The Best Liquid Foundation for Oily or Acne Prone Skin

Why Does Liquid Foundation Work For Oily Skin?

Liquid foundation is the most common type of foundation because they work for practically everyone. Liquid foundation gives a good, smooth, and even coverage with very little work. Any product with “Matte” on the label will work best on oily skin. Matte foundations contain oil absorbing properties to keep your face shine free for hours.   All listed below are oil free, non comedegenic, and checked for ingredients known to cause acne.

  1. Makeup Forever won the 2011 Best of Beauty by Allure!  Medium to full coverage liquid foundation for easy layering. It also has reflective lighting to give you the “soft” look, which means it also draws the eyes away from breakouts or red spots. Comes in 25 different shades so it’s easy to find the perfect color for everyone. One pump is enough for the whole face a little goes a long way.  Completely oil free and lasts up to 14hrs depending on the climate.  Just remember a good primer and setting powder makes any makeup stay on longer with less oils spots “shining” through. Check out an example of MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Liquid Foundation coverage.  I give this product a 4.5 out of 5 only because it’s a little on the pricier side.

Tip- This foundation is great at covering acne, rosacea, and overall redness.

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2.Laura Mercier Oil Free Liquid Foundation, oil free, and rated one of the best liquid foundation products for oily skin. Mistake proof, effective and cleans very easily. Reviewers say “perfect blend of texture, coverage, age defying, color correcting, non pore clogging miracle in a bottle. Nine out of ten would recommend this product to others. Medium to full coverage

Tip- the Laura Mercier company is reformulating this foundation and will be on the harder side to find till they release the new formula.

3.NARS Sheer Matte Liquid Foundation , not only is it oil free, it absorbs the oil and controls shine. Has a light to medium coverage and the added benefit of brightening your complexion over time.  Please note this foundation is harder to blend, you have to use your fingers period.   Foundation brushes or sponges will  not work very well applying this product.

Tip- this foundation is the longest lasting out the whole lot of them. You have to give your face a good cleaning at night to completely remove this product.
4.Revlon ColorStay Makeup Liquid Foundation, Combination/Oily Skin, again oil free, but also has colorstay technology which lasts for 16 hours! Medium to full coverage, and transfer resistant. You may need to warm this foundation up first on your hand, you can use a foundation brush or a damp sponge and it blends easily.

Tip-One of the only drugstore foundations I like.

5.E.L.F Flawless Finish Liquid Foundation, oil free and lightweight. Sheer to medium coverage with a semi-matte finish. It also works on your skin as you wear it throughout the day to restore uneven skin texture and tones.

Tip- is foundation runs about $5 with E.L.F (eyes, lips, and face) is in my opinion superior to other drugstore foundations that are much pricier. Just click on the picture if your interested in checking it out.

6.MAC Studio Fix fluid spf 15 foundation has the spf 15, medium to full coverage and a perfect all day matte face. Going through different makeup forums a lot of people have recommended this product for oily skin and the amazon reviews convinced me to place it on here. I’ve ordered mine and will be here soon! Update will shortly follow.

Mini update- I’ve used this one for a few days, I have to say it may give Nars Sheer Matte a run for its money in the long-lasting category.

7.MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation. A shine controlling, oil-free, water-resistant, complete coverage liquid foundation. Hides imperfections, even out skin tone, and mattifies with a perfectly powdered finish. Stays matte nicely for about 12 hrs, after that you might need a bit of a touch up. Complete full coverage.

Tip- Is one is great if you play any sports or workout, it really is water-resistant.

8.Clinique Clinique Superbalanced Makeup Liquid Foundation This foundation spans a variety of skin types – absorbing oil and providing moisture where needed. It’s perfect for combination skin and minimises fine lines, protects against environmental damage and contains antioxidants.

9.Rimmel London Stay Matte Clarifying Matte Liquid Foundation has a gentle dose of salicylic acid,  and botanical extracts which help purify skin and minimize the appearance of pores, leaving you with a visibly purified complexion. 12 hours of comfort with a good setting powder and primer you are good for about 16 hours.

10.Dermalogica Treatment Foundation oil-free , contains vitamins A & E  and helps protect skin from environmental aggression. Treats existing breakouts and prevents future ones.