Stay fresh and matte with our pick of the best liquid and powder foundations for oily skin.
Are you prone to shine or blemish outbursts? Using the best 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.
Be sure to start your skincare routine in the right way with one of the best moisturisers for oily skin. This will ensure your skin is prepped, primed and ready for make-up in a way that’s suitable for your skin type.
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 Estée Lauder and Laura Mercier offer feather-light foundations that glide on, without feeling cakey, heavy or too made up. These types of foundation 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, as 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, which would cause a further imbalance of oil on your skin.
Another favourite foundation for oily skin is Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Make-Up. Priced at £29, it’s jam-packed with light-diffusing properties and builds from light to media coverage for a natural-looking complexion that’s shine free. Trust us, it’s a game-changer when it comes to tackling oily skin.
Allow us to help you find the best foundation for oily skin for you, and finally keep that shine under control.
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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.
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.
Lancome’s Teint Idole Ultra 24h Foundation is suffused with water molecules that creates a light and fluid formula that glides over skin. Designed to reduce shine, minimise visible pores and imperfections, this product leaves your complexion silky smooth and fresh, and doesn’t budge even after 18 hours. We love.
Nars have founded a real winner in the form of their All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. With an almost milky texture, it’s recommended that you apply it with your fingers because it’s so fluid. You wouldn’t expect it from such a thin formula, but it leaves an almost velvety finish and is super buildable with 16 hours of staying power. Plus, it’s oil free, meaning no clogged pores.