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Best Foundation Makeup for Oily Skin

Updated on July 27, 2009

If you have oily skin you know what a hassle it can be to keep everything under control. What will definitely make everything look a lot worse is wearing the wrong foundation. You can go from slightly oily to oil field in seconds. Plus, it feels horrible and you can’t even bear to touch your face because it feels like you have had your head stuck in a vat of engine oil. Looking in the mirror is definitely a no-no. It’s better to just go without any foundation makeup.

Although going nude brings up another problem, how to even out your skin tone, cover those pimples that insist on popping out all the time, any blemishes, or, if you’re like me, those little scars that are healing after you just took revenge on your latest pimple for daring to show its ugly head.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid
MAC Studio Fix Fluid


Now, those of us with oily skin know that a foundation alone, however good it may be, will not be enough. You definitely need to use a good cleanser to reduce build up, a toner, and, believe it or not, a good, oil free moisturizer as a base which will reduce the amount of oil your pores produce. You may have oily skin but you still really need to moisturize.

Now, let’s take a look at some popular foundations for oily skin.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid is a good recommendation because it is a combination of powder and foundation and controls oily skin well. It really does offer an excellent matte finish. It’s also hypoallergenic so you won’t have problems with break outs.

Alima Satin Matte Mineral Foundation Powder offers good coverage and does a good job of oil control and it is made from natural ingredients. It offers a matte finish with just enough satin so it looks natural.

 Another excellent mineral foundation comes from Everyday Minerals. Their Foundation Matte Formula stays matte but doesn’t look flat or cakey.

Clinique Superfit is also another popular option which offers good coverage and doesn’t give you sheen, staying put all day long. It is a very gentle foundation for people with sensitive skin.

Prescriptives Flawless Skin Total Protection Makeup offers amazing coverage yet it is a very light product. It is gel based, long wearing and easy to blend. It goes on smoothly and it offers buildable coverage without caking. It keeps skin balanced, not overly drying nor overly moisturizing so it is also good for combination skin.

Lancome Magique Matte – Soft-Matte Perfecting Mousse has an air whipped formula that contains micropowders and applies smoothly. It offers moderate to full coverage and will last most of the day.


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