Battling an oily T-zone?

Feel like your makeup slips off your skin almost instantly?

Babysitting oily skin can be such a bummer. Especially if you live your life on the go — either rushing in between classes or working late nights at the office.

However, when your foundation routine is customized to suit your oily skin, you won’t have to worry about your makeup melting off by the time it’s midday. To learn more about some of the best cruelty free and vegan skincare and makeup products for oily skin, read on.

1. Skincare

When creating a skincare routine, many people with oily skin forego moisturizer, speculating that it will keep their skin less shiny throughout the day. However, this can cause the skin to produce even more sebum, so make sure to use a nourishing moisturizer morning and night. Especially if you wear makeup.

Use a moisturizer that is oil-free for the best results. For instance, the Boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer has a hydrating and cooling gel consistency that you’re sure to love.

Always keep in mind that preparing the skin for makeup properly is equally as important as applying the makeup itself.

2. Primer

The e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer is ideal for people with all different skin types.

However, the brand has recently launched a mattifying version of this beloved beauty favorite. Not only does this primer blur fine lines and texture, but it also contains mattifying kaolin clay for a smooth and shine-free base for your foundation. Make sure your hands are clean before dipping your fingers into the product. Tap a dime-sized amount onto your skin and wait for 2 – 3 minutes once it has been placed on the face.

If you are especially oily, add a light coat of translucent setting powder on top of this before applying foundation to absorb even more oil.

3. Foundation

Look for a foundation that is both matte and non-cosmogenic. This ensures that the product will not clog your pores, keeping you free from acne — which can be a significant issue when you’re battling oily skin.
The matte finish will also help diminish the look of large pores. The NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Foundation is excellent due to its affordable drugstore price, vast shade range, and customizable medium to full coverage. Use a damp beauty sponge to ensure a smooth, easy, and quick application.

4. Concealer

Use your concealer sparingly. If you layer too many products onto your face at once, this can give that dreaded ‘cakey’ look you want to avoid when you have oily skin. Dab three dots of the product under your eyes and blend for a refreshed and awakened look. You can also add a small amount to areas you want to highlight — such as the bridge of your nose.

5. Setting Powder

Once you have applied your foundation, use a setting powder to lock it in place. The powder will also keep your makeup from moving around the day.

Opt for a translucent powder since you can layer it on throughout the day if you feel yourself getting shiny. It also won’t muddle your foundation or oxidize after a few hours. The Pacifica Cherry Velvet Matte Powder is wonderful — it’s free of talc and feels light and comfortable on the skin. Use a large fluffy brush and pat it into the face. Swirling or buffing the product can disrupt the makeup underneath.
Follow through with a powder-based blush and bronzer to add some dimension.

6. Finishing Spray

One of the last steps in a standard makeup routine is setting spray. For severely shiny skin, spray on some e.l.f. Mattifying Blotting Mist to set your makeup. You should be ready to go, without worrying about your oily skin slowing you down.

Best of all, you can feel confidant and comfortable without stressing about your cosmetic products hurting our sweet and intelligent animal friends.

Guest post by Anna Rueles.


EDITOR’S NOTE: we’ve rounded up 10 of the best foundations here and if in Australia, here’s our pick of products for oily skin from Nourished Life.


1. Skincare: Salt and Glow Skin Souffle Moisturiser

2. Primer: 100% Pure Mattifying Primer

3. Foundation: Eco Minerals Flawless Foundation

4. Concealer: Inika Concealer

5. Setting Powder: 100% Pure Bamboo Blur Setting Powder – Translucent

6. Finishing Spray: Lily Lolo Makeup Mist

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About the Author


Ana Rueles is a freelance writer for hire who specializes in all things related to veganism — from cruelty-free beauty to healthy vegan living. You can find her blog at, where you can also inquire about her copywriting and blogging services or read up on some of the best tips for living a balanced plant-fueled life. When she’s not writing, she’s most likely invested in a page-turning novel or hitting up her local thrift store.

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