How To Apply Foundation for Oily Skin

Discover how to apply foundation for oily skin using my expert tips and tricks for a smooth, poreless-looking complexion.

Finding the Right Foundation for Oily Skin

Common issues that affect foundation on oily skin are creasing, caking and a lack of longevity. Oily skin types tend to have larger-looking pores and naturally produce an excess amount of oil, so some foundations struggle to wear well on oilier skin.

The best foundations for oily skin are high-performing, self-setting, breathable formulas with strong staying power and kind-to-skin ingredients. Excess oils can break down foundation, causing it to melt and slide around the face, so a long-wearing formula that doesn’t budge is key when applying foundation to oily skin.
Matte foundations often have more success on oily skin than dewy or satin finishes. A matte foundation works well for oily skin types as it has less slip than glowy options, making it less likely to move around the face when natural oils start to seep through during the day.

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My Best Foundation for Oily Skin

To give oily skin FLAWLESS-LOOKING COVERAGE that STAYS ALL DAY, I always recommend my Airbrush Flawless Foundation as the best foundation for oily skin! Formulated as a full-coverage foundation with a natural-matte finish that SMOOTHS and BLURS the look of your skin, my Airbrush Flawless Foundation blends weightlessly into the skin and sets itself down to deliver LONG-LASTING COMPLEXION PERFECTION! The natural-matte finish keeps excess oil and shine at bay, without looking flat or dimming your gorgeous glow!

Smoothing Airbrush Flawless Foundation on oily skin gives it a flawless, poreless-looking finish that’s perfect for oily skin types that are prone to larger-looking pores! The long-wearing, high-performance formula is designed to give every skin type an airbrushed-looking complexion with a superpowered wear time, and is a perfect, long-wearing foundation choice for oily skin!

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How To Apply Foundation for Oily Skin

  1. A glowy toner in a large, white-coloured bottle with a silver-coloured lid.

    Step 1: Supercharged Skin Prep

    Before you apply foundation onto any skin type, it’s important to prep the skin for makeup using a supercharged skincare routine that addresses any skin concerns such as excess oils. For oily skin, using pore-refining products such as my Glow Toner and Goddess Skin Clay Mask will help to reduce the appearance of pores, after using Goddess Cleansing Ritual to perform a gentle double cleanse that washes away excess sebum.

    Discover my full skincare routine for oily skin

  2. Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray is Charlotte's weightless, makeup-fixing mist that lets you party all night and stay all day

    Step 2: Prime your Face

    Did you know that you can use Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray as a refreshing face primer, darlings? My ICONIC setting spray is infused with aromatic resin that’s sourced from the Greek island of Chios, an ingredient that helps to keep pores clear, as well as soothing aloe vera that helps keep the skin feeling smooth and supple. Misting setting spray onto the face before makeup helps to PRIME oily skin while BLURRING the look of pores for that airbrushed, flawless-looking canvas for makeup!

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

    Step 3: Apply My Best Foundation for Oily Skin

    With my Hollywood Complexion Brush, apply Airbrush Flawless Foundation for a full-coverage makeup look that’s formulated to STAY ALL DAY! Apply a pump of my natural-matte foundation, blending outwards from the centre of the face to create flawless, even-looking coverage! Once applied, the foundation will set down and oxidise to BLUR and PERFECT the look of your complexion with LONG-LASTING COVERAGE!

    Tilbury Tip: Airbrush Flawless Foundation is a FULL-COVERAGE FOUNDATION, so don’t forget to blend it into your neck and ears for a seamless foundation look, darlings!

    Tilbury Tip: Go in with Charlotte’s Beautiful Skin Radiant Concealer to brighten and perfect the look of your under eyes, as well as any areas you’d like to build a little extra coverage such as over redness and smile lines.

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

    Step 4: Set your Makeup with Powder

    While Airbrush Flawless Foundation is a self-setting formula, adding a veil of Airbrush Flawless Finish pressed powder is the perfect way to help foundation last on oily skin! With my Powder & Sculpt Brush, apply powder in any areas that are prone to producing excess oils and creasing such as the T-zone, on the cheeks, under the eyes and around the mouth. Applying powder helps to set your foundation and concealer in place and also helps to remove any unwanted shine.

    Tilbury Tip: Powder is the number one way to stay on top of your oils throughout the day! Pop a travel-sized version into your bag for easy, on-the-go touch ups!

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  5. Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray in 100ml and 34ml sizes

    Step 5: Lock in the Look

    After you’ve applied my magical makeup for the lips, cheeks and eyes, it’s time to lock in your look with another round of Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray! My AIRBRUSH ICONS are a perfect match for oily skin as they’re designed for LONG-LASTING MAKEUP MAGIC! Formulated to set makeup in place for up to 16 HOURS*, Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray is my final seal of approval for locking your foundation in place! Mist over the top of your foundation and powder to give oily skin a smoothing, pore-blurring effect and increase the longevity of your makeup!

    Tilbury Tip: Reapply Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray throughout the day as the ultimate makeup refresher!

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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.