The struggle of a greasy and shiny face is real! Having an oily complexion isn’t all bad (it does give you fewer wrinkles!), you just need to know the simple tips and tricks to make it more manageable. With this guide on the best Full-Coverage Foundations for Oily skin, you will learn how to manage oil and find your holy grail foundation!
We are all after the same goal, makeup that doesn’t get shiny and greasy. It can be frustrating, especially when halfway through the day your makeup starts to disappear or slide off! But worry no more, we have just the right makeup hacks so you can have the perfect shine-free day.
Before we round up the top 10 Best Full-Coverage Foundation for Oily Skin in 2021, we should go through how to make foundations last throughout the day. With these effective tips and tricks, you will be able to manage your oily skin better!
No to “Oil-Free” Claims
Be wary of foundations that say “oil-free”. I know it seems contradicting. But sometimes it’s the products that claim to be oil-free that tend to dry out the skin even more. This, in turn, causes your skin to produce more oil.
Avoid Cream-Based Products
Since cream-based products have heavier formulations, this won’t go sit well on your oily skin. Cream-based products tend to slide off your face and leave you with extra grease.
Do a Double Take on Mattes and “Shine-Free”
You may have the prenotion that mattes will be best for oily skin. And yes, it is right, to some extent. Watch out for foundations that are overly matte and claim to be shine-free because they tend to cause your foundation to cake-up.
Choose Lightweight Foundations
Your foundation should be lightweight with the right liquid consistency. Don’t go for a mousse type of foundation as it can get a little thick on your face.
Before getting started with your makeup routine, make sure that your face is thoroughly cleansed. I’m not talking about just wiping it with makeup wipes or micellar water. I mean the real deal, wash your face with a facial cleanser.
Wait For 10-15 Minutes After Skincare
When you apply your morning skincare, like serums and moisturizers, give it all about 10-15 minutes to fully sink in your skin. Only after should you apply your foundation. Since serums and creams are creamy on the face, not giving your skincare some drying time will cause your foundation and other makeup to slide off.
Choosing The Right Primer
To help makeup stay on longer and better, using the right primer will do wonders! When choosing a primer, choose one that is lightweight and hydrating. I always recommend avoiding illuminating primers and silicone-based primers.
Nice and Slow Application
As you apply your foundation, make sure that you are not layering it heavily. Try dotting the product on your skin surface and then blend. Layer your foundation slowly as you go.
A neat trick to help your foundation last longer is to spritz some setting spray before your translucent powder. This way, it will lock in your foundation making it budge-proof. After, powder down with an ultra-fine powder and spray a little more setting spray to lock in your makeup completely!
Carry Blotting Papers
As the day progresses, you may have some oil build-up, that’s a pretty normal reaction for oily skin, especially when you are hot and sweating. Keep some blotting paper in your purse so that you’re never stuck when you’re out and about. Once you blot your face, retouch your base with a little powder. Avoid adding more foundation when retouching as it will make your face a little cakey.
Now that you’re covered on perfecting your foundation application, let’s dive into the best full-coverage foundations for oily skin. I’ve brought you both high-end and drugstore options so that there’s something for everyone’s budget.
10 Best Full-Coverage Foundation for Oily Skin
If you’re not yet on the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation train, you should hop on now!
You will have no trouble finding the right shade for your skin because they have over 55 shades available. Catering from light to deep skin tones, there are options for everyone!
The Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation is one of the best long-wearing foundations on the market and it happens to be great for oily skin too! There are plenty of foundations that claim to be ‘long-wearing’, but they end up breaking apart or disappearing on the skin, not the Double Wear Foundation. You’ll also find that you won’t need to blot at all with this foundation because it’s the real deal, it lasts perfectly without any oil or shine appearing! And I mean in the heat too! You can go to the gym wearing this foundation, and it will stay in place and look flawless. It also doesn’t transfer. The only time it budges is when you remove it with makeup remover!
The coverage is medium to full coverage. Do you suffer from acne and acne scars? This foundation will thoroughly cover it, leaving you with flawless looking skin. It is not too heavy on the skin even with it being a full coverage foundation! If you prefer a lighter coverage, you can apply the foundation with a sponge instead of a brush. For a flawless finish, my favourite way to apply foundation is to use a damp beauty blender. It does the trick every time!
Another wonderful thing about the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation is that once it dries you don’t need any setting powder. It sets itself completely budge-proof!
