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As someone with combination skin, I tend to stay away from foundations. I've found that a lot of formulas are too heavy and clog up my pores (hello, next-day breakouts), or they make me look like I've just washed my face in oil. So, no one was happier than I was when brands started making foundations that gave combination skin gals the coverage we need without contributing to our skin problems.
To help narrow down which ones are actually worth the investment, I created a handy checklist: A foundation must be lightweight, mattifying, give natural-looking coverage, and treat existing blemishes (optional, but ideal). After much research (and testing!), I found the foundations that checked these boxes.
Read on for the best foundations for combination skin.
Best Overall: Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation
Just because you have oily skin doesn't mean you can't want or have that dewy complexion. This foundation is super lightweight, so it won't clog your pores. In fact, it helps minimize them while also providing hydration, evening skin tone, and smoothing out fine lines.
Best Oil-Free: Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation
This oil-free foundation will almost make it seem like you never break out. It’s formulated with cashmere kaolinite clay and transforms instantly from liquid to powder, creating an all-day finish that covers imperfections in a natural-looking way.
Best with SPF: Armani Beauty Power Fabric Foundation SPF 25
I wanted to be a fan of Armani's popular Luminous Silk Foundation, but it just didn't suit my oily skin. This matte version gives the same coverage as the luminous one without the extra shine. It's so lightweight that it feels like a second skin, but it gives enough full coverage to hide any blemish or scars.
Best for Acne-Prone Skin: Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup Foundation
Whoever first invented makeup that also treats the acne it's covering get my firstborn named after them. This foundation not only gives great coverage, but it also contains acne-fighting ingredients to reduce redness and prevent future breakouts.
Best Matte Finish: Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Full Coverage Foundation
For days when you're extra shiny, this foundation combats it well by mattifying skin and controlling excess oil with its powdery finish. Coverage is buildable, and you only have to use a little bit for it to go a long way.
What Our Testers Say
"The product felt weightless on my skin, my dark spots were concealed because of its fantastic coverage, and the matte finish was natural and not too powdery looking." — Khera Alexander, Product Tester
Best Clarifying: bareMinerals Blemish Remedy Foundation
This isn't your grandmother's powder foundation. It's made with aspen bark and tea tree oil to help promote clearer, healthier-looking skin. You get medium to full coverage, and it helps reduce shine.