Oily Skin Solutions

Oily Skin Solutions

posted on: 10.12.2011

I look like a grease pit. I'm pretty sure bacteria is having a great swim in my oiliness. When will this ever end?! Ladies and gentlemen, you just got a sneak peek at the inside of my brain. Those were thoughts that frequented my mind quite often back during my high school days. Oh those god awful high school days, back when I wore foundation three shades too dark for me (no really, I was going to get tan enough to match the new foundation shade mom, I swear!), raccoon-eyed smudged eyeliner halfway down my face, no mascara, and a crapload of bronzer streaked across my face. God was I a sight to see. But none of that has anything to do with oily skin, so let's get on with what you came to read about (right?).

Anyways, it took me years before I finally found a regime to help control my oiliness. So what works for me may not work for you. It is all a matter or trial & error. Before I go on, I would like to clarify that I'm the oiliest during the summertime, but when the weather starts transitioning to fall-winter-spring, I am definitely more combination skin. My T-zone will probably always remain oily on me, whereas my cheeks get pretty dry.

Now that we got that out of the way, these are my absolute essentials to remain mostly oil-free for the day!

  • A Good Face Powder- It can be loose, pressed, translucent, colored... It doesn't matter! I use the powder to set my foundation and it definitely helps keep the oil away. I always like to bring a small pressed powder compact with me whenever I go out for touch-ups along the way because sometimes the oiliness will smear your makeup all over the place.
    I like to use my Makeup Forever Duo Mat Face Powder.
  • Primer!!- This is one of the most difficult things to find. Obviously, oil-free is the way to go! And as much as I hate to admit it, I do find that the more expensive primers work best for me as opposed to cheap primers, and I definitely prefer water-based primers as opposed to the typical silicone-based primers.
    I like to use the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer.
  • Oil Mattifier- This is what I use right after I apply primer and this is absolutely essential! I use the one from Urban Decay (which is seriously a god send) because it seriously control my oil like it's nobody's business! Although pricey, nothing else works for me.
    I like to use the Urban Decay De-Slick in a Tube.
  • Oil Blotting Sheets- Very important. After however-many hours, I do get a little shininess in the t-zone, regardless of the amount of products I applied earlier to prevent that from happening. C'est la vie! These little babies are very inexpensive and work like a charm.
    I like to use Clean & Clear's Oil Blotting Sheets.
Those are my absolute essentials. Obviously along with that, you want to use oil-free everything. I hope this was of some help for some of you! Anddddd exciting: new tutorial going up tomorrow for the first time in two weeks! Yippy! Have a lovely day!


  1. Right on! I do the same for my oily skin, but I let it oil on on days at home bc oily skin keeps you looking younger!

  2. Yep that's the plus for oily skin! I think that may be the only pro LOL


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