Great foundation should neither slip nor slide on your face. So, when it comes to finding the perfect formula for oily skin, it can feel like you’re grappling in the dark. The ideal foundation for oily and/or acne-prone skin should contain ingredients like silicone that smoothens the skin and leaves a matte effect. Another great tip is to look for keywords, like ‘non-comedogenic’, ‘oil-free’, ‘matte’, ‘velvet’, ‘shine-free’ and ‘lightweight’.
If your skin is prone to breaking out, look for acne-fighters like salicylic acid and hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid in the formula. Also, make sure the base products of your choice don’t contain pore-clogging ingredients like mineral oil.
If you’re on the lookout for a good foundation that suits oily skin, we’ve got you covered with our selection. From price to shade and finish, here are our top picks…
Best Splurge-Worthy Formula: MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
Price: Rs 3,500
Shade range: 50
If you’re looking for a product that gives you a skin-like finish, this foundation is it. Not only does it contain hyaluronic acid spheres that hydrate the skin but it also has adaptive pigments that adjust the formula to your skin colour.
Best Dual Purpose (Foundation/Concealer) Formula: Kiko Milano Full Coverage 2-In-1 Foundation & Concealer
Price: Rs 2,300
Finish: Matte satin
Shade range: 14
We have high praise for this foundation because not only does it come in a variety of shades but it is also very creamy and blends like a dream. Other than that, it controls any excess shine on your T-zone and makes the rest of your face look very lit-from-within glowy.
Best Budget Foundation: Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte+Poreless Liquid Foundation
Price: Rs 549
Shade range: 18
Buckle up, because it might take a while to cover all the reasons why we love this cult-classic foundation. Shine meets its match in this matte formula thanks to the micropowders that absorb excess oil. It is super lightweight, doesn’t feel heavy on your skin and is fragrance-free which makes it perfect for sensitive skin!
Best Stick Foundation: Flower Beauty Pore Perfect Instant Blur Stick Multi-Tasking Foundation
Price: Rs 1,000
Shade range: 10
If you’re always on the go or just prefer super easy-to-use products, this stick foundation will not disappoint. It provides full coverage (or medium or natural, if that’s what you prefer) and doesn’t budge, no matter how greasy your skin gets. Plus it contains silicones that give your skin a smooth finish.
Best Powder Foundation: M.A.C Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation
Price: Rs 2,900
Finish: Ultra matte
Shade range: 38
Available in a variety of shades, this powder foundation gives a non-cakey finish and is as great as its liquid counterpart. The best way to apply it? Take a damp beauty sponge and press the formula into your skin. Spritz some setting spray and watch the formula sink into your skin.