HOW TO: Foundation Routine for Oily Skin

Hey guys! It has been a while since I last updated my blog… but for today, I’ll dive right in into my foundation routine for oily skin types!

Just a brief introduction about me:

Skin type: (Dehydrated) Oily skin – meaning to say I have oily skin but I do have dry flaky skin on my nose area. I have large pores around my nose as well. **P.S Any tips/skincare to improve this?

Age: 25

Lives in Singapore, sunny 365 days all year round

For oily skin types, we always worry about our makeup “slipping” off our faces by noon, looking shiny in photos etc.  So it’s very important to select makeup targeted to control sebum.


Before putting on foundation, I would apply a little bit of Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer on my nose and areas where I have large pores. This will smoothen my skin, which helps my foundation to “sit” on my skin better. It also helps to blur the pores, but please do not expect your pores to “vanish” – as the name of the product suggests, it blurs the pores and NOT cover the pores.

If I’m wearing eye makeup, I will always apply a tiny bit (shown above) of Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer on my eyelids. This helps the longevity of my eye makeup, especially my eyeliner. Note: Choice of eyeliner plays a part in longevity as well.

Moving on, I’m currently obsessed with Laneige Pore Control BB Cushion in Shade 21 Natural. For those we are new to BB cushions or Korean makeup brands, Laneige BB Cushion was one of the pioneers in the BB cushion world. The Laneige Pore Control BB Cushion leaves a matte finish on the skin, unlike a lot of other cushions that leave a dewy finish. But I wouldn’t recommend it for girls, like me with oily skin. The main objective we want is to create a matte finish, to prevent looking shiny. Despite being a BB cushion, the coverage is amazing. It is able to cover the pores and blemishes on my face. I have also tried Innisfree Long Wearing BB cushion as well and it’s pretty good given it’s price point. It also helps control sebum. But the key difference is the consistency for Laneige is much smoother and the sponge that comes along with it is really good too. It doesn’t absorb a lot of product, hence less wastage. If you are looking to try a new BB cushion or new to Korean makeup, I urge you to try Laneige. They offer other types of BB cushions (i.e whitening) as well to suit your needs.


After putting on foundation, it is very important to apply loose powder to ensure that the makeup last longer. I have several kinds of loose powder (i.e Australis Fresh & Flawless Pressed Powder, Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder) but they aren’t able to control the sebum as well as the Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder. As you can see, it is a white loose powder, but it doesn’t show on the face as long as you blend/tap it out well. Personally, I like to use Elf Cosmetics Complexion Brush (For SG readers, it is also available on Smoochiezz) and tap the powder on my face. It allows me to dab more on areas of concern.

It is pretty small in size, as compared to the Laneige BB Cushion, so it’s pretty travel friendly and even small enough to put it in your everyday makeup bag for touch-ups. It comes with a sponge inside, which makes it even more convenient for touch-ups on the go! If you do not like the loose powder version, a compact version is available too.

The final step is to spray facial mist to absorb any excess powder on my face. You can use any facial mist, but I’ve been enjoying the Nature Republic Soothing and Moisture Gel Mist. I feel that Aloe Vera helps to add some moisture back, to prevent further dehydration. This step is optional but I would encourage you to do likewise, as it gives a more natural finish look. We wouldn’t wanna walk around with cakey makeup right?

And here’s my foundation routine for oily skin types. What do you guys think? Is it helpful? What’s your foundation routine like? And if you have any products to recommend, feel free to comment down below or drop me a DM on my Instagram @beautywithcal 😀



Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. All opinions are mine.

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