Keeping your makeup in place on a slick surface is quite a challenge. You apply your cosmetics in the morning, and by your second cup of coffee it’s smeared, smudged, or completely non-existent. If this is a problem you have to deal with daily, following these simple rules below will help. 

Prime and Prep

Success starts with a clean, dry slate. Before applying any makeup, you need to properly prepare the skin’s surface. Wash your face with a cleanser that hydrates but balances oily skin such as Dermpura. You want to quench the skin without leaving a greasy residue. Following up with a toner will ease oil-production throughout the day as well. A clarifying toner like Maxatone will purify and smooth the surface, getting it ready for the next step.


Hydrating your freshly primed skin is essential to a radiant look. Dehydrated skin lacks water, not oil, and can make your skin look drab and dull. But you need to make sure your moisturizer doesn’t contribute to an oil slick forming on your T-zone. Do this by choosing a water-based, lightweight moisturizer that absorbs quickly like Solvaderm’s Dermaxsol. This has the added benefit of sunscreen as well to protect from UV rays.


The foundation you choose should be an oil-free matte formula. Look for those that specifically say this on the label. Use a blending sponge to spread it evenly, dabbing and distributing a little at a time so it doesn’t cake.

To secure your foundation, lock it in with a matte translucent powder, which will dramatically reduce shine. You can keep a stash of blotting papers in your purse for simple maintenance throughout the day. Once you absorb any excess oil, you can lightly brush fresh powder on to trouble spots to retain a shine-free complexion.

Remove and Protect

At the end of your busy day, it’s important to shed the layers of makeup and let your skin breathe. Repairing your skin overnight with an intensive night cream like Suvoderm will rejuvenate, restructure, and prepare you for the next day.

Written by Melissa Feldman

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