Top 10 Foundations For Oily Skin

Dec 24, 2019
05:07 A.M.
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Oily, acne-prone skin is often considered one of the most difficult skin types to find makeup and foundation products that agree with it.


Due to the shiny or greasy appearance, very large or obvious pores, cystic breakouts, clogged pores, and blackheads, oily skin is difficult to work with. A proper skincare routine should be a priority when trying to achieve clearer looking skin.

Photo by Manu Camargo on Unsplash

Photo by Manu Camargo on Unsplash

However, all hope is not lost. While finding make up that does not break down or become difficult to work with due to the natural oils one produces it is not impossible. 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 Make Up For Ever's super-pigmented liquid base. The 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.

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.

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.