The Best Foundations For Oily Skin

As a beauty editor, one of the questions I get asked by people all the time is which foundations are best for their skin type. In particular, those with dry and oily skin seem to struggle the most, so here’s a roundup of six foundations that will work well for oily skin (if you’ve got dry skin, click here).  

Best for weightless texture: The Ordinary Serum Foundation

Most oily-skin foundations feel extremely heavy on the skin because they contain a lot of pwoder, but The Ordinary’s Serum foundation is an exception to the rule. True to its name, it has a silky, serum-like texture which feels completely weightless on skin – no matter how much you layer it up. It’s by no means full coverage, but it does give skin a beautiful, airbrushed finish, and it’s comfortable to wear even on a long day or in hot weather. 

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Best for a glowy finish: Artdeco Mineral Powder Foundation

Glowy skin is majorly in right now, so if you’ve got oily skin, the struggle is real, because most foundations that cater for oily skin have a matte finish… There’s also a fine line between shine and glow, and you definitely want to avoid the first category. Fortunately, we live in a world where the perfect glow-getting foundation for oily skin exists. Thanks to its powder formula, Artdeco’s Mineral Powder Foundation will absorb excess oils (preventing shine from coming through) while light reflecting pigments give skin the radiant finish of your dreams.  

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Best for shade range: Cinema Secrets Ultimate Foundation

A favourite of makeup artists in the TV and theatre industries, Cinema Secrets’ foundation caters for everyone in more ways than one. Not only does it have the texture and pigment to cover redness and spots no problem, but the shade range impressively spans from super pale to super dark. It’s very, very matte, and does not budge after application (for a glowy finish, apply a lot of moisturiser beforehand to slightly sheer out the formula), withstanding everything from stage lighting to camera close-ups. 

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Best for coverage: Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation

A little of this goes a long, long way, giving some serious coverage that lasts all day and into the night, without the need for touchups. What’s more, it completely mattifies skin, making it perfect for anyone who has breakouts or scars and wants a completely flawless base. It also multitasks as a concealer, so you can apply it in layers to build your base as light or heavy as you desire. For best results, apply to the centre of the face and buff outwards. 

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Best for a matte finish: Cover FX Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation

If you do like to keep things matte, then play it safe and opt for Cover FX’s oil-free formula – it’s still super hydrating (thanks to an infusion of vitamins C & E), but it keeps shine at bay all day and gives skin a fresh, even finish that lasts for hours. It blends well and builds nicely, and more importantly lives up to its name, keeping oily T-zones under control, but resulting in skin that looks like, well, skin. 

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Best for a long-lasting formula: Laura Geller Balance n Brighten Baked Colour Correcting Foundation

Nothing beats a powder foundation when it comes to controlling shine and lasting all day, and the best thing about this one is that it’s free from pore-clogging mineral oil. Reviewers rave about how it lasts perfectly through 12-hour shifts, giving skin a flawless, soft-matte coverage and an airbrushed finish that sits somewhere in between matte and glowy. 

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