Drugstore mineral makeup and oily skin do not always get on so well; so it's no wonder that our quest for the perfect mineral makeup for our skin type is a constant battle.

Mineral makeup is a great beauty revolution and can create really amazing results, but there is a reason why it's not always a good idea for those of us with oily skin.


Is Mineral Makeup Good for Oily Skin?

Open pores and oily skin can be a problem when using mineral makeupCredit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolmiag/7072718035/sizes/z/in/photostream/Most of our general makeup has additives in it that help to control the oil in our skin. The big problem with mineral makeup is that it will absorb the oil from your skin rather than just sitting on top of your skin, so you can end up with dark patches and discoloration. It can also really expose open pores - like you have a big arrow pointing to them - so again your skin looks less than great and very uneven.

This doesn't mean that there aren't ways around the problem though, as mineral makeup used in the right way can actually be a great friend to oily skin and help to prevent those dreaded spots and acne breakouts.

Mineral Makeup Tips for Those with Oily Skin

The best makeup plan for those with oily skin is not to avoid mineral makeup, but to use it with other makeup products as well.

Neutrogena mineral sheers pressed powder - great for oily skin typesCredit: http://www.neutrogena.com/product/mineral+sheers+compact+powder+foundation.doOne great trick to use, if you find mineral powders become patchy and darker as the day goes on, is to use a lighter colored foundation on the oilier parts of your face - usually the T-zone.  You can then use your usual foundation on the other areas, blend together, and use a great drugstore mineral powder over the top.

If you are looking for a mineral powder then opt for a pressed rather than a loose one for a better finish on oily skin; this also prevents your pores from becoming too blocked which would create more skin problems.

If you find a loose mineral powder that you like though, do not give up hope yet. Instead of using it as a powder, why not combine it with a quality moisturizer for oily skin and mix up your own foundation. With a good primer you may not even need more powder over the top to finish, or of course you could opt for a pressed powder to complete your look.

Naturally some brands of mineral makeup will suit you better than others, but next we'll take a look at the best ones for your skin type.

Good Mineral Makeup Brands to Try Are...

Milani Mineral Pressed Powder - Ideal for Oily SkinCredit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000XZSVQC/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=Ibwendy-20&link_code=as3&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=B000XZSVQCMilani is an affordable brand that you'll find in most self respecting drugstores. The pressed mineral powder is highly recommended for oily skin types - the applicator allows for medium to high coverage, but I'd suggest using a kabuki brush for a coverage that better suits oily skin. If you really need to cover up a bit more to even out your skin tone then opt for one of Milani's mineral foundations underneath the powder.

Neutrogena Mineral Sheers pressed powder is an affordable drugstore brand that does a great job in coping with your skin type. It's only a few dollars more expensive than Milani, but still a very reasonable price that many users say they actually prefer to the more expensive mineral makeup brands.L'Oreal True MatchCredit: http://www.loreal-paris.co.uk/cosmetics/face/true-match/vanilla-rose.aspx

Revlon Colourstay Mineral Mousse Foundation proves you don't have to buy makeup online in order to get an inexpensive quality product. It goes on superbly, and the mousse texture works really well with oily skins.

L'Oreal True Match Naturale mineral makeup is probably the best of the bunch; it doesn't make your skin feel or look caked, but gives a good coverage and a healthy glow - it really helps control shine too. It's a quality product so you don't have to worry about it changing color throughout the day, and it feels really light on your face (just like good makeup should) although still gives great natural-looking coverage.

 There are of course other brands like Clinique and Bare Minerals that are superb at producing quality mineral makeup for all skin types, but I hope we've proved with this list of the best drugstore mineral makeup for oily skin that you don't have to pay premium prices to get premium looks - be fabulous!