The Best Long-Lasting Foundation for Oily Skin

Choose makeup carefully when you need it to last all day.

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Oily skin may mean that your foundation has a tendency to slip and slide, leaving you with smeared makeup or none at all. The best foundations for oily skin can last all day, leaving your skin smooth and polished, without too much shine. Whether you like light coverage to even out your complexion or heavier coverage for an evening look, there's a long-lasting foundation that will stay in place on your oily skin.

Light Coverage

Light coverage makeup is easier to apply and looks more natural than a heavy coverage formula. Choose a light coverage for weekend wear or use it all the time if your skin is clear. "Real Simple" magazine recommends Clinique Superbalanced Makeup for oily complexions. This foundation absorbs oil, keeping your face looking fresh instead of shiny all day long. "Marie Claire" magazine likes the Nars Sheer Matte foundation for natural looking coverage from morning 'til night.

Matte Makeup

If you prefer a flawless finish, there are several options that can keep your oily skin looking picture-perfect all day. "Elle" magazine recommends Revlon Photo-Ready foundation as an affordable long-lasting drugstore option that provides sheer coverage while fighting shine, or Make Up For Ever High Definition Foundation for a costlier splurge for your oil-prone T-zone. If you prefer a mineral powder formula to a cream, try the "Marie Claire" magazine-recommended L'Oreal Paris True Match Minerals Foundation.

Heavy Coverage

Mature skin, rosacea or acne may require a heavier foundation to keep your skin looking clear and even. These foundations do take more care to apply and conscientious blending to avoid a mask-like look. "Marie Claire" magazine suggests DiorSkin Icone or Dermalogica Treatment Foundation -- applied with your fingertips rather than a sponge for maximum long-lasting coverage.

Make it Last

While the right foundation will help you get all-day wear with oily skin, skin preparation and application may make the difference between looking great for dinner at eight or needing a trip to the ladies' room to refresh your face. Use a light, non-oily moisturizer and allow it time to soak into your skin before you apply makeup. Consider layering a primer under your long-lasting foundation to absorb oil and help create an even, matte complexion.

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