A little goes a long way, you will only need one pump for the face, and usually, that’s enough for medium coverage.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation isn’t the cheapest but trust me when I say that it is excellent value for money!
- Extensive shade selection
- Great for oily skin
- SPF 10
- May feel heavy
- No pump
Moving on to a drugstore find, the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation is a must-have! This foundation is almost a dupe to the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. I say almost a dupe because one major difference is that it’s a lot cheaper! Over the years, the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation has become a staple foundation for those with oily skin. This is because the foundation helps to keep all oiliness at bay, it doesn’t feel heavy and it looks flawless. The foundation has a matte finish which stays matte throughout the day!
L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation comes in 22 shades. Build this up to a full-coverage, and you still have a weightless application on the skin. A little goes a long way with this foundation and you will find that it hides dark blemishes and acne scars really well. It stays matte for up to 24 hours!
This foundation has a matte finish and with its easy blend-ability, you will see that it applies like a dream. With the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, you get excellent quality for an amazing price!
- Keeps oil at bay
- Buildable with medium to full coverage
- Fewer shades compared to Estee Lauder
- Sets really fast
By now, many of you will know how Rihanna changed the beauty game with her super-inclusive line of foundation. The Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation has over 40-shades! This foundation was made to help those who struggle to find a shade to match their skin.
Not just that, this foundation also caters to those who have oily skin. Right of the bat, you will notice how lightweight it feels on the skin. You don’t have to pack on the product because, with just one pump, you will be able to achieve nice coverage. The coverage is buildable from medium to full coverage. It dries down to a beautiful matte that will cater to anyone with oily skin. If you have oily
Best applied with a sponge, this foundation will blend so beautifully and smooth. It will keep the oil at bay throughout the day. Even when you start to oil, the foundation won’t break apart in your skin.
- Keeps oil at bay
- Good colour choice
- Lightweight feel
- Very pigmented
Maybelline Superstay Foundation comes in 28 shades! Although its range isn’t too impressive, the foundation itself is! Unlike their Maybelline Fit Me Foundation, this has a pump (phew), so there will be less of the product going to waste.
With a little amount of foundation, you’ll get extremely full-coverage. Bye-bye discolouration, redness and acne scars! Although it’s not as long-lasting as some of the other foundations mentioned here, it still gives a pretty decent wear time.
The Maybelline Superstay Foundation is a great affordable option if you’re in the market for a cheaper foundation!
You are getting more for what you pay for. Compared to other higher-end products, this really makes your face less oily and controls the greasiness throughout the day. Even though the foundation is a full coverage foundation, it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and nor does it get tacky over time. It has a lovely demi-matte finish.
- Controls oil
- Has a pump
- Made from glass so not travel-friendly
- Not transfer-proof
Urban Decay Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation is one of those foundations that you need to try! You can read my full review on it here. But in short, it is impressive! It has a 50-shade range that will give you a precise colour match. What sets this apart from other foundations is how natural looking it is! It has a liquid consistency that blends seamlessly into the skin.
The Urban Decay Stay Naked foundation is the perfect union of the other Urban Decay Foundations, the All Nighter foundation and the Naked Skin foundation. All Nighter is a full-coverage, thick foundation and Naked Skin is more of a BB cream. Stay Naked is longlasting and has full coverage like the All Nighter but it is weightless and skinlike like the Naked Skin. It has the perfect balance of the two foundations.
Stay Naked Foundation has a light to medium coverage which is very buildable. If you want full coverage all you need to do is add more and it will look just as flawless.
Why is it good for oily skin? Well, a better way to describe it is that it’s perfect for your oily skin, it leaves a natural shine-free and smooth finish with the foundation staying in place for even the oiliest of skin! There is little to no transfer when you blot your face. Even though this has a higher price tag, this is worth every penny.
- Great shade selection
- Lasts the whole day
PÜR 4-in-1 Love Your Selfie Longwear Foundation & Concealer is one of those products that doesn’t get enough attention. With over 100 shades you have a huge choice to choose from! Their range goes from very fair to the deepest shades! Not only that, this foundation has a unique applicator. It features a pump at the top AND a doe-foot applicator, not only is that genius, its pretty unique too!
The foundation is loaded with the good stuff, it’s packed with ingredients that will help your skin against ageing as well as skin damage. PÜR Cosmetics is a brand that prides itself on using good-for-you ingredients. I recommend this foundation if you have oily skin that is also sensitive. With fewer chemicals and unnatural ingredients, the PÜR 4-in-1 Love Your Selfie Longwear Foundation & Concealer will be good for your skin.
