Best foundation for oily skin

Finding the right foundation that suits your skin is often a case of trial and error. Along with the right texture and shade it should also provide solid coverage to conceal imperfections. It must be oil-free and last but not least, healthy for your skin to prevent acne breakouts.

Below you can find an overview of the best foundations currently available that have been proven to work on oily skin. The list is sorted by ratings from users so the foundations at the top are more likely to give satisfying results than the ones placed lower in the list.. It does not mean that the foundations placed lower in the list are necessarily bad for you. Results vary from person to person and greatly depend on how your skin reacts to the ingredients contained in a particular foundation. If you are looking for hot deals on foundations see the current Special offers

Foundations for oily skin chart

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Maybeline New York pressed powder

Maybelline New York Shine Free Oil Control Pressed Powder

Matte finish.. Very price friendly foundation / coverage for oily skin.4$4.8
NARS Sheer Matte FoundationNARS Sheer Matte FoundationAbsorbs oil and controls shine, also improves skin's brightness and texture. 15$$4.7
clarins-ever-matteClarins Ever Matte Skin Balancing Oil Free Foundation SPF 15Controls shine and stabilises color19$$4.6
Jouer Cosmetics Matte Moisture TintJouer Cosmetics Matte Moisture Tint SPF 15Evens out imperfections and prevents skin from getting oily22$$4.6
make-up-forever-mat-velvet MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Velvet + Matifying FoundationProvides a natural matte look with non-oily powdery finish / suitable for sensitive skin15$$4.4
neutrogena-skinclearing-oil Neutrogena SkinClearing Liquid MakeupControls shine and unclogs pores, prevents breakouts12$$4.3
Revlon-colorstay-oily skin Revlon ColorStay Makeup, Combination/Oily Skin Controls oil absorption and shine. longlasting20$$4.3
Estee-Lauder-Estee-Lauder-D Estee Lauder Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup SPF 10Oil & fragrance free, provides medium coverage with matte finish12$$4.3
bareMinerals MATTE SPF 15 Foundation bareMinerals MATTE SPF 15 FoundationShine-free coverage and extraordinary skin-renewing properties for a flawless, natural matte finish5$$4.3
LORAC-Natural-Performance-FLORAC Natural Performance Foundation Oil, paraben, and fragrance free foundation with special soothing ingredients for sensitive skin10$$4.2
Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfecting Makeup Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfecting Makeup Natural-looking matte finish that minimizes size of pores 1$$4.0
Make up for Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover FoundationHides blemishes, imperfections and evens out skin tone 26$$4.0

Click here for a full overview of all foundations for oily skin available.


got oily skin?Oily skin issues

When you’ve got oily skin, it can be a challenge to find the right foundation. A good foundation should provide an almost flawless skin appearance that holds until you decide to remove it. However, no matter which foundation you use, none will stay on all day. This is even more the case for women with an oily skin type. Below you can find information on what is causing the problem and what you can do to prevent and conceal it.

The Problem

The increased production of oil, or sebum as it is medically called, produced by excessive sebaceous gland activity will drain out the foundation at a much faster rate than it will for people who have a regular or dry skin type. The oil will also interact with the foundation and cause it to oxidize, which in turn discolors the foundation to a yellow/orange substance. On top of this, oily skin often results in an unappealing, shiny look, particularly in the T-zone (chin, nose and forehead).

The solution

* Follow a good skincare regime and cleanse the facial skin twice a day, once before you apply your makeup and once before you go to bed.

*Use a suitable foundation. There are several foundations on the market specifically designed for oily skin types. They come in both powder and liquid form. Powder has the ability to absorb oil, which gives it a little advantage over liquid, but to find out which one works best for you, you will have to try them out.


           Oily skin-care routine


Daily care of oily skin needs to maintain the right balance between removing dirt and oil/sebum that can clog the pores and potentially cause breakouts and not cleaning the skin in such a manner and with such frequency that it becomes too dry and stripped from all oil, which can cause damage and further problems. Healthy skin needs a certain percentage of oil. If you remove too much, the layer of protection that the oil provides will be lost. Never wash your face too vigorously or too often; we recommend two to three times a day with an oil free face wash.

what to avoid

* Skin care products that dry out the skin too much, this has an adverse effect as the sebaceous glands will produce more oil to compensate.* Excessive scrubbing and rubbing, this stimulates oil production.* Washing your face with hot water. This will increase the production of oil.* Foods high in fat and Sugar.* Touching your face with dirty hands.

Thing’s that help

* Steaming the face will help soften the skin and give it a deep cleansing treatment.* Eat foods rich in water, fresh fruits and foods that contain Omega-3 fatty acids, like fish,plus almonds and hazelnuts to improve skin texture.* Drink lots of water to keep the skin hydrated. * Wash your hands before cleansing your face to avoid bacteria from reaching your facial skin pores.

applying moisturizerMoisturizing the skin

Some people think that oily skin does not need to be moisturized, assuming that adding more moisture will only make things worse, but just like any other skin type oily skin needs moisture too. In fact, the layer of oil on your skin retains the moisture residing in your skin in order to keep it healthy and hydrated. You can read more about it here.

Sun protection

No matter what skin type you have, you need to protect it from the sun’s damaging radiation. Ultraviolet UVA and ultraviolet UVB rays  reach your face every day. Even indoors as ultraviolet UVA can pass through glass windows. Using sun protection will not only reduce your chances of developing skin cancer but it will also slow down aging of the skin and the development of wrinkles and age spots. Use an oil-free sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.  If you are going sunbathing or plan to do other summer/outdoor activities, use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Causes of sebaceous gland activity

1. Genetics. Excessive sebum production issues are often found and passed on in families with large sebaceous glands. 2. Hormones. Hormonal changes throughout life, like puberty, pregnancy and menopause can increase or decrease sebaceous gland activity. 3. Seasonal changes. When humidity and heat rise the sebaceous glands will produce more sebum/oil. When the temperature goes down, so will the production of oil. 4. Stress. Stress causes the body to produce androgen hormones which leads to increased sebaceous gland activity. 5. Medication. Medications that influence hormonal balance like birth control pills can increase oil production. Medications that causes dehydration can also lead to increased oil production since the glands will try to compensate for the lack of it.

Related problems

The increased production of sebum can also be present in the scalp where it can cause oily hair, it can potentially even become the cause of hair loss due to hair follicles getting clogged with embedded sebum. To prevent this from happening you can use a suited shampoo that thoroughly cleanse hair and scalp. Read more about it in Best shampoo for oily hair.


An advantage of oily skin is that it tends to age at a slower rate than other skin types. Reference : bestsuitablecosmetics _________________________________________________________________________

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