As someone with combination skin, I tend to stay away from foundations. I've found a lot of formulas to be 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. No one was happier than I was when brands started making foundations that gave combination skin gals the coverage they needed without adding on to our skin problems.
I've created a handy checklist to test whether a foundation is really worth my time and investment. It must do the following:
- Be lightweight
- Give natural-looking coverage
- Treat existing blemishes (optional, but ideal)
I've tested a lot of foundations and found eight that checked off things on my checklist and more. Click through to see the ones I love.
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.
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.
Whoever first invented makeup that also treats the acne it's covering get my first born named after them. This foundation not only gives great coverage, it also contains acne-fighting ingredients to reduce redness and prevent future breakouts.
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.
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.
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.
For those who don't want the matte look, this foundation provides sheer coverage that is shine-free and lightweight. It's made with a berry flux vita, a powerful antioxidant from raspberry stem cells that improves hydration and improves skin tone.
You really do get the absolute best coverage with a compact foundation. This foundation from Sulwhasoo is super lightweight, and its natural-looking finish lasts for hours.
Next, check out the best makeup for oily skin.