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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 Westquay 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, John Lewis & Partners

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The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying 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 Westquay and head to the beauty counters at The Body Shop. 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 100% vegan foundation from The Body Shop won’t disappoint. It offers a full, matte finish and you can build up the coverage to suit your skin’s needs. It absorbs shine and has got serious staying power. Plus, it’s enriched with tea tree oil so helps promote clearer skin.

Our pick: Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation, £10, The Body Shop

MAC Studio Fix Perfecting 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 refined loose setting powder from MAC. It’s mattifying but lightweight too, so you don’t have to worry about your skin looking caked. There are nine shades to choose from, from Extra Light to Dark Deep.

Our pick: MAC Studio Fix Perfecting Powder, £22.50, John Lewis & Partners

There you have it! Your ultimate shine-busting, long-lasting base!


And if you fancy some great hands-on expert advice, don’t forget that the Becca Glow Bar in John Lewis & Partners. It has some great free beauty masterclasses or you can try one of their luxury skin treatments. Find them on level 2.

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