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Which are the best foundations for oily skin?

Which are the best foundations for oily skin?

Finding the best foundation for oily skin can be difficult. On one hand, you need a mattifying finish with oil-control properties, and on the other you don’t want your skin to become dry and your makeup cakey throughout the day. We have selected our edit of 10 of the best foundations for oily skin, which we have tried and tested and can confirm are the best face bases if you suffer from a little excess shine.

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10 of the best foundations for oily skin

  1. Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation
  2. Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Foundation Stick
  3. NYX Proessional Makeup Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation
  4. bareMinerals BAREPRO Liquid Foundation
  5. Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup
  6. Sleek MakeUp Lifeproof Foundation
  7. Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation
  8. NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint
  9. MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation
  10. Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation
  1. Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation
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    Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation

    Bobbi Brown’s Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation has been specially formulated for normal to oily skin and contains a host of ingredients which keep it in place for up to 16 hours, no matter how shiny your skin gets.

    The foundation contains marine sugar cane and mineral powders which help to control oil production and minimise shine, so the skin appears mattified and flawless throughout the day.

    In addition, the formula is also free from common nasties like parabens and sulphates, as well as being vegan-friendly and non-acnegenic, so won’t clog pores and cause breakouts.

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  2. Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Foundation Stick
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    Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Foundation Stick

    A new addition to the cult Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Liquid Foundation, the All Hours Foundation Stick is one of the most exciting launches of the year, especially for those with oily skin.

    With an amazing 24 hours wear, the foundation gives the skin a matte finish and provides all-day shine control to minimise the appearance of oil on the skin.

    The foundation is also waterproof and gives medium to full coverage; buildable depending on your preference. Thanks to its stick formula, it’s also super portable and great for throwing in your handbag for touch-ups throughout the day.

    For best results, pair with the Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Primer for a longer lasting base.

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  3. NYX Proessional Makeup Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation
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    NYX Proessional Makeup Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation

    The NYX Proessional Makeup Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation has been made especially for those with oily and combination skin types thanks to its blend of minerals which provide full coverage and minimise shine.

    Free from oil, the foundation helps to even out the skin tone, reduce the appearance of imperfections and make perfect the complexion.

    Perfect for both day and night use, the foundation doesn’t contain SPF so won’t cause flashback in photos.

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  4. bareMinerals BAREPRO Liquid Foundation
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    bareMinerals BAREPRO Liquid Foundation

    bareMinerals is a great makeup brand for anyone with problem skin as its blend of natural mineral pigments work in synergy with the skin and let it breathe throughout the day.

    Their BAREPRO Liquid Foundation has a matte finish, but also contains a blend of nourishing ingredients to keep the skin hydrated; perfect if you suffer from oily and dry skin.

    Free from all the common nasties, the foundation is also hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, and gives you full coverage all day long, without the need for touch-ups.

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  5. Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup
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    Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup

    The Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup is ideal for anyone with oily or acne-prone skin as it contains a host of ingredients which work to reduce the appearance of imperfections and minimise shine.

    Free from oil, the foundation blends seamlessly into the skin without making it look shiny. Creatimg a concealing veil on the face, the foundation helps to reduce the appearance of imperfections wihtout making the skni looked caked in makeup.

    Skin looks smooth and flawless, and the foundation lasts all-day long so won’t need touch-ups.

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  6. Sleek MakeUp Lifeproof Foundation
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    Sleek MakeUp Lifeproof Foundation

    Free from oil, the Sleek MakeUp Lifeproof Foundation does what it says on the bottle and creates a shield on the skin that protects against everyday life, keeping the complexion looking flawless no matter what the day throws at you.

    Soft focus powders help to create an even canvas on the skin, whilst also ensuring the makeup stays in place throughout the day without the need for touch-ups.

    The foundation is buildable, which means you can create your desired level of coverage, but a light layer will cover all minor imperfections, redness and shine.

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  7. Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation
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    Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation

    Urban Decay’s All Nighter Liquid Foundation is one of the best-selling foundations of all time, and it’s also one of the best foundations for oily skin too.

    Its gel-based formula glides onto the skin to create an even base, minimise shine and keep the face mattified throughout the day.

    It has a 25% pigmented formulation, which means that it’s great for covreing all manner of imperfections, blemishes and redness to leave the complexion flawless, even and ready to take on the day.

    For best results, follow the All Nighter Setting Spray to keep the makeup in place even longer.

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  8. NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint
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    NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint

    The NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint may be classed as a tinted moisturiser, but it provides the coverage of a foundation, and helps to even out the skin tone and minimise all imperfections.

    It contains the brand’s unique and exclusive Velvet Illusion Complex, which helps to instantly improve the appearance of uneven skin, while blurring powders mattify and rose fruit extract minimises excess oil production while simultaneously hydrating the skin so it never appears dry or cakey.

    It has incredibly buildable coverage and an SPF 30, making it perfect for everyday use.

     

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  9. MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation
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    MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation

    MAC’s Pro Longwear Foundation is one of the best foundations for oily skin thanks to its high coverage and lasting power of 15 hours; the longest of any MAC foundation.

    It has a liquid formula but doesn’t feel heavy or sticky, and instead helps to even out the skin tone and reduce the appearance of imperfections and shine.

    Specially treated micronised pigments work to create a flawless complexion, whilst also helping to control oil production, keeping the skin looking mattified all day long.

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  10. Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation
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    Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation

    One of the most well-known foundations in the world, Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation is a global best-seller for a reason.

    As one of the best foundations for oily skin, it blends seamlessly into the skin to create a canvas that prevents shine and movement throughout the day. Although it has incredible coverage, it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and can be built up to your desired level, so that you get the right level of coverage for your skin type.

    Shielding skin from environmental aggressors, it’s a great foundation to wear during the day when you need your face base to last and hold-up.

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Amelia

Amelia

Skincare Specialist

I am a big believer in the idea that beautiful Make Up begins with a superb skincare regime. I like to enhance my natural beauty rather than cover up and I am always on the lookout for great products which really work. When I am not writing about all things beauty, I like to do Yoga and I make an amazing brownie. It is all about balance!