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A quick post today to share my top makeup for oily skin. For this post I wanted to focus on products I use most often to control oil and minimize pores for a flawless base. You’ll notice most of them are made without parabens and similar harmful ingredients. Although my budget doesn’t currently allow for all green beauty products I try to use the best ingredients I can for the products that touch my face, like primer and foundation (but still last!).

Really, it’s only my t-zone that’s oily but it’s very oily. Which is why I look for mattifying and long lasting options.

Finding makeup that works for oily skin can be difficult so I hope this list is helpful!


BareMinerals Blemish Remedy Mattifying Prep Gel: This is my favorite because I prefer a gel and I feel better about the ingredients this brand uses. I usually buy it at Ulta but this one’s on sale right now!

Ulta Matte Face Primer: I didn’t realize Ulta Beauty products don’t contain parabens so I was excited to try this. It’s more of a silicone consistency, which I don’t feel works as well as a gel but I like that it has salicylic acid to treat acne, which is common with oily skin. 

Benefit The Porefessional: Matte Rescue: This is the only primer that really works for me in the summer but I won’t say it’s my favorite because even though it is a gel its not really the best for sensitive skin, ingredient wise. 


Clinique Stay Matte Oil-Free Makeup: I went back to Clinique because it’s fragrance free and allergy tested.  This formula is non-acnegnic, controls oils and resists sweat for 8 hours. I have the shade Linen. It’s a shade too dark for me if I’m not self-tanned but it’s the lightest they have. *shoulder shrug*

Ulta Demi-Matte Foundation: I stumbled upon this foundation when Ulta offered it free with any purchase about a year ago. I really like the lightweight, cream gel formula! Like the primer, it’s free of parabens, fragrance, oil, and dye. It’s vegan friendly and has SPF 20. I have the shades Ivory and Classic Ivory- not sure which I like best yet.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation: I haven’t talked much about this foundation on here (which I need to do) but it’s probably my ultimate fave. I’m not the biggest fan of full coverage formulas but this lasts the best of all the foundations I have (12 hour wear!).  It’s also free of parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, and gluten. It’s vegan and has SPF 15. I have the shade Fair Sand.

Setting Powders

Neutrogena Shine Control Powder: I recently went back to a pressed formula because I felt like a loose formula was too drying in some areas. Plus, it’s easier to apply! I don’t like the way white setting powders look on me. This one doesn’t have much color but it’s not white so it actually blends into my skin well and controls shine for 8 hours. The shade is invisible (like translucent).

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder: I like this one by Rimmel because it’s under $5 and provides shine control and minimizes pores for 5 hours. I use the translucent shade so it matches whatever foundation shades I’m using.

Setting Spray

Milani Make It Last Setting Spray: I’ve tried several setting sprays, both high end and drugstore, but since finding this one I haven’t used any others. It’s free of parabens, sulfate, dye, and aluminum and locks in makeup for 16 hours. All for under $10.

Touch-up Powders

CoverGirl Clean Pressed Powder Oil Control: I’m not obsessed with this powder but it’s like $6. The formula absorbs oils and minimizes the look of pores and the compact comes with a sponge and mirror so it is a good touch-up option for my purse. The only downside is the limited shade range. I have 510, Classic Ivory, which is a little too light but it works.

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Powder: This is another $6 option. The compact also comes with a sponge and mirror. It too minimizes shine and pores and is free of paraben, phthalate, sulfate, and aluminum making it my top choice. I like the translucent shade for my purse.

Oil-Absorbing Sheets: Obviously, not a powder but I use these at lunch time before applying powder (if needed). They really work! If you find yourself adding powder throughout the day using an oil blotting sheet to remove the excess oil first will make a world of difference.

I didn’t how busy this week was going to be until I looked at my calendar at work Monday. Sooo, I’m taking it one day at a time. How’s the week look for you? I hope it’s a good one!

Thanks for reading!

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