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Powder for Oily Skin – Top 3 Oil Control Powders & How to Apply Face Powder

Updated on February 16, 2018
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Punkmarkgirl is a freelance writer with a passion for DIY projects, natural health & makeup - featuring the best products for oily skin.

Matte Face Powder for Oily Skin - The Secret to Flawless Makeup!
Matte Face Powder for Oily Skin - The Secret to Flawless Makeup!

Battling oily skin? Here is a list the best Oil Control Face Powders to help shed the shine!

Oily skin can be a real challenge to control. While many face cleansers and toners promise to combat the oiliness, oil still ends up peeking through after a few hours. The only real solution is to select oil-free products and matte makeup. It's important to avoid products with heavy concentrations of mica and dimethicone, as they can add shiny, waxy heaviness to the skin. Try these 3 face powders for oily skin to achieve a beautifully matte finish that stays oil free for hours.

#3) Cover Girl Clean Matte Powder for Oily Skin

If you’re looking for a Tinted Compact Powder for oily skin & touch-ups, this is one of the best around. Cover Girl Clean feels light weight and blends easily. It comes in a portable compact and keeps skin matte for a few hours, while providing medium coverage for redness or blemishes.

Shades Available: Tinted Powder - comes in a wide range of colors from light to dark.

#2) Palladio Rice Powder for Oily Skin:

A loose Rice Based powder that comes in a square sifter container. (Oriental women have been using rice powder for years to keep their skin looking flawless & oil free.) This is a good option to use after makeup application, to set everything in place and provide a soft matte finish. It blends well, and is very lightly pigmented.

#1) Mattify Cosmetics ULTRA Powder for Oily Skin

A super-oil absorbent Mattify Ultra face powder that can be used as a primer before applying your makeup, and also as a setting powder after foundation. This comes in a round sifter container, which is small enough to fit in your purse. The powder is clear, so you can use for touch-ups to absorb oil, without altering the color of your foundation. It's the best choice for those with very oily skin, because it stays looking matte for hours.

If you have oily skin, you are not alone!

Many celebrities also have oily skin, for which their makeup artists must create a special foundation & powder routine. The infamous picture of Nicole Kidman’s powder snafu quickly became a viral blast to face powder. The key is to blend properly until the powder becomes invisible! If using a powder puff, gently pat and press onto skin until no color remains. When using a powder brush for application, rotate the brush in swirling motions until color disappears. Check out these amazing before & after pictures of famous women with oily skin. Face powder really can work magic!

5 Tips for Applying Face Powder for Oily Skin

Achieving a perfectly matte complexion is possible, but you must take the right steps when applying your products for oily skin. Here are some troubleshooting tips:

1) Blot Your Oily Skin

A few hours after your first powder application, always blot with a product like Clean n Clear’s Oil Absorbing Sheets before reapplying powder. Blotting papers remove the oily residue to give you a fresh start, and prevent your makeup from feeling heavy and cakey. If a blotting paper is not available, use a paper napkin, toilet seat cover, or tissue to dab away the surface oil prior to powdering.

2) Don’t be Afraid of Face Powder!

Powder gets a bad rap because it is often applied incorrectly – but for people with oily skin, it is a must have product. If using a powder puff, press the powder onto your face in sections (don’t rub, or it will smear your makeup). If using a powder brush, tap the powder into your skin in sections to achieve the best oil control. Then, blend once more using light, whispy motions with the powder brush, to make sure no powdery residue remains.

3) Don’t Reapply Tinted Face Powder More Than 4 Times a Day

The pigmentation in colored powders tends to look like a caked-on layer over foundation when applied frequently. This is slightly lessened if you take time to use a blotting paper first, but can still look heavier than Transparent Powder.

4) Alternate Powder Types

If you have very oily skin and need frequent touch-ups, it works best to alternate a tinted powder (like the Palladio or Cover Girl) with a transparent powder (like Mattify Ultra Powder) throughout the day. As a general rule, Transparent Powder is designed to disappear on your skin, like an invisible layer to absorb oiliness. Tinted Powder is better for concealing blemishes, so it can be used sparingly once or twice, to even out skin tone.

5) You Can Go Low Budget with Face Powder

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get quality face powder. Most powder varieties contain very similar base ingredients, so when you buy high-end brands like MAC, Laura Mercier, Urban Decay, MUFE etc, you are just paying for the name. Did you know that MUFE High Definition Powder only contains 1 ingredient (mineral silica) and yet it costs almost $40 a jar? Call the rip-off police! Often, you are also paying for a host of chemicals and waxes as well. The 3 face powders recommended on this Hub all cost $13 and under. Powder is one beauty product where high end doesn’t necessarily mean better.

Which Face Powder for Oily Skin Do You Want to Try?

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