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You Need to Master These Foundation Routines for Oily Skin

Prepped, primed, and flawless!
You Need to Master These Foundation Routines for Oily Skin
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Prepped, primed, and flawless!

Everyone should have two base routines in their roster: one for everyday wear, and another that looks more glam. For oily skin, the perfect foundation routines in these categories aren't 100% about keeping yourself matte. While a shine-free base is always a priority, adopting a minimal routine that enhances your skin is more beneficial.

In the guides below, we have two of our recommended foundation routines for oily skin. You can switch out the products according to your preference, but here are our tried-and-tested techniques that are perfect for this skin type:


Keep it fresh and light for your everyday base routine—the sheerer, the better.

COSRx Oil-Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion, P990, Beautymnl; NYX Pore Filler, SM Megamall; NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, Rustan's Makati; Happy Skin Air Touch Sponge, P499, Beauty Bar; Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, P299, Watsons; NYX Blotting Powder, P620, SM Megamall

Step 1: Moisturizer

Start your routine with a light moisturizer that'll keep you hydrated all day. This will give your foundation something to hold on to and help it last longer.

Step 2: Primer

If you plan to wear foundation for an entire day, provide a barrier between the skin and the makeup with a primer. And for the sake of time and convenience, you can apply this only on the T-zone or other acne-prone areas.

Step 3: Foundation

For daily wear, we recommend light coverage foundations with a demi-matte finish for a non-cakey look. Use a blending sponge to make the product undetectable on the skin.

Step 4: Concealer

Applying concealer after foundation is important if you want to avoid applying too much product on your face. Only apply concealer if your undereye circles or any blemishes you want to cover are still peeking through.

Step 5: Powder

Pat a good amount of powder on your T-zone to stop oils from coming through. You don't have to powder your entire face for a daily look, especially if you're already using a matte foundation.

Bonus Tip: For your mid-day touchups, blot oil with a tissue or oil film instead of applying another layer of powder.


Your foundation routine for a special event or girls' night out requires more preparation. That said, don't get too carried away and focus on enhancing your skin instead of masking it.

Naruko Tea Tree Shine Control & Blemish Clear Mask, P599 for 8, Watsons; Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, Watsons; Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Oil-Free, Rustan's Gateway; Lancome Teint Idole 24H Long Lasting Foundation, Greenbelt 5; NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer, Rustan's; Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent, Rustan's Makati; L'oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray, P499, Watsons


Step 1: Balancing Mask

Hydrate and balance your skin with a mask before applying heavy makeup. Remember, skin care should always go first!

Step 2: Primer

Fill in any problem areas like large pores and dry patches with a smoothing primer. Add a layer of mattifying primer as well to control oil and prevent a makeup meltdown.

Step 3: Foundation

Bring out your favorite longwearing foundation for a flawless finish. You can apply it with a brush for higher coverage or a blending sponge for a sheer finish.

Step 4: Concealer

Conceal your undereye circles and blemishes with a full coverage concealer that matches your skin perfectly. Concealers that are too light will look overwhelming in pictures and very obvious in real life.

Step 5: Powder

With your powder of choice, set your base makeup. We recommend loose powders for a stronger hold and undetectable finish.

Bonus Tip: Blot your face with a ply of tissue (split the sheet in half!) before powdering to remove excess moisture and stop oxidization.

Step 6: Setting Spray

Break down any excess powder and cakiness with a good spritz of a reliable setting spray. It'll add a touch of a glow back to your skin as well if you apply a liberal amount.


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