Best foundations to self-refresh nonstop so you maintain a flawless finish that lasts 24 hours.
While everything from the weather to your hormones to the skincare you use can have an impact on sebum production, sometimes you just want to apply make-up in the morning and not have to worry about it slipping off, going patchy or aggravating breakouts. Which is where this Harrods‘ edit comes in.
Best full coverage foundation for oily skin: Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup flies off the shelves thanks to its stamina in the face of oil, water, heat, sweat and time – you won’t find a longer lasting foundation. Mix it with your moisturiser on days when you’d like lighter coverage.
Best medium coverage foundation for oily skin: Tom Ford Traceless Soft Matte Foundation
An award-winning medium coverage foundation infused with soft-focus microsphere powders for a matte finish that never veers into chalky or cakey territory. Hyaluronic acid provides lightweight hydration to leave oily skin soft (not slick) and vitamins C and E help to defend skin against day-to-day free-radical damage. Added caffeine gives skin a lift too – it helps to reduce puffiness and has a soothing effect.
Best foundation for acne-prone skin: Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation
A foundation specially formulated for oily skin will help to regulate sebum production throughout the day. Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation certainly ticks that particular box. The formula contains kaolin-based clay to regulate oil production and combat acne-causing bacteria, while the medium-coverage finish feels surprisingly lightweight.
Best light-coverage foundation for oily skin: Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Fluid Powder Foundation SPF 20
Another liquid-to-powder foundation formula, this fluid base ‘self sets’ so that even those with oily skin can skip powder. It may be lightweight, but the foundation is water-, sweat- and humidity-proof, so coverage is long-lasting.
Best stick foundation for oily skin: MAC Studio Fix Soft Matte Foundation Stick
Delivering ‘polished skin with personality’ is this solid foundation stick’s moda operandi. How to achieve a modern matte finish? Use your fingers to apply foundation to your t-zone, blending it out at the edges of the face so that it melts into skin and looks seamless.
Best powder foundation for oily skin: Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Custom Finish Powder Foundation
The quintessential foundation formula for oily skin, a powder helps to absorb oil and even out skin tone. This ‘fresh’ take on a traditional powder foundation is especially buildable. Sensory technology helps the powder to adapt to motion, heat and oil secretion, meaning that it stays put for longer and won’t go patchy or transfer onto clothing, making it one of the best foundations for oily skin. Wet the sponge before application to give it even more staying power.
Best budget foundation for oily skin: The Ordinary Coverage Foundation
For a slightly more luminous effect, consider applying a powder highlighter to the top of your cheekbones with a tapered brush.
Best foundation with SPF for oily skin: Armani Power Fabric Longwear High Coverage Foundation
While you should never rely on make-up for daily sun protection, it’s an added bonus that will reinforce the SPF that you’re already wearing. Armani Power Fabric Longwear High Coverage Foundation hits the SPF 25 baseline while providing long-lasting coverage that withstands high temperatures, busy days and pretty much anything you throw its way.
Best pore-blurring foundation for oily skin: Dior Forever Matte Foundation
A skincare routine that factors in pore-cleansing salicylic acid can help to balance sebum levels and break down acne causing bacteria, but if you’re seeking pore-blurring make-up for daily wear, Dior Forever Matte Foundation is hard to beat. The liquid foundation feels silky on skin and it’s a make-up artist’s favourite thanks to its velvety finish and stellar performance under hot lights.
Best tinted moisturiser for oily skin: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free Natural Skin Perfector
If you’re searching high and low for a sheer coverage foundation for oily skin, Laura Mercier’s cult tinted moisturiser has been reformulated with oily skin in mind, and it’s a beauty in terms of texture, finish and skincare benefits.