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By Bola Ayeni

One of the major challenges of wearing makeup on oily skin is maintaining the matte look for a reasonable amount of time. Here are six tried-and-true steps that are guaranteed to keep shine at bay and have your makeup looking flawless for hours.

1. Use oil-balancing skincare products to prep your skin before applying makeup

It is very important to moisturise your skin with a lightweight, oil-free product that helps to manage excessive oil production. This prepares the skin for the makeup application and over time helps to reduce oil production.

2. Use a mattifying primer

Priming your skin before applying foundation helps to smooth out large pores and fill in fine lines and wrinkles. A mattifying primer serves as a base that absorbs oil and allows the foundation to go on smoother which makes your makeup last longer.

3. Set your primer with a translucent setting powder

This step might seem weird because setting powder is usually applied as the last step in a makeup routine. However, setting your primer allows the product to work even more into your skin to absorb oil.

4. Use a mattifying foundation

With oily skin, a mattifying foundation is the best way to go. It gives you the required coverage you need, but more importantly, it dries down to a matte finish that keeps oiliness at bay.

5. Set your foundation with a translucent powder

This helps to set your foundation in place and prolong the wear of your makeup, and also helps to blur pores and fine lines. It is important to note that a little goes a long way and blending the powder into the skin properly is essential for an even finish.

6. Finally, use a mattifying setting spray to set the makeup on your entire face

A setting spray is an essential product in any makeup routine; it helps prevent all makeup from fading, smudging or creasing. A mattifying kind also helps to control oil production by acting as a seal.

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