ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Powder for Oily Skin – Top 3 Oil-Control Face Powders that Stay Matte

Updated on June 17, 2019
punkmarkgirl profile image

Punkmarkgirl is a freelance writer with a passion for DIY projects, natural health, and 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 of 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.

Cover Girl Clean Matte Pressed Powder for Oily Skin Types
Cover Girl Clean Matte Pressed Powder for Oily Skin Types

#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.

Palladio Rice Powder for Oily Ski
Palladio Rice Powder for Oily Ski

#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.

Best Powder for Oily Skin - Mattify Transparent Matte Face Powder
Best Powder for Oily Skin - Mattify Transparent Matte Face Powder

#1) Mattify Cosmetics ULTRA Powder for Oily Skin

A super oil-absorbent face powder for oily skin 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. When you do reapply, it doesn't look heavy and thick, it just gives off a fresh airbrushed look that makes pores disappear.

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?

See results

© 2014 Ashley Bergin


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)