Ready to Beat the Shine? Meet the Best Foundations for Oily Skin

When it comes to beauty, there’s nothing quite as soul-destroying as walking into the bathroom at lunchtime and finding your foundation sliding around your face. Especially when you start to calculate the number of hours you’ve been strolling around the office in this state of disarray. Why spend so much time blending in your foundation if it’s going to abandon you at midday? When you have oily skin, this is an everyday reality—it doesn’t even need to be over 24°C for your makeup to enter meltdown mode.

There are a few things that can help you out. A primer can really have an impact on longevity, as well as carrying around enough blotting papers to mop you up during the day and a steady supply of setting powder. But that really is a lot of effort when, in reality, just getting a good foundation in the first place can make all the difference.

But you don’t just need a good foundation: You need a holy-grail, life-changing foundation that obliterates oil on sight. It sounds like the stuff of dreams, as finding the best foundation for oily skin can sometimes feel like an ongoing struggle. There are only so many times you can take home a foundation that promises an oil-free complexion for 15 hours to find that it can barely make it through two.

There are some enticing formulas out there promising endless dewiness, so it can be hard to move towards the oil-free super-matte ones, but there are so many treats in store for your skin type. We've already rounded up the most incredible drugstore formulas, but as summer (the bane of oily skin’s existence) is well on its way, we’ve done some legwork and compiled your go-to guide of the best foundations for oily skin, from high street to high end.