Like its claims, it is truly non-greasy on the skin! The finish is more of a satin-matte finish but it doesn’t look shiny even if you have oily skin. You also don’t need to worry about your makeup caking because with this foundation you won’t have any of it!
Its lasting power is pretty good, but not as good as when compared to the Estee Lauder. However, it’s still a great foundation which has many benefits for you and your skin.
- Huge choice of colours
- Soft matte finish
- May enhances lines and wrinkles
Dior DiorSkin Forever Undercover has 24 shades in their line. While their colour range may not impress you, the quality of the foundation certainly will! As you apply it, you’ll be surprised at how light it feels on your skin. Even though it is weightless, you can build up nice coverage from medium to full.
It dries down to a soft matte and melts into your skin. This foundation applier best with a sponge or beauty blender, it really gives you that airbrush finish. The foundation has a slight smell, which does go a little after a short time.
The Dior DiorSkin Forever Undercover is a foundation that is well worth trying especially for oily skin! One negative is that like many other foundations, this one too oxidises. I recommend choosing a shade lighter than you normally would.
Dior DiorSkin Forever Undercover foundation works really great on smooth skin. However, with acne-prone skin, it will accentuate it a little.
- Dries to a powdery finish – good for oily skin
- Great packaging
- High price tag
- Few dark shades
- Alcohol scent
- Accentuates lines and acne
Catrice HD Liquid Foundation comes in 7 shades, which I know is disappointing since it’s 2021. Brands should know better by now. Nonetheless, this foundation is on the list because it sets a good standard on foundations for oily skin. In addition to that, it’s highly affordable!
This foundation comes with a dropper that will let you control the amount you are applying. The texture is so liquidy but it’s nothing to be afraid of. For the application, it’s the easiest to work in sections on your face as it dries really fast. Once you blend it out, it gives a beautiful full coverage that hides your blemishes and acne. When you use a brush, it provides more coverage than a sponge.
The foundation has a satin-matte finish that looks really natural yet at the same time full coverage. As for longevity, 24-hour may be a little stretch, but definitely, with a bit of blotting and setting powder, the wear time will be extended.
- Affordable price
- Perfect for oily skin
- Luminous finish
- Full coverage
- Not enough shades
- Poor dropper design
- Needs a lot of product to get full coverage
The Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Foundation comes in 22 shades. The packaging spews luxury and class which is not surprising for Marc Jacobs! It blends beautifully and is easy to build up to full coverage. It gives the skin a flawless finish but is still lightweight on the skin.
Using a brush will give this foundation a fuller coverage and will hide any imperfections on your face. The applicator is like a dropper but without an actual pump which is a little weird. You’ll have to apply the foundation directly on to your skin with the dropper-like stick. If you’re worried about bacteria growth, you can always use the back of your hand or a foundation palette to place some product.
The Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Foundation is definitely up there with the price point, but you’re ultimately paying for its exceptional quality! Plus, you only have to use a few drops, and it will go a really long way.
- A small pump goes a long way
- Lasts a long time
- Stays matte the whole day
- Great full coverage
Last but not least, we have the Jouer Essential High Coverage Foundation. This comes in 50 shades. With just one swipe on your face, you will have a full coverage foundation. The finish gives you a beautiful airbrushed look. It is matte all the way, and if you’re all about that, you need this foundation! It comes with a pump, which makes it easier to use and less mess involved.
Be wary when applying this foundation because a little really goes a long way. Half a pump is more than enough to cover your face and give you full coverage. There will be a tendency for this foundation to cake up when applied too heavily.
This foundation has great longevity, again I recommend choosing a shade lighter since this foundation oxidizes over the day. Even with a pricier tag, this is worth splurging on because it delivers full coverage foundation without any oil appearing.
- Excellent range of colours
- Comes with a pump
- Full coverage
- Airbrush finish
- Quite a thick formula
With the right guidance, oily skin can be controlled and the oil can be kept at bay. Although it is not possible to completely eliminate oil, there are tricks to make it easier for you. The right foundation will allow you to have perfect makeup that will last you the whole day! The most important point is that you’ll be able to go along your day knowing that your skin is not turning into a ball of oil.
With both high-end and drugstore options included in this guide, I’m sure you have found the best full coverage foundation for your oily skin.
What is your go-to full coverage foundation for your oily skin?
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