Finding the right foundation can be a real struggle, especially if you're dealing with oily skin. Either your foundation is melting off your face or it looks really cakey (which is bad news for you and your pores). But don't lose hope! You can find a foundation that gives you smooth, shine-free skin without feeling like the “before” pic in a clown contouring tutorial. The key is to choose a non-comedogenic foundation that won’t mix with your skin’s natural oils and turn into “pore-clogging makeup mush,” says Heidi Waldorf, MD, of Waldorf Dermatology Aesthetics.
Waldorf recommends looking for a foundation labeled specifically for oily or acne-prone skin — even better if it contains salicylic acid, an ingredient that helps fight acne and control oil.
These 13 foundations will not only keep your shine under control all day but they also won’t leave you broke.
1. e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation
If you're looking for an affordable foundation with a wide range of shades, then this is it. It's made with a lightweight and oil-free formula that brightens up your skin without overcoating it. You can say goodbye to that photo forehead shine.
2. CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Liquid Foundation
If you deal with acne, the oil-absorbing formula in this full-coverage foundation won't make your breakouts worse. This matte formula will eliminate shine without sacrificing your skin's glow.
3. Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Powder Foundation
If your skin is extra oily, it may be best to skip the liquid foundation and go straight for a powdered one. This powdered foundation from Maybelline is creamy, glides on easily and will make your pores seem as if they've fully disappeared.
4. Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Foundation
If you're going to be snapping pics all night long, this is the foundation for you. You can trust that it will hold still, whether you're hitting the gym or dancing the night away – no filter required.
5. NYX Professional Makeup Can't Stop Won't Stop Foundation
If you're looking for a matte, full-coverage finish, this is your ~soul foundation~. Just like the name says, it can do all that for up to 24 hours without stopping.
6. L’Oreal Infallible Fresh Wear Foundation
There's a reason this foundation went viral on TikTok. This formula feels super-light on your skin, but you don’t have to worry about it wearing off — it stays in place all day and absorbs oil so your skin won’t feel greasy.
7. Neutrogena SkinClearing Oil-Free Makeup
When you’re breaking out, the last thing you need is a foundation that clogs your pores even more. But this one actually pulls double duty — it offers natural-looking coverage and contains salicylic acid to unclog pores and ward off blemishes.
8. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation
“Micropowders” are the secret weapon in this foundation — they absorb oil and smooth out the texture of your skin so your pores basically disappear. And with 40 shades to choose from, you’ll find a flawless match for your skin tone.
9. Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Combo/Oily Skin
This long-lasting foundation holds its matte finish all day, so you won’t feel like a greaseball by noon. And the lightweight formula is buildable, so you can add another coat or two when you need a little extra coverage.
10. ColourPop Pretty Fresh Foundation
Just because you want a matte, full-coverage finish doesn't mean you have to sacrifice hydration. ColourPop's Pretty Fresh Foundation is buildable and great for combination skin that tends to have dry spots. It's also formulated with fruit extracts, coconut water and Hyaluronic acid to nourish your skin.
11. Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation
This lightweight, oil-free foundation acts as blotting sheets in a bottle. Catrice's HD Liquid Coverage Foundation conceals imperfections and creates a smooth, ultra-matte finish that lasts for up to 24 hours.
12. Milani Conceal + Perfect Smooth Finish Cream-To-Powder Foundation
This cream-to-powder formula is essential for building a full-coverage, shine-free look. The cream aspect makes for an easier application while the powder sets and covers any oils that might peek through. You can use this product alone or pile it on top of a liquid foundation for extra coverage — either way, you get the best of both worlds.
13. Juvia's Place I Am Magic Foundation
Juvia's Place is known for its efforts to diversify the beauty community with their extensive shade ranges. This specific collection of foundation comes in 35 different shades and offers a smooth, natural and soft matte finish to give flawless coverage.
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