Our Favorite Foundations for Oily Skin

September 22, 2021
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
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Having oily skin is no joke. Sometimes it seems like no matter how many anti-shine products you use, a greasy sheen is unavoidable. One of our top recommendations is to find a mattifying foundation that’s specifically formulated for oily skin. Ahead, we’re sharing what types of foundation formulas to look for, plus five of our favorites for oily skin.

The Best Foundation Formulas for Oily Skin

Oil-Free Foundation 

If your skin is already producing an abundance of oil on its own, do yourself a favor and opt for a foundation that’s not only oil-free, but also has anti-shine properties.

Powder Foundation

The right powders have the ability to instantly absorb oil, giving your complexion a flawless and airbrushed appearance. Because powders can oxidize when mixed with excess oil, we recommend shade matching in natural light and allowing the formula to settle for a few minutes before making your final selection.


Liquid-to-Powder Foundation

What do you get when you combine the hydrating power of a liquid and the mattifying power of powder? Liquid-to-powder foundation! This type of formula blends seamlessly and absorbs oil for a lightweight, no-makeup makeup look. Editor tip: If you want to add a natural glow to your complexion, mix a bit of liquid highlighter into the foundation. Your face will look radiant, not greasy.

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