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 what 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 that marry both of these qualities — and you’ll never feel personally victimized by your combo skin again.  


IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation

This new IT Cosmetics Foundation literally say “bye bye,” and it really means goodbye to uneven skin. The trick about this foundation is that it’s not traditional at all — it’s a perfect, moisturizing replacement to your everyday routine. It has a great matte finish with the ultimate hydrating touch and will definitely be your go-to as the seasons change.

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte & Poreless Foundation

When in doubt, go with an oldie but goodie. Maybelline’s OG Fit Me! Matte is exactly what your oily to combo skin needs, and even though it was designed to suck out extra oil, it really is great at locking in the moisture and hydration your skin needs.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

Another excellent OG, the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Foundation is a great combination skin rec simply because of its long wearing non-flat finish. It combats oily spots but looks demi-matte while it moisturizes.

Lancôme Teint Idole 24H Longwear Foundation

There are a lot of cool ways to use Lancôme Teint Idole, and this stuff is what combo skin dreams are made of. This foundation is completely oil-free and totally transfer resistant, which is great for reducing shine but keeping flakes at bay.

Dermablend Flawless Creator Drops

These lightweight drops are excellent for combo skin: “This is a great option for those with combination skin because it is oil-free, non-comedogenic and weightless on the skin,” says Short. “Because it’s also 33% pigment intensity, you get amazing coverage in just one to two  drops — it won’t weigh your skin down, and it will help blur any large pores on the skin.”

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