As if having oily skin weren’t hard enough, trying to find a foundation that will stay in place during the summer heat can be quite the task. Even though so many foundations out there that promise to keep you “matte all day,” many of them don’t quite meet the mark.
Makeup is a huge part of my life, and having oily skin (especially during the warmer months) makes life much more difficult than it has to be. Most foundations I’ve tried leave me looking super shiny and my skin feeling sticky by the end of the day. In the middle of a heat wave, it’s much worse. Most annoying, my foundation usually separates and looks like a terrible hot mess just a few hours in. No bueno.
To be very clear, oil and sweat are not the same thing.
However, both may affect how your foundation wears when it’s hot out. Sweat is water your body releases when it’s hot to help you cool down, while oil is produced in the sebum glands in your skin. Warm weather tends to speed up the production of oil in the skin, hence your skin gets even more oily in the summer. From a semi-scientific standpoint, nothing can (or should) really block your skin from producing oil. However, the right foundation formula can stop your oil production from working overtime.
Contrary to popular belief, powder foundation is not the only solution to our oily skin woes. Though the right powder foundation can do the trick, there a quite a few oily skin-approved foundations that won’t slide and glide off skin even during a heat wave.
From matte finishes to transfer-resistant formulas, here are 10 oily skin foundations to try this summer:
1Estee Lauder Doublewear Stay-In-Place
The proof is in the pudding and in the name. This buildable full-coverage foundation is transfer-proof, sweat-proof, and sets itself without the use of a powder. If you really want show your oily skin who’s boss, this foundation will definitely do the trick.
2Lancome Teinte Idole Ultra Wear
For starters, the 40-color shade range is impeccable. If you’re longing for a long-wearing foundation that isn’t thick or greasy and looks absolutely flawless, this medium-coverage one is the answer to your makeup prayers. Also, it has SPF in it which will do you great justice in the summer.
3 Clinique Acne Solutions
If you have oily skin and are also prone to breakouts, this foundation is for you. Not only is it mattifying, it acts as a treatment for acne breakouts. Many acne-prone purchasers of this foundation say it has tremendously improved the breakouts that they experience.
4 Too Faced Born This Way
While this foundation may not be mattifying or specially made for oily skin, its lightweight coverage is everything any oily gal could ask for. Coconut water in the foundation helps keeps the skin balanced. Even the oiliest of skin will slay the day wearing it. If you typically have oily skin but don’t necessarily care for a matte finish, try this with your favorite loose powder.
5MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof
If you thought 24-hour-wear foundations were impressive, this 36-hour waterproof one will knock you out the water (pun intended). For those with oily skin who also tend to sweat in the heat, this foundation will keep you dry by repelling water and sweat at the skin’s surface.
6Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour
This foundation is one of my personal favorite drugstore foundations for oily skin. The coverage of the Maybelline Super Stay Foundation is absolutely amazing, and you get a lot of bang for your buck due to its long-wearing capabilities. This super blendable foundation feels light while covering any of your imperfections. It’s definitely a must-have drugstore complexion product.
7 Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick
This foundation does a great job of smoothing onto the skin and looking really skin-like. As an added bonus, it’s oil free and oil-controlling. The stick form also makes it great for touch-ups.
8 Sunday Riley Influencer
Dubbed the “clean” foundation, this is the first of hopefully many foundations from a brand known for its fast-acting, powerful skin care. The best of both worlds (makeup and skin care) is what you get from this foundation.
9Becca Ever Matte Shine Proof
This is known around the beauty blogosphere as the holy grail of oil-controlling foundations. If you’re looking for something that comes more than highly recommended, this is definitely the foundation for you.
10Tarte Amazonion Clay Full Coverage
Tarte’s Amazonian clay formulations changed the makeup game, and this foundation is proof. Its creamy full-coverage formula dries down to a matte finish. It won’t slide or glide, no matter how much fun you’re having in the sun.