Suffer from oily skin? Discover the best foundation for smooth coverage all day long!
If you have oily or combination skin, it can be difficult to find a foundation that does the job well. Too much oil or liquid in the formula and it’s slipped by lunchtime, while powder-based formulations often run the risk of looking cakey.
There are many factors that cause oily skin and that’s why it is particularly difficult to control and to find the right foundation. Oily skin can be hormonal or hereditary and is often worsened by physical and emotional stress. Whatever the cause – don’t fear – it IS possible to control oily skin topically by adopting a strict skincare regime and using a foundation designed especially for oily skin.
Experts advise sufferers of oily skin to avoid harsh, abrasive scrubs however tempting it might be to try a more aggressive attitude. While scrubbing ferociously and using products that dry out your skin may seem intuitive, long term they will only exacerbate the condition. Instead, try treating your skin gently; using softer, water-based products like micellars to remove make up and cleanse the skin is the best solution.
When it comes to cosmetics and foundations for oily skin, avoid crème based foundations and blushers, as they will create oily residue and contribute to greasy pores. Instead, opt for powder based or oil free foundations that allow your oily skin to breathe, finding one that strikes the right balance of moisture to soothe skin while minimising oily residue.
Here, we have rounded up our favourite foundations that do just, without the cakey, suffocating coverage we fear with shine-proof bases. From liquid foundations that balance oil to mattifying powders, there’s something for everyone, whatever your price range or problem area.
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It’s ability to mattify shine for 24 hours without dulling your natural radiance, has seen Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24h foundation garner bestseller status. The good news, is that this award-winning formula now comes in 40 shades, meaning we’ll no longer have to mix and match to get the perfect colour. This positive step is part of the brand’s My Shades, My Power campaign, which features 40 women of all different skin tone’s, including Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse, Olympic cyclist Laura Kenny, and Bend it Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha.
Mineral makeup has long been tipped as the cosmetic of choice for those with acne, owed to its ability to camouflage spots in the most gentle and least pore clogging of ways.
Ever the innovator, Bare Minerals has supercharged this benefit by adding a shot of Tea Tree Oil to its popular foundation powder to create Blemish Remedy. The result? The same creamy, buildable coverage and velvety texture we’ve come to expect from their bases, with the added bonus of fewer blemishes over time. Now that?s what we call a multi-tasker.
This compact might just be the handiest item in our makeup kit. Not only does the palette and enclosed applicator ensure on the go touch-ups are an utter cinch, but the clever Clinique formula does the work of both a mattifying foundation and a creamy concealer.
So, how does it work? The teardrop sponge is a double-sided wonder, which boasts a smooth side for lighter coverage, and a flocked side for a full, flawless effect. The game-changer is the pointed tip that can transform the foundation into a precise concealer, and reach those niggly zones like the creases around the nose. Easy.
If you’re lucky enough to have a reasonably even skin tone, Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation will cover redness and blemishes without looking at all mask-like, yet it also lasts surprisingly well, absorbing oil and blurring the appearance of pores for the best part of a day.
This caused a bit of a frenzy when it launched, and the product really does justify the hype. Oily skin often means several reapplications of foundation throughout the day as sebum causes it to slip, but not so with clever Fusion Foundation.
Powder is an oily-skinned woman’s greatest ally, so it makes perfect sense that a powder foundation would help you fight the war against grease too.
Try Boots No 7 Beautifully Matte Foundation and your makeup bag won’t be complete without it. It’s great value, promises 12 hours shine-free and the formula balances oil production to keep your skin in top condition.
Before you buy, use No 7’s Match Made service to find your perfect shade. The clever skin scanner will find you the right foundation – and the No 7 range is big enough to offer an incredibly close match.
Great for touch-ups on the go, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation comes in a neat compact with a sponge for precision application.
The long-lasting formula suits oily skin, and you can choose from 10 natural-looking shades.
Long-wearing coverage that never transfers – we love Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup. It gives full, semi-matte coverage that lasts all day – and you can even blot for shine without it budging.
The oil-free formula also contains antioxidants and sunscreen – it really is the full package!
If you’re looking for a lightweight liquid foundation, Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation is the answer. It’s oil-free, contains silica to absorb excess oils – and goes on evenly and smoothly for a polished look.
Innovators in long-wear makeup, Revlon have done it again with their ColorStay Makeup with SoftFlex for Oily/Combination Skin. The formula is perfect for oily skin and US patented technology means it’s guaranteed not to rub off!
Pamper your skin with Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation – we love this hydrating, SPF 25 oil-free formula.
It’s natural and light-diffusing, perfect for a subtle, lighter coverage.
If you need heavier coverage some days, Eyes Lips Face Flawless Finish Foundation is a great solution.
Blend fully for a sheer effect, or leave in a thicker layer to even out skin tone and texture. We love the long-lasting, semi-matte finish too.