Best Foundations for Oily Skin

Best Foundations for Oily Skin

Winter and summer, oily skin has its own woes. For a smooth finish, here are some foundations that are perfect for oily and acne prone skin. 

1. Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup

       Oil fighting ingredient: salicylic acid
       Perfect if you want: a fresh natural look
       Where to buy: Debenhams or Al Hawaj


Oily skin is often prone to acne and blemishes. Clinique Acne solutions has oil free makeup that helps blend away blemishes and neutralizes redness. Medicated ingredients help treat existing breakouts and keep them from coming back. Plus, it feels so fresh and looks so natural. If you don’t like liquid makeup, this same solution is available in powder form.

2. Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Makeup

Perfect if you want: a brightening foundation
 Where to buy: Sephora

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This brightening liquid foundation builds from light to medium coverage for a natural-looking no makeup, makeup look. It’s oil-free, super-hydrating, and has broad spectrum SPF25 PA+++ to boot! The nourishing formula contains Benefit’s exclusive Oxygen Wow Hydrating complex, which helps boost cellular respiration for a plumped up look.

3. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation

Perfect if you want: a handy compact foundation you can bring
 Where to buy: Bobbi Brown

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This long-wearing liquid foundation comes in a handy compact, so you can take it with you for touch-ups as you go. The full coverage foundation lasts up to 12 hours (even in the most humid conditions). The special ingredient is a film former that provides flexible coverage while feeling like part of your skin.

4. Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation

Perfect if you want: a hydrating foundation
 Where to buy

chantecaille future skin

This lightweight yet still hydrating foundation, contains “charged water” and seaweed, which will supposedly block out environmental oxidation on your skin. Best for normal to dry skin, it blends readily and provides sheer to light coverage, enough to blur out minor imperfections. The Future skin range has a wide variety of shades for every skin tone, which makes it perfect for those who have trouble matching their foundation to their skin tone.

5. Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation

Perfect if you want: a matte finish
 Where to buy: Max or Splash


This feather-light, oil-free formula has an airy mousse texture that doesn’t feel heavy or greasy. It delivers all-day shine control and blends flawlessly for a natural looking matte finish. The other best thing is that it minimizes the appearance of pores (and oily skins do have a lot), and is reasonably priced.

 6. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation

       Oil fighting ingredient: Amazonian clay
       Perfect if you want: a non-comedogenic foundation
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The Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation is formulated with Amazonian clay and non-chemical sunscreen filters. It also has Vitamin A, an anti-oxidant that acts as an anti-inflammatory emollient and mineral pigments to soften and soothe skin. The supremely blendable liquid delivers up to 12 hours of satin matte coverage and stays put for that period of time.

 7L’oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

       Perfect if you want: a 24-hour wear
       Where to buy: Carrefour or Al Jazira


With this matte foundation, you get 24 (yes 24 hours!) of coverage. It has a light texture so it doesn’t feel like a lot on your skin. It also hides imperfections for a smooth, clear complexion. Best of all, this beauty tool won’t break your bank as L’oreal is one of the more affordable beauty brands out there.

 8MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

       Perfect if you want: powder foundation
       Where to buy: MAC cosmetics

mac studio fix

Oily skin with large pores can really benefit from a powder foundation such as this. It has a natural matte coverage, and has plenty of shades so you can match it to your skin tone. Plus, it never looks cakey and can hide that bit of redness around the nose and cheeks which is something that oily-skinned folks usually deal with.

9. Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot Foundation

       Oil fighting ingredient: Shine Bloc 12 hour wear technology
       Perfect if you want: a soft focus finish
       Where to buy: Boots Pharmacy

soap & glory

This fabulous foundation is an all-day liquid to powder formula with Shine Bloc, an ingredient that eliminates shine and Super Blur powders. It’s designed to give skin a flawless, non-cakey, soft-focus finish for over 9 hours. After applying this, you don’t need any powder. Good for those mornings on the go!

10. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

       Perfect if you want: a silky finish
       Where to buy: Sephora

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Touted by makeup artists for its special formula, it may be a bit pricey, but perfect for those special occasions. The award-winning formula is created with micro-fil technology which holds the pigments in a weightless texture. This foundation is inspired by the silk shantung worn by kings and emperors. Poetic and elegant.

What is your favorite foundation for oily skin?