The best foundations for oily complexion are not easy. Your skin’s already shiny and greasy, so you don’t want anything to make it shine. There’s also the issue of how well it will withstand heat and humidity. It may seem like your foundation is melting away when it should be providing clear, healthy-looking skin. You may also have an oily or acne-prone complexion. Not many lightweight products can cover up the whiteheads you have noticed this week.
Makeup artist Andrea Claire suggests looking for foundations with semi-matte or matte words on the label. Avoid products with glowing, dewy or radiant effects. These will create the illusion of more shine.
It Cosmetics Bye-bye Foundation Oil-Free Matte Moisturizer with SPF 50+
It Cosmetics’ Oil-Free Bye Bye Foundation for Oily Skin is a great choice because it has a water-based formula that blends well, creating the illusion of a natural-looking skin. A celebrity makeup artist, Douglas Otero, said that 12 shades blend seamlessly and can be used as a second skin. It’s more about enhancing your skin than masking or covering it. The formula also has the extra SPF 50 protection and the hydrating hydrouronic acid it contains (though we recommend using a second sunscreen layer instead, which relies solely on the sun protection of your makeup).
Chanel Ultra Le Teint Velvet Foundation
Jenny Patinkin is a celebrity makeup artist who uses the Chanel Ultra Le Teint Velvet Foundation for oily skin. Patinkin claims that the matte formula glides on so smooth it looks natural skin. It is a bit more expensive at $50 per bottle, but a little does go a long way. The makeup artist told that five drops are all it takes to provide full coverage.
Cover FX Natural Finish Foundation
Cover FX’s Natural Finish Foundation is light on the skin. However, it packs a punch. The water-based foundation contains vitamins C, E, and F and a host of antioxidants. Carl Ray, a celebrity makeup artist, says it is a great choice for people with oily skin. It “keeps the skin moisturized while also controlling sebum production.”
Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation
Claire describes Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation as “seamlessly built.” The formula also contains a mix of mica, silicones and emollients that “help keep skin’s surface smooth, hydrated, while diffusing uneven textures.” Claire says that silicones are great for foundations because they are a non-comedogenic barrier that keeps natural oils from destroying makeup. (Tl:dr) Noncomedogenic refers to products that are designed so they won’t clog pores.
Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup
Pearl recommends Clinique’s Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup because of its lightweight, oil-free, and sweat-resistant formula. The foundation also contains Salicylic acid, a vital skin-care ingredient. This exfoliating ingredient helps remove dead skin cells, control oil and prevent breakouts.
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation
L’Oreal Paris’s Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation is an affordable foundation that won’t irritate sensitive skin. It can be easily purchased at your local pharmacy. Ray told that the foundation works just as well as more expensive options. Ray continues, “The foundation is oil-free and has the demi-matte finish which gives you the perfect balance of a matte and dewy look.”