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The best makeup and skin care tips for oily skin

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Finding the best makeup for oily skin can be a nightmare (as can ensuring your face remains shine free). We’ve sourced the best oily skin beauty buys from Cabot Circus that your complexion will thank you for: the matte foundation; the oily skin primer and the setting powder. Plus, our simple skin care tips will ensure your makeup base stays put all day.  

NARS Pore & Shine Control Primer


For your foundation to have staying power, you need to give it a helping hand with an oil-controlling primer. Their prime (excuse the pun) function is to keep pesky excess sebum at bay, meaning your foundation is less likely to slide off and disappear before lunchtime. Face primers also minimise the appearance of large pores (something which goes hand in hand with oily skin).

Once you’ve applied a light, non-comedogenic moisturiser, apply a small amount of primer in a gentle, circular motion with your hands – paying particular attention to your T-zone (your forehead, nose and chin).
This primer from NARS guarantees you a matte complexion, working throughout the day to keep your makeup in place, minimising pores and controlling shine. And thanks to active ingredients such as African whitewood and oleanolic acid, it helps balance your skin long term too.
Our pick: NARS Pore & Shine Control Primer, £27, Harvey Nichols

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Dior Foundation


First up, don’t ever buy your foundation online. It’s imperative you find the perfect shade for your complexion. This isn’t something you can do via a smartphone screen, people! Get yourself to Cabot Circus and head to the beauty counters at Harvey Nichols. The beauty experts will be able to help you find a shade that’s bang on for your skin tone. 

You want to ensure a matte, shine-free complexion but you don’t want to look completely caked with dull skin. Thankfully, there are so many amazing formulas out there now that you’ll be able to enjoy full coverage all day while still having a multi-dimensional finish to your face. 

Apply the foundation using a makeup blender – one that has a pointed end is ideal, as you have more control over application. Just remember to always give your blender a good clean after use – if not, it’ll be harbouring germs and oil that you’ll then be sweeping over your face every morning. Not nice, we know. 

This cult Dior foundation may have a high price tag, but it’s worth it. It has a thick and creamy consistency, so offers complete coverage, but it’s easy to blend and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. It has a great matte finish and stays put for 24 hours. Result. 
Our pick: Dior Diorskin Forever Undercover Liquid Foundation, £34, House of Fraser 

Lancôme Long Time No Shine Powder


To ensure your base is long lasting, and your T-zone stays matte, you need to set it. There are two types of setting powder: loose and pressed. We’re recommending you opt for the loose formulas as they’re more lightweight and (sometimes) translucent so your face won’t look flat and caked. 

Heads up: loose setting powders are messier to apply than pressed, so invest in a large head fluffy powder brush. This will allow you to sweep a fine dusting over your face rather than over your outfit/carpet/your nearby cat. Concentrate on the T-zone rather than all over to ensure it’s completely undetectable. 

Keep that shine in check with this setting powder from Lancôme. It’s mattifying but lightweight too, so you don’t have to worry about your skin looking caked. There are two shades to choose from: Translucent or Deep, for darker skin tones.  
Our pick: Lancôme Long Time No Shine Powder, £32, House of Fraser


And if you fancy some useful hands-on expert advice, don’t forget that Bobbi Brown in House of Fraser has some great masterclasses run by their trained makeup artists, including the 30-minute Define & Glow lesson. Book now at Bobbi Brown.

Or head to The Body Shop, which offers free makeovers, samples and skin consultations – check out their 100% cruelty-free vegan range.

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