The Best Foundations for Oily Skin

You took special care to apply your makeup carefully this morning, but only an hour or so later your face is shining like a beacon. Oh, the beauty betrayal! You think you’ve tried it all — skipping moisturizer, oil-blotters, setting powder, mattifying mists — and they’ve all failed you. That probably means the problem lies in your face makeup.  So it’s time to surrender that beloved foundation and find a coverage option that’s specifically formulated to prevent oily skin. We’ve rounded up the best foundations for oily skin that are sure to keep you shine-free all day.

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Foundation for Oily Skin

Oil-Free Foundation Options

Your skin is already producing an abundance of oil on its own, so do yourself a favor and opt for a foundation that’s not only oil-free, but also has anti-shine properties that dissolve excess oil, leaving you with a naturally matte (but not flat) complexion

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Oil-Free BB Cream: This all-in-one formula acts as both a skincare and makeup product for combination and oily skin types, combating shine, uneven tone, texture and visible marks. It’s light enough to easily blend in with your skin tone, while mattifying and oil-absorbing mineral pigments provide all-day shine control.

Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation: With an anti-shine core, this gel stick foundation dissolves oil for a fresh and natural matte finish. Plus, it’s travel-friendly. Bye-bye T-zone issues!

Powder Foundation

The right powders have the ability to instantly absorb oil, giving your complexion a flawless and airbrushed appearance, sans the cakey, mask-like finish. Because powders can oxidize when mixed with excess oil, it’s important to test colors in natural light and allow them to settle for a few minutes before finding your perfect match.  

Dermablend Intense Powder Camo: If you’re looking for full-coverage foundation that can withstand the day and keep shine away, this is the one. It’s gentle enough for sensitive skin, yet its buildable coverage can conceal anything from a pimple and uneven skin tone to redness and even birthmarks.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation
: With micro-milled powders and light-diffusing properties, this velvety formula offers the perfect amount of coverage while keeping oil production under control. And did we forget to mention that this truly weightless, demi-matte foundation lasts ALL day?!

Liquid-to-Powder Foundation

What do you get when you combine the hydrating power of a liquid (yes, even oily skin needs hydration) and the mattifying power of powder? Liquid-to-powder foundation! This groundbreaking formula blends seamlessly to absorb oil for that no-makeup makeup look that’s so lightweight, you’ll forget you’re even wearing it!

Lancôme Nude Miracle Liquid-to-Powder Makeup: There’s a reason why these formulas are named “Miracle” or “Magic” and once you try it, you’ll see why. The Nude foundation is 25 times lighter than traditional powder for a comfortable feel that can control oil and visibly blur imperfections — without the need for touch-ups.

L'Oréal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 18
: This liquid foundation transforms into a barely-there powder on contact for a youthful glow, minus the shine or the heavy feel.

Looking for some fun makeup looks now that you’ve got the perfect foundation? Check out our latest makeup tutorials here!



    About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.