For those of us with oily skin, finding a foundation that doesn't exacerbate the oiliness and send our skin into sebum-making overdrive is hard enough, but finding one that will leave skin with a velvety matte finish that lasts all day long is even more of a feat. Sure, our trusty blotting papers can help, but who has time for constant retouching?
But don't despair, because these wonder foundations do exist—you just need to know where to look. We've shortlisted our favourite formulas, from powders that mop up forehead sheen to liquids that meld with skin without doing that weird cakey thing. Click through the gallery below for our selection of the nine best foundations for oily skin.
Why We Love It: It may be the most hyped product launch of 2017, but it's for good reason: This foundation creates the perfect matte canvas on all skin types, especially anyone at the oilier end of the spectrum. It feels lightweight, which means you can build it up if you prefer a heavier coverage, and the 40 shades come in variations for every shade and every undertone, so it's a godsend for anyone who lives with the frustration of not being able to find their perfect foundation match.
Why We Love It: This foundation is completely oil-free, so it won't worsen any shininess, plus it contains soft-focus blurring powders, which create a buffed, cashmere finish.
Why We Love It: Powders are great for when you need to get rid of shine. Buff this one onto and oily complexion and it melts into your skin, leaving no obvious floury finish.
Why We Love It: Not only does this foundation come in an impressively wide spectrum of 30 shades, but it imparts skin with a semi-matte finish, mopping up oily areas without rendering skin powdery. It's also water resistant and is crazy good at staying in place, even if you're prone to constantly touching your face throughout the day. Read our review of Huda's foundation here.
Why We Love It: Incredible for building up coverage from light to medium, it's totally breathable so your skin won't feel made up. It's oil-free, too, so it's loved by many who have to contend with blemishes.
Why We Love It: This dries quickly, giving a medium coverage that's semi-matte and fresh-looking rather than flat. It's also worth mentioning that The Body Shop offers a fantastic range of colours for all skin tones; there are 16 in this range.
Why We Love It: Want a matte finish but don't want to forgo glowing skin? Laura Mercier's offering has your name all over it. Easy to apply, it perfects and brightens without any glitter particles (that act like spotlights for imperfections).
Why We Love It: Sometimes we need a sturdy foundation that has our back when our complexion is less than perfect. This conceals and perfects every type of imperfection and mitigates the need for touch-ups during the day. Incredibly, skin still looks like skin, no caking here. Genius.
Why We Love It: Bobbi's handy compact is a brilliant all-rounder. Great if you want to build up the foundation but also incredible for a lighter use too. Plus, it fits in your handbag.
Don't have oily skin? Check out our definitive guide to the most affordable foundations for all skin types.