Top 5 Secrets How to Make My Makeup not Look Oily?

Women bear the brunt of societal pressure to look good. And to lower the bar even further, we’re told that our makeup must look “natural.” But when your skin is naturally oily, a dewy slay can quickly become a grease-fest. The good news is that you don’t have to choose between a matte or shiny finish — there are plenty of ways to achieve a happy medium.

This blog post will cover how to make my makeup not look oily and achieve a happy medium.

Why does my makeup look oily? 

After carefully doing my makeup, it looks like an oil slick by noon. If you have oily skin, you’re probably thinking, “same.” But I don’t know what is happening in the background that makes your makeup look so greasy.

Oily skin is shiny, so the effect will magnify double when you add makeup on top. Again a question arises what makes my skin so oily? The answer is sebum. Sebum is natural oil produced by our skin. Due to internal or external factors like humid weather, unhealthy diet, etc., our sebum glands get overactive and produce more oil than required.

Another reason is the selection of wrong makeup products. Sometimes for less betterment, we compromise with the quality of products, which harms our skin. Also, oily products like cream-based foundations can make your skin look more oily.

How to make my makeup not look oily?

After all, a greasy fest is not a good look. But you can achieve a happy medium. So, buckle up, and let’s dive in to learn some tips and tricks.

Primer is a must

So, here we go with the first and most crucial step: using a primer. A good quality primer will help to control excess oil and shine on your face. 

It creates a smooth base for your makeup and keeps it in place for a long time. You can use silicone and water-based primers but with different purposes.

If you want to achieve a matte look, go with the former, and for a dewy slay, you can use the latter. But make sure to apply it only on your T-zone, i.e., forehead, nose, and chin, because these areas are more prone to oiliness.

Choose the right foundation.

Now it’s time to select a good quality foundation with good oil control properties. I am not saying that you should ditch your cream-based foundation; it’s just that you should be more careful while selecting one. Always prefer water-based or gel-based foundations as they are light in texture, and skin can quickly absorb them.

Blotting papers are your BFF

Blotting papers save the day if you want to eliminate excess oil and shine instantly. Have some of them handy with you, and whenever your face looks too greasy, take one sheet and blot your face lightly. But make sure not to rub your face harshly as it can disturb your makeup.

Use a setting powder or spray.

To control the slip and slide off your makeup, you need to set it with a translucent setting powder or spray. They will not only help your makeup to stay in place but will also give you a matte finish.

Also, don’t forget to dust some setting powder on your T-zone before applying the foundation.

Use oil-free products

From the beginning, I have been saying that you should be careful while selecting makeup products because this is the base of all the mess happening to your face.

So look at the labels of all your makeup products and ensure they are oil-free because this little step can make a lot of difference.

How to keep the makeup in place all day?

Even after following all these steps, if you think your makeup can’t hold on for a long time, don’t worry; here are some extra tips.

  • Always create a good base for your makeup. Never skip the scheduled face washing, toning, and moisturizing, no matter how tired you are. Because this is where your makeup game starts.
  • Never forget to sketch a frame for your face with a concealer or foundation one or two shades lighter than your skin tone. This will help brighten your complexion and act as an excellent primer.
  • Flush out all the impurities and dead skin cells from your face with the help of a scrub. Because these cells can make your makeup look patchy and uneven.
  • Use a primer all over your face, not just the T-zone. A good quality primer will help to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines.


Mate finish of makeup can make your whole day, but it’s not easy to achieve. But I don’t think it’s impossible either. The best step is to do face yoga(which I will discuss in my next blog) to reduce the appearance of pores and incorporate a healthy diet into your life. Because the skin condition can make or break your whole makeup game.

A good primer, the proper foundation, blotting papers, setting powder or spray, and oil-free products are your BFF if you have an oily skin type. And don’t forget to cleanse, tone, and moisturize your face before starting your makeup routine.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best primer for oily skin?

The best primer for oily skin is the one that has the power to control oil and shine. And to find out the best primer for your skin type, you need to know your skin concerns.

For example, if you have large pores, a primer with less slip and slide will be good for you. And those with a delicate line problem should go for a lightweight primer that is not heavy on the face.

What is the best foundation for oily skin?

A foundation with a “mattifying” or “oil-free” label is the best foundation for oily skin. Also, a foundation with powder will help to control the oil on your face throughout the day.

Is oily makeup look bad?

No, it can give you a natural and dewy finish. But the problem with oily makeup is that it can slide and slip off your face, especially in hot and humid weather.


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