Stay fresh and matte with our pick of the best liquid and cream foundations for oily skin.
Are you prone to shine or blemish outbursts? Using a foundation for oily skin will work miracles for your complexion, and choosing the right one for your skin type can make the world of difference – not only to the way you look but also the way you feel.
In the past, you may have been fooled into thinking that foundations will clog your skin, therefore aggravating an already unbalanced complexion. But beauty favourites like Estee Lauder and Laura Mercier offer feather-light foundations that glide on, without feeling cakey or too made up. These types will also be buildable so that you can minimise both the size and appearance of your pores.
If your skin is of an oily nature then you should be looking for a foundation for oily skin with a matte finish that will absorb the moisture. For instant effects, look to Clarins and Chanel for even coverage. These foundations will also be long-wearing so that you don’t have to reapply and cause a further imbalance of oil on your skin.
Stila’s £25 Natural Finish Oil-Free Makeup is one we’d certainly recommend. An instant hit on the beauty desk, this product comes in a choice of 12 shades and has an ultra-light formula that glides on with ease. Despite the luminous feel, this liquid foundation provides fabulous coverage that lasts all day with a soft dewy finish.
Another favourite foundation for oily skin is Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Make-Up. Priced at £26.50, it’s jam-packed with light-diffusing properties and builds from light to media coverage for a natural-looking complexion that’s shine free.
Allow us to help you find the best foundation for oily skin for you, and finally keep that shine under control. Don’t forget to check out our tried and tested round up of the best moisturisers for oily skin, whilst you’re looking.
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Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Make-up is high on our beauty shopping list. The liquid formula, which is jam-packed with light-diffusing properties, builds from light to medium coverage for a radiant natural-looking complexion that’s completely shine-free. One of the best foundations for oily skin.
This Clarins Ever Matte Foundation is perfect for oily skin. It has an instant mattifier and delivers all-day protection against unwanted shine thanks to its mix of Tanaka Powder, Carthusian Pink and Chrysin. But far from drying it out, the formula keeps your skin wonderfully hydrated by sealing in essential moisture, making it appear translucent with an enviably smooth finish.
Estée Lauder’s Invisible Fluid Makeup not only gives great coverage whilst tackling oily skin, but it works with your natural tones so your complexion appears fresh, radiant and flawless in every light. What’s more, it has an air-infused quality that allows your skin to breathe, so the results are translucent and never thick, cakey or chalky.
Laura Mercier’s new Oil Free Supreme Foundation is the answer to all your excess oil beauty woes. Quickly absorbed into the skin and easy to blend, this innovative liquid formula is lightweight and non-drying, and glides evenly onto your skin for a long-lasting soft-matte finish.
Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation is made for those who have to use powder touch-ups throughout the day to combat shine. We often find that the more affordable foundations more than match the big-hitters for great coverage, and this one is certainly up there with the best. Priced at just under £6, this is your ultimate bargain beauty buy.
Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere Long Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup has an oil-free, light texture that glides onto skin seamlessly for lightweight coverage and a long-lasting dewy complexion. Simply apply with your fingertips or a sponge for a gorgeous matte finish that keeps shine at bay.
No7’s Beautifully Matte Foundation is a great foundation for oily skin and it doesn’t have to break the bank. The budget buy will provide shine-free coverage for up to 12 hours, thanks to its Salicylic Acid packed formula that also helps minimise open pores, and keep your skin in tip-top condition with a silky matte look.
Bobbi Brown’s multi-award-winning Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation comes in a handy compact with a sponge for easy-peasy application, making it ideal for those on the go. Available in a choice of twenty shades, this long-lasting soft-matte finish foundation absorb excess oil and help create a barrier against heat and humidity for twelve hours of wear. A must for those of us with shiny skin.