Picking the right foundation for you is what makes or breaks your entire makeup look. No matter how “on fleek” your eyebrows are, how blended your shadow, or how perfectly even your eyeliner is, if your foundation is not the right shade or the right formula, and is sliding all over your face, then your makeup is just not going to look its best.
However, there’s more to picking out the right foundation for you than just getting the shade right. You should also consider whether you want a full-coverage foundation, or something a little more sheer, and of course, you should always keep in mind your skin type.
So, if you have dry skin, then matte foundations will stick to your dry patches and look flaky, and if you have oily skin, using a dewy foundation is a fool-proof way to make sure you’ll be shiny all day and your foundation will have slid off your face before you even make it to where you’re going. And we, of course, don’t want that.
Another thing that makes the difference between looking hot and like a hot mess, is using the right primer beforehand, which will help mattify your skin and minimize the appearance of pores. Moisturizer is also important – yes, even oily skin types need moisturizers – just make sure they’re water-based or oil-free.
Once you’re moisturized and primed, it’s time for the most important part: the foundation. If you have oily skin, when shopping for foundations you should look for matte finish foundations that say they’re shine-free, oil-free, or oil-controlling. Of course, it can be overwhelming being presented with so many options at a makeup store, so we’re trying to make your life just a little easier.
Scroll down for a list of both drugstore and high-end foundations that are great if you have oily skin.
1. Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation
The Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation is a favorite in the beauty community. It’s non-comedogenic, has a matte, lightweight finish which blurs your pores, controls shine, and gives a natural finish. It has a relatively large range of shades (40 in total), and the best part about it is that it’s only $8!
2. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Foundation
Another great drugstore product, with a lightweight, long-lasting, semi-matte finish, which controls oil, minimizes the appearance of pores and easily blends into your skin.
3. Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation
This is a long-lasting, medium-coverage foundation which can be built up to be full coverage. It has an SPF of 15 and includes salicylic acid to help control oil and provide a matte, poreless finish.
4. Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation
The Stay Matte Foundation is a light, oil-free formula foundation with a mousse texture that gives an even, lightweight, matte finish. It doesn’t feel greasy, applies smoothly to the skin, controls oil and minimizes the appearance of pores.
5. Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Foundation
This is a great foundation for acne-prone skin as it is non-irritating and oil-free, and has medicated ingredients to help cover, prevent and clear away blemishes. It’s fragrance-free, paraben-free, and phthalate-free and gives a natural looking finish.
6. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation
Tarte’s Amazonian Clay foundation is a vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free formula, which offers a matte, comfortable, non-cakey, full-coverage finish and includes Amazonian Clay, Vitamin E, and mineral pigments. And the best part is that it has a pretty good range of shades, and a small amount really goes a long way.
7. Lorac POREfection Foundation
This is a medium-to-full coverage foundation, which minimizes the look of pores, blends seamlessly, controls shine, and even protects and nourishes your skin with its blend of vitamins A and E, olive leaf, lemon fruit, and papaya fruit extracts. It has an SPF of 20, and can be built up to your desired coverage.
8. Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Full Coverage Foundation
This is a full-coverage, long-lasting foundation with a blendable texture which will leave your skin shine-free all day. It doesn’t cake-up or become flaky, it lets your skin breathe, and balances your complexion.