The Best Foundations For Oily Skin

Jun 16, 2020
02:58 P.M.
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One of the most difficult skin types to find makeup for is oily, acne-prone skin. Due to oily skin being shiny or greasy in appearance, having very large or obvious pores, and being prone to cystic breakouts, clogged pores, and blackheads, it is extremely difficult to get makeup to sit right and last.


From foundation sliding around to simply disappearing over the course of the day, picking out the right base can seem like mission impossible. Before jumping into makeup it is important to first establish a proper skincare routine to achieve clearer looking skin.

Photo by Manu Camargo on Unsplash

Photo by Manu Camargo on Unsplash

Once that is in place then it is time to tackle the struggle of makeup. Finding make up that does not break down or become difficult to work with due to the natural oils one produces does not have to be a mission.

Many companies have created lines specifically geared towards oily skin. Here are ten foundations that are perfect for oily skin.


1. Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin


One of the best foundations for a shine-free coverage is the Makeup For Ever’s super-pigmented liquid base. The Matte Velvet Skin foundation is easy to dispense, simple to apply, and boasts a massive shade selection. The formula is long-wearing and will not break down easily.

2. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation



Rihanna’s Pro Filt’r foundation was designed with oily skin in mind and aims to provide the perfect super matte base. It also offers a huge range of shades and full coverage. It will not turn shiny or break down easily.

3. Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation



The perfect daily foundation, this one is buildable and not too mattifying. It allows the skin to look naturally dewy but will still control greasiness and lasts all day. Since this is a pricier option, try to get your hands on some testers of the Backstage Foundation before buying a whole bottle to make sure you find the perfect match.

4. Cle De Peau Radiant Cream to Powder Foundation SPF 24



Boasting a unique untraceable cream-to-powder formula, the compact feels ultra moisturizing on the skin but dries down to a natural, glowy finish. This is another foundation I recommend trying some testers first.

5. Marc Jacob’s Shameless Youthful-Look 24H Foundation SPF 25


This foundation is a weightless formula that is able to effectively cover redness, acne scars, and minimizes pores. It is the perfect base for anyone who needs full coverage but wants to avoid looking cakey especially if one is in a warmer climate.

6. Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation



Staying true to its name, this foundation is an extremely full-coverage formula that was created to fit the standards and needs of beauty influencer Huda Kattan. The foundation conceals imperfections and gives the wearer an airbrushed effect. However, users should keep in mind that the formula is heavily scented and might be irritating to extremely sensitive skin and can aggravate breakouts if worn regularly.

7. MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation



Even on the longest of days, this full coverage foundation leaves skin matte with no touch-ups required. Another great perk is that this foundation goes a long way and consumers only need to apply a tiny amount to achieve their desired results.

8. Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil-Free



It is rare to find a truly long-lasting foundation when it comes to oily skin. However, this foundation reportedly does not need to be touched-up. It boasts an innovative liquid-to-powder formula that aims to even out spots and improves acne scars, pore size, and decrease oil production.

9. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Longwear Foundation Makeup



Celebrity makeup artist Beau Nelson recommends using this foundation because the formula is lightweight and creamy. It offers full matte coverage and lasts for the entire day.

10. Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Liquid Makeup



Another makeup artist favorite is this cult classic foundation because it promises 15 hours of shine-free wear and even withstands heat and humidity.

An important thing to note when using the foundation is that the product will only perform at its best if the skin prep before the application is adequate. A good start for oily skin would be to use a base like Laura Mercier’s oil-free primer to control oil production.FacebookTwitterLinkedIn