There is one major problem when it comes to matte foundation: Do you compromise coverage for a lighter texture? Or lasting power for comfort? Because you're certainly not allowed to have comfort and coverage...or are you? Turns out, you
can have it all — if you pick the right formula.
We asked three professional makeup artists and a host of
R29 beauty members to share their top picks for oily skin — and the formulas they're sharing are killer, no matter your budget or coverage needs. Ahead, a slew of drugstore and prestige finds that will make your makeup flawless all summer long.
Katie Jane Hughes
is a self-proclaimed "glowy-skin connoisseur," so it may come as a surprise that this Estée Lauder matte foundation is one of her favorite bases. Instead of going in straight with a heavy dose of foundation, Hughes like to layer it over rich moisturizers, applying the formula in layers with a duo-fiber brush. "If you do this, it won't dry down as matte and will slightly sheer out the formula," she says.
These mattifying drops can be worn solo or mixed with your favorite foundation or moisturizer for an extra boost of coverage.
Total Control Drop Foundation,
Drugstore foundation doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to expansive, inclusive shade ranges. In fact, a lot are pretty limited. This line, however, is different — it comes in 25 shades — and makeup artist
Molly R. Stern
says it's great for anyone who needs coverage but doesn't want to feel like they have a mask.
Matte But Not Flat Foundation, $7.50, available at
This one is a bit of a splurge, we admit, but Stern loves it for her clients with oil-prone complexions. The gel formula ensures breathable coverage
a smooth texture. "Chantecaille has been my first choice in foundation for almost 15 years," she says.
Future Skin Oil Free Gel Foundation, $78, available at
For a cheaper option, Stern likes Revlon's Color Stay formula. It's ideal for combination, oily, and even acne-prone skin when you want full coverage that won't budge.
Color Stay Makeup for Combo/Oil Skin, $12.99, available at
Stern recommends this mineral foundation from Elizabeth Arden for those who want a non-drying powder. Sure, the added SPF isn't enough protection for a day in the sun, but it's certainly a nice bonus for a mid-day touch up.
Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation Broad Spectrum Suncreen SPF 20, $39.50, available at
recently stopped by the R29 offices to test
of drugstore foundations and she fell hard for this formula. It treats blemishes as it covers, is lightweight, and sets to a matte finish that's perfect for oily skin types.
Clear Complexion Blemish Healing Liquid Makeup, $14.99, available at
Find yourself blotting and powdering several times per day? Try this formula, which Greenberg recommends for really oily skin. "I hate to say it, but sometimes
accentuates issues," she says, noting that this one helps to prevent oil, without turning your skin into a desert.
Infallible Pro Matte, $10.99, available at
Closer to combination? Greenberg recommends this cushion compact for those with oily complexions that border on combination. Thanks to the travel-friendly compact, you can press the foundation into just the areas where you need additional coverage through the day.
Dream Cushion Foundation, $8.59, available at
Greenberg calls this matte foundation the "training bra of foundations," because of its light coverage and ease of application.
All Matt Plus Shine Control Make Up, $8.99, available at
is a pro national artist at Sephora, which means he is one of the makeup artists behind the gorg looks you see in the store's ads and social channels. Translation: He knows his way around the merchandise. He raves about this foundation because of its dreamy matte finish and waterproof texture, which will survive oil inducing-heat
a dip in the pool.
Kat Von D
Lock-It Foundation, $35, available at
"The Amazonian clay in this formula is an amazing oil-controlling ingredient," Razzano says. "It is gentle on skin and gives great coverage."
Amazonian Clay Foundation, $39, available at
Some mattifying foundations feel heavy once on, but this one from Hourglass is a liquid-to-powder formula that's full coverage, but feels light. What's more, Razzano says it's his go-to for blemish-prone skin.
Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation, $56, available at
Some formulas made for oily skin can end up being too dewy or too matte, but this one just looks like skin. "It's a soft focus finish that stays matte all day," he says.
EverMatte Shine Proof Foundation, $42, available at
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