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How to Apply Makeup to Oily Skin

Prepping to Apply Makeup to Oily Skin

Now that you've decided to make friends with the oil in your skin, it's time to coax your skin -- and its oil -- into the right state for makeup application. This prep work will help keep your skin healthy in part by adjusting the amount of oil on your skin. Try these simple steps to control oil production on your face.

To manage oily skin, you first need to clean your face properly -- this doesn't mean you should pull out a scouring pad and start scrubbing. One of the biggest mistakes people with oily skin make is cleansing too often or too harshly. Too much abrasion strips skin of the good oils that it needs to be healthy, and this causes skin to think it needs moisture, prompting the sebaceous glands to compensate and produce more oil. To avoid this situation, be gentle and don't wash your face more than twice a day. Also, try using a gel or a water-based cleanser to remove unwanted dirt, leftover makeup and extra oil without stripping your skin [sources: Syrett, Bouchez].

Also, always apply a thin coat of sunscreen or use a foundation that contains a sun protection factor of at least 15. If you're worried about sunscreen making your skin greasy or causing you to break out, you'll be happy to know that sunscreens are not all thick and oily. Try a sunscreen that uses zinc oxide or titanium dioxide -- these are gentler on sensitive skin and have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties [source: Today].

Even if you have oily skin, you need to moisturize daily to prevent your skin from drying out. Remember, if your skin thinks it's dry, it will produce more oil. To hydrate your skin without adding excess oil, use a light, oil-free moisturizer [source: Bouchez].

Now that you've cleaned, moisturized and protected your skin, continue reading to learn about the best makeup application tools.