The best way to apply foundation to oily skin is to start out by using an oil control primer. Primers are especially useful for oily skin because they smooth out the complexion, and they also work to minimize the appearance of the pores. If you have oily skin with large pores, then it is in your best interest to use a primer before you apply your foundation to create a smooth canvas for your makeup to go onto.
After that, make sure that you are choosing a high-quality foundation that will work well with your oily skin. There are some foundations on the market that do have formulas specifically created for oily skin, and they will work to control shine and minimize breakouts. You also may want to consider using a mineral makeup foundation because this will work best to sit on your oily skin all day long for a longer wear. Mineral makeup foundation works best to stay in place, even if you are sweating or producing excess oil. The powdered formula of mineral makeup foundation also works best to lay loosely on the skin so that it looks natural, and the skin still has the ability to breathe.
Make sure that your hands are completely clean when you apply your foundation so that you do not spread any oil to your skin. It is also important to apply a moisturizer to your oily skin directly before you apply your foundation. Many oily skin types try to stay away from using moisturizers because they do not want to break out their skin, but this will actually work against you because it will cause your oily skin to dry out and produce even more oil as a result. Make sure that you moisturize after you cleanse, and allow it to absorb into your skin for five minutes before you put on your foundation.
To apply your foundation, squeeze it onto a sponge, and sweep it lightly over your complexion. It is always best to start out with one coat so that you do not overdo your makeup application. If you are applying powdered mineral makeup foundation, then dust it over your face with your makeup brush in one coat. Take a moment to step back and survey how much foundation you have on because one coat may be enough. After that, you can apply your concealer. Make sure that you use a concealer that is one shade lighter than your foundation. You can also easily create a concealer with your mineral makeup foundation by mixing it in your hand with water. This is an ideal concealer to use if you are wearing powdered mineral makeup.
To finish your oily skin foundation application, use a pressed powder to set your look. There are many oil control translucent powders available, and make sure that you blot it onto your skin in a pressing motion. If you do sweep the powder from side to side, then it may smear your makeup. This is the best method to use to have a flawless foundation application for oily skin.