The best foundation for combination skin to balance oily and dry types

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    Finding the best foundation for combination skin is no easy business.

    When it comes to picking a base, you need something that won’t exacerbate oil levels to the point of greasiness, but also won’t make dry patches even worse – all while leaving you with a flawless finish, of course. Doesn’t sound like that much to ask, does it?

    It’s important that before applying your base, that you prep the skin with the relevant skincare. Pair the best serum with the best moisturiser for combination skin to create the best canvas on which to apply your foundation.

    Thankfully, the ever-evolving world of beauty science has come so far that, fortunately, foundation formulas can (and will) target more than one specific skin concern. There are even formulas that adapt to your skin throughout the day for optimal results, like Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation Stick and Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic foundation, which took five years to develop.

    Read on for our combo skin tested guide to the best foundation for combination skin below.

    Best drugstore foundation for combination skin

    Revlon ColourStay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin, £12.99, Boots

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    If your skin is on the oily side of combination, this is a great buy for you, as the velvety finish will really balance out that overactive T-zone. It’s oil free and also contains salicylic acid, a pore-decongesting, anti-inflammatory ingredient that helps with the fight against greasy skin.

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    Best full coverage foundation for combination skin

    MAC Studio Fix Fluid, £24.50, John Lewis

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    Although its main selling points are that it’s oil-free and controls skin’s oil levels, MAC’s Studio Fix foundation is actually suitable for all skin types. The lightweight, matte formula is buildable and blends really easily, meaning you can go as heavy as you like with your coverage. It’s really no wonder it’s well known for being a make-up artist kit bag staple.

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