- Best Foundations for Oily Skin
The Best Foundations for Oily Skin
Midday slick, shine by lunch time, real-life greaseball; this is nothing out of the ordinary for us oily-skinned guys and gals.
Finding a foundation that suits oily skin can be tough. Whilst the dream is a long-wearing, non-pore-clogging formula with a mattifying finish (but not too matte or else our face looks dry and chalky), there's so many formulas to choose from, making it hard to decipher which one will tick all the boxes. And, if we’re keeping it real, we’re fed up with experimenting – we deserve to find our ride or die foundation ASAP.
Luckily, that’s where Cosmetify come in. We’ve trialed and tested more foundations than you can count in order to put together an ultimate list of the best foundations for oily skin. Keep scrolling to find your perfect match.
Maybelline Superstay Active Wear Full Coverage 30 Hour Long-Lasting Liquid Foundation$15.06
A budget-friendly option that ticks all the boxes is the Maybelline Superstay 30 Hour Liquid Foundation. This foundation serves up full matte coverage, 24-hour staying power and a transfer-resistant, sweat-resistant and water-resistant finish, making it our go-to for occasions where full glam is required!
Maybelline Fit Me! Matte & Poreless Foundation$12.90
Maybelline takes second place with another fan-favourite formula. Wave bye-bye to oil and shine and say hello to flawless and refined skin as this foundation is made to withstand extreme heat and humidity. The full coverage ensures pores and imperfections are blurred, whilst the matte finish ensures your makeup successfully stands the test of time.
L.A. Girl Pro.Matte Foundation$17.22
Allow us to introduce you to the L.A. Girl Pro.Matte Foundation.
Expertly designed for oily skin types, this foundation works overtime to minimize the appearance of pores, shine and skin imperfections. Formulated with long-wearing qualities, it supplies a natural, suede-like finish that you'll love.
Lottie London Medium Coverage Matte Foundation$9.60
Whether it’s the height of summer or rainy days, this foundation guarantees all day wear with its shine-controlling formula. The water-based formula delivers long-wearing, natural-looking colour, whilst an infusion of vitamin C works on repairing the appearance of visible imperfections.
Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Luminous Matte Liquid Foundation$40.00
If there’s one foundation that’s caused an almighty stir, it’s the #FauxFilter Matte Liquid Foundation from Huda Beauty. Having recently had a revamp, this cult-favorite formula now offers a 24-hour, full matte LUMINOUS coverage, meaning you can confidently rock a shine-free complexion that's also beaming with radiance.
Uoma Beauty Say What?! Foundation$17.35
Helping you lay down a base that lasts all day is Uoma Beauty and the Say What?! Foundation. Expertly formulated to bring out the best of your skin, this foundation delivers adjustable coverage, hydrating benefits, blurring pigments and skin enhancing ingredients.
Take your pick from the multitude of shades (there’s 51 to be exact) and look forward to flaunting a flawless visage.
Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Matte Finish Second Skin Foundation$21.83 $29.10 (25% off)
Specially created for oily and acne-prone skin types, the Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Matte Finish Second Skin Foundation knows exactly how to beat the midday slick.
Made without oil or talc to be friendly to oily skin types, its velvet-like texture instantly mattifies skin upon application and stays shine-free throughout the day.
L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24hr Freshwear Liquid Foundation$15.20 $16.00 (5% off)
If you’re looking for a budge-proof, smudge-proof and transfer-proof foundation, then you’re going to want to check out this gem from L’Oreal. The Infallible 24hr Freshwear Liquid Foundation lets you leave the blotting papers at home as its transfer-resistant finish lasts from A.M to P.M with no touch-ups needed!
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Powder Foundation$38.00
No foundation roundup is complete without a shout-out to Fenty Beauty. The Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Powder Foundation raised the bar for face makeup with its inclusive shade range, second-skin, filter-like finish and faultless formula. It’s the perfect match for oily and combination skin types as the soft matte finish keeps skin fresh and flawless.
Milk Makeup Blur Liquid Matte Foundation$20.00
We knew we could trust Milk Makeup to come through with one of the best full-coverage foundations for oily skin. It covers every blemish and imperfection while also illuminating facial features and diminishing signs of fatigue. It wears weightless, is comfortable and never cracks or creases, making it a must-have for your makeup bag.
MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation$22.85 $33.50 (32% off)
Finally, a powder foundation that actually works in harmony with oily complexions! The MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation is your fast pass to perfect skin. Just a few sweeps of the stuff is enough to cover blemishes and imperfections, minimize the appearance of pores and keep oiliness under control.
Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer$43.20
Two for the price of one; the Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer gives you so much more bang for your buck.
This high definition, high performance foundation really does live up to its name. As well as improving skin blemishes, camouflaging imperfections and balancing shine, it utilizes botanicals and good-for-you ingredients in order to keep skin young and healthy on both the inside and out.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation$25.00
We understand that liquid foundations might not be to everyone’s taste, which is why we’ve found the ultimate stick foundation for oily skin.
This foundation hydrates, mattifies and color corrects in just one swipe. The professional formula ensures longer, better and true wear, whilst the stick design makes it ideal for travelling and on-the-go.
Now that you’re stocked with the best foundations for oily skin, it’s time to let go of the pressed powders, blotting papers and setting sprays. Remember: oil, grease and shine are now a thing of the past, so you can confidently take your makeup looks from the office desk to the dancefloor, sans touch-ups! For more foundation recommendations, visit our makeup hub for guides such as The Best Foundations for Combination Skin.
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.