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.
This OG foundation from Revlon takes the crown when it comes to foundations for oily skin.
Voted as America’s #1 long-wearing foundation, the oil-free formula keeps your complexion looking and feeling fresh from dusk ‘til dawn. Not only does it give a medium coverage and matte finish, it's infused with salicylic acid, which helps to control oil.
A budget-friendly option that ticks all the boxes is the Maybelline Superstay 24h Liquid Foundation. This foundation serves up a full matte coverage, 24-hour staying power and a transfer-resistant, sweat-resistant and water-resistant finish, making it our go-to for the occasions where full glam is required!
Do you love the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray? Then allow us to introduce you to the All Nighter Liquid Foundation.
Formulated with the same long-wearing qualities, this gel-based foundation supplies a modern matte finish that never looks flat. Light-diffusing and imperfection blurring properties ensure a flawless canvas, whilst excess oil is absorbed for a shine-free day.
This classic formulation is loved by beauty editors, makeup artists and A-listers across the globe. Why, we hear you ask? Because it does exactly what it says on the bottle; it stays in place.
Whether it’s the height of summer or rainy days, this foundation guarantees all day wear with its oil-free, waterproof and shine-controlling formula.
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.
Bobbi Brown is home to some of the best makeup for oily skin, with the Skin Long Wear Weightless Foundation being a fan-favorite.
Thanks to its natural matte finish, true-to-skin pigments and good-for-skin ingredients, this formula helps you look fresh-faced, even on the worst of days.
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.
Specially created for oily and acne-prone skin types, the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation knows exactly how to beat the midday slick.
Its velvet-like texture instantly mattifies skin upon application, whilst cashmere kaolinite helps to control oil throughout the day.
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 Matte Cover Foundation lets you leave the blotting papers at home as its demi-matte finish lasts from A.M to P.M with no touch-ups needed!
No foundation roundup is complete without a shout-out to Fenty Beauty. The Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation raised the bar for face makeup with its inclusive shade range (50 and counting), 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.
We knew we could trust Armani to come through with one of the best full coverage foundations for oily skin. Power Fabric 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.
Finally, a loose powder foundation that actually works in harmony with oily complexions! The bareMinerals Matte SPF15 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. The makeup is so pure that it doesn’t cause breakouts, even if you sleep in it (although we'd rather you didn't).
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.
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.
Dubbed as a ‘nutrition bar’ for your complexion, this foundation hydrates, mattifies, protects and color corrects in just one swipe. The infusion of Amazonian clay ensures longer, better and true wear, whilst the stick design makes it ideal for travelling and on-the-go.
Wave bye-bye to oil and shine and say hello to naturally flawless and refined skin.
This Clinique foundation is made to withstand extreme heat and humidity so that you can keep your complexion fresh and fool-proof. The lightweight coverage is perfect for those that love a natural look, whilst the matte finish ensures your makeup successfully stands the test of time.
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
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.