8 Self-Proven Tips For Oil-Free Makeup

7 Self-Proven Tips For Oil-Free Makeup

Even though doing makeup and enhancing my natural beauty is my favorite, I hate to become my face oily after doing my makeup.

Some people see makeup as a thing to cover ugly faces. But personally, everyone has a unique beauty and makeup is used just for enhancing it.

I have tried many tricks to avoid a greasy makeup look. Here are the things that worked for me.

If you are troubled with oily makeup and look for tips on how to do an oil-free makeup look, then try these few tips.

So, let’s begin.

1. Use Cold Water To Wash Face

Cleansing your skin before makeup is a must you need to do. Usually, we wash our faces with normal water. But if you can use cold water instead, you can see a fantastic result.

What you need to do is after you wake up, cleanse your skin using your cleanser or face wash and wash your face with cold water. 

Also,  if you can keep your face in a bowl that contains cold water, that is also beneficial.

On the other hand, after cleansing your skin, you can also rub your skin using 2 ice cubes.

Cold water can prevent acne and excess oil production as well. It can also reduce pores and it helps to reduce acne. 

Using cold water can give you a fresh face as well.

Also, you can use cold water as a toner.

After using cold water or ice cubes, now your face is ready for makeup.

2. Use A Toner

The second step is to toner your skin. 

Applying a toner on my face before I did my makeup, changed my skin and it helped me to do oil-free makeup. 

Toners can close the pores on your face. You can choose a toner that suits your skin type.  

Apply toner on your face and wait until it absorbs well into your skin.  

3. Use A Primer

The third step is to apply a primer.

Primer can create an even, poreless, and smooth base for makeup and it acts as a barrier between the product that you applied and your skin which means it can reduce the harm of the products that you applied if there is.  

Also, applying a makeup primer before your makeup helps your skin to absorb other products such as foundation, powder, etc.   

Makeup primers help to do long-lasting makeup, which is not greasy and oily. 

So applying a primer before makeup can not be avoided if you are willing to do oily-free makeup.  

There are many makeup primers in the stores and what you need to buy depends on your skin type.

I suggest you buy a mattifying makeup primer that gives you a matte look.

4. Use A Stick Foundation

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Applying a foundation can create an even color throughout your face.  We do not have an even color on our face which means we have dark spots, under-eye darkness, etc.

So, you can apply a foundation to take the skin color of your face into an even color.

There are many foundation colors and types in the store. What you need to do is identify your skin tone and undertone while identifying your skin type. If you want to know more about how to check your skin tone and undertone, you can check my previous article

Also, if you are a beginner, you can check this article to know about how to choose a foundation color for you.

If you have oily skin, I suggest you purchase a stick foundation. 

Do not apply too much foundation it can create your skin more oily. You need to apply a little bit that is sufficient to cover your uneven places of the skin. 

NOTE – Recently, I tried a BB cream (Even though I have oily skin, I wanted to try a BB cream) which is very light weighted and it seems like it worked for me. BB creams are not suited for oily skin types, however, I felt like my oiliness is a little bit low after applying them.    

5. Do Not Apply Too Much Compact Powder 

You may have noticed that some people use many layers of compact powder, imagining that it will reduce excess oil. 

Yes, it is. The compact powder can absorb oil on your face. But imagine when your skin produced oil continuously, applying too much powder is useless. The extra oil appears again.  The powder can absorb oil but at the end of the day, your makeup looks oily. 

What you need to do is not apply too much compact powder thinking that it will absorb oil. If it can, you need to touch up every minute when you see your face getting oily.    

6. Use A Setting Spray

After doing your makeup, you need to use a setting spray to fix your makeup.

This step is very useful to keep your makeup for a long time.

7. Air Conditioner As A Savior

If you are working in a place where there is an AC, your makeup will not be greasy or oily. Also, you can maintain fresh makeup if you are in a place there is an Air Conditioner.

However, everyone can not stay in a place where there is an air conditioner. But the steps above will help you to get rid of oily and greasy makeup.

8. Drink Water

Drinking an appropriate amount of water can regulate the oil production on your skin, which means you can control your oiliness.

I usually drink water every day, especially if I want to do makeup. When I get a sufficient amount of water in my body, I feel my skin is more moist and plumpy. I always love that plump skin because it can absorb makeup products well and give a natural makeup look.

Plus, I have noticed that when I drink water every day, the oiliness on my face is extremely low. You can also follow this method to get an oil-free makeup look.


In this post, we discussed some tips to do an oil-free makeup look.

In addition to the tips, keep in mind to choose oil-free products for your skincare and makeup.

Also, drinking a lot of water will help you to reduce excess oil and maintain glowing skin.

Applying gel-based moisturizers is also, very important if you have oily skin.

If your skin gets more oily after makeup and if it is out of control, you can use tissues to absorb your oil in the skin or use minimum products when you apply makeup.

Doing a facial at home at least twice a week will help you to get rid of oily skin and acne.

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