Finding the perfect foundation for my combination skin is probably one of the hardest things to do. Oil-free foundations tend to cling on to the drier spots on my cheeks and looks gross, while normal foundations make me end up looking like a disco ball.
I’ve tried many foundations over the years, but always go back to one of these four, depending on what finish I’m looking for on that particular day.
I added direct links for all of these foundations if you’re thinking of getting them.
|Left to Right: Lancome Teint Miracle, Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow, Revlon Colorstay Combination/Oily Foundation, Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation|
Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation
My shade: Bisque 1 (N)
Buy for $42.50 on Sephora.com
This claims to give “a lit-from-within” look and I have to agree! It gives a radiant glow to the face and makes you look really healthy. It glides over the drier part of my skin smoothly without clinging on to the dry skin, and it gives a radiant glow to my more oilier parts (instead of making it look shiny. Am I making any sense? Hahaha).
This foundation is very lightweight, but it doesn’t stay on for the entire day if I don’t use a primer or a setting spray. It lasts about 3-4 hours without primer/setting spray.
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW
My shade: Honey
Buy for $36 on Sephora.com
This is one of those more full coverage foundations for those bleh skin days. This has a more natural finish that looks just like skin. My current shade Honey is a little bit too pale for me though (but nothing a little bronzer can’t fix). I would only use 1 layer of this foundation because it will start to cake up after 2 layers. This feels a little heavier than the Lancome one, but is also relatively lightweight compared to other foundations I’ve tried.
This definitely lasts longer than the Lancome foundation.
Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Combination/Oily
My shade: 340 Early Tan
Buy for $12.99 on Ulta.com
This is probably my favourite out of all of these, but I don’t wear it all that much because it has really high coverage. It glides on my skin well, and it makes my entire face matte and it stays matte the entire day. I don’t powder over this or anything, and it stays on until I take my makeup off (around 9-12 hours).
It has a low SPF8, which makes it great for night outs/events where there are a lot of flash photography involved. Since it has low SPF, it wouldn’t give you that white cast. But I definitely recommend using a sunscreen underneath this foundation when going out to protect your skin from the sun.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation
My shade: Light Beige
Buy for $36 on Sephora.com
This is my everyday go-to foundation. I love that this foundation is very versatile. If you want a high coverage, you can use a denser brush (Tarte sells a brush made specifically for this). I like a natural coverage so I just use my ELF Complexion Brush and it works great. It’s very lightweight, it’s not cakey at all, and it makes my face look ‘flawless’.
I find that I have to set this with a setting spray though, for it to last the entire day or it will sweat off if it’s summer time or if you live in a tropical country like I do.
Those are my favourite foundations for my combination/oily skin! What’s your favourite foundation for your skin type?
Thanks for reading, xoxo