By @FionnualaMcNult

Dewy skin is in, however with oily skin it can be hard to strike the right balance between looking glowy and looking like you’ve bathed in olive oil. If you suffer with oily skin, you know the struggles of finding the right foundation that stays all day and does not evaporate by the end of the day. One of the first steps to take is ensuring you have a matted base; this can be down to the primer you use however one tip I’ve found that works is dusting a light sprinkle of powder on before your foundation. 

Image credit: Unsplash

Image credit: Unsplash

This gives a matted and smooth appearance before you add the next layer of your makeup. Now time to pick the right foundation, you need to keep an eye out for oil-free on the label as these will work to stop and prevent shine, disguise enlarged pores and mattify skin, especially on the days you’re wearing a mask all day. If you suffer from acne there are a special few with have active ingredients which fight the acne and help stop future breakouts, it’s a two in one! I have compiled 6 of my favourite oil free foundations which range from full-coverage to on-the-go top ups.

1. Elf flawless finish foundation

If you’re looking to be oil free on a budget, then Elf is a great brand to start with, they have low prices but exceptional quality makeup it is the ultimate win-win. This foundation is a semi-matte finish which means it is not going to leave you with a lifeless powdery look, there will be a slight glow peeking through giving you the sought-after dewy look. If you want the full coverage look it can be built up until you reach your desired coverage, so it is flexible from day to night. The best news of all is that this foundation has 40 different shades meaning there is something for everyone.

2. Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Hydration Foundation Stick

For the boss babe who is always on the move, this nifty little stick of foundation is perfect for those much-needed touch ups when you are working 9-5. A few benefits of this foundation are that it is suitable for acne prone skin (what a hidden gem!), sensitive skin and oil-prone skin is there anything this foundation doesn’t do? With a super creamy base and hydration all day long, it has the versatility to suit dry skin as well as oily. There is also a hidden SPF25 in the formula so it will make sure to protect your delicate skin from the harsh sun.

3. Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

If you haven’t heard the hype about Charlotte Tilbury then where have you been? This foundation is taking over TikTok and Instagram, it is definitely one of the must haves this year in the makeup world. If you are seeking the ultimate full coverage then this is for you it will mask any of the breakouts you have, mask any redness and cover up any dark under eyes. This foundation requires no building up of product just one layer and you are good to go, it is definitely one I recommend for nights out or day brunches as it will not budge for hours. Another winner with 44 different shades available and even a shade finder online so you do not even have to leave your house to purchase it!

4. Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint

If you are all about that natural look or just don’t like the feel of foundation on your skin as some can sit heavy and in turn end up clogging the pores leading to breakouts, then this Fenty Beauty skin tinit is for you. The lightweight formula means there is almost no weight on the skin and it stops the skin for getting clogged with residue. It is also oil-free meaning there is nothing in the formula to create extra oil. The skin tint offers a medium ‘blurring’ effect so it gives coverage without the heaviness of a foundation.

5. Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Luminous Matte Liquid Foundation

Huda Beauty has updated the world renowned #FauxFilter foundation before this little update the foundation left a flawless finish and offered full coverage, it however had a limited number of shades and contained fragrance which can be damaging and drying to the skin. However, get ready for the new and improved foundation as the fragrance is a thing of the past and say hello to 9 more shades making it accessible to even more people. With a thick but whipped formula it leaves the skin fully covered and is easy to blend out with a brush or a sponge, making it perfect for covering breakouts.

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6. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

If you are not a fan of a fully matted and powdery finish then this may be the foundation for you. This formula leaves a radiant and satin finish without the fear of the skin looking oily. It offers a full coverage without being heavy on the skin and it is easy to blend on the skin making it perfect for acne prone skin. The formula will keep you fully covered at your 9-5 job all the way until the partying after the work day is done. This is an unphased classic foundation which has not changed its formula for a long time it has been proven to work everytime.

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