The Best Shine-Busting Foundations for Oily Skin

What is oily skin?

Blessed with oily skin? Blocked, enlarged pores, spots, blackheads, and a shiny complexion will be all too familiar to you. If you’re constantly powdering your nose, or finding that your make-up is slipping off by midday, you could be a victim. But don’t panic, having an oily complexion is treatable, and not necessarily a bad thing. With the right skincare and an unbeatable base from our edit of the best foundations for oily skin, you'll be able to control excess sebum and balance out shine, and boast flawless make-up that will last from dawn to dusk...

What products help oily skin?

Mousse texture cleansers are particularly good for oily skin types as they’ll erase make-up, and iradicate dirt, without leaving additional oils on the skin, we love Dr Barbara Sturm Cleanser, £40.

Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Toner, £20, might feel like an unnecessary extra step in your skincare routine, but a toner is pretty essential for not only balancing out combination skin, but for its pore-refining abilities too.

Invest in a good clay-based mask too. They’re masters at soaking up traces of dirt and grease, but be sure not to wear yours until it’s completely dry, as you don’t want it to soak up ‘the good moisture’ in your skin, try L’oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Mask, £5.99.

And finally, a great moisturiser is key, even if you don’t think it should be. Dr Dennis Gross Hylaronic Moisture Cushion, £51, will give your skin the moisture it needs, without leaving it feeling greasy. Win, win! For more face washes for oily skin and targeted treatments for acne-prone skin, check out our product edits.

The Best Liquid Foundations for Oily Skin

Clarins Pore Perfecting Mattifying Foundation, £28

Defying all preconceptions with its super lightweight texture and uber natural coverage, Clarins' foundation boasts ingredients such as sebum-absorbing red clay and acacia gum micropearls, that help absorb water present on the skin. Trust us, it looks as good on as it sounds.

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, £7.99

With enough change to still get your morning latte, this base really won't budge. Smooth it over well hydrated cheeks to avoid it creeping into any fine lines and expect phenomenal coverage that will require zero powder touch-ups.

Laura Mercier Silk Crème Oil-Free Foundation, £35

‘Silky’ is not normally one of the words used to describe an oil-free foundation, but it’s the first word that springs to mind, here at Grazia HQ. Impeccable for buildable coverage, start with a sheer light layer and add to customise your perfect finish.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation, £5.99

If enlarged pores are your problem, expect this base to minimise and blur, simultaneously. We’re a sucker for the soft moussey texture and the powdery finish. Setting with powder, who has time for that?

Clinique Acne Solutions Foundation, £25

If your oil production is causing you to break out, Clinique have the answer. Packed with salicylic acid to treat blemishes and yellow based pigments to neutralise redness, hiding spots has never been easier.

Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation, £50

For those who swear they’d never normally opt for matte, we promise this will sway you. Practically undectable, the instantly mattifying effect resembles that of a translucent powder. It may be steep in price, but for a finish this flawless, we say it’s worth it.

The Best Powder Foundations for Oily Skin

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact, £38

Mattifying but still with the ability to see your skin through it? That’s our kind of foundation. Dust this just over your oily T-zone for a super-light blurred finish.

Bare Minerals Blemish Remedy Foundation, £26.50

Best for those who are particularly spot-prone, Bare Minerals magical formulation contains tea tree oil and aspen bark to help clear skin while covering. Once buffed in correctly- using lots of circular motions- expect your skin to look practically airbrushed.

Sleek MakeUp Crème To Powder Foundation, £7.99

Infused with SPF 15, protecting against UV rays, irradicating oil, while still moisturising - this foundation is a multi-tasker at its best. Plus, it’s pretty inexpensive, and should last you a good few months, even when used daily.

MAC Mineralize Foundation/ Loose, £27

Regularly used backstage at fashion week for giving models a supreme light-weight glow, use this to replicate the effects at home. We’re obsessed with the micro fine particles, which quite literally melt into skin.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation, £27

Amazing for full coverage, this loose powder will hide away redness, while controlling oil thanks to the Amazonian clay. But the best thing about this base is the variety of shades it comes in. There are 12 in total, from super pale to deep and dark, we have no doubt you’ll find one to suit you.

Smashbox HALO Hydrating Perfecting Powder, £31

Worried about powder creeping into your fine lines? This base will do exactly the opposite. As the first anti-ageing powder on the market that uses a combo of pure gold, 48 minerals, 11 amino acids and powerful pepties, it’s even been patented for its multi-tasking benefits. Genius!

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