Oily skin in the summertime can be brutal. And when it comes to makeup, especially foundation, things can get a little out of hand when one gets desperate to stay shine-free all day long. In the warmer months, your foundation/base either melts off your face or looks really caked and patchy, which is bad news for you and your pores. But there are formulas that give you smooth, shine-free skin. The key is to choose a foundation specifically for oily or acne-prone skin that won’t mix with your skin’s natural oils. Experts recommend opting for a base that is oil-free and tout water as their first ingredient or a formula that contains salicylic acid, an ingredient that helps fight acne and control oil.
Here are seven foundations that will keep your shine under control.
bareMinerals Matte Foundation
bareMinerals took their classic Original Foundation and turned it into a loose mattifying powder that somehow feels like a cream. It is a mineral-based foundation that delivers flawless coverage with a natural matte finish. Infused with extraordinary skin-renewing properties, the formula gives shine-free coverage and smoothens out the skin. Plus, it has one of the widest powder foundation shade selections. You’re sure to find your perfect match among the 30 options.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
Available in 40 shades, Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Long Wear foundation is buildable and is one of the most sweat and humidity proof foundations made with climate-adaptive technology. The way it works with oily and acne-prone skin is incredible. The formula sufficiently covers redness and unevenness, giving a smooth touch to the skin. By the end of the day, your foundation will look exactly the same as it did when you applied it – shine-free and flawless.
Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation
The secret ingredient – micro-powders – in this foundation absorbs oil and smoothens out the texture of your skin so pores basically disappear. The foundation feels velvety smooth on your skin and won’t sink into fine lines or highlight inflamed pores. It also eliminates afternoon shine. And with 40 shades to choose from, you’ll find a flawless match for your skin tone.
L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte 24 Hour Foundation
This formula feels super-light on your skin and the best part is that you don’t have to worry about it wearing off. It stays in place and absorbs oil so you will have shine-free, non-greasy skin for 24 hours straight. This creamy foundation from L’Oréal offers demi-matte finish that doesn’t look too flat or too shiny and doesn’t budge the entire day.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation
This formula has good coverage and is long lasting. It dries to a powder-like finish so redness and shine are eliminated as soon as you swipe it on. And since the formula is oil-free, it won’t irritate breakouts or bail at the first sign of sweat. It promises up to 15 hours of shine-free wear, even through heat and humidity.
Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint
For those who dread heavy layers of foundation, try Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint. The formula is lightweight and gives a sheer coverage. So, if you have dark circles or redness, you’re going to need some concealer. Unlike other hydrating foundations, this tint helps even out the skin tone while giving a soft-matte finish. Its creamy formula stays crease-free, maintains the skin’s natural moisture barrier and works to control shine throughout the day.
Make Up for Ever Ultra HD Liquid Foundation
Keep your makeup and shine in check. With a medium-to-full-coverage finish, this liquid foundation comes in 40 shades and completely camouflages pores, blemishes and fine lines. The hydrating formula provides a perfect finish by evening out skin tone and hiding imperfections; and it won’t feel like chalk on your face.