Best foundation makeup for oily skin

Foundation makeup is one of the most important products in your beauty arsenal. It can make you look younger, more vibrant, and more confident. But what’s the best foundation makeup for oily skin?

The best foundation makeup for oily skin will be lightweight, as well as oil-free and water-based. Oil-free foundations are best because they don’t clog pores or cause breakouts. Water-based foundations are also good because they won’t leave your skin feeling oily or greasy after application.

In addition to these qualities, there are a few other things that you should consider when choosing the right foundation makeup for oily skin:

1) Look for a foundation with SPF protection (SPF 15 or higher). This will help protect your skin from sun damage and premature aging.

2) Look for a foundation that provides coverage without looking cakey or heavy on your face. You want something that looks natural so it doesn’t draw attention away from your features!

3) Finally, consider color options! If possible, try out samples before committing to buying anything big so you can find out exactly which shade works best with your skin tone

Best foundation makeup for oily skin

The dewy-looking makeup trend is one of the best things ever to happen to people with oily skin. Thanks to brands like Glossier and Milk, it’s not just acceptable but downright fashionable to have a face that’s not exactly dry.

However, there’s a difference between prepackaged oily-looking products you can buy at Sephora and oil that naturally seeps out of your pores. I have oily skin, so my work-around for getting “that wet look” is applying a matte foundation, topping it with a light dusting of pressed powder, and adding a highlighter on top of that. Yes, it takes three steps, but such is life.

To find out which brands make the absolute best foundation for oily skin, we tested out a ton of them, analyzing them for breadth of shade, durability, and ability to stay matte — even under masks. Here are the best ones from drugstore to luxury.

The natural matte foundation

NARS Soft Matte Complete Foundation


If you hate matte foundations, this one might make you convert. The full-coverage foundation is matte but still looks natural and helps keep oil at bay throughout the day. It touts itself as transferproof, and while it didn’t wipe off completely onto a mask, you might want to set it with powder and setting spray to really keep it in place. Like most of the brand’s complexion range, it comes in 34 shades. If you already have a NARS foundation shade, you’ll likely be able to grab the same shade here.

$40 at Sephora

$40 at NARS

The IRL Instagram filter foundation

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation


Huda Beauty describes this foundation as “lifeproof,” meaning it’s waterproof and transferproof, among other things. To put it plainly, the long-wear formula promises to withstand almost anything. While we didn’t jump into any swimming pools wearing it, it does withstand the usual oily midday T-zone without much touching up. It is full coverage, but it’s not cakey or too matte, and it has a radiant — not dewy — blurring finish like that Instagram filter you love, hence the name. It comes in 39 shades.

$40 at Sephora

$40 at Kohl’s

The poreless drugstore foundation

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation $8

now 13% off


This one is good if you’re trying to hide the appearance of pores. I feel kind of silly recommending a foundation as a primer before applying another foundation, but that’s what I think this one’s best for. It comes in 40 shades, and many of those are darker shades which are new to the range.

$7 at Amazon

$7 at Walmart

The dewiest drugstore foundation

L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation


The demi-matte finish of the one is nice but might not work if you’re very oily. While the matte finish reduces the amount of shine, the “demi” does keep things dewy. It’s medium coverage and says it last for 24 hours, which is a stretch (I’d clock this one at around 6).

It’s very easy to squeeze way too much out of this tube (and not as easy to suck it back in). It comes in 22 shades, which isn’t bad.

$13 at Ulta Beauty

The best overall drugstore foundation

CoverGirl Clean Oil Control Foundation


Out of the drugstore foundations on this list, this one was my favorite. It’s advertised as being designed specifically for oily skin, and it did a solid job at keeping my oily T-zone under control. It looked good, although I didn’t feel like it had the best staying power throughout the day.

But hey, if all you want is a super simple foundation for oily skin, you really can’t go wrong with one that costs $12.

$6 at Walmart

$12 at Amazon

The dependable foundation

Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup


I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed in a Clinique product — it’s been a dependable brand for me since my middle-school Happy days. The one offers nice creamy coverage, goes on super smooth, and stays put all day. I appreciated the way the tip doles out exactly the right amount of foundation you need — no aggressive squeezing required. It comes in 20 shades, beginning with “Linen” and ending with “Sienna.”

$31 at Nordstrom

$31 at Ulta Beauty

The light foundation your grandma will like

Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation


The consistency of Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Foundation actually did remind me of clay. It was thick, almost like a less curdy cottage cheese, and not very liquidy at all. (Once you blend, it thins out considerably.) On my face, it struck a nice balance between matte and dewy without looking oily, but the coverage wasn’t quite enough for me and I felt like it wore off a bit throughout the day.

If you just want something light, though, this is a great option. It comes in 25 shades, and when I wore one of them last Easter my grandmother said I looked “so beautiful,” so there’s that.

$39 at Dermstore

The best overall foundation

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation


My favorite part about testing Fenty Beauty’s Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation is that I blind-guessed my shade, and I could not have been more off. I’m white and if you lined up all the skin tones in the world, I would not be in the middle, yet I’m usually a “medium.” But the medium-looking shade here was way too dark for me, as it logically should be. Rihanna’s been praised to the moon and back for this inclusive 40-shade range, and she deserves it.

I was surprised at how much coverage this foundation offered because of how thin the formula is. It’s very, very matte and does not budge. It dries fast, so apply a lot of moisturizer beforehand and have a wet Beautyblender or brush handy to even it out.

$38 at Sephora

$38 at Fenty Beauty

The longest-lasting foundation

M.A.C’s Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation


True to its name, this one really does last all day. It’s very thick, so a little goes a long way. I had to go in with a Beautyblender like I was some kind of beauty vlogger to even it all out, but once I did I felt completely covered. If you’re really oily, you might want to set this one with a powder afterward to absorb any extra moisture left behind. It comes in 24 shades.

$38 at Nordstrom

$38 at Nordstrom

The really blendable foundation

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation


The one blends so smoothly. Applying it, I noticed that I couldn’t see any lines along my cheekbone where the makeup stopped and my makeup-free skin began. It feels very light yet offers full coverage. The matte velvet effect works well for oily skin, and the consistency is also great for texture. It comes in 20 shades.

$38 at Sephora

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