14 Oil-Free Foundations Beauty Editors Swear By

Updated 05/27/19

Oil-free foundations are a saving grace in summer months when humidity is at its highest and makeup is melting and sliding off your face. But for those with sensitive, oily, or acne-prone skin, oil-free foundations can prove to be beneficial year-round. If you have a temperamental complexion, you can still achieve a flawless full-coverage finish without clogging your pores, thanks to one of our favorite oil-free formulas below.

The best oil-free foundations leave skin with a clean, matte look while continuing to absorb oil and reduce shine throughout the day. Coverage from oil-free foundations will feel more lightweight and breathable than their oil-based counterparts, so you can bid adieu to congested pores and subsequent breakouts. Even better, many of these formulas contain ingredients that actively improve skin during wear, leaving your complexion looking even more radiant once you rinse off your makeup.

Keep scrolling for 14 oil-free foundations that won't clog your pores.

Silk Creme Oil-Free Photo Edition Foundation - Rose Ivory
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil-Free Photo Edition Foundation $48
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A makeup-artist favorite, this high-pigment, oil-free foundation delivers color-true pigments and 12-hour coverage.

All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation New Orleans 1 oz/ 30 mL
Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation $49
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Neutralize discoloration with this oil-free foundation that contains a proprietary blend of pigments that are water-, sweat-, and sebum-resistant, giving you long-lasting coverage whatever the day brings.

Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup
Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup $26
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In summer months, this time-tested foundation can withstand 88 degrees and 80 percent humidity. Year-round, enjoy its patent-pending shine-absorbing formula that will keep your skin mattified all day.

Born This Way Foundation Cocoa 1 oz/ 29.57 mL
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation $39
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This vegan, oil-free foundation boasts ingredients like hyaluronic acid, Alpine rose, and coconut water to keep skin moisturized to the right degree.

Immaculate(R) Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free Sable 1 oz/ 30 mL
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free $56
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For a long-lasting, velvet-matte finish, this liquid-to-powder foundation formula absorbs 75 percent of its weight in oil without drying skin.

Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Foundation 13 1 oz/ 30 mL
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Foundation $40
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Show off the skin you were born with using this oil-free foundation that's so light it feels like you're wearing nothing at all.

Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation 360 Bisque N 1 oz/ 30 mL
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation $47
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Enjoy a natural-looking, velvety-matte finish for up to 24 hours with this long-wear formula. Infused with perlite and silica, this oil-free foundation also works to absorb oil to keep you shine-free from start to finish.

Blur Liquid Matte Foundation Warm Deep 1 oz/ 30 mL
Milk Makeup Blur Liquid Matte Foundation $40
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This oil- and silicone-free formula is surprisingly lightweight while providing full coverage. Like the line's Blur Stick and Blur Spray, this foundation minimizes the appearance of pores and imperfections.

Giorgio Armani Beauty Face Fabric Foundation
Giorgio Armani Beauty Face Fabric Foundation $49
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This cult-favorite Giorgio Armani foundation is perfect for someone who barely wants the look of makeup but needs to keep the daily shine at bay. The soft and silky texture glides on like a dream and can be applied with your fingers or a brush.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur with SPF 20
La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur with SPF 20 $30
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This creamy mousse texture foundation instantly absorbs oil while giving the broad spectrum coverage of SPF 20, helping to cover blemishes and smooth the skin's surface. It's fragrance- and paraben-free, making it the perfect foundation for many skin types.

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation
Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation $40
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This filter-like finish foundation gives the ultimate coverage and protection for oily skin while hiding any imperfections to help your complexion look completely flawless. The ultra refined pigments fuse together on the skin's surface to help blur anything you want to hide, leaving the skin looking airbrushed. Argan oil helps hydrate the skin, leaving it with just enough sheen for it to look luminous and not too shiny. 

Laura Geller New York Balance-n-Glow Illuminating Foundation
Laura Geller New York Balance-n-Glow Illuminating Foundation $34
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This baked powder foundation is the perfect solution for someone who has oily skin and would prefer a powder formula instead of liquid. This baked powder foundation has tiny, luminous ribbon-like swirls that give the perfect amount of glow to any complexion. Apply with a large powder brush in circular motions all over the face. 

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation $6
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Get the perfect matte look with this foundation, which helps absorb all excess oil and leaves pores basically nonexistent. At a very affordable price tag, this product is sure to make its way into everyones makeup bag sooner or later. With 40 shades to choose from, there's a reason why it's one of the best-selling drugstore foundations on the market. 

Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation
Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation $28
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This mineral and natural powder foundation will have you covered (no pun intended) when it comes to shine and oil. With a build-able coverage, you can wear as much as you like for the perfect finish, or use it as a setting powder for liquid foundation if you prefer both formulas. Free of nuts, gluten, fragrance, silicone, parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, phthalates, dimethicone, talc, bismuth oxychloride, and nanoparticles, this is the perfect formula for anyone with sensitive skin or allergies.

 

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