When you have oily skin, finding the right makeup (and makeup tools) is essential for flawless skin. If enlarged pores, annoying blemishes, and a shiny complexion sound all too familiar, you probably have oily skin. 

We promise it’s not as bad as it sounds! There are some benefits to having oily skin, like being less prone to premature wrinkles (real talk). But in order to keep acne at bay and minimize pores, managing oily skin is key. Read on to find out everything you need to know about oily skin and the best ways to fight back.

Causes of Oily Skin

So what actually causes oily skin in the first place? We’re gonna get technical for a sec: Oily skin happens when the sebaceous glands in the skin overproduce sebum, which gives your skin a waxy, shiny appearance. 

Do you ever feel like your makeup slides off after a couple of hours? Are your pores clearly visible, especially on your nose, chin, and forehead? Do you find yourself battling breakouts more often than not? Blame it on those pesky overactive sebaceous glands. 

Keep in mind: Sebum does keep your skin hydrated and helps get rid of dead skin cells, so it isn’t all bad. But excessive amounts can clog pores and lead to acne. Ideally, skin is at its healthiest when it’s equally oily and dry, so the goal is to find a good balance.

Tips to Reduce Oily Skin

Luckily, there are tons of remedies to keep oily skin at bay and achieve a glowing, flawless finish.

Pro-tip #1 - Find the right moisturizer

Just because your skin is already pretty hydrated doesn’t mean you should skimp on the moisturizer. The key is to find one that’s made for your skin type and use as directed. Test out a few different brands and find a matte moisturizer formulated for oily skin. Feel free to spritz some setting spray on your face or use our Power Pocket Puff™ for a quick refresh to bake, set, or smooth makeup throughout the day.

Pro-tip #2 - Wash your face twice a day

The twice-a-day face wash can feel like a lot of work, but it’s totally worth it. Cleansing your skin first thing in the morning and right before bed will help manage the oils your skin is producing overnight and throughout the day. Find a purifying cleanser and use it both AM and PM as well as right after a workout. Even if you can only carve out a few minutes a day, it makes all the difference.

Pro-tip #3 – Apply a facial mask every other week

Applying a mask helps cleanse skin and absorb oils to reduce their shininess. Make it part of your self-care routine and use a clay or oatmeal mask every other week to detox pores.

The Best Makeup Tools For Oily Skin

beautyblender makeup tools for oily skin

So what are the best tools to use on your oily skin? Start with The Leveler, our pore-minimizing primer to #aceyourbase. This velvety skin-smoothing primer contains niacinamide to help blur the appearance of redness, large pores, and uneven texture. Minimize shine and lock makeup in place from morning till night with this super lightweight formula that’s perfect for oily skin. When applying powder (great for preventing shine), try the Pocket Powder Puff. Always finish your look with setting spray which also keeps the oil away.

Is there a clear winner for the best makeup tool for oily skin? We think so! One of the reasons the Beautyblender® is beloved by makeup enthusiasts everywhere is because it’s easy to use, easy to clean, and suitable for all skin types and products. The Beautyblender® is designed to be used and cleaned daily and helps avoid using your fingers. You no longer need to dab with your hands to reach your under eyes or other crevices in your face, the tip of a Beautyblender or a Micro.Mini is made for just that. 

One of the most important things you can do for your skin–whether it’s oily, dry, normal, combination, or sensitive–is to use products that are clean and pure. That’s why the Beautyblender® is makeup’s best friend. A clean and easy-to-use makeup sponge gives you the best results every time (over oily fingertips)  to turn oily skin into glowing skin.

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