More often than not, using a matte
foundation means shine-free, long-wear full coverage all day long. But settling on the right base that does it all without leaving skin feeling dehydrated or looking cake-y can be difficult — especially for people with combination and oily skin. So, how do you find the right foundation that keeps your grease at bay while still looking natural in the process?
To make this search a foolproof one, we asked three makeup artists for their favorite foundations that keep shine-prone skin fresh and dewy, without turning into an oil slick by lunch. Better still, many fit a drugstore budget, and work just as well in the bitter winter as they would in the middle of summer. The best foundations for oily skin, ahead...
Katie Jane Hughes
is a self-proclaimed "glowy-skin connoisseur," so it may come as a surprise that this is one of her favorite bases. Instead of going in straight with a heavy dose of foundation, Hughes likes to layer it over rich moisturizers, building up the coverage 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.
Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup, $42, available at
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're wearing a makeup mask.
Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation,
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
and a smooth texture. "Chantecaille has been my first choice in foundation for almost 15 years," she says.
Future Skin Foundation,
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.
ColorStay Makeup For Combo/Oily Skin,
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, $40, available at
of drugstore foundations, makeup artist
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 Make Myself Clear Makeup,
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
too matte accentuates issues," she says, noting that this one helps to prevent oil without turning your skin into a desert.
Paris Infallible Matte Foundation,
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's one of the makeup artists behind the gorgeous 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
. "It's a soft-focus finish that stays matte all day," Razzano says.
EverMatte Shine Proof Foundation, $42, available at
Not unlike most of the
in the brand's range, Sunday Riley's first foundation has quickly garnered a cult following from pros and non-pros alike. The semi-matte formula leaves behind a natural level of medium coverage that actually
like your skin — just minus the 4 o'clock oily T-zone. Needless to say, it's worth the hype.
The Influencer Clean Long Wear Foundation, $42, available at