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Have Oily Skin? Using These Foundations Can Be A Game Changer For You

By Nishtha Gandhi

Updated - May 9, 20247 min read

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If you have normal-dry skin but an oily t-zone (nose, chin area & the skin below forehead), saying that “finding the right foundation for you is tough” is an understatement. The problem of foundation sliding off your face is major. Going out in the heat wearing foundation is embarrassing because it ends up making your face look like a creamy cake.  You can’t change your skin but you can do something about it. So, let’s help you out in choosing the perfect second skin or the best foundation for oily skin 



1. LOREAL New True Match Super Blendable Foundation


It gives medium coverage and face looks even and smooth. This is a good base for normal to dry skin. The face looks glowing with this and the foundation feels light on the skin. It remains intact all day long. It is oil free and contains SPF 17.



PERKS:  Non-Cakey, oil-Free, for all skin types, comes with Spf 17

BUY IT ONLINE: LOREAL New True Match Super Blendable Foundation


2. LAKME Absolute White Intense Skin Cover 


The foundation comes in three shades which are suitable for various skin tones. It gives a matte finish and has SPF 25. It keeps skin oil free and does not cause pop outs. For every pump, a little cream comes out and which is sufficient for the whole face. Shelf life is at least a year or a year and a half. It can be used daily.



PERKS: Ultra-light, water-based, oil free foundation which leaves skin visibly fairer with complete skin coverage for 16 hours, Vitamin B3 & SPF 25 protects skin from harmful rays which leave skin vibrant

BUY IT ONLINE: Lakme Absolute Intense SkinFoundation Golden


3. COVERGIRL Clean Whipped Creme Foundation


Covergirl Clean Whipped Creme Foundation is available in 10 shades. Very light and fluffy texture. Feels creamy and hydrating on the face. It blends easily and gives a velvety feel to the skin. Controls oil very well. It gives medium coverage and can be used as a tinted moisturizer. Also, you got wanderlust, it has the best travel packaging.



PERKS: Lightweight, air-whipped formula instantly hydrates, 100% smooth, natural look., won’t dry skin or clog pores.

BUY IT ONLINE: CoverGirl-Clean-Whipped-Foundation


4. REVLON Colorstay Liquid Foundation 


This is the mother of all foundations and a popular dupe of mac studio fix fluid. There are two variants in this foundation (oily to combo and normal to dry). Trust me you will love the oily skin variant if you have oily skin. This is the best foundation for oily skin. It makes you skin super matte (make sure to use a moisturizer underneath) and when you sweat it comes through the foundation, you can just dab off with a tissue and the foundation wipe off. 



PERKS: Full coverage, Matte finish, comes with SPF 15, hygienic pump packaging, Sweatproof, long lasting, doesn’t transfer, Non -comedogenic

BUY IT ONLINE: revlon-colorstay-make-up-combination-oily-skin


5. MAYBELLINE Fit Me Matte And Poreless Foundation



This is definitely a mention worthy foundation. This gives a semi-matte finish and medium coverage. Great for people with oily skin. This foundation fills into pores nicely and gives an almost flawless finish. This is my current favorite foundation. If you are a beginner in make up then go for this one. This won’t even burn a hole in your pocket.




PERKS: Semi-matte finish, cute packaging, Blends effortlessly, doesn’t oxidize

BUY IT ONLINE: maybelline-new-york-fit-me-matte-poreless-foundation



6. CHAMBOR Sheer Delight Ultra Matt Foundation


Chambor sheer delight ultra matt foundation is very good for oily skin. It has a mousse-like consistency and sheer coverage. Once you apply this to your face it settles down to a mousse/powder finish. Chambor sheer foundation controls oil and keeps face matte for a good 6 to 7 hours. You don’t need a primer or a setting powder. But make sure to moisturize your face nicely as you do not want a patchy application. Once you start dotting this on you face and blending it almost melts and disappears into your skin.



PERKS: As the name suggests – Ultra-Matte, lasting power easily for a good 7 hours, convenient tube packaging, travel-friendly, mousse consistency, easily blendable

BUY IT ONLINE: Chambor-Sheer-Delight-Foundation


7. NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat


Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation provides full coverage with a mineral enriched matte finish. The oil-free and water-based formula is perfect whether you are in the studio or out and about all day!



PERKS: Oil-free and water based formula, matte finish, gives full coverage.

BUY IT ONLINE: Nyx stay matte but not flat 


Tips for buying a good foundation:

  • Always try the foundation on your face for a long time before buying: if you are planning on buying a foundation, go with a bare face to a makeup counter and request them to put on a matching foundation on one side of the face. Then finish the rest of your shopping and if you are satisfied then buy it.
  • Choose a foundation that says oil free and dermatologically tested: Powder foundations and mousse foundations are best for oily skin, but if you find liquid foundations to be more comfortable then go for an oil-free liquid foundation. Choose an oil free moisturizer or a mattifying primer.
  • Dab with a tissue: Always dab the excess foundation or oil before applying setting powder. This also prevents a cakey look.
  • Use a tool: Some foundations work well with a finger tip and some work well with a tool. It is advisable to start with your fingers and if you are not happy then go for a brush or a sponge. It is tricky to find out what works best for your foundation, but once you once you find it out, you are going to love it.
  • Climatic conditions play a major role: Your skin’s texture and tone tend to change with the season. Winters are usually drying and summers curse you with oil. So when you buy a foundation, keep in mind the climatic condition which you are in.


How to Choose A Foundation Shade According to Coverage

Sheer Coverage– This is the lightest coverage for those people who want to just even out their skin tone & get a natural look.

Medium Coverage– These foundations are thicker in consistency and provide some coverage for people with blemishes, discolorations or other minor imperfections.

Full Coverage– This helps erase severe imperfections such as acne scars. Also, it’s the best form of foundation to use for photo shoots and for occasions like weddings etc.