Daily Makeup Essentials for Oily Skin

If you have oily skin you’ll know the struggle, your makeups a 10/10 in the morning but by mid day it will look like you’ve just done a round of circuits – I get it. Over the past few months I’ve started discovering more products that actually work for my skin and keep it looking fresh throughout the day.

To prep my skin for makeup I moisturise ideally half an hour before, this way it has more chance to sink into the skin. Shock, but I don’t actually use a primer! I’m still yet to find something that works for me so instead I spritz the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray £22 and let that sink in for 2-3 minutes. I find it works well as a starting and finishing touch to my makeup, my foundation sits well over the top and I definitely notice the difference in how long my base lasts when I use it.

In terms of foundation I tend to switch that up depending on the coverage, but my choice of concealer has been pretty consistent. The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer £22 has quickly made it’s way to holy grail status. This is a creamy, full coverage concealer that is so highly pigmented it really does cover any redness or blemishes on my skin – better still, it lasts all day long!

Another makeup bag staple is the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder £29. It’s so finely milled it manages to set my makeup without looking cakey or too matte, my base literally won’t budge when I use this. I think for oily skin loose setting powder is a much better option, I used a pressed powder for years and it just doesn’t have the same effect.

When I wear eyeshadow a primer is essential. My favourite is the Urban Decay Primer Potion £16, not only does it stop my eyeshadow from creasing and fading throughout the day, it also helps the shades appear more pigmented – this stuff is raved about for good reason! Another product I’ve found great for my oily eyelids is gel eyeliner, unlike a liquid or pencil a gel lasts much long without smudging or fading, my favourite is the Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner £7.99.

Lastly the most inexpensive product that anyone with oily skin needs… Blotting sheets! Again something I’ve only discovered in the last few months, these little sheets do wonders as they take away any oil on my skin before I do any touch ups with powder. Using the product mentioned above it’s actually rare I need to touch up, but if I’m out longer than 7 hours then these really do come in handy.

Although I like to switch up most things in my routine, these products are here to stay and I use them pretty much everyday… What are your everyday essentials for your oily skin?



  1. Lynnsay
    January 15, 2017 / 8:19 am

    Have you ever used the Hourglass primer? I think it's my favourite of all time, it feels amazing! I love the NARS eye primer as well, possibly even more than the urban decay one!Lynnsay xwww.sartorialscot.com

    • Jodie Moores
      January 18, 2017 / 8:08 pm

      I haven't actually, I'll try and get a sample at some point. I have heard good things about it though 🙂 I've heard Vivianna from the anna edit mention that too! x

  2. Danielle Alexa
    January 15, 2017 / 9:20 am

    I love this post!I have an oily skin type, but I have only recently started to adjust my skin to neutralise it rather than just powdering through the day like a crazy woman. For me the Benefit Porefessional Primer has been a life saver, I love it!Danielle xxhttp://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

    • Jodie Moores
      January 18, 2017 / 8:12 pm

      So glad you liked it! My mum has oily skin and swears by porefessional but it just doesn't seem to work for me, it seems to be the cult products for oily skin! I might have to give it another go! x

  3. Parie Joshi
    January 15, 2017 / 11:00 am

    I love all these tips Jodie, I swear by blotting sheets so easy to use1Parie xClass and Glitter

    • Jodie Moores
      January 18, 2017 / 8:13 pm

      Aw so glad you like them! I know I can't believe I haven't used them until recently, they're fab! x

  4. Fa nny
    January 15, 2017 / 11:49 am

    Even though my skin isn't particularly oily, I really enjoyed reading this post! I always try to have a substantial amount of time between my skincare and makeup routine, but, if I can't do that, I like to only use a serum, I find that their sticky finish really agrees with foundations and bases in general! http://fannyanddailybeauty.com

    • Jodie Moores
      January 18, 2017 / 8:15 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it! Yes that's such a good tip, I haven't tried that but I'm definitely going to give it a go the next time I'm in a rush x

  5. Kate Rose xo
    January 15, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    The Urban Decay setting spray and primer potion are both products I really want to try, they sound amazing! xKate// itskaterose.blogspot.com

    • Jodie Moores
      January 18, 2017 / 8:15 pm

      They're fab, especially the setting spray! x

  6. Leanne Page
    January 15, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    I don't have oily skin but there are some of favourites here! I'm a huge fan of the NARS concealer and the All nighter setting spray. I really want to try the LM setting powder. It sounds so nice xxLPage Beauty

    • Jodie Moores
      January 18, 2017 / 8:18 pm

      Yeah it's so nice, doesn't look cakey or at all obvious! Glad to hear the Nars concealer works well for you, I wondered how well it would work for other skin types, the coverage is just unreal! x

