The 6 Best Matte Makeup Products for Oily Skin

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If you have oily skin, you know how difficult it can be to find makeup that works for your tricky skin type. By 1 pm, you can feel your foundation melting off and you’re probably reaching for those blotting papers. Sound familiar? You’re probably using the wrong makeup! With just a few key matte products, you can keep those oils in check AND get your makeup to stay in place all day long. Keep on reading for the six best matte makeup products for oily skin.

The best matte makeup for oily skin

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MATTE MAKEUP MUST-HAVES

 

1. PRIMER

A mattifying makeup base is the most important step for getting makeup that lasts all day. Skip primers that “hydrate” or “illuminate” the skin because those will just make you more oily. Instead go for a matte primer like this one from Clarins, which is great for larger pores and blurring skin imperfections. Another great option is this oil-free one from Smashbox!

Pro tip: Let your primer set for a minute before applying foundation!


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2. FOUNDATION

I definitely recommend an oil-free foundation to help keep your skin shine-free all day. Always go for a long-lasting matte one like the YSL All Hours foundation, which lasts up to 24 hours (so worth the splurge) or my favorite drugstore foundation from Maybelline.


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3. SETTING POWDER

To soak up any excess oil on your face, a translucent powder is a must! The key is to set your whole face rather than just the T-zone with a damp beauty blender (detailed steps here). My favorite splurge setting powder is the La Mer Powder, but I also swear by this drugstore one from Covergirl.


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4. BLUSH

When picking a blush for oily skin, a good rule of thumb is to choose a matte one over a shiny one. The Bobbi Brown matte blush is my go-to, but a great drugstore dupe is the Maybelline Fit Me blush.


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5. HIGHLIGHTER

Just because you have oily skin, doesn’t mean you can’t get that sun-kissed glow. The Laguna Cali Glow highlighter is great for a soft, subtle highlight that won’t look greasy!


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6. SETTING SPRAY

One of the biggest concerns with oily skin is getting your makeup to stay put. I recommend an oil-control setting spray (like this one from Urban Decay) to help lock in your makeup all day!


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What are your summer weather must-haves for oily skin!? Share your faves in the comments below!

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