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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.

L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24hr Freshwear Liquid Foundation

$15.20 $16.00 (5% off)

Let’s jump straight in with one of our all-time favorite formulas. The L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24hr Freshwear Liquid Foundation offers a light, waterproof formula and semi-matte finish, making it great for combination complexions. Thanks to the natural, long-wearing luminous coverage and combination of sebum-absorbing and moisturizing ingredients, you’ll never have to worry about the midday slick or dry and cakey cheeks.

KVD Vegan Beauty Good Apple Skin-Perfecting Foundation Balm

Your skin is going to adore this one. This balm foundation is your fast-pass to an airbrushed, photo-ready canvas. Boasting a weightless formula, it provides a 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.

Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick

$12.00

Meet your new BBFF (beauty best friend forever). The Fenty Beauty 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

$16.47 $19.38 (16% off)

Milani 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

$26.40 $30.18 (13% off)

Designed to help you flaunt your authentic skin, this foundation from Zoeva 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 25 shades and priced affordably, it’s a must-have for combination skin types.

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

$22.85 $33.50 (32% off)

We knew we could trust MAC to come through with a foundation that suits combination skin. The MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation is a favorite 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.

Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation

$59.34

Non-sticky, non-cakey, breathable and buildable; the Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Skin Illuminating 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.

IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation

$39.00

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.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Powder Foundation

$38.00

This is a foundation that needs no introduction. The Fenty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Powder Foundation is a cult-favorite 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!

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation

$7.00

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation is just too good to miss, especially if you love a budget buy!

This fan-favorite formula features a proprietary 'spreadability system' for an effortless blend that leaves imperfections blurred and skin smoothed. The foundation is natural with a semi-matte finish, making it the perfect pick-me-up for combination skin.

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

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 Foundations for Acne-Prone Skin.

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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