Oily skin can be a truly frustrating problem. From the awkward shining forehead that ruins all your photos to the constant blotting and touch ups throughout the day and even the horrible acne, oily skin is no fun at all. While everyone else is after “dewy” skin, you’d be happy just settling for a normal complexion. Well, we’re here to tell you that, with the right foundation, your skin can look better than normal. It can look clear and radiant, and all it takes is the right makeup choice. Whether you’re a fan of liquid foundations or can’t live without your powder, we’ve rounded up the best foundation for anyone with oily skin.
BareMinerals Original Foundation
Bare Minerals Original Foundation is a cult favorite, mineral-based foundation that is ideal for oily skin types. It has a buildable formula made with five mineral ingredients that swirl from powder to silky cream and melt into the skin for a natural luminous finish. The best part(s) of this foundation is that it provides mineral-based, broad-spectrum sunscreen protection, and contains a weightless formula that won’t clog pores or cause breakouts.
2. Fenty Beauty Matte Foundation
Rihanna made a splash on the makeup scene with her Fenty beauty launch and it’s best-selling Pro Filt’r Matte liquid foundation. This foundation comes in a boundary-breaking range of 40 different shades. In addition to the endless color options is the incredible, soft-matte formula keeps oil at bay without looking overly dry. The formula is also incredibly long-wearing and provides medium to full, buildable coverage. This oil-free foundation is also made with climate-adaptive technology that is resistant to sweat and humidity and won’t clog pores.
3. MAC Pro Longwear Foundation
MAC’s Pro Longwear Foundation is a waterproof formula that is easily adaptable as a foundation or concealer and wears for an amazing 24 hours. This budge-proof, oil-free foundation is lightweight, repels moisture and blends seamlessly with medium to full coverage that actually looks like skin.
4. It Cosmetics CC Cream Matte
It Cosmetics CC Cream Oil-Free Matte Formula is the latest incarnation of this beloved formula, that now comes in an oil-free variation with SPF 40 physical sunscreen and a 12-hour matte finish. This cream delivers color-correcting full coverage finish along with anti-aging skin care that leaves a poreless, natural-looking matte finish. It has been proven to reduce shine and control oil for up to 12 hours and is infused with charcoal to detoxify, colloidal clay to absorb oil and tea tree extract to combat blemishes.
5. Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation
Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Foundation is an oldie but goodie, perfect for oily, normal and combination skins. This is a comfortable and non-caking foundation powered by Amazonian clay for vegan, oil-free coverage that lasts up to 12 hours. Also included is Vitamin E which acts as a soothing emollient and antioxidant, mineral pigments that soothe and soften the skin and SPF 15 to protect against the aging effects of the sun.
6. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation is another cult-status liquid makeup with a stellar record for anyone who wants medium to full coverage with a natural matte finish. This foundation formula controls shine, is oil-free, waterproof and won’t rub off or smudge. It is known for being ultra comfortable on your skin yet will last through hot and humid weather for up to 24 hours.
What to look for in foundations if you have oily skin:
1. Matte Finish
This is pretty self-explanatory, right? If you have oily skin, you definitely want to look for a matte foundation that will help control oil.
Without a matte finish, you’ll be shiny in no time!
2. Pore Refining
With oily skin, pores tend to be more visible, so finding a foundation that is pore refining or pore blurring would be great.
Of course, you can also use a pore-filling primer to blur you pores even more!
With oily skin, it’s important to find a foundation that will stay put!
Oil tends to break up makeup, so when you’re wearing a foundation that doesn’t last long in the first place, your oils will break up your foundation even faster!
If you have oily skin, you totally want a foundation that’s oil-free! You don’t want to put oil on top of oil, right?
Choosing an oil-free foundation will no doubt extend the wear of your foundation and help control oil.
5. Medium to Full Coverage
When trying to stay matte, a light coverage foundation just won’t do as great of a job in keeping oils in check. There just isn’t enough coverage to keep your oils from getting through.
This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to cake on the foundation, a medium coverage matte foundation will totally work.