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.
Let’s jump right in with one of our all-time favourite formulas. The L’Oreal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation offers a lightweight, ultra-creamy texture 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.
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.
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!
Meet your new BBFF (beauty best friend forever). The Tom Ford Traceless 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 sheer, medium or full coverage that’s always natural and undetectable.
Revlon ColourStay 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 oily skin types, this fool-proof foundation allows you to put your best face forward. Wave bye-bye to a shiny T-zone as the oil-free formula provides a comfortable matte finish that lasts up to 24 hours.
The Born to Glow Naturally Radiant Foundation is one of the newer additions to the NYX collection. 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 45 shades and priced at just a tenner, it’s a must-have for combination skin types.
We knew we could trust MAC to come through with a foundation that suits combination skin. The Studio Fix Fluid is a favourite amongst MUAs as it delivers a natural matte finish yet keeps skin looking radiant and healthy. The oil-free formula gives you total control over T-zone shine, whilst the hydrating properties smooth and condition skin.
Non-sticky, non-cakey, breathable and buildable; the Touche Eclat Le Teint 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 formula across skin for a radiant and flawless finish.
If liquid foundations aren’t your thing, allow us to introduce you to the Celebration Foundation from IT Cosmetics. 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.
Let loose with the Stay Naked foundation from Urban Decay. This liquid foundation has been expertly designed to feel weightless. The undetectable formula provides a real-skin matte finish that wears for 24 hours, without suffocating skin or causing dryness. Take your pick from the 50 shade line-up and discover your true match, once and for all.
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!
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.
Too Faced help you beat the midday meltdown with this full coverage, oil-free foundation. Not only does the cake-proof, crease-proof and transfer-resistant formula cover all imperfections, but it stays put from sunrise to sunset. And, as for those pesky dry patches, a blend of coconut water, alpine rose and hyaluronic acid quenches any sign of thirst.
Fed up with matte formulas dulling your complexion? Sounds like you need to experiment with the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation. Boasting a finish that’s not too matte and not too dewy, this foundation brings out the best of combination skin.
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 15 of 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.
Written by Carly Cochrane
Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for three years. She has over five years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.