The Best Foundations for Combination Skin, Hands Down
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.
NYX Professional Makeup Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Full-Coverage Foundation
This 45-shade range foundation is full coverage, easy to use, waterproof and pigmented like nothing else. At only $15 dollars a pop, it’s perfect for combination skin because it leaves behind a luminous, silky matte finish that won’t leave you feeling greasy or oily for up to 24 hours.
IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte
IT Cosmetics was not messing around when it released the brand’s renowned CC formula in a matte version. This product is a combo-skin BFF. It keeps excess oil at bay throughout the day and blends well under any setting powder of your choosing.
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation
Teint Idole is completely oil-free, transfer resistant, but hydrating enough to keep dry patches at bay. Not to mention, its consistency is pretty lightweight and non-comedogenic, making it acne-friendly.
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 or combo skin needs, and even though the foundation was designed to suck out extra oil, it really is great at locking in the moisture and hydration your skin needs, too.
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.”