Top 10 Best Foundation for Combination Skin

Jan 14, 2020
07:24 A.M.
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Combination skin is often looked at as difficult when it comes to makeup, especially foundation. A common misconception is that people with combination skin types need to have a collection of products to suit the ever-changing needs of their skin.


However, this is completely unnecessary. There are many formulas on the market designed to cater to skin that is drier in the morning but becomes oilier as the day progresses. Here are ten foundations that will look beautiful throughout the day.

1. Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna


Price: $35.00

Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation not only boasts 50 shades, it also claims it will give an "instantly smooth, pore-diffused, shine-free finish." It is a medium to full coverage foundation and has an oil-free formula with climate-adaptive technology that is reportedly resistant to sweat and humidity. Thus this foundation is perfect for skin that changes according to the environment and time of day.

2. Power Fabric Foundation Giorgio Armani


Price: $64.00

Another inclusive foundation is the Power Fabric Foundation from Giorgio Armani which has 31 shades. The foundation is oil-based but boasts that it will not be greasy and "delivers a velvet matte finish."

It is a full coverage foundation with a lightweight formula and aims to "effectively blurring imperfections with an incredibly lightweight matte veil that feels like you're not wearing make-up at all." It also has an SPF 25 filter.

3. True Match Super-Blendable Makeup L'Oreal Paris


Price: $10.95

L’Oréal Paris’ True Match Super-Blendable Foundation launched nearly fifteen years ago. It has 45 shades in the range and aims to be super-hydrating without being greasy.

It is medium coverage and with a natural finish. The formula is oil-free and includes pro-Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E to keep skin looking radiant and healthy.

4. Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream Bare Minerals


Price: $21.45

The Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream from Bare Minerals is an oil-free tinted face moisturizer. The product boosts hydration and protects with non-chemical mineral-based broad spectrum SPF 30. It aims to even out complexion with dewy, natural-looking coverage and is perfect for everyday use.

"This foundation is well loved by my patients with combination or oily skin, because it doesn't cake or clump on top of pores."

Dr. Erum Ilyas, a board-certified dermatologist.

5. Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 Smashbox


Price: $42

"Smashbox BB Cream is a lightweight formula works overtime as a primer, full coverage foundation, and sun protection," says Shainhouse. "It's a great choice for combination skin, because "it's both oil-free and alcohol-free, so it won’t make skin look greasy or flaky dry."

This BB cream is formulated without parabens, oil, fragrance and talc. It claims to prime, perfect and hydrate. It also banishes shine and provides an SPF 35 protection.

6. Hydro Boost Hydrating Foundation Stick by Neutrogena


Price: $14.82

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Foundation Stick is formulated with hyaluronic acid. It can be used to cover, conceal and contour for a "dewy, fresh-faced glow." It is a buildable foundation with medium coverage that will not clog pores.

"This one is oil-free and can be used even if you have acne," says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a board-certified dermatologist. "It also contains high levels of hyaluronic acid to give lightweight hydration, making it appropriate for all skin types."

7. Bare Minerals Matte Foundation With SPF


Price: $23.90

This powder formula has only seven ingredients. It is also free of fragrance, mineral oil, parabens, formaldehyde-releasing agents. It is a great choice for anyone with combination skin as it works with both drier skin and also controls sebum production in oily areas. It also has SPF protection. The foundation boasts " buildable, sheer-to-full coverage and a silky matte finish."

8. Chanel Vitalumiére Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Sunscreen Makeup


Price: $50.00

"I love this formula because it covers lightly without caking and is moisturizing, but not oily."

says Dr. Anna Guanche, a board-certified dermatologist.

Though pricey, this "radiance-revealing" fluid foundation aims to "awaken complexion while offering intense comfort." It helps create a uniform complexion that looks fresh and luminous. The formula is thin and smooth meaning the user does not need a lot to cover the entire face.

9. Essential Defense Mineral Shield™ Broad-Spectrum SPF from Skin Medica


Price: $38.00

This product is aimed at those looking for an alternative to foundation. The Skin Medica Essential Defense Mineral Shield™ Broad-Spectrum SPF is a tinted moisturizer that is perfect for anyone looking for a low-maintenance makeup routine. The light texture and sheer coverage formula is perfect for sensitive skin.

10. Physician Formula The Healthy Foundation with SPF 20


Price: $12.95

The Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation is a long-wearing, buildable, and breathable foundation. It provides lightweight, medium coverage with a healthy, satin finish. It also boasts "exclusive Brightening Complex and hyaluronic acid to hydrate, brighten and improve the appearance of skin tone."