Highlighter for Oily Skin

Discover Charlotte’s best highlighters for oily skin and get a gorgeous glow that doesn’t crease or cake.

Darlings, don’t let oily skin stop you from getting a gorgeous Hollywood glow! Discover Charlotte’s best highlighter for oily skin and create beaming highlighter looks that GLEAM and GLOW without unwanted creasing or excess shine.

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Finding the Right Highlighter for Oily Skin

Oily skin naturally produces excess oils that can disturb your makeup and make your skin look shiny. With highlighter, you want your skin to GLOW rather than SHINE, so for oily skin, it’s important to use a highlighter formula that will stay put and deliver a soft-focused effect that won’t look overly oily throughout the day.

When choosing a highlighter for oily skin, powder formulas are often better suited to giving the skin a gorgeous glow than liquids or creams. Generally, powder highlighters last longer on oily skin types and help to set makeup in place, whereas liquids and creams have more slip which gives them potential to slide around on oily skin.

Highlighters that are smooth in texture and don’t contain glitter are better options for oily skin. Having oily skin usually comes with having larger-looking pores, so Charlotte recommends using a highlighter that’s enriched with smoothing-effect pigments that glides onto the skin without emphasising the appearance of pores.

Charlotte’s Best Highlighter for Oily Skin

To give EVERY SKIN TYPE the gorgeous glow of a Hollywood star, Charlotte created her NEW! Hollywood Glow Glide Face Architect Highlighters! The silky-smooth formula is designed to GLOW and GLIDE across the skin, delivering the dreamiest glow with a seamless application.

Charlotte’s NEW! Hollywood Glow Glide Face Architect Highlighters are perfect for oily skin! The formula is a softly pressed powder highlighter that glides effortlessly onto the skin, highlighting your features with a magical, megawatt glow that goes on smoothly and has a gorgeous, soft-focus finish.

Highlighters for oily skin need to be gorgeous and glowy while having fantastic staying power and skin-like texture. In user testing, 98% of people agreed that Hollywood Glow Glide Face Architect Highlighters DON’T CREASE, CAKE or SETTLE INTO FINE LINES*, and 100% of people agreed that Charlotte’s NEW! highlighters left them FEELING GLOWING WITH CONFIDENCE!** They’re Hollywood glow secrets that look spectacular on ALL SKIN TYPES, including oily skin!

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  1. A primer in a white-coloured tube with a white-coloured lid with text on it that reads, 'invisible UV Flawless poreless primer SPF 50 PA++++'.

    Step 1: Prime

    Wearing face primer helps to increase the longevity of your makeup which is essential for oily skin types. Applying Charlotte’s Invisible UV Flawless Poreless Primer SPF50 helps protect from the harmful effects of the sun while priming the face for makeup, helping you to get the smoothest application with your highlighter and base products. Charlotte’s SPF primer also helps PORES APPEAR REDUCED by 65%** which is fabulous for those with oily skin that’s prone to larger-looking pores.

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  2. Light beige foundation in a frosted glass bottle shade with a gold-coloured lid.

    Step 2: Apply a Long-Lasting Foundation

    When applying makeup on oily skin, it’s important to choose long-wearing products that won’t be disturbed by excess oil. To create a flawless-looking base for oily skin, apply Airbrush Flawless Foundation, Charlotte’s complexion-perfecting, full-coverage foundation with a natural-matte finish. This beautifying foundation is formulated to set down and STAY ALL DAY, providing secure coverage that’s sweatproof, humidity-proof and even waterproof! It’s the secret to AIRBRUSHED, FLAWLESS-LOOKING SKIN!

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  3. An open, mirrored-lid, mini, pressed powder compact in a peach-beige shade.

    Step 3: Set your Makeup with Powder

    Powder is the secret weapon for making makeup last on oily skin types. Setting your foundation and concealer with a veil of Charlotte’s Airbrush Flawless Finish makes all the difference to the longevity of your makeup, helping to get rid of unwanted shine and keeping excess oils at bay. With Charlotte’s Powder and Sculpt Brush, press her smoothing-effect pressed powder into the complexion, focusing on the oiliest parts of the face such as the T-zone to create a flawless, poreless-looking complexion that’s ready for highlighter.

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Highlighter Application Tips for Oily Skin

Discover Charlotte’s tips and tricks for applying highlighter for oily skin!

MAGIC TIP 1: Less is more, darlings! Be precise with your application, applying a small amount of highlighter at a time and building up to create your ultimate Hollywood glow! By controlling where you place your product, you can create a LIFT AND SCULPT EFFECT while determining which parts of the face will GLOW!

MAGIC TIP 2: Avoid applying highlighter to the T-zone. For oily skin types, the T-zone (the forehead, nose area and upper lip) is often the main culprit for producing excess oil, and so it can be prone to unwanted shine. Focusing your highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones, on the eyes and across the brow bone will create a head-turning Hollywood glow while allowing you to reduce the look of shine in any oily areas with your Airbrush Flawless Finish powder.

MAGIC TIP 3: To lock in your highlighter, mist Charlotte’s Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray onto your face. Apply before highlighter to create a long-lasting, wet-look glow, or after highlighter to help your makeup to stay all day!

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Charlotte Tilbury

Founder, President, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Charlotte Tilbury Beauty

With over 30 years experience, Charlotte Tilbury MBE is the world's number 1 makeup artist and British beauty entrepreneur. Charlotte established Charlotte Tilbury Beauty in 2013, which is now a record-breaking beauty brand that has won over 400 awards.