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Finally – Liquid Foundations That Actually Work For Oily Skin

The best liquid foundations for those who live in the land of forever summer (and how to keep them from slip-n-sliding off your face).

We, the sisters in the Oily Skin League, have it a lot harder when it comes to finding the right makeup products that don’t cost an arm and a leg. We have to watch out for mascara transfers, make sure the winged end of our eyeliner doesn’t wear off by the fourth hour and – perhaps the most challenging of them all – ensure that our foundation stays put at least halfway through the day. If we can get home with 50 percent of the foundation still intact after 12 hours, it is a success close to a miracle. Am I right or am I right, ladies?

When you have problematic skin, you never forget the day that you find that one product that actually, properly works for you. That moment when you look into the mirror at the end of the day and realise that your new foundation doesn’t look too shabby. Oh, you can almost hear the angels singing into your ear.

Because we know how hard it is to hunt down the perfect foundation that does it all – adequate coverage, easy application, long-lasting and lightweight – we’ve quickened your search with our round-up of the best foundations for oily skin. If you’re looking for ways to make your foundation last even longer, we’ve got some tips for you below.


1. Moisturise
Think you don’t need to moisturise because your skin is oily enough as it is? Here’s the last sign you need to throw that skin myth out of the window and into the ditch. When your skin senses that it isn’t hydrated enough, it ends up producing more oil and well, we all know how that ends. If using a cream-based moisturiser before putting on your makeup is too big a step, try water-based ones like Lancôme’s Energie de Vie The Smoothing & Glow Boosting Liquid Moisturiser.


2. Prime, Prime, Prime
Especially on your T-zone area and your eyelids. It can help to use different primers for different areas of your face, say a more “potent” one for your T-zone. (If you’re looking for mascaras that won’t leave dark circles under your eye, shimmy down over to here.)


3. Mix Your Foundations
Lisa Eldridge a.k.a The Makeup Queen of YouTube mixes products all the time, so it must be legit. It is especially helpful when your favourite liquid foundation doesn’t match your skin tone exactly and it needs a little extra something something to get there. Mixing a creamier foundation with a runnier one also helps to thin down the formula so that is spreads more easily on your skin.


4. Foundations Are Not Concealers
Use your foundation to conceal redness, veins and spots. Everything else? Use a concealer. The more foundation you have on, the more cakey it gets and the faster it slides off your face. (Plus, the more foundation you use daily, the faster you’ll run out. Save yourself some cash and spend it on a sturdy concealer.)


5. Use A Blending Tool
You all know we’re suckers for makeup tools. Not only do they work fast – and hence, get you out of the door faster in the mornings – they help to really set the liquid foundation into your skin, ultimately slowing the melting process. We love the Beauty Blender, but if you’ve got some dollar bills to spare, you may want to drop this Artis brush into your cart.


6. Blot Regularly
Face getting a little too shiny? Use a tissue to blot the oil away gently before finishing off with an oil-control press powder.


Are you a fellow sister in the Oily Skin League? What are some of your beauty secrets?

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