(Closed) Oily Skin Bees!! Best Makeup (foundation) for our skin????

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 31
1123 posts
Bumble bee

For years I used Rimmell Match Perfection Gel Foundation, it was perfect for my skin which becomes oily in the middle of the day. I was mortified when it was discontinued around a year ago and stocked up on about 6 pots which I’m now saving for my wedding and honeymoon. I haven’t been able to find another foundation I like as much since so I’m glad I stocked up as I would be panicking by now about which one to use on the big day!

Anyway if you can find a gel based foundation this seems to be the way forward in my opinion. The same could probably be said for a gel moisturiser. Also I’m not sure if Rimmell are sold in other countries (I’m in the UK) but if so perhaps check if they still sell the foundation I mentioned above where you are…it may have only been discontinued in the UK.

Post # 32
6107 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

oliviakatherine:  my holy grail foundation is Estee Lauder Double Wear! It’s matte, lasts allllll day, and keeps me from getting oily throughout the day. It also makes my skin look flawless. I don’t think I’ll ever love a foundation as much as ELDW.

Post # 33
954 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA

I love Make Up For Ever’s Mat Velvet foundation. 

Post # 34
2970 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

mkgolden:  if memory serves, it’s cheaper per ounce if you buy the travel size lotion! $10-12 per oz instead of $30 for something like 1.7oz. 

A tiny bit goes a looong way, so careful you don’t squeeze out too much! Depending how recently I washed my face, I use Nivea Pure&Natural toner toner to get rid of any surface oil, apply it to a clean face, sometimes I add primer, sometimes I go straight to foundation. 

i also love the Victoria’s Secret setting spray but I think it’s discontinued. 


Post # 35
658 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: Stonehouse at Stirling Ridge

I used to have very oily skin until I stopped using oil control products and began using a night oil instead of a mosturizer. I’ve been using Nude Progenuis treatment oil and it’s actually helped control my face from producing so much oil. I guess my face was over producing oil because it needed more moisture.

As far as foundations hourglass immaculate liquid to powder foundation worked well when my face was oilier but its a little drying now that my face seems to be less oily. Maybe try this

Post # 36
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

oliviakatherine:  I’ve found that it’s not in the makeup and it’s not even in the cleanser, it’s in the mositurizer. I tend to have very oily skin, especially in my t-zone, and after years I’ve finally found the only product that controls the oil and shine.

It’s Murad Oil Control Mattifier from Sephora. It’s kind of pricy but it lasts a long time. It’s kind of thick (seems like the consistisency of elmers glue) and you have to rub it in more than a typical mositurizer but abosultely NO OIL gets through. It’s amazing. I put it on in the morning, put a light foundation over it and I’m completey matte until bedtime. I’ve never had anything work that well. And I also have very sensitive and acne prone skim and it doesn’t cause any breakouts. Plus it has an spf in it.

Heres the link: 


Post # 37
4891 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

oliviakatherine:  Smashbox 15-Hour Wear Studio Skin liquid foundation.

I was a Bare Minerals foundation wearer for years, but for some reason – it stopped staying on my face like it had to in the past. So, I researched and read good things about this one based on my oily skin… and it’s great!

A great primer is a lifesaver, too. I use the Original Smashbox Photofinish Primer.

A good tip, and I did this on myw edding day (did my own make-up): After you put on primer, do a light dusting of your finishing powder over that, and then concealer. Then, put on  your foundation and the rest of what you do for your face, including the finishing powder. For some reason, doing that little layer of powder does wonders!

ETA: I started using Ben Nye’s Luxury Powder before my wedding (heard great things), and will continue to use.

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Post # 38
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Maui

I have always had oily skin and acne problems, but I stopped using face wash and moisturizer and only use water and oil now. It has helped a lot. I use Jojoba Oil from acne.org. I apply it in the morning before my shower, and at night to remove my makeup. I just rinse it off with water and a wash cloth. I can still feel some oil on my face but I just leave it, and I think that’s key. My face gets oily again if I wash it with cleanser or forget to put oil on before my shower. 

Post # 39
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Church and University

Trying as an experiment today – used some coconut oil for my moisturizer then used my typical Becca primer and foundation.  So far, so good at 12:11pm, two hours after application.

Post # 40
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Smashbox Studio Skin is my holy grail!

Especially when used with a primer, Chanel Loose Setting Powder and Urban Decay De Slick setting spray.

Post # 41
400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I use Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse but honestly the best thing I’ve found is Final Seal Matte Makeup Sealer by Ben Nye! It’s used by stage performers so they don’t sweat their makeup off under all the hot lights and it’s made a huuuge difference for me in terms of how long my makeup lasts on my super oily skin.

Post # 42
151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

MrsWhitneyC2015:  I noticed someone wrote that on the reviews and then looked…it’s definitely better value to get the travel size, maybe it has something to do with the packaging? lol who knows. 

Thanks so much for the info. I use Urban Decay setting spray which has worked well for me so far. Right now I am using the Boscia oil-free daily hydration lotion from sephora but have been using it for years and want to switch it up. I hope the mac works well for me too!

Post # 43
7 posts
  • Wedding: September 2018

Makeup forever Stay Matte Velvet! I use their absolute lightest shade. Sometimes I’ll pat on some sheer powder before applying my foundation  (absorbs oil and makes the foundation stick and stay all day!) but if I don’t, just patting the powder on with a kabuki post-foundation is fine. I use bare minerals bareskin perfecting veil. It is light and feels fantastic but gets the job done on my hellacious T-zone! 

Post # 44
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

oliviakatherine:  I have to use milk of magnesia as a primer and I alternate between Revlon ColorStay and the new Fit Me! Matte and Poreless. (You have to let it fully dry and turn white on your face before you apply your foundation. It does not affect the color of your foundation. Also…using a damp beauty blender or sponge to apply your foundation keeps your face from looking too dry)

My skin tends to get used to foundation as well. However, I only use the milk of magnesia as a primer when I really need my makeup to stay and I hardly ever need to blot or touch up when I use it.

For normal days, or when I’m just going to be wearing makeup for a shorter period of time, I just use a matte primer (I like the Rimmel Stay Matte one) and one of those foundations I mentioned above. I finish it off with a matte powder.

I’ve tried everything under the sun…also washing my face with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and an oil-free moisturizer has helped a bunch!

Post # 45
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I have very oily, sensitive skin. My current routine that is working fairly well as the humidity starts to climb this time of year in Texas is, 

Wash with a gentle cleanser. I love the green tea cleanser from St. Ives, but I’ve been having trouble finding it lately so I switched to the Neutrogena redness calming cleanser which I also like.

Moisturize with Garnier gel-cream moisturizer (best moisturizer for oily skin I’ve ever found!)

Benefit primer followed by Clinique stay matte foundation. I’ve been trying to find a drug store foundation that would work for me years, but have never been completely happy either with the oil control, shade match, or both. I started using Clinique a few days ago at the recommendation of Future Sister-In-Law who has a similar skin type, and I love it so far. I dust with a bit of powder and finish with Urban Decay de-slick setting spray. I LOVE this setting spray! Even though it doesn’t always keep me looking matte, it does keep my makeup from sliding off my face, so when I touch up with blotting paper throughout the day, the result looks much better than if I didn’t use the spray. 

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