The Best Foundation Routine for Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, there’s probably a face powder sitting in your makeup bag right now. After all, these mattifying wonders are the ultimate go-to for blocking out an oily t-zone. However, regular powder touch-ups aren’t your only saviour in the quest for a velvety complexion and, actually, finding the best foundation for oily skin will keep you shine-free for longer. That’s why we’ve pulled together a quick and easy foundation routine for oily skin. One that does include face powder, but involves a few extra pore-perfecting tricks, too. Keep scrolling for your three-step regimen…

Model wearing foundation for oily skin

Prep and Prime

It sounds counter-intuitive, but oily skin does need a dose of hydration. In fact, avoiding moisturiser can actually make your skin look even oilier. You see, when you starve your pores of moisture, you may end up kicking them into overdrive, which means they try to compensate for the dryness by producing excess sebum.

That’s why, before makeup, it’s best to apply a little moisturiser. Try a gel formula to keep your skin hydrated without making it feel greasy. Then, smooth on a primer. Miracle Prep Pore Minimising & Mattifying Primer is our pick for oily skin, as it veils pores in a triple oil-absorbing powder complex for all-day smoothness. The velvety texture also helps foundation glide on beautifully. Apply a little extra over the t-zone to prevent midday oil outbreaks.

Max Factor Radiant Lift Foundation

Ace Your Base

Having oily skin doesn’t always mean you want to turn your complexion completely matte. You may prefer a demi-matte or radiant finish that swaps oily shine for a dewy glow. If that’s the case, look for words like ‘long-lasting’ or ‘lasts all day’ when choosing a luminous base, as these will have enough staying power to keep any unwanted shine at bay.

Radiant Lift Foundation is perfect for this look, as it’s a radiant-matte, buildable base that boasts extra (extra) longevity. If you do want a matte foundation for oily skin, try Facefinity Compact, a powder formula that controls shine without making skin look flat or dull.

As for application, make sure you always use a clean foundation brush or sponge, as your fingers carry yet more oil that you don’t want to transfer to your face. If your skin still feels oily, gently press a thin tissue over your t-zone. This will blot away shine without disturbing the flawless base you’ve just applied.

Model applying face powder

The Finishing Touch

Now you’ve got a smooth, shine-free canvas, set your skin with an oil-free pressed powder, like Creme Puff Pressed Powder. Use a large, fluffy brush to apply it to the t-zone or sweep all over on very oily skin.

When you’re done, close your eyes and mist your face with Lasting Performance Setting Spray, a lightweight mist that locks your look in place, minimises shine and gives skin a soft glow. Dreamy.

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Want more tips for a flawless complexion? Read our guide to foundation for dry skin or discover the best full coverage foundation tricks.