Current makeup trends lean towards the dewy “I woke up like this” look. But when your skin is already oily, it can be just about impossible to achieve that luminous appearance and not leave your face an oily mess. Fortunately, we have natural makeup and skin care for oily skin that will help you deal with your overactive oil glands. Even if you have oily skin, you can make your makeup last all day - yes, even if your face tends to get really greasy.
What is oily skin?
First, let’s talk about oily skin and how to know if this is really your skin type.
Most people will experience some occasional oiliness, but real oily skin is a different matter altogether. If your face tends to look like it was slathered with Vaseline an hour or so after washing (and not applying any products), then you definitely have oily skin. Aside from surface oiliness, this skin type is also characterised by large pores, inflammatory acne, redness, blackheads, and whiteheads.
While oily skin can be really difficult to deal with, the good news is that this skin type is less prone to fine lines and doesn’t age as fast as other types.
If you’ve determined that you belong to the oily skin club, don’t despair. With the right natural skincare products and a few tricks, we can successfully combat grease and wear makeup that actually stays on all day.
Start with a clean face
Getting your face to stay shine free begins with proper cleansing. Because oily skin is prone to acne, it’s important to find products that address both excess sebum and blemishes.
We've got lots of great cleansers for oily skin, whether you want to use a facial wipe, micellar water, cleansing gel or cream, or even a solid facial soap. Here's some of our recommendations:
Natural Makeup and Skin Care For Oily Skin
Cleansing Gels & Creams:
- Acure Brilliantly Brightening Cleansing Gel
- Acure Incredibly Clear Cleansing Stick
- Black Chicken Remedies Cleanse My Face
- Lavera Refreshing Cleansing Gel -Blemished/Combination Skin
- Zk'in Organics Purifying Cleansing Gel
- Weleda’s Aknedoron Cleansing Lotion
Tone or not to tone?Lastly, don’t forget to tone. A toner can help tackle bacteria and balance your skin's pH. Try these natural toners for oily and acne prone skin:
Does oily skin need moisturiser?
If you have oily skin, you might feel that moisturiser will only make your face greasier. However, if you skip on the moisturiser, your skin could get dehydrated, which will lead it to overproduce oil. So, yes, you should definitely still use moisturiser. But you have to choose the right formula.
First of all, oil based moisturisers are an oily girl’s nightmare. Go for non greasy ones, such as the Lavera Basis Moisturising Cream or Kelapa Organics’ SPF15 Facial Moisturiser. Those formulated for oil control, such as this one from Acure, are also great.
Blemishes and spotsOily skin can be prone to acne and blemishes. So it can be useful to have a product up your sleeve to help deal with these. The Weleda Aknedoron Purifying Lotion is designed to be used on spots, not on your whole face. Dab some on over your moisturiser. Echinacea, thyme and pine needle oil help zap spots, while witch hazel water balances your skin and biodynamic calendula and organic chamomile extracts soothe inflammation. You could also try:
Now on to makeup!
Primer makes a huge difference
Makeup and oily skin usually go together, well, like oil and water. When your skin is greasy, makeup can slide right off before you even make it out the house. Or when you do get your makeup to stay put, you can end up looking like a total greaseball within minutes.
Prepping your face with primer is a crucial step if you have oily skin. Primer evens out your skin, gives your foundation something to cling to, and absorbs some of the oil on your face.
Invest in a good primer for both your face and your eyelids, but avoid the hydrating or light reflecting types. These will just make you look shinier and are really more suited for those with drier skin types. Using an SPF product will protect your skin, which is why we love Wotnot's Sunscreen for Face. It's mattifying and does double duty as a primer under foundation and as your SPF30 sunscreen.You could also try Zk'in's Line Smoothing Serum as a primer.
If your eyelids tend to look like two pools of grease by midday, you can keep your eyeshadow from creasing with the Benecos Natural Eyeshadow Primer. This has a subtle gold shimmery shade; you can add your eyeshadow over the top or just pop on some mascara for that no-makeup makeup look.
Once you’ve moisturised and primed your face, take some tissue or a blotting sheet and lightly press it over the parts (usually the T zone) that tend to get the oiliest. This helps prep your face for the next step: foundation.
Choose the right foundation formula
For oily skin, you can’t just slather on any old foundation. Luminising or moisturising foundations won't keep oiliness at bay. Instead, choose ones that are formulated to combat shine.
Benecos has a Light Foundation that is water based, which makes it suitable for oily and blemish prone skin. For fuller coverage, the company also has a Natural Creamy Makeup, which is buildable and has a matte finish.
For good coverage and long lasting wear, go for Lavera’s Natural Liquid Foundation. This one lasts up to 10 hours on your face and gives off a soft, porcelain look. And for days when you’re not in the mood for heavy makeup, reach for the Benecos Natural BB Cream. This colour correcting product absorbs excess oil and also gives off a matte finish when set.Benecos
Finish off with translucent powder
As with foundation, if you've got oily skin you can't just go for any setting powder. Highlighting powders and shimmery formulations will only emphasise oil and look awful after a few hours. Instead, opt for translucent mattifying powders such as this one from Benecos, which is talc free. For a demi matte finish, choose the Benecos Natural Mineral Powder. Unlike the translucent powder, this one comes in four shades and has anti ageing properties.
Before powdering your face, wait for your foundation to set or your base will end up looking cakey. Next, apply your bronzer or blush. Gently blot your T zone one more time, set everything with powder, and you’re good to go!
Bring a touch up kit
If you’ve prepped your face properly, oily skin shouldn't require constant maintenance all day long. However, it’s still a good idea to put together a travel friendly touch up kit that fits in your purse and allows you to revive your makeup if things do start sliding off. Throw in some blotter sheets for soaking up excess oil and the Benecos Natural Compact Powder for shine control. Wotnot Facial Wipes for Oily Skin are also great for midday touch ups.
Hello Charlie offers an assortment of natural makeup and skin care for oily skin. Shop them here.
Do you have any oily skin tricks to share with us? Any natural skincare products or makeup for oily skin you think we should stock? Please tell us in the comments below.Image credits: Wotnot, The Australian Natural Soap Company, Simple as That, and Benecos.
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