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How to do your makeup if you have oily skin

In another instalment of #AlexAnswers, our beauty influencer Alex Light fixes one of your beauty dilemmas. This week, it's all about how to combat oily skin. Over to you, Alex...

Alex Light
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We've all been there: it's not even midday and your face is so shiny that it's practically a mirror. OK this is a tiny lie – I haven't actually been there because I have dry skin that is permanently dehydrated and I genuinely wouldn't mind a bit of oil. BUT I've had tons of Instagram messages from oily-skinned people asking for make-up tips and tricks to stop the could-fry-an-egg-on-it face, and I did promise to answer all of your beauty questions, sooooo…


1. Prep

First up, you have to prep the skin. "It is essential that you have a number of easy skincare tricks within your regime to keep sebum and shine at bay," says Cher. "Cleanse twice a day, but no more than that as your skin can react and become irritated. Try using a micellar water like Bioderma or if you prefer a face wash, try a foaming cleanser like IT Cosmetics' Confidence in a Cleanser. "Gentle exfoliation is also important to keep the skin smooth and free of dead skin, and you can also try using a moisturiser that is more of a serum and oil-free. You should be looking for a product containing hyaluronic acid, a humectant that draws moisture into the skin.


Bioderma Micellar Water

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2. Prime

Primers are a great way to control oil. It adds in an extra step but honestly, it's worth it! Try the new Estee Lauder Double Wear Flawless Hydrating Primer SPF45, £28 – it's oil-free, packed with hyaluronic acid and prevents against environmental damage.An eyeshadow primer is also a great way to stop your eye make-up smudging and sliding – our top pick is the Gen Nude Eyeshadow and Primer, £19.

3. Choose the right foundation

To beat the shine, you need a budge-proof, sweat-proof and oil-free foundation that will stay on throughout the day. This often means having to opt for a heavy-duty product like Urban Decay's All Nighter Liquid Foundation, £29.50, but if you prefer a lighter finish, there are other options, too. "Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation, £35, provides a lightweight yet matte liquid base – it's a one of a kind as most lightweight foundations have a glowy finish," says Cher. "Apply with a beautyblender for quick and flawless results."

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Laura mercier

Laura Mercier Foundation

4. Set with powder

Liquid and cream products will easily crease or melt in warmer weather, so apply setting powder all over the face – especially around your fine lines, under your eyes and places where you are particularly oily. NYX High Definition Finishing Powder, £9, is mineral-based and sets under-eye concealer to perfection.

5. Wear a waterproof mascara

You need a heavy-duty mascara to ensure your eye make-up stay in place all day long. Our top pick is the Estee Lauder Lash Envy Waterproof Mascara, £25.50 – it will not move.

6. Keep it up

You can also do things through the day to help keep the shine at bay. "You need to keep the T-zone under control with things like blotting papers and translucent powders," says Cher.

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