Oily Skin Routine

Finding the right skin and makeup routine for oily skin can be difficult. On one hand, you need something with a mattifying finish, and on the other you don’t want to strip your skin of all its moisture as this will make the situation worse. At Benefit we want to help make this process easier, so here is our guide to the best skincare and makeup for oily skin.


Skincare For Oily Skin

To ensure you have a smooth, soft base that’s ready to receive makeup you need to exfoliate your skin. The Smooth It Off 2-in-1 cleanser and exfoliator helps to remove makeup, dead skin cells and clears pores whilst being gentle on your skin. The creamy, non-drying formula can be used morning or night 2-3 times per week.

Benefit Cosmetics Smooth It Off 2 in 1 cleanser and exfoliator


Once your skin is silky-smooth the next step is moisturiser. A lot of people with oily skin think that they need to use mattifying moisturisers, or not use one at all. This only makes things worse as your skin will then work in overdrive to make up for the lack of moisture, making the skin even oilier. This step is integral to making sure your skin is fully hydrated and ready to receive makeup. Benefit’s Total Moisture provides instant, concentrated hydration for a refreshed complexion and helps to develop your skin’s water reserves, reinforcing the moisture barrier. It also contains mango butter, a natural plant-based emollient known to provide moisture. Use daily before makeup or on its own for a refreshed glow.

Benefit Cosmetics Total Moisture


Primer For Oily Skin

Now onto primer! The best primer for oily skin hands down has to be The POREfessional (we’re not being biased, it’s won more awards than we can count!). The POREfessional primer minimises the appearance of pores and fine lines while helping keep oil at bay and makeup stay put all day long!

Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional primer


Foundation For Oily Skin

Time for foundation! If a matte finish and 16-hour wear sounds like a bit of you, then you need to try our NEW Hello Happy Ait Stick foundation. The silky-smooth, weightless texture glides on like a dream and builds seamlessly for a natural looking finish – no cake face in sight! It contains SPF 20 and is waterproof, perfect for those long-awaited summer days.

Benefit Cosmetics Hello Happy Airstick Foundation


If you want a bit of extra coverage and to mattify your base even further, why not try the Hello Happy Velvet Powder Foundation. It is lightweight and breathable with a natural-matte finish that can be used alone or over foundation to set it. It lasts up to 12 hours on the skin and is great for minimising shine and building extra coverage.

Benefit Cosmetics Hello Happy Velvet Powder Foundation