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Beauty bandwagon: 5 best foundations for oily skin

It is an absolute pain to have to deal with oily skin in humid weather. Throw foundations that are uncooperative into the mix, and you’ve got a straight up recipe for disaster. Fading, blotchy, and melting makeup are some key concerns, but the aftermath of makeup separating from your skin and forming patchy continents across your face is the absolute pinnacle of a make up faux pas you never want to encounter. Trust us, we’ve been there. No thanks to you, unreliable foundation.

There are temporary measures to counteract the issue, such as blotting, but this only leads to more oil production in the long run. Investing in an arsenal of sturdy, long-wearing foundations is the best option you’ll have to looking flawless, no matter the climate outside. Always remember to prime your face, however, as that can provide another barrier against sebum production.

Here are our top 5 picks for foundations to mattify oily skin.

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NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint

This is marketed as a tinted moisturiser, but is really a velvet-smooth, medium-coverage foundation with a hint of dewiness in its finish. You get a generous amount of product, with little to no oxidisation, and a little foundation goes a long way.  The fact that it’s moisturising may be a turn off for people with oilier skin, but it doesn’t ever come close to being greasy. It wears for around six hours, and the SPF30 just makes it all the more sweeter.

S$70. Available at Sephora and NARS Ngee Ann City

Son & Park Skin Tint Foundation

This stick comes with an outer ring of flesh-toned foundation, and an inner ring of green cream concealer to cover up redness and even out your skin tone. Formulated with Son & Park’s Sebum Capture System, this promises to keep your oiliness at bay while maintaining a fresh complexion. It also comes with an extremely fine, dense brush on the other end, which can be used for touch-ups on the go (even if it’s not the most sanitary option). Just be wary that it smells a little like baby powder, so those who mind scented products should steer clear.

S$42.75. Available on Hermo.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation

We’re not sure why anyone would need makeup that lasts a full 24 hours, but the fact that this claims to do so is a testament to the Double Wear’s staying power. It’s oil-free, and non-acnegenic, making it suitable for use if you’ve got acne. The Double Wear is definitely heavy duty, with medium to full coverage and a matte finish. Here’s the best part: It’s formulated to withstand heat and humidity, making it a godsend for Singapore’s weather.

S$62. Available at Sephora and TANGS.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15

With this foundation, when they say matte, they mean really matte. Especially when you set it with powder, you’ve got a full coverage visage that the sun can’t trifle with. It is gentle on the skin and doesn’t cake, which is a rarity with matte foundations. Use a little, and reap maximum results. Reviews have stated that it works great on people with cystic acne, but follow this at your own risk.

S$64. Available at Sephora.

Lancôme Blanc Expert Cushion

If you’re someone who enjoys BB cushions, and aren’t looking for a foundation to wear throughout the whole day, then this Lancôme compact is your answer. It’s lightweight, with an almost serum-like consistency that doesn’t transfer. Be sure to bring the compact along for touch-ups around the four-hour mark if you want to wear it for the long haul.

S$55 for refill, S$20 for compact. Available at Lancôme and Sephora.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.