Aside from genetics and hormones, Manila's hot, humid tropical weather plays a huge role in causing excess shine on the skin, so it's no surprise why face powders are present in every Pinay's kikay kit! A few puffs can instantly cut away shine—but it can also make your already greasy complexion appear dull, dry, and chalky. While it may seem like a one-size-fits-all kind of beauty product, not all powders will work for your oily skin type; in fact, the wrong one can even be the culprit behind your breakout as it can clog the pores. Save yourself from the unwanted acne and even a dull, cakey face with our picks below:
What are the best face powders for oily skin
When you're dealing with a greasy complexion on a daily basis, you'll want to invest in powders that provide sheer coverage to take away excess shine without adding weight or worse, making your face appear chalky as you blot your oily skin within the day. It'll be extremely helpful to look for keywords like "lightweight," "oil-absorbing," and "silky" when shopping for the right face powder for you.
No Sebum Mineral Powder
Innisfree, P300, SM Mall of Asia
This loose, mineral powder from K-Beauty brand Innisfree may seem unassuming, but it has over a thousand of glowing reviews from Pinays—and with good reason. Formulated with Jeju mineral powder and Jeju mint (yes, it has a mild minty scent), it effectively absorbs and keeps oil under control, so you won't end up with that 12 p.m. shine around your T-zone. P.S. Since it's relatively small, you'll want to use your powder brush instead of the puff it comes with for easier application.
Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder
Make Up For Ever, P1,400, Sephora PH, Greenbelt 3 and SM Megamall
Hate how your oily cheeks and forehead look so prominent in your selfies or barkada photos? This loose, translucent powder is made to combat that, as it's specifically created for the HD technologies of the film and TV industry. This powder boasts an ultra-fine, silky texture so it doesn't cake up, and it makes the skin look soft and matte, so it works wonders in setting your makeup. Just keep in mind that a little goes a long way; it tends to leave a white cast, so the key is to fully blend it in, and it'll appear flawless and traceless on the skin!
Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder
The Balm, P925, Beauty Bar
This translucent powder with an oil-absorbing formula has a light neutral tint to it so it mattifies shiny skin without making the face appear dull. With its sleek, pocket-friendly packaging (which reminds us of a blotting sheet), it makes an ideal powder for midday touch-ups.
Infallible Pro-matte Powder
L'Oreal, P400, Robinsons Department Store
Need a little more coverage? You don't need to swear off powders with fuller coverage formulas if you're dealing with oily skin. This drugstore pressed powder, for instance, is buildable yet lightweight so it doesn't cake up. Best of all, it's known for its oil-controlling properties so it'll help keep shine at bay for hours on end. You can use it alone or on top of your foundation.
Stay Matte Powder
Rimmel London, P370, Lazada
This cult-classic by U.K. brand Rimmel London has gained a loyal following for a reason: apart from banishing oil, it also offers a buildable coverage that won't end up looking cakey as its formula is amazingly lightweight. It’s a dream product for oily-skinned ladies who want to look more polished but hate getting greasy.
Other ways to reduce shine on your face when you have oily skin
Aside from eliminating grease on your face with powder, using the right makeup and skincare products (and avoiding the wrong ones) will help make your skin produce less oil in the long run.
1. Use the right moisturizer
If you've been skipping the moisturizer to "look less oily," then that could be part of the issue. Not moisturizing could be making your skin even oilier, as dry skin tends to compensate for the lack of hydration by producing more sebum. So how do you hydrate your face without looking extra-shiny? Steer clear of rich, heavy creams and look for lightweight, gel moisturizers or lotions as these formulas absorb more quickly into the skin, and won't leave a greasy residue and add to your skin's oiliness. Most importantly, it won't clog your pores and cause an unwelcomed breakout. So, repeat after us: moisturizers aren't your enemy. You just need to find "The One," and you can start with these oily skin-friendly picks below:
TRY: Celeteque Dermoscience Hydration Facial Moisturizer, P150, Watsons, Beauty MNL, SM Beauty, and all leading supermarkets
TRY: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, P898/50g, Watsons and SM Beauty
2. Consider adding a mattifying face primer to your makeup routine
"A lot of Filipina[s] skip this step kasi sabi nila pang dagdag ng gastos bumili ng primer or pang patagal ng ceremony ng makeup," celebrity makeup artist Albert Kurniawan mentioned in one of his makeup tutorials on Youtube. It's true; primers are an added expense, but it plays a huge role not only in helping your makeup last, but also in keeping your oily face from getting greasier by midday, especially when you're wearing heavy makeup.
FN TIP: Opt for this oil-free primer with a velvety-smooth formula to absorb excess oil and even refine your pores—it's literally like a real-life filter for the face. The bonus is it comes with a pinkish tone that adds a soft radiance to the skin, so your face stays matte but never dull.
TRY: Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional: Pearl Primer (Pink), P2,120, Beauty MNL and Rustan's The Beauty Source
3. Use a toner that will help keep oil production under control
Avoid stingy alcohol-infused toners that dry your skin out (to know, check your current toner's ingredients and see if it contains ethanol, denatured alcohol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, or isopropyl alcohol). While they instantly get rid of shine, "they actually irritate skin, which can lead to an increase in oil production, making shine, enlarged pores, and acne breakouts worse," explains Paula's Choice. Go for gentler toners that do more than just getting rid of dirt and makeup residue on your face like bringing back moisture to the skin to keep it healthy, hydrated, and balanced, minimizing oil production.
FN TIP: Try this organic, non-alcohol-based toner that's enriched with Elemi, a natural ingredient known for balancing the production of sebum, getting rid of dirt and impurities, and soothing and calming irritated complexions.
TRY: Human Nature Balancing Face Toner, P99, Robinsons Supermarket
4. Pop on a face mask every week to prevent oil buildup
"For overall good skin health for your face, it's important to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize, and use sunscreen daily," notes plastic surgeon Joseph Cruise, MD of Cruise Plastic Surgery in an interview with Allure. When you've got oily skin, you're prone to breakouts—thanks to the oil buildup that's clogging your pores—so you may want to treat yourself to a weekly exfoliating face mask.
Clay masks work wonders on oily-skinned and acne-prone complexions, as "they can absorb sebum, bacteria, water, and various toxins and irritants [beneath the skin's surface], and can exfoliate dead skin cells and blackheads without friction," explains Live Strong. As clay masks tend to tighten the pores, it also "helps balance out the oils in your skin," notes Women's Health Magazine.
TRY: Banila Co. Hi Bye Clean Up Mud Facial Mask, P845/100ml, Trinoma, Glorietta 4, Robinsons Place Manila, and more branches here.