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What Kind of Makeup Should I Use for Oily Skin?

Prep and Prime

If you spend your whole morning carefully applying foundation and concealer, only to have your perfect canvas sliding off your face an hour later, you know the importance of choosing the right products. Always start with a silicone-based, oil-absorbing primer before you apply makeup to absorb greasies and help smooth the appearance of large pores. Make sure the primer is oil-free and non-acnegenic so it won't cause a serious case of breakouts.

Mattifying Base

To sop up oil before it even gets to the surface, look for a matte finish, oil-absorbing foundation. Mineral makeup is also a great choice for oily-skinned divas because the powder consistency won't cake on shiny skin and the natural formula is non-irritating. Steer clear of moisturizing or creamy compact makeup, which will cause your already-oily skin to look even shinier.

Set Your Makeup

Oil-absorbing, translucent finishing powder is an oily-skinned girl's best friend because it sets your foundation so it stays in place all day. Swirl a large fluffy brush dipped in powder over your face and eyelids after you've applied foundation to keep your look fresh from morning to evening.

Crease-Proof Shadow

The eyelids are one of the oiliest parts of the face, and the last thing you want is your fabulous smoky eye creasing by midday. Avoid too much shimmer and glitter, and look for a long-wearing shadow formula to combat midday creasing. Always avoid cream shadows, which tend to crease easily even if you're not oily.

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