Know your skin type. Duh!! But seriously, know your skin type and buy makeup accordingly. I have extreme combination skin. My t-zone is incredibly oily and my cheeks are incredibly dry. But mostly I have oily skin, so I buy my makeup targeted for oily skin. Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick is one such product that targets oily skin. Whatever skin problems you have, makeup will not fix it, it can minimize it for a time. This foundation does just that. The Hourglass stick foundation does minimize that unavoidable shine for, in my experience, eight hours. After that blotting papers are needed. To know your skin type and know which products target specific skin types will go a long way of making your day easier.