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Oily skin just doesn’t seem to go well with makeup. Smudging, sliding, caking, and never lasting more than an hour or two – these are just some common problems oily skin sufferers face when it comes to makeup on their overly shiny faces.

But don’t fret, here are some makeup tips and tricks to have a fresh looking face throughout the day.

 

Keep your pre-makeup skincare to a minimal

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It only makes sense – if you pile on a lotion, serum, moisturiser, and sunscreen, all before you even apply your makeup, it’s all going to slide off your face once your skin starts to produce excess sebum. Keep things simple if you want a flawless complexion with minimal touch-ups during the day.

Just stick to the basics – After cleansing and toning, go straight for a skin-balancing serum. These are made specially for oily skin, offering ample hydration to keep sebum levels in check, as well as some oil-control ingredients too.

Sisley Intensive Serum with Tropical Resins, $210; Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate, $106; Mamonde AC Balance Spot Serum, $16

 

Skip the moisturiser (a good serum for oily skin will do the job of hydration sufficiently), and go for a lightweight sunscreen like AprilSkin Magic Snow Sun Stick ($25, from Guardian), which comes in a non-greasy stick format that you just swipe over your face.

 

Makeup primers are your saviours

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A good makeup base that’s made to control oily skin is the first step to making makeup, especially foundation, last on oily skin. Don’t get sucked in by primers meant for other functions like hydrating, illuminating, anti-ageing or brightening. You can treat those skin concerns at night with skincare serums or creams.

For the daytime, focus on keeping the greasiness in check with mattifying makeup bases. Smooth a thin, even layer onto skin, starting from the oiliest areas (usually the T-zone) and spreading outwards. And don’t rush things… let this makeup base layer set for about 30 seconds to a minute before you apply foundation.

Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, $56; Tarte Poreless Mattifying Primer, $48; Boscia Porefecting White Charcoal Mattifying Treatment Primer, $57; Make Up For Ever Mattifying Primer, $70

 

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Don’t pander to dewy foundations

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Let’s face it, if you have really oily skin, dewy finish foundations will never work for you and will inevitably leave you disappointed. They are guaranteed to smudge and slide off your skin the moment you apply them.

Instead, go for a foundation that has more staying power on your greasy skin type for maximum foundation satisfaction. Mattifying foundations don’t contain oil and are mostly water-based. They may also have oil-sopping powders or clay-ingredients to keep skin well-behaved and looking flawless for longer.

Diorskin Forever Perfect Cushion, $78; Fenty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, $50; Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation, $19.90; L'Oreal Paris Mat Magique All-In-One Matte Transforming Powder SPF34, $30.90

 

ALSO READ: Our top makeup picks for keeping oily skin looking fabulous all day

 

Subtract before adding

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Many oily skin sufferers tend to just pile on mattifying powders or powder foundation whenever shiny skin surfaces. This is a definite no-no as the powders will just mix with the oils on your skin surface and look cakey, and worse – cause clogged pores and breakouts.

Always take away the excess oil before adding extra makeup. Simply use a baby wipe or blotters to do this.

Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Paper, $26; Pigeon Baby Wipes Unscented 82s, $10.50, from Guardian

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