Natural makeup for oily skin: how to achieve an oil free look

Sep 21 2020Joanna

Natural makeup for oily skin: how to achieve an oil free look

Getting makeup to sit well on oily skin can be a bit of a challenge – especially late in the day when you skin starts to feel a bit sticky and your makeup starts to slip off, leaving your complexion looking patchy and uneven. So today I’m discussing how to achieve and oil-free look with natural makeup products.

An oil-balancing skincare routine

The precursor to any makeup routine should be a good skincare routine. If your skin is in good condition, your makeup will apply easier, look better and last longer. Plus, clear healthy skin means you need less makeup in the first place!

For oily skin, you want to focus on oil-balancing products – but definitely NOT harsh chemical ones. These tend to strip the face of oil, which works at first, but eventually it will cause skin to feel dry and tight, and it may even cause the skin to produce even more oil in an attempt to protect and rehydrate itself.

So look for natural, nourishing skincare products. I would focus on Sukin’s fantastic range of oil-balancing skincare products. These use charcoal to absorb and lift impurities and excess oils from the skin, whilst also conditioning and protecting it.

First, cleanse with Sukin’s Oil Balancing Purifying Cleanser to remove dirt, impurities and excess oil. Then, use their Oil Balancing Clarifying Facial Tonic. This will refine pores, reduce shine and condition the skin. Finally, moisturise with Sukin’s Oil Balancing Mattifying Moisturiser. This super lightweight moisturiser rehydrates and protects skin without feeling greasy or oily, instead leaving a matte effect. 


Once your moisturiser has absorbed, start off your makeup routine with a good-quality primer. My favourite at the moment is definitely INIKA’s Pure Primer with Hyaluronic Acid. It’s got a silky texture that leaves your skin smooth and ready to go. The nourishing hyaluronic acid protects and nourishes the face.

Gently rub a pea-sized amount of primer into your skin with your fingertips, making sure to cover the whole face. Focus in particular on the areas that tend to get the oiliest – usually the chin, forehead and nose.

Leave this to settle for a few minutes before applying your foundation.

Mineral foundation Powder

If you’ve got oily skin, a powder foundation is often a better choice than a liquid, since the powder will help to absorb any excess oil while a liquid may simply slip off after a few hours! This is particularly true if you feel that you have extremely oily skin.

My favourite is INIKA’s Loose Mineral Foundation Powder. They have a great range of shades that can be built up for either a light or more full coverage.

Using a flat-top brush such as INIKA’s fantastic vegan foundation brush, simply work the powder into the skin in circular motions. Apply a little extra to the areas that you find get the oiliest.

You can easily take the foundation with you to top up during the day if oily patches break through.

Liquid powder combination

However, I understand that some of you simply prefer liquid foundations to powder ones, and you can still make this work for oily skin. In fact, if you have combination skin – which involves patches of both dry and oily skin – then a liquid may be best.

If you’re looking for a non-greasy natural liquid foundation then I’d definitely recommend INIKA’s Organic Liquid Mineral Foundation. It’s soft and easy to apply without leaving your skin oily or sticky. Many of our customers actually choose to use this without a setting powder since it feels so natural on the skin already, but for oily skin I’d definitely recommend adding a powder to the points that tend to get oily.

First, work the foundation into your skin using either your fingertips, or using INIKA’s vegan stippling brush.

Then, using a softer, looser brush such as INIKA’s Blush Brush, simply dust the powder onto any areas that you feel get oily during the day – such as the forehead, chin and around the nose. You can pop the powder and brush in your bag to take with you during the day to quickly top up if any areas begin to feel a bit greasy.