step 18

We’re almost there! Apply pink or peach blush on your cheekbones for added color.

Apply blush on the apples of the cheeks

Step 19

Using the same shimmer eyeshadow you used, use the lightest shade to highlight the cheekbones and the arch of the eyebrows.

Highlight to define the face more

Step 20: Don’t forget your bronzer

For any summer look, this step is very important. Use a bronzer and dab on the outer edges of the face. You can also dab some on your T-zone and cheeks. Summer is all about looking like a bronze goddess, so use as much as looks good.

Bronzers are so important this summer

Step 21: Complete your look

To complete the look, finish with a nude lipstick or lip gloss, whichever you prefer. A glossy finish is preferred especially in daytime.

Finish the look with a nude lip gloss

This wearable summer look for oily skin may take longer than usual, but the prep and makeup application is worth it to get that flawless and sweatproof look this summer.

To adapt this look to fall and winter, be sure to always prep your skin with moisturizer, mattifying serum and primer! As long as your skin is prepped, your makeup will stick!

You can watch the full tutorial on how to apply makeup correctly here:

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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in August 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.


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