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The Best Foundations for Combination Skin

By Carly Cochrane - 3 years ago | Updated
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Hydrating foundations can have you looking like a greaseball by lunch time, whilst matte foundations cling to dry patches and leave skin cakey. If you fall into the category of combination skin, you’ll know all too well that finding a foundation can be a challenge.

With both an oily T-zone and dry cheeks to contend with, combination skin needs a do-it-all formula that covers all bases – literally.

Foundations for ‘all skin types’ are often the go-to for complexions that like to sit on the fence but, if we're keeping it real, they never bring the 'wow' factor that we're yearning for. That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to put in the graft and create a line-up of foundations for combination skin that you’ll love.

Keep scrolling to discover everything you need to unlock your complexion's full potential.

Clinique Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup SPF 15

£25.36 £34.50 (27% off)

Allow us to introduce you to the Even Better Makeup from Clinique. Developed by a team of dermatologists, this formula caters to all of your skin’s needs. Its medium coverage is great at hiding blemishes and correcting skin tone, whilst an infusion of SPF defends against UV rays and future discolouration. ‘Stay-true’ pigments ensure a true colour match that’s sweat and humidity resistant, so you can keep that T-zone in check!

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

£29.25 £39.00 (25% off)

Meet your new BBFF (beauty best friend forever). The Bobbi Brown foundation stick keeps combo complexions smooth and flawless, anytime, anywhere, thanks to its portable and precise design.

Whether it’s a busy morning or after work touch-ups, this versatile stick can be used to lay down a full coverage that’s always long-lasting and seamless.

Milani Conceal & Perfect 2 In 1 Foundation & Concealer

£14.31 £15.88 (10% off)

Milani's Conceal & Perfect Foundation is a holy grail of ours as it provides just the right amount of coverage for everyday wear but is also buildable for the occasions you want to ramp up the glam.

Specially formulated for combination and dry skin types, this fool-proof foundation allows you to put your best face forward. Wave bye-bye to dull, lifeless skin and say hello to a dewy, radiant finish.

ZOEVA Authentik Skin Foundation

£22.94 £25.00 (9% off)

The ZOEVA Authentik Skin Foundation is fan-favourite for a reason. Designed to help you flaunt ‘your skin, but better’, it delivers a second-skin finish and natural glow in just one application. Not to mention, the flexible texture guarantees a fresh-faced look, all day long.

Arriving in over 40 shades and reasonably priced, it’s a must-have for combination skin types.

Max Factor Facefinity All Day Flawless Flexi-Hold Foundation

£3.29 £12.99 (75% off)

We knew we could trust Max Factor to come through with a foundation that suits combination skin. The Facefinity All Day Flawless Foundation is a favourite amongst MUAs as it delivers a natural matte finish yet keeps skin looking radiant and healthy. The waterproof, sweat-proof and touch-proof formula gives you total control over T-zone shine, whilst the hydrating properties smooth and condition skin.

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturiser Hydrating Gel Cream SPF 30

£20.39 £33.00 (39% off)

Okay, so it’s not technically a foundation, but the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue is just too good to miss, especially if you love a light coverage!

This award-winning formula combines the benefits of a tinted moisturiser, BB cream and CC cream so that you can enhance your natural complexion. The gel-cream is both matte and dewy, making it the perfect pick-me-up for combination skin.

Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals Foundation

£49.95 £58.50 (15% off)

Non-sticky, non-cakey, breathable and buildable; the Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals Foundation is one of the best foundations for combination skin. Granted, it’s on the pricier end of the spectrum but it’s perfect for those special occasions where you want to feel confident in your complexion. Simply buff, blend and bounce the lightweight mineral formula across skin for a radiant and flawless finish.

Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Powder Foundation

£28.09 £48.67 (43% off)

If liquid foundations aren’t your thing, allow us to introduce you to the Sensual Skin Powder from Kevyn Aucoin. This powder formula is packed with antioxidants and hydrating properties, making it an ideal option for combination skin. Just a few sweeps is enough to lay down a comfortable full coverage that looks airbrushed, never chalky.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

£6.40 £6.64 (4% off)

Let loose with the Serum Foundation from The Ordinary. Since launching, this serum foundation has caused a serious stir, and for good reason. Packed with good-to-skin ingredients, this liquid foundation offers an undetectable serum-like texture that feels weightless on skin. Colour pigments are suspended in the signature 'spreadability system' to create authentic undertones, leaving your complexion looking smooth, radiant and subtly perfected.

Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Liquid Foundation


Fed up with matte formulas dulling your complexion? Sounds like you need to experiment with the Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Liquid Foundation. Boasting a finish that’s not too matte and not too dewy, this foundation brings out the best of combination skin. Hello happy skin!

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation


Your skin is going to adore this one, darlings. This foundation is your fast-pass to an airbrushed, photo-ready canvas. Boasting a weightless formula, it provides a natural matte finish and full coverage that’s fade-proof, sweat-proof and transfer-resistant, meaning you can take your looks from dawn to dusk. Good-for-skin ingredients ensure that your complexion is kept hydrated, whilst the appearance of pores, imperfections and uneven skin tone are blurred.

L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24hr Freshwear Liquid Foundation

£8.99 £11.99 (26% off)

The L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24hr Freshwear Liquid Foundation offers a lightweight, full coverage and semi-matte finish, making it great for combination complexions. Thanks to the natural, long-wearing luminous coverage, you’ll never have to worry about the midday slick or dry and cakey cheeks.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation


This is a foundation that needs no introduction. The Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation is a cult-favourite formula amongst the makeup obsessed.

Helping you wave bye-bye to Facetune and Instagram filters, this medium-to-full coverage foundation tackles everything from shine and enlarged pores to dryness and uneven texture. The soft finish leaves skin matte, not flat, so you can look and feel fresh from A.M to P.M. Thank you, RiRi!

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

£43.73 £46.00 (5% off)

Designed to withstand both summer humidity and cold winter snaps, this prestigious foundation is perfect for combo skin types. The seamless, silk-like texture effortlessly glides over skin and stays in place, until you say otherwise. Whilst the finish is matte, an infusion of special light-reflecting particles ensure that your skin always looks lit-from-within.

With the best foundations for combination skin now on your radar, we hope that the hunt for the perfect match can finally come to an end. For more foundation guides, head over to our makeup hub for blogs such as The Best Full Coverage Foundation for a Perfect Complexion.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

As the Senior Content Editor for Cosmetify, Carly is the go-to for all the latest (and greatest) beauty tips, tricks and trends. With over six years of experience in the industry, she knows all the ins-and-outs when it comes to health, beauty and wellbeing. 

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