The best foundation for oily skin to keep you shine-free all day

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    Is that midday shine your beauty nemesis? Feel like you constantly battle with breakouts? If you haven’t got the best foundation for oily skin in your arsenal already, then listen up.

    Dr Ross Perry, cosmetic doctor and managing director of Cosmedics Skin Clinics, has words of caution when it comes to pairing oily and or acne-prone skin with make-up. ‘Before thinking about make-up, review your skin regime. Getting the best cleanser and moisturiser for oily skin is key, so experiment to see what suits your skin,’ he says.

    ‘Don’t be tempted to ditch the moisturiser as your skin still needs hydration, but choose a formulation which suits oily skin,’ he continues. ‘Exfoliate regularly to remove excess sebum as well as dead skin cells.

    ‘Sleep, drink water, and eat your fruit and veg – do everything you can to improve your skin from within, making you less reliant on foundation.’

    Next, evaluate what exactly you want from your foundation. A full-coverage formula will mask hyperpigmentation from previous breakouts, while something designed to mattify will keep your skin shine-free all day.

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    Oilier skin types often get along well with powder-based foundations, like bareMinerals’ offering, while a liquid will glide on seamlessly and can strategically lock in oil. 

    Without further ado, join as we run through the best foundation for oily skin below.

    Best drugstore foundation for oily skin

    L’Oreal Paris Infallible Matte Foundation, £8.99, Feelunique

    best foundation for oily skin drugstore L'Oreal Paris

    Super duper mattifying, this one, and all for the bargain price of £8.99. Apply all over and buff from the centre of the face outwards for smooth coverage that’ll last all day, with no oily patches appearing around 3pm.

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    Best foundation for oily skin with full coverage 

    Giorgio Armani Power Fabric, £42, John Lewis

    best foundation for oily skin with full coverage Giorgio Armani

    The sister to the iconic Armani Luminous Silk, this foundation lasts for hours and hours, offers great SPF protection, conceals pretty much every blemish and dark circle and locks down any excess sebum production. It’s a real all-rounder and an absolute must for oily skin.

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    Best foundation for oily skin with large pores

    Surratt Beauty Surreal Skin Foundation Wand, £62, Net-A-Porter

    best foundation for oily skin Surratt

    This handy all-in-one foundation brushes on seamlessly, helping to minimise the look of pores and fine lines – and it’s perfect for just chucking in your bag for touch-ups if and when you need them.

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    Best foundation for oily skin with acne

    Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup Cream, £28.50, Fabled

    best foundations for oily skin with acne Clinique

    This lightweight, oil-free formula conceals blemishes whilst actively tackling them and preventing them from returning. Plus, its cooling sensation and skin-soothing ingredients help to calm any angry breakouts and inflammation.

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    Best long lasting foundation for oily skin

    NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, £35, Fabled

    best foundation for oily skin long lasting NARS

    If you like your coverage to feel weightless, then opt for NARS’ water-like formula. It’s oil free and doesn’t bring on shine throughout the day, a little goes a long way, and gives such a gorgeous, skin-like finish that lasts for hours upon hours.

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    Best powder foundation for oily skin

    bareMinerals Original SPF15 Foundation, £28, Fabled

    best foundation for oily skin powder bareMinerals

    Nothing really beats the best powder foundations when it comes to oil control, and bareMinerals’ is a timeless favourite for a reason – the mineral formula is completely non-comedogenic, so there’s no risk of pores becoming blocked, and still only contains five ingredients. It’s an icon for a reason.

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    Your oily-skin foundation woes are officially fixed. Shininess, be gone.

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