A little bit oily, a little bit dry? We pick the best new foundation for combination skin
What skin type do you have?
If you find foundation sits well on your cheeks but melts off your T-Zone by lunch, Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24hr Foundation could be the one for you. The high-coverage matte formula stays put perfectly on oily bits, gives a classy polished look to your base yet feels comfortable on dehydrated zones too.
Powder foundations seem a little retro, but Photo Filter Creamy Powder Foundation is a very modern formula which won’t streak, smear or go cakey as it dries. The light-to-medium coverage powder feels instantly creamy on dry skin and won’t sink into lines, plus touch ups on your T-zone are a breeze with the mirrored compact and sponge.
Luminous Weightless Foundation is a bit of a contradiction – it lasts all day long (and we mean all day, ours was still in tact at 8pm) but you’ll be tempted to keep checking as it feels like you’ve got absolutely nothing on your skin. The formula is oil-free so perfect for balancing out combination skin, yet the finish is so juicy and glowy you’ll wonder how this is possible. Top marks to Nars as always for offering plenty of choice for darker skintones too.
A real bargain that does what it says on the tin, Match Perfection Light Perfecting Radiance Foundation is a light, comfortable base that would suit anyone who’s generally confident with their skin. The coverage is like a sheer veil, subtly covering imperfections, but feels as comfortable as moisturiser so is perfect for dehydrated/normal combinations. If oil is a big problem for you, you’ll need some powder too – but I’m sure you wouldn’t dream of going without anyway!
Kiko Milano are one of our favourite players on the budget beauty scene, and Unlimited Foundation punches well above it’s weight for performance. This formula feels a little watery on first inspection, but sinks immediately into skin then stays put pretty much all day. My oily nose showed no signs of shine by dinner, while dry patches looked bright and bouncy – just remember to blend this well as the coverage verges on full.
This little pot of super-light gel foundation gives one of the most luscious, healthy finishes we’ve seen in a long time. If your skin sits closer to dry and dehydrated than oily then Creamy Foundation is your perfect match. it covers redness or any other colours you don’t want in your complexion (purple, we mean you!) gives a luminous glow to skin but also contains microscopic powder particles to subtly subdue shine. Stunning.
Natural beauties: this one’s for you! Dr Hauschka Foundation is 100% natural in fact, with hydrating pomegranate essence, coconut oil and mineral pigments for a nourishing base that won’t clog pores or dehydrate dry patches. The coverage is pretty sheer, so is best for those just want a hand to even everything out. It’s worth nothing that it smells fabulous too!
Such a sweet little jar! But what’s inside is serious. Total Radiance Foundation contains smart ingredients Skingenecell 1P and 4MSK, which counteract loss of radiance and firmness while hydrating and making pores disappear to the eye. It’s not cheap but, it feels as luxurious as you would expect on skin and blends beautifully so a little goes a very long way.
If you have ‘problem skin’, which can include anything from adult acne, to scarring or areas of pigmentation, Oxygenetix is a godsend. It’s super-high coverage, so camouflages whatever you don’t to show, but is genuinely breathable, doesn’t clog pores and actually boosts collagen cell production and helps repair skin. It does feel a little bit thick, so if you prefer sheer coverage, mix it with a little moisturiser to your liking.
Picture Perfect Liquid Foundation looks a little full-on with it’s thick consistency, but once heartily blended (we love beautyblender) you’ll be rewarded with an almost soft-focus velvety skin finish. This is thanks to the oil-free formula and light-diffusing pigments, which make it the perfect choice to even out areas of dryness, pigmentation, shine and just about anything else.