Skin Care

The Best Foundations for Oily Skin – High End Makeup Brands

Have you ever noticed your face oily around the T-zone? Have you ever wondered why some makeup products work well for you and why others don’t? It can vary depending on your skin type and the ingredients in the products. However, oily skin is acne-prone skin with open pores, a shiny complexion, blackheads, and pimples.

It is also necessary to use products that are non-comedogenic. What are non-comedogenic products? Well, they are products that do not clog pores. As many know, oily skin leads to acne-prone skin. Therefore, it is important to control the products you are using to avoid breakouts and maintain a beauty skin.

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It is important to find a foundation that works best for you, however, that is not always as easy as you may think. I will discuss 5 different types of foundations that one can use, depending on how it makes your skin feel.

Matte Foundation

For someone who has dealt with oily skin their whole entire time, this is my go-to makeup foundation type. A few years ago, I was gifted a Estee Lauder foundation and I fell in love. I loved how it made my skin feel and I also noticed that it kept my skin looking great beyond the 6-8 hours.

Additionally, the components in a matte foundation will maintain your skin matte for a longer period of time. Which is why this foundation has been my go-to foundation whenever I want to have a long-lasting wear day. I’ve also noticed that I have not had the need to blot my face when I’ve used a matte foundation.

What are the benefits of using a matte foundation for oily skin? Well, it’ll make your makeup last longer and it is easy to apply with a sponge or brush.

Estee Lauder Double-Wear Foundation

  • Non-comedogenic
  • Comes in various shades
  • Oil-free; fragrance-free
  • Dermatologist tested

Semi Matte

A foundation that is semi matte means that it gives you a hint of luminosity while still being completely matte. If you’ve read any of my prior posts you’ll see that my Nars foundation is my every day look. I love how it gives me a natural look while also giving my skin a glow.

What are the benefits of using a semi matte foundation for oily skin? Well, it’ll make your makeup last longer and it is easy to apply with a sponge or brush.

Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Liquid Foundation

  • Non-comedogenic
  • Comes in 17 shades
  • Oil-free; paraben-free; alcohol-free; fragrance-free
  • Dermatologist tested


A dewy foundation is the least recommended type of foundation for oily skin. Some people actually want a dewy finish even though they have oily skin. The dewy foundation contains illuminating components that may actually make your T-zone area look more oily than what you probably experience. However, if this is the look you want for a special event, why not try it and set it with a good powder. Using a dewy foundation will leave you with a beautiful radiance appearance.

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Clinique Even Better Foundation

  • 100% fragrance-free
  • Ophthalmologist tested
  • Safe for contact-lens wearers
  • Nonacnegenic
  • Allergy tested


During the summer months, due to the heat I prefer to use a powder foundation. However, once I learned to do my makeup I begin using foundation and setting it with my favorite powder. Some days, when I know I am going to be out all day I prefer to use a powder foundation rather than a liquid foundation and powder. During the summer, I like to wear the least amount of makeup possible. Additionally, powder foundations are great for oily skin because they actually absorb the oils on your skin.


SmashBox Halo Perfecting Powder

  • Paraben-free; sodium lauryl sulfate-free; phthalate-free; fragrance-free; talc-free; oil-free
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Noncomedogenic
  • Cruelty-free

BB Cream & CC Cream

These two types of cream are sometimes considered as foundations as they give little coverage. The coverage is very light and they are used for the days when you do not have the energy to apply a full face. Many people use BB & CC creams as moisturizers.


Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

  • Paraben-free; sodium lauryl sulfate-free; phthalate-free; oil-free; fragrance-free; talc-free
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • SPF 35

Last Thoughts

Now that I have explained the 5 different types of foundations and provided links to the types I’ve used in the past. Please let me know if you’ve used any of these or if there are other foundations that I am not including. I have used a few more, however, these tend to be my go-to for whatever occasion.

Lastly, do not forget to let me know which foundation you try or which foundation you current use with oily skin.


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  1. Raquellek says:

    Thank you for this post! I have had trouble with oily skin and makeup that I don’t even apply foundation anymore. The oil always outshines the foundation lol. I am going to try out the one you recommended and hope it works for me.

    1. Thank you so much for reading my post. Please let me know how that works out for you. Also, do not forget to prep your face and use primer.

  2. Georg L. Schele says:

    Thanks for this review on the best foundations for oily skin. I guess all of them will do their work properly. However, I did not see anything about the causes of this or how to prevent this from happening. Isn’t washing the skin with a soft soap, no fragrances, going to help? I have also read that toners might help, maybe you can elaborate on them as well. I have also heard of the use of moisturizers, what is the difference with foundations?

    1. Hi Greg,

      Thank you so much for your post. However, this post was mainly about the best foundations for oily skin. If you check my blog, I have separate posts regarding your questions.

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      Let me know if you have any additional questions.

  3. Alexandra Wollein says:

    I used to use both the Estée Lauder and the Clinique foundations and they are both really good. I loved Estée Lauder as it covers well and yet it does not feel like you have a ton of make up on. I am now more a fan of bb creams or of powder make up. I only wear proper foundation on a night out. I was wondering, my skin kind of goes both ways. Sometimes it is really dry and other times it will be the complete opposite, which makes it hard to stick with one product. Would you have any suggestions?

    1. Hi Alexandra,

      Does it depend upon the season? Do you mind elaborating on your morning and night routine?

  4. Hi Nia, thanks for this. I have oily skin so i tend to not wear make up because i never know what to buy. Now i know where to start. Thanks a bunch.

    1. Hi Jen,

      Thank you so much for your comment! I’m glad my post was able to give you guidance. Let me know which product you use and how it works for you!

  5. Stone says:

    Hi Nia. I don’t know much about make-up foundations but I can tell you do. I am a man with minor facial acne issues. I have considered using a foundation before and you have given some advice about using non comedogenic products (especially for people with some acne). But my primary concern is I don’t want people to know I am wearing anything, since I’m a man (just being honest, please don’t judge) Any advice on how to find the most invisible foundation for guys like me?

    1. Hi Stone,

      Thank you for sharing. This is a no-judgment zone. So no worries. However, its not the foundation that makes the difference. It’s the products that you use to prep your skin such as your day/night skin care routine. Also, you need to use primer, concealer, and color corrector prior to applying any foundation.

      What is your skin type so that I can recommend some brands for you. Then we can figure the rest out 🙂

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