3 Best Foundations for Oily Skin

I love having oily skin because it will (hopefully) keep me looking young for many years to come, however, having oily skin means that my nice morning glow will turn into a not-so-nice oil slick by the end of the day.  Because my skin is so oily, I am forever in search of the best foundations for oily skin. I look for foundation formulations that can manage shine appropriately and help me to maintain a polished face for most of the day…even during the summer. For this post I’ve picked out 3 of the best foundations for oily skin.


hourglass immaculate liquid powder foundation

Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation

Yes, the hype on this foundation is real. Everyone talks about the miracle that is Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation and they are right. I finally broke down and bought it for myself and absolutely loved it. The texture feels like a whipped powder-y mousse and goes on beautifully. But as it says, it does dry down instantly to a liquid powder making the skin velvety and matte. Some mattifying foundations make the skin look powdery and dry, but this one manages to keep the skin looking luminous while still shine-free. I go between applying with my fingers and with a synthetic foundation brush for the best look. Long wearing and comfortable on the skin, this light to medium coverage foundation is a no-brainer for the summer. Available at Sephora for $55.00.

Smashbox CC Cream

Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream

This Smashbox CC Cream came out of nowhere and knocked me over with how beautiful it looked on the skin. From the first day I wore it, the color match was perfect, the coverage was lightweight and it kept me MATTE for most of the day! When you first apply it, it goes on slightly dewy but dries down right after to a natural matte finish. I typically wear this for most of my outfit posts on my blog because not only does it look beautiful in person, it always makes my skin look flawless in photos. The shade range is good, not great but if you find your shade, I highly recommend trying this. Available at Sephora for $19.50.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation

Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Makeup

Part of the super popular Naked line for Urban Decay, the Naked Skin Liquid Makeup quickly became a beauty blogger staple. Again so much hype and I was not sure it would live up to the praise. I don’t wear that much Urban Decay so I wasn’t sure I would love this foundation. Update: I LOVE IT. I never know how liquid foundations will wear on my oily skin because so many are meant to be luminous, dewy or radiant – three words I am often afraid of in my face makeup. But this surprised me and became a favorite almost immediatley. It is a lightweight liquid that gives sheer coverage but can be built up to be almost medium to medium full. It gives much more of a natural matte finish rather than complete matte – so those with other skin types would enjoy this as well. I usually apply with a natural hair buffing brush and it gives a beautiful airbrushed finish. And the shade range is quite extensive so there is more than likely something for everyone. Available at Sephora for $39.00.

What are your favorite foundations for oily skin? Any that I missed? Tell me in the comments!

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Fueled by her love (obsession) of all things beauty, Maree Sye writes from the viewpoint of the everyday woman. Recently transitioning from a decade long career as an executive in the cosmetics industry to her current role as sales manager for a baby goods company, Maree has turned her insider information into a spectator sport. Choosing products appropriate for the office, understanding how to transition from day to night, and constantly seeking the elusive weekend “makeup, no makeup” look are the issues that keep Maree up at night. When she is not testing out products and blabbing about them on This That Beauty, you can find her blabbings on A Little Bit etc, her personal fashion/beauty blog – it’s a little bit fashion, a little bit beauty and a whole lot of sass. Maree currently resides in Bergdorf Goodman (or her apt in Midtown Manhattan), spends her summers vacationing at Sephora (or the dog park near her apt), and dreams of one day amassing so much makeup, that she will need a bigger home. Follow Maree on twitter @alittlebitetc or follow her down the street if you like – most likely she is on her way to pick up a new lipstick.


  1. Ruby says:

    Whoooo! Glad to see I’m not the only one struggling with oily skin foundation woes

    I LOVE Smashbox’s Studio Skin 15 hr. It wears really well on my grease-ball face. and their shade range is rather great. I wear 3.1-3.4 depending on the time of year, and there’s enough yellow in it for my suuuuper yellow undertones. Doesn’t oxidize either. It photographs pretty well, too.

    MAC’s Pro Longwear lasts long and gives me a great matte finish, and shockingly doesn’t break me out like some of their other foundations do (unless I forget to wash off at the end of the day. about a week later i may have a small bump. but that’s much better than the instant cystic acne their other foundations give me). I waver between NC44 and NC45 depending on the time of year.

    I am dying to try the Hourglass foundation, but when they expand their range of shades. None come out of the bottle quite yellow enough, so I may experiment with adding a little turmeric (great anti-inflammatory I’ve taken to using as a mask anyways) or color corrector.

    Nars Sheer Matte in Tahoe is wonderful, shade-wise, but I can only use that in the winter. In the summer it melts right off.

    Prescriptives Virtual Matte is a spring and fall go-to. But needs to be set. And sometimes doesnt photograph (under flash circumstances) that well. But in person, people compliment my skin, not my makeup.

    Chanel just needs to bring back Mat Lumiere. That was my holy grail. *sniffs*

  2. Michelle says:

    I also have oily skin & look for a foundation that is matt & a long finish, looking at trying the smashbox or mac that ruby has mentioned.

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