7 Tips for Oily Skin: Stay Matte All Day

As someone with an especially oily T-zone, I know the struggle of trying to keep your skin matte all day. I can put my makeup on in the morning, leave the house looking completely matte and then look like an oily mess by midday. Below are some tips that I have found helpful in keeping skin oil-free all day.

Makeup brushes and foundation

1) Prime

Using a good mattifying primer can keep your face shine-free for longer. Just make sure not to use too much as this can have the opposite effect! Usually a pea sized amount is enough but check the directions on the product you choose. A couple of my favourites are:

Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer, Available here, Amazon

Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser, Available here, Amazon

Foundation for oily skin - Revlon colour stay & Two Faced Born this way

2) Choose a foundation that is right for your skin

This is something that takes a fair bit of trial and error. Finding a great foundation, however, can make a lot of difference and is worth the experimentation! In general avoid foundations that promise a glowy or dewy finish or that are oil-based. Oil-free matte or demi-matte finish foundations are the best way to go, especially if they promise to be long-wearing. Two of my favourites are:

Two Faced Born This Way foundation, £29 Debenhams

Revlon Colourstay foundation for combination/oily skin, £8.99 Amazon

3) Bake

I find that baking can either help or hinder my makeup application. Too much powder, left on the face for too long can make the skin look cakey, even dry. However, applying a small amount of loose powder on the areas you get oily and sweeping it away after a minute or so definitely helps seal in your foundation and prevents any oil from seeping through. I find that baking my T-zone helps both to mattify my skin and keep my makeup on for longer (something that can be an issue with oily skin). I use a beauty sponge to pat on a small amount of product, then a large powder brush to sweep it away.

4) Blotting

If you have really oily skin, it is sometimes unavoidable that some of the oil may seep through as the day wears on. Something I have to do at least once a day is blot. You can use blotting sheets especially made for this purpose or you can simply use a (clean!) piece of toilet paper. I do this all the time when I go to the bathroom and check my makeup!

5) Have a powder on hand

If your oily skin is something you really want to prevent, it is worth keeping a good powder on hand. I always keep a pressed powder in my bag for touch ups throughout the day. Just make sure that you blot before you apply any powder. It is good to remove the oil before packing powder on top as it can otherwise end up looking a little cakey. I would also recommend that less is more when it comes to powder. Packing powder on throughout the day to cover up oiliness may seem like a good idea but can quickly make you skin look cakey. I would recommend blotting as a first step and then, if necessary, adding a tiny bit of powder every now and then. My favourite powders to keep in my handbag are:

Great powders for oily skin - Collection Lasting Perfection & Rimmel Lasting Finish

Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Powder, £3.99 Amazon


Rimmel Lasting Finish Powder Foundation, £6.99 Amazon

As the name suggests, this is more of a powder foundation. It gives slightly more coverage so is great for touch ups but definitely make sure to blot the oil off your skin before using this one!

6) Try not to touch your face

Sounds like a weird one but every little helps! Touching you face will transfer any oil and dirt from your hands to your face. It’s generally better to try and avoid this and keep any face-touching to the bare minimum! I have to admit though that this is something I always struggle with.

7) Skincare

This final tip is probably the most important. Even if you have an oily skin type, there are things you can do in your skincare routine to help control it. Always removing your makeup and cleansing the skin afterwards is a good place to start. Try not to over-exfoliate or use drying/tightening skin products as these can over-dry the skin which will then produce yet more oil to compensate!

Hope some of these ideas help you. Let me know if you have any good oil-preventing tips!