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Whichever foundation formula you choose, it serves as your base for a flawless, finished makeup application. A good foundation applied right should take you from day to night with the illusion of smooth, even skin. But not all foundations are created equal when it comes to working with your skin type. With an oily complexion, you don't want to look in the mirror at the end of the night and find that your forehead is the shiniest thing in the room.
Generally speaking, oil-free powder is the best foundation type for oily skin. It helps absorb oil to keep your complexion comfortably matte. Pressed powder is easy to apply and touch up in its convenient, on-the-go compact, while loose powder can be reapplied with a brush to freshen your look and absorb oil a couple of times during the day. If there are dry patches on your face, prep them with a moisturizer before applying your foundation; powder can cake on dry skin and magnify dryness or flakiness.
Liquid foundation is generally better for dry skin. However, if your skin is super oily, powder can become clumpy. If you experience this beauty headache, try an oil-free, matte-finish liquid foundation. A matte-finish liquid can actually help control shine without the dewy finish of other liquid foundations, such as moisturizing lines. It's also a safe bet for blemish-prone skin, a complexion concern that often goes hand-in-hand with excess oil. For long-lasting matte coverage, opt for a long-wearing, matte-finish liquid foundation.
Cream-to-powder and stick foundations are fine for slightly oily skin, but avoid thick or waxy formulas, which can clog your pores, exacerbating oily-skin issues like breakouts and blackheads. Avoid using tinted moisturizer or sheer foundations on an oily complexion. They tend to be too moist and creamy and will result in a dewy, shiny finish.
Remember that less is more when it comes to your foundation. It should be a thin layer that evens out your natural complexion, not an opaque mask. Reach the amount of coverage you need by building up thin layers. When in doubt, always opt for a foundation product with a matte finish. Finally, keep a few blotting papers in your bag to handle any shine emergencies.