If you’re no stranger to the #combination way of life, you’ll know the ups and downs your skin goes through: One minute you look like you just took a deep dive into an oil bath, and the next your skin is totally flaking away into oblivion. Or worse, you suffer dry patches and oily spots simultaneously. So when it comes to applying makeup, it’s totally impossible to figure out which foundation is going to be hydrating enough to calm your flakes but matte enough to keep you gleam-free.
“If you have combination skin, it’s important to look for a foundation that is non-comedogenic and won’t clog your pores,” says Rachel Short, AVP of Dermablend Professional. “Everyone’s skin varies; however, as a general rule, those with combination skin should try to avoid foundations that are formulated to be oil-rich or emollient.”
Ahead, find the best foundations for combination skin that marry both of these qualities.