The 5 Best Foundations for Combination Skin
Finding the perfect foundation is a challenge in its own right, and having a combination skin type only complicates things further. In case you aren’t quite sure what combination skin is, or whether or not you have it, it simply means your skin isn’t all dry or all oily. Rather, your complexion has a mix of dry and oily areas. Oftentimes combination skin is marked by an oily T-zone and dry cheeks.
If you identify as having combination skin and have spent time hunting for your foundation match, you’ve probably noticed that most products are meant for one skin type or the other, which means they won’t suit every area on your face. Instead of reaching for a foundation with a radiant finish, look for formulas that can mattify the skin and curb excess shine on your T-zone. Not sure where to start your search? We’re sharing 5 of the best foundations—from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands—for combination skin ahead.
Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation
Disappearing foundation is a very real problem, especially when your skin features oily spots. You have to worry over whether the oil slick your skin creates will cause your foundation to wear right off, unless that is, you pick the right product. With this long-wearing foundation, you don’t have to deal with foundation that doesn’t stay in place. No more touching up your foundation midday, the waterproof, matte formula will last you hours.
As for how to apply it, remember that with a full coverage foundation, like the Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation, a little goes a long way. Keep that fact in mind while you’re concealing imperfections, and use a lighter hand to apply it to areas that need less coverage.
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation
No matter how hard you work to have a blemish or wrinkle-free complexion, that won’t guarantee you the flawless complexion you’ve dreamed of. Those aren’t the only skin issues that can take away from an otherwise even texture or tone—large pores are another complexion-marring culprit. While you can’t get rid of your pores, you can opt for face makeup that temporarily diminishes their appearance, like this pore-blurring foundation from Maybelline. Meant for skin that ranges from normal to oily (not just a single skin type), it provides a natural, seamless finish, while mattifying and refining the look of pores. And bonus, it comes in 40 different shades, so you’re sure to find your match.
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation
Here’s your regular reminder that all skin types need to sport sun protection—and that includes combination skin types. One way to work an extra dose of SPF into your regimen is to wear a foundation with sunscreen built in, like the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Liquid 24H Longwear SPF 15 Foundation. The FDA recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF value of at least 15, which is exactly what this foundation formula contains. Of course, you won’t just be using it just to stay safe from the sun—that’s a bonus. The foundation’s other benefits include the velvety matte finish it offers and its transfer-resistant quality.
NYX Professional Makeup Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation
When you think of foundation, your mind likely goes straight to liquids in tubes and bottles, but those aren’t your only option. If you’d prefer to sweep a powder over your skin, that’s perfectly viable. In fact, a powder foundation can be an especially good pick for someone with a combination skin type, as you can choose to apply the foundation with a heavier hand in oily spots, and take a lighter approach with drier ones. We’re fans of the NYX Professional Makeup Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation in particular, thanks to its oil-free, mineral-enriched formula and the fact that it’s available in a wide range of shades.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation
There’s a common fear that arises when wearing matte makeup: having dull, flat-looking skin. While this is something that can happen with matte makeup, it’s important to note it isn’t a foregone conclusion. Not every matte foundation will leave your skin looking like you’ve brushed on a coat of flat paint. Just take this foundation for example, the demi-matte finish ensures skin never looks dull or flat, while still controlling oil.
Editor’s tip: If you just can’t resist a dewy finish, we have a trick to share. Stick with applying the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation to your T-zone, but go ahead and apply the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation to the rest of your face in order to achieve the best of both worlds—skin that’s dewy and matte.
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