Glowy Makeup for Oily Skin

A viewer-requested video showing oily-skinned gals how to get the glow without looking greasy. Product recommendations in every category (all locally available!) listed below.

Product recommendations:

Mattifying primers:
Benefit The Porefessional
Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer
L’Oréal Infallible Foundation Primer

Illuminating primers:
Clarins Instant Light Boosting Complexion Base
Benefit That Gal
Estée Lauder The Illuminator Radiant Perfecting Primer + Finisher

Natural finish foundation:
Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream (Light-medium coverage)
Max Factor Lasting Performance (Medium coverage)
Estée Lauder Double Wear Light (Medium-full coverage)

Clarins Instant Concealer
Urban Decay Naked Skin
Nyx HD Studio Photogenic Concealer

Cream/liquid highlight:
MAC Cream Color Base in “Hush”
Nyx Liquid Illuminator
Benefit Watt’s Up

Powder highlight:
The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in “Soft & Gentle”
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

Cream bronzer:
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel
Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit
The Body Shop Drops of Sun

Loose setting powder:
MAC Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder
Catrice Nude Illusion Loose Powder
Essence Stay All Day Translucent Fixing Powder

Setting spray:
Clarins Fix Make-up
Urban Decay DeSlick Setting Spray
L’Oréal Infallible Fixing Mist
(MAC Fix+ is NOT a setting spray – it’s a finishing spray i.e. it refreshes the look of makeup but it doesn’t extend its wear)

Blotting paper:
MAC Blot Film
Nyx Matte Blotting Paper
Palladio Rice Paper

3 comments on Glowy Makeup for Oily Skin

  • Annemie

    Thanks for this! You’ve listed a whole lot of products that I’ve been meaning to try. Definitely picking up a few this weekend 🙂

  • Lara Pienaar

    Hi Jules. I was wondering what shade of the Max Factor Lasting Performance you use? I have similar colouring to you and I tested the 106 Natural Beige today (the lightest shade available at the clicks I was at) but I’m worried it’s a bit dark. I’m an Estée Lauder Double Wear devote (I use 1W2 Sand) but thought I’d try the Max Factor after reading the blog. Thanks!

    • Jules (author)

      Hi Lara – I actually wear shade 109 Natural Bronze in the Lasting Performance foundation although it is *slightly* too dark for me (my body is more tanned than my face). I have worn 106 Natural Beige and it also works fine (it’s more of a winter shade for me). For reference, I wear 3N1 Ivory Beige in Double Wear.

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