Model wearing foundation for oily skin

The No-Drama Foundation Routine for Oily Skin

Anyone else feeling the midday shine by 9.32am? Oil-slicked t-zones and slipping foundation formulas are just not the one. You’ve probably tried every foundation for oily skin you can get your hands on, but for the soft, matte base we all dream about, there’s a few makeup tips you need to know. And, the best part? They’re quick and easy, perfect for when you’re on the go.

So, if you’re piling on the face powder before you’ve even had your breakfast, follow our tips to finally slay the shine. You’re only a few steps away from your ultimate base goals…

1. Switch Up Your Skincare


A shine-free look is all in the prep work. When getting ready with your morning skincare routine, it’s easy to think drying, alcohol-based cleansers and astringent toners will leave skin feeling fresh, helping to keep oil at bay. But in fact, those formulas often strip the skin’s natural oils, causing skin to produce more sebum as the day goes on (hello, shine…). Try swapping your usual face wash for a cream or low-sulphate formula, which will be gentler on oily, acne-prone skin.

2. Don’t Skip Moisturiser


Now your cleansing regimen is on point, don’t be tempted to skip moisturiser. Even oily skin needs a hit of hydration, otherwise your sebum glands will go into overdrive to compensate. To stop the shine, use a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturiser that won’t clog pores, keeping skin fully moisturised and smooth ahead of foundation application.
Model with moisturised skin and no makeup
Rimmel London Lasting Matte Primer

3. Prep with Primer


If you find your base slipping off during the day, smooth on a face primer to up your foundation’s staying power. We love Lasting Matte Primer, which instantly controls shine and blurs pores for an ultra-soft, velvety canvas. Plus, the lightweight formula also lasts for up to nine hours, so you get all-day flawlessness. If you don’t use a primer now, you need to add this to your kit ASAP.

4. Find Your Flawless


Flawless foundation for oily skin does exist. If your face tends to feel slick all over, blend Lasting Matte Foundation onto skin, starting from the centre of your nose, chin and forehead, and smoothing outwards. The lightweight, full coverage formula keeps shine at bay for up to 12 hours, all while camouflaging blemishes and keeping skin moisturised.

Looking for even more coverage? Glide Lasting Matte Concealer under eyes and over imperfections, using the sponge-tipped wand for targeted, precise application. The liquid texture makes blending a breeze, lending a soft-focus, selfie-ready finish that lasts up to 12 hours. Dream canvas, sorted.
Model wearing foundation for oily skin
Model wearing foundation for oily skin

5. Always Carry Powder


Mattifying powder is oily skin’s BFF. To set your foundation after application, use a big fluffy brush and apply Match Perfection Loose Powder. Tap off the excess and dust over the t-zone, finishing with a light sweep over cheeks and chin. This will set your foundation base in place without disrupting the formula underneath.

If you’re feeling oily on the go, make sure you carry a compact to sweep away shine wherever you are. Insta Fix & Matte Powder controls oiliness and leaves skin with a filtered finish (in case you’re taking your base to the grid… #basegoals). Try to tap lightly onto skin rather than buff too harshly; this will keep your foundation underneath looking fresh and flawless.

6. Spritz Away Shine


Finally, set foundation with a misting of Insta Fix & Go Setting Spray. It works to lock down makeup, gives your skin a glow and feels ultra-refreshing. Top tip: We keep one at home and one in our bag for a skin-saving spritz wherever we are.
Rimmel London Insta Fix & Go Setting Spray
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