Having oily skin can be both a blessing and a curse. People with this skin type tend to age better and exhibit fewer deep wrinkles. But as soon as the temperatures hit 70 degrees, oily skin starts to look less luminous and more greasy.
To avoid having a makeup meltdown, we asked celebrity makeup artist Spencer Barnes (his famous clients include Julianne Hough, Kristin Cavallari, and Sofia Richie) for beauty tips anyone with oily skin needs to know in order to survive the dog days of summer.
Oil-free skin care is a savior.
Smooth on this mattifying moisturizer after washing your face and you’re one step closer to controlling oily skin throughout the day. (Photo: Murad)
“One of the first things that I think people have a misconception about is that oiliness and hydration are the same thing,” says Barnes. “Oils do keep the skin hydrated looking, but you still want to use good skin care that delivers hydration.”
He strongly encourages protecting and nourishing your skin with products that are oil-free or matte-controlling like Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA +++ ($39.50). “It actually works wonders for my really greasy girls,” says Barnes. “But if you’re adding to the oil, it’s going to be a problem, especially in the heat.”
Simple, stay-put makeup is the way to go.
No raccoon eyes with this waterproof mascara. (Photo: Fusion Beauty)
Full-coverage foundations are great for concealing a multitude of issues. However, their formulations tend to be on the heavier side and are not ideal for individuals with oily skin types to wear on sweltering summer days. Instead of applying thick face makeup that will slide right off your face, Barnes recommends using simple products that you know will stay in place.
You can’t go wrong with a waterproof mascara, concealer, bronzer, and a tinted lip balm, according to the expert. “And you can look awake, refreshed, and defined without dealing with makeup melting, transferring, or creasing,” he adds. Glossier Stretch Concealer ($18) and Fusion Beauty LashFusion XXL Waterproof Mascara ($26) are staples in our summertime makeup bag.
Blot away, baby!
Blotting sheets are a must-have for anyone with oily skin. (Photo: e.l.f. Cosmetics)
Going overboard with the powdering can lead to icky, clumpy makeup. So Barnes suggests lifting the oil first with a blotting sheet and then adding a bit of shine control after.
We love the e.l.f. Cosmetics Shine Eraser ($1) because these lightweight sheets contain green tea extract, which helps target excessive oil production. Plus, they fit right into your jeans pocket or handbag, making last-minute touchups supereasy. Just be careful not to drag the sheets across your face!
If your skin is still as shiny as a new penny, then you’ll want to use a makeup sponge or Beautyblender with a mattifying gel or primer (try Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional: Matte Rescue Invisible Finish Mattifying Gel, $31) to pull the oil out of your pores.