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How to keep OILY skin matte all day in only 3 steps!

October 11, 2017

I know all about the oily skin struggle! After about 4 hours of wearing makeup, it is guaranteed that my nose will be looking like a glazed donut. I also experience excessive shine in the middle of my forehead, on my cheeks and chin! No, this does not only happen to me when I am wearing makeup. This happens to me on my bare face days, too! Having oily skin is a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, us oily girls don’t have to worry about premature wrinkles but, on the other hand, any makeup we wear always slides off and we’re bound to be shiny after a few hours.

Lucky for you, I have a solution! And it’s not one of those “here’s how to stay matte but you have to use 25 products on your face” solutions. I am literally going to give you three steps! No Milk of Magnesia involved.

First, I want to start by telling you that I’ve tried just about everything. I’ve tried mattifying primers, mattifying foundations, mattifying/oil free lotions, powder foundations, you name it! Nothing was able to combat my shine! I went on Youtube, but felt like there had to be a better way to prevent my shininess besides slathering a lot of (sometimes weird) products on my face. After watching videos and a lot of trial and error, I’ve finally put together a simple make-up routine that keeps my oily face matte all day (at the most, all I have to do is occasionally dab the oil off my nose).

Now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Three steps to matte!

**Note: This routine has proven to work for me. I am not guaranteeing that this will work for you, especially if you use different products, but hopefully you can, at least, incorporate some or all of these steps into your routine and you can be matte, too!

After I moisturize my face with Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer, I do these exact steps.

  1. Apply a pigmented (close to my natural skin color) loose powder all over my face with a Beauty Blender. The loose power of my choice is Clinique’s Blended Face Powder (I use the color Transparency 4), but you can use whatever loose powder you like. The reason I use a pigmented powder on this first step is so that it can act as a mattifying primer and cover any discoloration or blemishes I may have. This ensures that I will only have to use a little bit of foundation because the loose powder has done most of the work.
  2. Apply foundation with my beauty blender. The foundation I use is Loreal True Match in the color Classic Tan (N7). But once again, you can use whatever foundation you prefer. Like I mentioned in step one, I only have to apply one layer of foundation at this point since I’m putting it on top of the translucent powder.
  3. Apply a translucent loose powder all over my face with a Beauty Blender and big powder brush. I use Clinique’s Blended Face Powder in Invisible Blend for this step. First, I use a Beauty Blender to press the powder into all the areas where I get the oiliest. I press it under my eyes and onto my cheeks; I press it all over and around my nose, my forehead and my chin. Then, I take a big fluffly brush to apply the powder on the rest of my face. The reason I use a translucent powder on the last step is because I am simply setting my makeup and do not want to add extra coverage. Sometimes I let my powder “bake” or other times I’ll just brush it right off. It doesn’t make much of a difference to me.

** Note: My face is super matte after I finish these three steps. So, in order to add color back into my skin, I add some bronzer, highlight and, most importantly, set my face with a setting spray! In my opinion, setting spray is most important because it really puts life back into my face, and gets rid of the chalky look that translucent powders can leave behind. My favorite setting spray to use after this routine is Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb and Rose Water.

And there you have it! 3 steps to combating oily skin! It’s basically a translucent powder sandwich! These simple steps literally keep my face shine-free all day. By the end of the day my skin has a natural glow instead of shining like a crystal ball. As I said before, my nose still gets a little oily, but not even half as oily as it used to be before I started this routine.

To my oily girls, I hope this was helpful to you! Would you be willing to try the translucent powder sandwich? What do you do to stay matte all day (with or without makeup)? Let me know your tips in the comments!

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  • Reply Jen October 12, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Funny, my friend was only telling me the other day that she could’t survive without her setting spray. I might just have to check one out.

  • Reply sarganser October 12, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Thanks for sharing,where do you suggest to purchase makeup brushes online? do they ship to Europe?

  • Reply Cassie October 12, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Clinique powder has been my solution to lily skin,too!

  • Reply Janice October 12, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    I just stumbled upon Loreal’s True Match! Great article with awesome tips!

  • Reply Bronx October 12, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    My skin can get super oily and I’ve tried so many methodes. I think it’s time I try dis one :p

  • Reply poorna October 12, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Setting sprays just doesn’t work for my oily skin, and the only way I stay matte is with Rimmel Stay matte powder. That’s a miracle for me.

