The Best Foundation for Oily Skin
If you have oily skin, caused by excess sebum production, you know it's an uphill battle to find a foundation that doesn't just slide off or look horrible after a few hours of wear. Fortunately, there are several options available to women with oily skin, depending on their specific needs and the severity of their condition. Every woman has the right to look beautiful and oily skin doesn't have to hold you back. Perhaps the most important thing to remember when searching for an oily skin foundation is that liquid is not your friend. Instead, you'll want to opt for powders that can absorb some of the oil. Let's take a look at some of the most commonly used types of foundation for oily skin, as well as some of the most recommended brands to help you make the best decision.
Powder Foundation for Oily Skin
Powder foundation, whether pressed or loose, is one of the best options for individuals with oily skin looking for good coverage. The powder not only soaks up much of the excess oil the skin produces throughout the day, it also lasts for long periods without showing any oil or excess shine. Powder foundation can be easily applied using foundation or kabuki brushes, powder puffs or makeup sponges, depending on your personal preference. Regardless of the applicator you use, make sure you keep it clean between applications to prevent spreading bacteria onto your skin, which can increase oiliness and breakouts.
Among the many brands of powder foundation out there, one brand seems to rise above the others, especially for women with oily skin. MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation gets rave reviews from users and it works wonderfully to mask oiliness, shine and other skin imperfections caused by excess oil.
Mineral Makeup for Oily Skin
Women with very oily skin may not want to use mineral makeup. Although it is technically a type of powder foundation, it isn't as absorbent as traditional powders and may allow some oil to push through. If your skin is only moderately oily, mineral makeup may be just what you're looking for, however. Mineral makeup is also suitable for individuals with sensitive skin or prone to breakouts, as it doesn't contain irritating and pore-clogging ingredients like many other foundations. If you do decide to go with mineral makeup, you may want to use blotter paper to remove as much excess oil as possible before application. Also, look for a brand that is formulated specifically for oily skin (yes, they really exist) for the best results.
There are hundreds of mineral makeup brands on the market today, but one of the best for women with oily skin is L.A. Minerals Oil Control Mattifying Mineral Makeup Powder. It works like traditional powders but has all the benefits of mineral makeup. And the best part – it really absorbs the oil (up to seven times its weight) and keeps your makeup looking great all day. The Oil Control Makeup line comes in three shades – fair, medium and dark. Don't let that scare you away, however, because it's easy to blend and matches most skin tones quite well.
Tinted Moisturizer as a Foundation for Oily Skin
If you really like the feel of liquid foundation, but you can't wear it because you have oily skin, a tinted moisturizer followed by a loose powder may be another option. Look for a tinted moisturizer that's labeled “oil free,” matches your skin tone and has a high SPF to protect your skin from the sun. After applying and allowing the product to dry, apply a loose translucent powder (or a powder that matches your skin tone if desired) to provide an additional matte effect. Buff the powder over your face with a kabuki brush for the best results. In addition, try using blotting paper on your skin to remove excess oil before applying the moisturizer and powder.
Perhaps the best tinted moisturizer currently available for individuals with oily skin is Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer. It comes in several different shades – Almond, Bisque, Caramel, Fawn, Mocha, Nude, Porcelain, Sand, Tan and Walnut. You can even use the nude if you don't want the appearance of wearing makeup, but you still want to avoid excess oil and protect your skin. This tinted moisturizer works wonderfully as a foundation for oily skin, as it doesn't contain oil and actually prevents excess oil from setting on the surface of your skin. Plus, it has excellent coverage and doesn't allow oil to break through.
Revlon Colorstay Oil Free Foundation
If you just can't stand the thought of ditching your liquid foundation for powder, there is one other option for oily skin - Revlon Colorstay Oil Free Foundation. Watch the video below for an honest review of probably the best liquid foundation for oily skin.
Note: Because it is liquid, it may not work as well as powder, but this brand is probably the best you're going to get in liquid form.