Best Foundation for Oily Skin, According to 8 Experts

What are some of the best foundation to use on oily skin?

We asked experts to recommend their top picks.

Viseslav Tonkovic-Capin, M.D.

Viseslav Tonkovic-Capin

Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist | Editor, DermBoard

Since I do not like to recommend any specific product, I will describe the ideal foundation for oily skin:

  • It must be in loose mineral powder form (pressed, a solid and liquid foundation may plug skin pores and cause or worsen acne).
  • It should contain zinc oxide (for protection from ultraviolet radiation).
  • It should contain salicylic acid in up to 2% concentration which reduces oiliness and prevents and treats acne.
  • It should contain clay which will absorb the excess of oil and hence will reduce skin shine.

Kate Hancock

Kate Hancock

Entrepreneur | Founder, OC Facial Care Center

Matte Tinted Sunscreen

A matte tinted sunscreen will give you the best coverage for oily skin as it will not cause pores to be clogged unlike having a thick layer of makeup on. It gives you the SPF coverage needed and provides the covering up of imperfections.

You only need to wear one product instead of packing on multiple products that will worsen your skin. Zinc or titanium mineral-based sunscreens typically do not cause breakouts like other SPF products.

Dr. Adarsh Vijay Mudgil, M.D.

Dr. Adarsh Vijay Mudgil

Dermatologist | Founder, Mudgil Dermatology

MAC Cosmetics Next to Nothing Powder

It is the best around. It has a great shine-free finish that’s perfect for oily skin types.

Krystal B. Armstrong

Krystal B. Armstrong

Professional Makeup Artist | Licensed Cosmetologist

Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Foundation

This foundation has a matte finish but not a super dry matte that causes the skin to produce more oil due to dehydration. It is full coverage so a little goes a long way – leaving room for the skin to breathe, and it’s long-wearing.

Now, I haven’t tested the 24-hour theory because I am an advocate of cleansing my skin before bed; but I have worn it for 12+ hours with no issues. All in all, if you have oily skin, give this a try!

Adina Mahalli

Adina-Mahalli

Hair & Skin Care Expert, Maple Holistics

Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup

If you’re looking for a great foundation for oily skin you should first and foremost make sure that the foundation is oil-free, as is Clinique’s Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup. It resists sweat and absorbs shine so that you’re looking fresh, not shiny or greasy, all day.

This foundation won’t streak or fade at up to 88°F with humidity, so you know that you’re safe and protected for a solid eight hours. And it comes in 20 different shades, so you can find the right fit for you. Plus, the tip of the bottle makes for easy application, so you won’t waste tons of the product (and your time).

Allison Depriestre

Allison Depriestre

Celebrity Makeup Artist

Mat Velvet from Make Up For Ever

This foundation has a mat finish, but unlike most mattifying foundations, the finish is velvety and never cakey. Since it has incredible coverage, it is also very well suited for oily skin with acne.

Even though it has a strong ability to keep oil away and cover any imperfections, it gives you a natural-looking finish. Your skin keeps breathing and looking like skin even though this is the biggest challenge with most foundations for oily skin.

It also has many shade references, which is important because the last thing you want when going for mattifying or high coverage foundation is getting the wrong color. The right choice of color matters more than ever.

If you want it to stay perfectly in place all day, I suggest fixing the T-zone with loose powder using a powder puff. This step won’t be necessary for everyone as it has a strong staying power on its own.

Agatha Krandiotis

Agatha Krandiotis

Make-up Artist, Mania Hair Studio

Lancôme’s Tiente Idole

The key is to start with a great mattifying primer followed by an oil-Free foundation. Lancôme’s Tiente Idole happens to be a good choice. It’s also non-transferable which is always a win-win!

Judy Lee

Senior Manager, KollectionK

The FACE SHOP Oil Control Water Cushion

I have oily skin so foundation easily goes away after a few hours. As you know, cushion type foundation is to correct the makeup during the day and this is actually a good foundation to fix the makeup and last long. It’s made to control the oil so actually, it controls the sebum for longer-lasting freshness.

The moist-cover effect promotes a healthy look while covering up imperfections and pigmentation. Its sebum control formula helps reduce shine and keep makeup stay in perfect condition for hours.