  7. Becca Fletcher
    January 15, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    The UD setting spray is such a game changer when it comes to the lasting power of my makeup. I really want to buy a travel size of it to throw in my handbag. xwww.beautylifebecca.blogspot.co.uk

    • Jodie Moores
      January 18, 2017 / 8:19 pm

      I only ever buy the travel size because it comes everywhere with me! So good isn't it x

  8. From Aliona With Love
    January 15, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    Love it. Please check out my new post on all things hair colour!Kisses xo | From Aliona With Love Instagram @alionawithlove Twitter @alionawithlove

  9. Veronica Bizzarri
    January 15, 2017 / 11:34 pm

    I don't have oily skin but i do tend to get oily eyelids and the UD primer potion is great for making eyeshadow stay on all dayRonniewww.veronicabizzarri.blogspot.co.ukxx

    • Jodie Moores
      January 18, 2017 / 8:19 pm

      Fab isn't it! Don't think I could do my eyeshadow without it now! x

  10. Katie Wright
    January 16, 2017 / 3:51 am

    Wow, I've never thought to put a setting spray on as a first layer! Hmm, may have to try that. { Katie Actually }

    • Jodie Moores
      January 18, 2017 / 8:19 pm

      It works really well for me! 🙂

  11. Ambar Syed
    January 16, 2017 / 8:28 am

    Love the NARS concealer and the Urban Decay setting spray – some really lovely recommendations Jodie! :)Ambar x | Her Little Loves

    • Jodie Moores
      January 18, 2017 / 8:24 pm

      So glad you like them Ambar! They're both fab aren't they, I'm still yet to find a concealer I love more than the Nars one x

  12. Megan Denton
    January 16, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    I use the same setting spray every day… it's so fab isn't it. It's so hot in Australia, this helps keep all my makeup on my face :)MeganDenton & Lou 

    • Jodie Moores
      January 18, 2017 / 8:30 pm

      Thank you for commenting and reading my post, amazing to have people from Australia finding my blog! I bet it is a life saver, I love it for when I go on holiday too! x

  13. Noirette Diary
    January 17, 2017 / 11:45 am

    My skin is not very oily except for my nose area, I think all my sweat is accumulated there haha. I love powdering that area and actually avoid applying too much makeup there as well so it won't look too cakey. | http://www.noirettediary.com |

    • Jodie Moores
      January 18, 2017 / 8:40 pm

      Ahh atleast it's only in one area, much easier to control! Yeah I'm the same, blotting papers throughout the day are a life saver! x

  14. Lucy Alice
    January 17, 2017 / 11:46 am

    I have pretty oily skin, but annoyingly have very dry patches around my nose so its all a bit of a struggle – the nars creamy concealer is something I've wanted to try for a long time!Lucy | Forever September

    • Jodie Moores
      January 18, 2017 / 8:43 pm

      Combination skin is a nightmare isn't it, I'm the same! The Nars concealer is fab, I know someone with normal/ dry skin that loves it so I think it covers all bases 🙂

  15. The Makeup Directory
    January 17, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    I absolutely agree that a loose powder is so much more effective than a pressed one. I really want to try that Laura Mercier one, looks like a right gem!The Makeup Directory

    • Jodie Moores
      January 18, 2017 / 8:45 pm

      It really does make a different! It's fabulous, can't believe how flawless it makes my skin look without being too cakey or matte – and the staying power it adds is unreal! x

  16. Anonymous
    January 18, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    This is a dream post for me. I work in a stuff office which also doesn't help with my oily skin! Thanks for the recommendations 🙂 xoeditionemmagrace – Beauty & Lifestyle

    January 19, 2017 / 5:23 am

    I love hearing your detailed makeup routine. I agree that maybelline gel liner is amazing and loose powder over pressed :)xo, Yasminhttp://www.iamyasmin.ca

  18. Alexis-Anne
    January 19, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    Ah! I personally have combination / oily skin. Sadly it means I can't win either way! I definitely think id try out Urban Decays Primer Potion and see where that gets me!Alexis xoxo | http://www.alexisanneofficial.comInstagram: @lexxianneTwitter: @AlexisAnneBlog

  19. Honey
    January 21, 2017 / 2:20 am

    Seriously these are all the things I'd love to have (but don't own any). UD setting spray is on the top of my listxo Honey – blog Royal Lifestyle – Twitter – Instagram

  20. Mel Eaglestone
    January 22, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    I have combination skin but I tend to get a really greasy t-zone by midday and a decent primer does it well enough for me, I've been using a L'oreal studio primer recently and it's done a fantastic job!Mel ★ http://www.meleaglestone.co.uk

  21. Hadon hal
    January 30, 2017 / 10:33 pm

    The basic aim of 'oily skin care treatment' is the removal of excessive sebum or oil from the skin. Go Here

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