Finding the perfect foundation when you have combination or oily skin is no easy feat. As someone who has what numerous facialists have described as "combo" skin, it has become somewhat of a journey to figure out what is worth spending money on. Over the years, trying out different types of foundations has allowed me to find what actually works and what simply doesn’t work for me at all.
If you’re tired of trying to cover acne or of your T-zone getting oily every summer, we’ve tallied up the best options for you. These different picks also provide different finishes and types of coverage if you’re ready to switch up your makeup routine. A few selections include Fenty Beauty, MAC and more.
Take a look at the top five editor-approved foundations below. We’ve actually tried out a few so keep scrolling to read why they actually worked.
Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer
This moisturizing, oil-free foundation and concealer is pretty effective. It’s honestly my go-to foundation right now. Not only is it lightweight but it also offers full coverage without looking caked on. The natural matte finish means that your skin will have a bit of a glow throughout the entire day depending on how many swipes you smear onto your skin. What’s great about this pick is the fact that it’s sweat-resistant and also dermatologist-tested.
WHERE TO BUY: Sephora, $29 USD
Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
If you’ve been itching to try out a pick from Rihanna‘s beauty company, this is a great start. This soft matte foundation is buildable, offers medium-to-full coverage and comes in 50 shades. It’s also long-wearing which means it’s ideal if you’re someone who loves taking photos all night long (that’s me). Additionally, the oil-free formula is worn best if you dot the product onto your face and blend outward — this will provide full coverage.
WHERE TO BUY: Sephora, $35 USD
beautyblender Bounce™ Liquid Whip Wear Foundation
This weightless option from beautyblender is great if you’re looking for a foundation that emits a bit of a dewy glow. The product’s light-as-air texture works perfectly with the brand’s beloved makeup sponge. You can actually squeeze a bit of the product as you hold it at a 45-degree angle into a little dip that’s at the middle of the bottle. For full-coverage use a damp beautyblender or your fingertips, or a brush to apply the product at the center of your face and work outward.
WHERE TO BUY: Sephora, $40 USD
bareMinerals Loose Powder Mineral Foundation SPF 15
Bare Minerals’ foundation is created with five mineral ingredients that were created to melt into skin for a natural, luminous finish. You can wear this product all day long and we guarantee that it won’t clog your pores or look as though it’s caked on. The full range of the weightless product is available in 30 shades. Notably, the foundation is vegan and cruelty-free.
WHERE TO BUY: Macy’s, $31 USD
MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15
MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid foundation was created to be worn for a full 24 hours. This product helps minimize the appearance of pores, gives skin a smoother look and also offers medium-to-full coverage. Additionally, the product is equipped with broad spectrum SPF 15 protection. If oily skin is an issue for you, rest assured that this product will help with that since it is created with all skin types in mind.
WHERE TO BUY: Macy’s, $30 USD