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5 of the best shine-defying foundations for oily skin

The struggle for oily skin is very real: No one wants to turn into a greaseball by noon, but some mattifying foundations can often emphasise dry spots.

There’s no escape to oily skin, whether you want to blame it on the humid weather or on genetics. (Chances are, xx can help) Yet oily skin doesn’t necessarily have to be your enemy. After all, your skin needs oil to survive, too.

It’s important to choose your products wisely because every skin is different, and requires a different level of hydration or moisture. This is why some of us have to think long and hard about beating that midday shiny T-zone, whilst others get through swimmingly. Fret not: here, we’ve figured out some ways to incorporate shine-defying beauty products into your daily skincare routine so you can stride with confidence. Here are our picks from of long-lasting foundations that are best suited to oily skin.

(Hero and Feature image credit: Hourglass Cosmetics/Facebook)

This article was first published on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok

Sometimes your skin is simply dehydrated and needs to be moisturised to feel that glow again. Clinique’s moisturising foundation creates that natural radiance with subtle luminising pigments that work best when you need a long-wearing oil-free foundation. Thanks to the vitamin C, it helps your skin flourish with a subtle healthy glow without getting an oil-slicked look. Meanwhile, the SPF 15 helps in preventing any dark spots under your eye or cheek area. It’s an ideal foundation for those who want an everyday look that’s not super matte.

HK$280 from Sephora

For day-to-day wear, Dior’s Backstage Face and Body Foundation ensures that your grease-prone T-zone is in check. It’s not so matte and it comes with ultra-buildable coverage from a natural nude glow to a high-coverage complexion. Not to mention, it comes in a wide range of shades that makes it suitable for many skin tones. Deemed to be Dior makeup artists’ secret weapon, this waterproof and sweat-resistant foundation will keep your makeup intact even during a workout session or under the raging humidity in Hong Kong.

HK$360 from Dior

Just like its namesake, this foundation grants an airbrush filter over your face so you can hide all the unwelcome pimples or blemishes appearing on your skin. We also love that this full-coverage cream foundation is available in 30 different shades so that every skin tone can get that perfect finish. If you’re a fan of beauty influencer Huda Kattan, then you probably already have this on your wishlist.

HK$360 from Sephora

Need that fresh natural finish? This Shiseido foundation has a long-lasting and lightweight formula that is infused with ‘ActiveForce technology’ and blends in well with your skin to resist any sweat or oil. Also, its ‘four-fold’ tech protects against air pollution, so it’s also transfer-resistant and humidity-resistant, and, most importantly, smudge-proof. We love that it’s healthy for intense oily skin and doesn’t make your makeup look cakey.

HK$360 from Sephora

The showstopper of our list is definitely is Hourglass’s Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation, which is already a well-recognised foundation for oily skin. The liquid-to-powder formula is quite innovative, and it works well to decrease oil production, even out spots, and even improve acne scars. Surprisingly, it doesn’t feel heavy, and the liquid dries down easily to give a smooth, powder-like finish. What’s the hero ingredient? The formula is curated with Cashmere Kaolinite Clay, which absorbs 75 percent of its weight in oil without drying the skin too much. Forget about your constant touch-ups and the need for powder, because this all-day finish ensures that you don’t need anything else after applying one pump.

HK$500 from Net-a-Porter

5 of the best shine-defying foundations for oily skin

Alisha is a passionate dancer and is always creating her own choreographies. She is a fan of rom-com novels, a coffee-drinker who loves tea, and is always on-the-go for her midnight chocolate cravings. She hopes to tick-off her never-ending bucket list one day by hosting her own travel show.

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