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How to Achieve a Dewy Makeup Look if You Have Oily Skin

Always start things off with a fresh and matte complexion. Using a good primer with a matte finish will help deal with any excess oil and prevent too much of your natural oils from coming through and “interfering” with your makeup. Plus, it’ll help your makeup last longer and adhere to your skin better.

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Having “extreme” skin, whether oily or dry, needs more prep. Before going in with any actual foundation, apply a base first. Think of it as a second primer. This will be the layer between your first one and your other makeup. The Tony Moly Luminous Goddess Aura primers work as both a primer and a base, and their Smooth Fit Cover Aura variant is best for oily skin. With a lightweight formula, it turns skin into a smooth canvas, and minimizes the appearance of redness, blemishes, and enlarged pores. It adds just the right amount of glow (not shine!) and even has SPF30 PA++ to protect skin.

But what if you’ve got combination skin and only select areas are oily? The Glam Aura variant will be your perfect pick instead.

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While most with oily skin long to reach for a super matte foundation, stick to one with a soft or velvety matte finish instead. You want skin to be dewy and not dull, after all. When your natural oils eventually come through, it will pair perfectly with that “light matte” finish. The same applies for any concealer you want to use.

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Packing on powder may be the norm for oily-skinned individuals, but all we want is to set makeup just enough to keep it in place and not dampen the dewiness. Select a powder that’s also lightweight and apply with an equally light hand. With a soft brush, dip it into your powder, tap away any excess, and pat (not buff) softly all over your complexion. Concentrate on your t-zone where you tend to get oiliest.

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Finally, offset the powder you applied just a teensy bit of with setting spray. Preferably one that promises a dewy finish. It’s all about balance here. A dewy setting spray will guarantee your complexion won’t be dull, especially if you used a mattifying powder. It’ll double down on making sure your makeup stays put, too.

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Written By:

Ari Yupangco


Ari has been blogging since 2012 about all things beauty with a sprinkle of different topics here and there. She loves makeup just as much as she loves almost anything nerdy like video games and comic books, and is big on Japanese culture.

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