  • Reply Bridget October 12, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    I’m going to have to try this! I’ve never been good with makeup and my skin is very oily. And I’m glad to find out there are some bonuses to oily skin… I had never heard that about wrinkles!

  • Reply Marifaith October 12, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    I use a toxin-free finishing powder that’s pretty awesome on top of my foundation! Haven’t looked into a finishing spray though so will have to do that!

  • Reply Lacy Ngo October 13, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Thank you for these tips. I am 36 years old and STILL have oily skin.

  • Reply Katja October 13, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Sounds really interesting.. I will that out! Thanks a lot for the tips. 🙂

  • Reply jenny rose October 13, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I have super dry skin so this isn’t for me, but I’m definitely going to send this link to my mum – these are some good tips!

  • Reply Chrissy October 13, 2017 at 10:14 am

    So glad you found a routine that works for you, girl!

  • Reply Michelle October 13, 2017 at 11:16 am

    I totally agree that setting spray is the most important step in keeping your makeup set and making it look nicer. Great post

  • Reply Lottie Flynn October 13, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Omg thank you so much! As a glasses wearer i find the bridge of my nose gets so oily, i am gonna try this and see how i go thank u xxx

  • Reply Dayita October 14, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    your blog is really pretty. The tips are really nice, I will try them and let you know.

  • Reply Monique October 15, 2017 at 3:35 am

    My skin is so oily too I will have to try this! I’ve just invested in the colourpop setting spray so I can’t wait to try it out now!

  • Reply frank October 15, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Thats a huge struggle and with your help, it will be less. My sister has oily skin as well xp, great post :))

  • Reply Scarletpiper October 15, 2017 at 6:59 am

    I don’t have oily skin but my best friend does … I think she’ll find this useful! Thanks

  • Reply Anisa October 15, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Setting spray helps me since I have oily skin in certain areas and it stays matte all day . Definitely true that it is super important

  • Reply Jade October 16, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Such great tips! x

  • Reply petra pechova October 16, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    I will have to look into that spray! This is a very helpful article and may just work!

  • Reply silvia October 17, 2017 at 1:30 am

    I completely agree on the importance of setting spray- especially on those hot, humid days. Love the pics!

  • Reply Tisha October 17, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Sometimes I find that setting powder can actually make me oilier throughout the day but setting spray is a MUST for me! Great tips!

  • Reply Keli October 17, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    These are great tips. I have super oily skin and have never thought of “sandwiching” the powder.

  • Reply Asha October 17, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    It’s helpful for me Thank you very much

  • Reply Jael October 17, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Great tips! I definitely needed my skin is so oily especially when I wear makeup for too long.

  • Reply Britne D. October 17, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I know the struggle all too well! I can completely related to the glazed donut analogy lol!! I’ll have to try these techniques and see if they work for me as well!! I’ve also found that when I’m oily with no makeup, brown paper towels (like the ones you find in a public bathroom) are great blotching paper! And free lol!

  • Reply Samantha October 18, 2017 at 4:40 am

    This is such a helpful post! I never thought to put a loose powder on before my foundation, definitely trying this out next time I do my make-up – Thanks for sharing.
    Samantha xx |

  • Reply Morgan October 18, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Powder before foundation is such a unusual tip! I remember when everyone in the beauty world went wild over it when Wayne Goss talked about it in a video a few years ago.

    Morgan | Hyacinth Girl

  • Reply SJeevan October 18, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Very helpful tips to manage oily face.

  • Reply Tabitha October 18, 2017 at 11:45 am

    I’ve never tried a setting spray, but I’ll have to pick one up. I wear glasses occasionally and they can wreak havoc on the bridge of my nose. Thanks for the awesome tips!

  • Reply Siyana October 19, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    I’ve read so many people swearing by putting powder first, it must really work!!

    • Reply Rocsi October 19, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Yes, it’s so awesome! You have to give it a try.

  • Reply Courtney November 5, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    My face is super oily so I will have to try this! I never use powder or a beauty blender so I will have to give this a go and see how it works. Thanks for the tips!
    Courtney ||

  • Reply Shelly November 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Great tips to share with my teen daughter! Never thought of powder first!!!

  • Reply megan beaver November 5, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Great tips. When I remember I like to use blotting papers before priming as well to soak up any oil that may be on my face. I’ve found mattifying setting sprays can help but not that much.

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