How to Apply Makeup to Oily Skin

Blending Makeup

You're now ready to apply your makeup. Before you whip out your brushes, take a moment to visualize what you want to look like when you're done. Unless you're performing on stage or under the big circus tent, you're probably not imagining a wild and wacky made-up look. This means you'll need to blend your makeup to get a natural, polished look.

To get that healthy, elegant glow without the oily shine, you need to choose colors that complement your skin tone and apply them in the proper order. If you have oily skin, you want to apply primer first. Primer helps your makeup stay in place, without smearing, creasing or melting -- for oily skin, you can use a matte primer that absorbs oil and reduces shine. Primer also smoothes out other makeup so you can easily blend your foundation and powders. To apply primer to your face, rub it into your skin and give it a few minutes to sink in and dry before moving on to the next step [source: Wu].

If you have pimples or dark circles, you need to work on those next. First, apply concealer to hide circles, smoothing a small amount into your skin gently so it doesn't stand out. Next, use a cover-up or foundation stick -- not concealer -- to hide unwanted blemishes. Apply the cover-up directly to the imperfection and pat it gently to blend [source: Today].

Now it's time for foundation. For people with oily skin, foundation can be really helpful. You can use oil-free, powder or mineral foundations to absorb and control the oil in your skin. If you have acne, you may want to use a foundation that contains salicylic acid. When applying foundation to your entire face, be sure to blend it along your jaw line to avoid makeup lines. You may also want to use a foundation brush to dust a thin coat of powder over your finished foundation -- powder seals foundation and reduces shine [source: Matlin].

Finally, you want to apply the finishing touches -- blush and eye shadow. For oily skin, colored gels work well, but they can be tricky to apply. Whether you apply powder or gel makeup, you want to avoid looking like a clown. This means you need to blend well, dusting a small amount of blush over the apples of your cheeks, then up toward your hairline and back down [source: Today]. For your eyes, you can avoid hard stripes of color by using a brush to carefully blend the colors into one another [source:].

You now have the makeup tricks to create the look you want. Keep reading to learn what cosmetics can help you put your best face forward.