‘Coz Matte Is Right: 8 Fabulous Foundations For Oily Skin

Kannagi Desai

Junior Beauty Editor

Sometimes, it can get tricky to buy make-up for those of us with combination or oily skin. You want to try out new products but are afraid of your skin looking too oily, or worse breaking out. There is a delicate balance that needs to be maintained and therefore, it is imperative that you understand your skin type. Even if it’s an oily T-zone, chin or just oily eyelids (yes, that’s a thing), a great foundation is your best bet. Get something too cakey and it might block your pores causing more oil secretion. Get a sheer foundation, and it might not give you the coverage you are looking for. The trick here is to pick a buildable foundation that lets your skin breathe.

Before we get to our recommendations, let’s talk about a few make-up tips and hacks that you must keep in mind for oily skin.

Toner is a must.

We keep talking about having a CTM routine but most of us usually end up missing the toner step. But when you have oily skin, the toner acts as a double cleanser. Once you cleanse and dry your face, a toner helps get rid of the sebum and oil, giving you a clear base.

Primer is important.

Again, talking about missing steps, if you have oily skin, you can’t miss this one. A mattifying primer temporarily minimises the appearance of pores and gives you an empty canvas to paint on.

There is too much when it comes to coverage.

Caking the make-up on too much or using a heavy foundation does not let your skin breathe and that in turn makes your pores produce more oil. Clogged pores can also redden skin and as a result, cause breakouts.

Powder is your best friend.

Setting every step of your make-up even if it is minimal is imperative. Powder soaks up a lot of the extra oil so it helps keep your make-up on a little longer.

Stash blotting sheets in your bag.

Tissues rub the make-up off, and then you’d have to lug around all your make-up. Blotting sheets are perfect saviours, they don’t take too much room and are a godsend for women with oily skin. Just dab and move on.

Avoid cream based make-up.

Steer clear of cream blushes and highlighters. They tend to pile on the shine and moisture that you already have enough of.

Well now with these tricks up in your arsenal, here are the best foundations for oily skin!

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Revlon Colorstay Makeup For Combination / Oily Skin

The phrase 'holy grail' is all I can use to describe this foundation. You get oil control, fantastic coverage packed in a lightweight formula. I’m just going to leave that information up here.


1 revlon foundation oily

 The Face Shop Waterproof BB Cream

Not big on the foundation bandwagon but need coverage? Well, this BB cream adheres itself as a thin layer which is strong enough against sweat, water, and sebum.

The Face Shop

2 faceshop foundation oily

Essence All About Matt! Oil Free Make Up  

Test this one out! It seriously gives you an even skin tone without feeling like you have a ton of layers on. It’s staying power is off the hook too!


3 essence foundation oily

Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation

This one is a personal favourite. When Maybelline says poreless, they mean porcelain. It is almost like a second skin when it comes to the texture and finish and makes your pores vanish for the hours that you have this on without blocking them. I love this one!

Maybelline New York

₹460   ₹550   16% off
4 maybelline oily foundation

Blue Heaven Water Proof Make-Up Foundation With SPF

Here’s a budget option that works wonders for your skin! It has an easy spreading, waterproof, oil-free formula, enriched with UV filters and moisturisers to give an illusion of flawless looking skin. It also absorbs sweat and oil, making your skin smooth and glowing.

Blue Heaven

5 blue heaven oily foundation

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

This one has a nod of approval from beauty gurus and make-up artists alike. They can’t stop RAVING about the staying power and super matte finish that doesn’t need to be touched up.

L'Oreal Paris

6 loreal oily foundation

NYX Professional Makeup Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation

Ideal for someone who's in front of lighting or outdoors a lot. This foundation provides full coverage with a mineral enriched matte finish. Need I say more?

NYX Professional

₹810   ₹900   10% off
7 nyx oily foundation

 L'Oreal Paris True Match Minerals Skin-Improving Foundation

This one is on my wishlist. It is an airy powder foundation enriched with skin improving sea minerals. I am already intrigued! The pigment is known to cover imperfections without clogging pores. I am adding this to my cart as I am writing this.

L'Oreal Paris

8 loreal tru match oily foundation

Which one is THE ONE for you?

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Published on Feb 26, 2018
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