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Best Foundation for Oily Skin and Acne Prone Skin

6 Oil Free Foundations for Acne-Prone Skin

by Christine GlasgowOctober 18, 2016

Most people have uneven skin tones. To rectify this issue, people generally apply a makeup foundation. Foundations have been used for thousands of years. In fact, foundations were used by ancient Egyptians. Back in 200 B.C., the ancient Greeks used to apply white lead powder mixed with chalk to lighten their skin tones. With the passage of time, pale makeup became a sign of fashion.

Men and women both began to apply lead-based makeup in a bid to improve their appearance. As time progressed, new and improved skin care products became popular. The first foundation that was available through retail stores was the Pan Cake, by Max Factor. It was originally designed for use in films. However, identifying demand in the market, the company decided to make the product commercially available. Needless to say, it was a huge success. Since then, a number of different companies have introduced their own foundation products.

Foundations are available in a multitude of different colors. The color can be identified on the box using a name or a number. Many companies also release new colors every now and then. The foundation creates a base on your skin from which you can apply additional makeup on top. The coverage of the foundation is generally mentioned on the box. It mainly refers to the opacity of the makeup and the level of concealment that it offers.

Understanding Coverage

Ideally, most companies that sell foundations mention the level of coverage on the box itself. Here are the common types of coverage that you will find in the local markets.

  • Sheer: This is the most transparent kind of foundation available today. It doesn’t cover up discolorations, but only reduces the contrast between discoloration on specific parts of the skin and the skin tone.
  • Light: Light foundations can be used to cover blotches on the skin and contains anywhere between 13-18% pigment. However, it doesn’t cover up freckles and acne on the face.
  • Medium: Medium foundation can be used with a colored powder (also known as a tint). It can be used to conceal all sorts of blemishes, freckles, red marks, blotchiness, and other types of discoloration on the skin. It contains up to 23% pigment.
  • Full: The most opaque form of foundation available today is full coverage. It contains up to 35% pigment. It can be used to hide birthmarks, signs of vitiligo, and also used to cover scars. Most beauticians refer to full foundation powders as “corrective” make-up, due to the fact that it contains almost 50% pigment and can effectively paint a whole new layer onto your skin.

However, for people with oily skin, applying foundation becomes a serious problem. Oil in the skin is produced by the sebaceous glands. When your skin becomes excessively dry, the sebaceous glands produce sebum that can literally “melt” the foundation from your skin.

Best Foundations for Oily Skin- Is There Such a Thing?

There are many foundations that are made exclusively for certain skin types. The best foundation for oily skin is one that actually fights shine rather than adding to it (which is the main purpose of almost every foundation product). Before you purchase any foundation, it’s imperative that you do a bit of research.

Unfortunately, you are likely to get confused when you visit the local cosmetic store. With the sheer number of options available in the market today, it’s common for people to get overwhelmed. I understand your plight, which is why I have compiled a number of different foundation products that you can use.

Yes, there are several foundations that can be used by people who have oily skin. These foundations are designed to have a long-lasting effect, so they can’t be easily removed with liquid substances like oil or water. Rather than get fooled by the marketing gimmicks used by salesmen at beauty stores, here are the best foundation creams that you can buy.

  1. Stila Stay All Day Foundation

Stila’s marketing team was pretty clear when they came up with the name for this foundation product. I mean, it leaves little to the imagination. However, despite the descriptive name, the Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer is one of the most powerful foundations available on the market. It combines a unique oxygen-based technology that provides hydration and also nourishes the skin.

The best part is that the foundation doesn’t include any sort of oils. I have to say that this is by far one of the best foundations and concealers available on the market right now.

The ingredients also include a host of different botanical extracts that can minimize the chances of premature aging. This helps increase the flow of blood to your skin pores. The foundation also provides decent coverage and comes packaged with a concealer and a brush for proper application.


  1. Clarin’s Ever Matte Oil-Free Foundation

Clarin’s is a household name in the beauty industry. At some point in time, almost everybody has used a Clarin’s product. Again, the Clarin’s Ever Matte Oil-Free Foundation was designed for people who have excessively oily skin. You don’t need to worry about the dreaded mid-day t-zone anymore!

The foundation mixes a little bit of Tanaka powder, Chrysin, and Carthusian Pink to prevent the foundation from falling off. Due to the ingredients, you might think that the foundation might dry out during the day. However, the effect is actually the opposite! Call it a miracle ingredient or not, but the Clarin’s Matte Oil-Free Foundation keeps the foundation intact throughout the course of the day.


  1. Estee Lauder Stay in Place Makeup

The Estee Lauder Stay in Place Makeup provides decent coverage, has a 10 SPF rating, and promises to last for up to 15 hours.

The company also states that the makeup will last through excessive humidity and heat as well. Remember, just like any other makeup that you apply, it’s imperative that you prepare your skin first. Before you apply the Estee Lauder Stay in Place Makeup, you should apply an oil-free primer. I would recommend that you use the Laura Mercier’s oil-free primer first before applying the cream.


  1. Bare Minerals SPF 15 Matte Foundation

The Bare Minerals SPF 15 Matte Foundation makes use of just five main ingredients. They carried out a huge marketing campaign when the foundation was released, promoting its benefits and highlighting the many advantages that it offered for people with oily skin.

The Bare Minerals SPF 15 has been proven to improve the appearance of your skin with regular usage and also provides protection against the harmful rays of the sun. The foundation is relatively light and airy, so it won’t make you feel as if there’s a whole layer of makeup on top of your skin either. That’s probably one of the main reasons why I use it so frequently.


  1. Make Up for Ever Invisible Cover Foundation

Surprisingly, Make Up for Ever has come up with a unique product that helps people with oily skin feel confident without actually putting any shine on their skin. Make sure you buy the High Definition Foundation bottle, since that provides additional coverage.

The product doesn’t contain any oils. It does contain a small amount of sericite, which spreads lighting across the face. This reduces the chances of that dreaded “shining” effect that most foundations provide. Even under bright lights, your skin will continue to look smooth. The product has a creamy texture and is almost invisible.


  1. Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation

Many people I have talked to before have complained that the foundations designed for oily skin do not provide enough coverage. If you have the same complaint, I would recommend that you use the Kat Von D Lock It Foundation.

The foundation contains 21% pigment. This is one of the strongest foundation products available right now. The company claims that it can even cover up tattoos. The matte finish prevents the foundation from shining too brightly even under harsh lighting.


How to Determine the Best Foundation for Oily Skin

Now, I have highlighted six of the best foundations that you can find right now. Unfortunately, some of the products might not be available in all stores. If you can’t go through the hassle of ordering and getting the product shipped to you, there is a way to determine whether a particular foundation is good for you or not.

First of all, you should look for a foundation that includes salicylic acid as an ingredient. This is an oil absorbent and will help in neutralizing redness on the skin. You should also look for a foundation that contains hyaluronic acid and sodium PCA. Both of these ingredients can help in keeping the skin hydrated for the course of the day without blocking your skin pores. This can help in putting on the makeup more smoothly.

So, which of these products have you used in the past? Did you get satisfactory results? Do you have any suggestions about other foundations that provide protection against oily skin?

Christine Glasgow
Canadian girl addicted to beauty and fashion. I'm a Blogger, Entrepreneur and web influencer 👑 I mostly talk about anything related to skin care and beauty. I created this site to share science-based information on skin conditions, treatments and skin care.

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