Top 5 Foundations for Oily Skin [Infographic]

Makeup melting off due to oily skin? If you have oily skin and you live somewhere with a climate like Singapore’s, you’ll definitely understand the pain of having your makeup last no more than an hour after stepping out of the house. Therefore, we’ve done the research for you! Read on to find out our picks for the best foundations for oily skin!


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1. Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation


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After Kat Von D launched her makeup line, people were going crazy over it. Her foundation, of course, was (and is still) one of the most sought-after item of the line. The Lock-It foundation comes in 31 shades, which means that it’s widely available to anyone of any skin tone. It even distinguishes between those for warm and cool undertones.

Not only is her foundation priced affordably at $56, it has been reviewed to have a full coverage that stays for the whole day! Is that not every makeup junkie’s dream foundation yet? The only con about this foundation is that it tends to set a little too quickly, so you got to work those fingers fast to blend it out. But hey, with all the other pros, what’s a little blending right?


2. M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid SPF15


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Being one of the pioneers in makeup, M.A.C definitely has to be in the list. The M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid foundation comes with SPF15 (protect your face from the sun!). The coverage for this foundation is buildable, goes onto your skin easily and blends well. It is the foundation on our list which has the most number of shades available (42!) and it’s also the most affordable, priced at only $54.

The lasting power of this foundation may not be as good as compared to Kat Von D’s, but it is durable enough to last you through work or school. The difference in durability might be due to the fact that it isn’t waterproof. Some has also noted that the foundation feels heavy on the skin.

In our opinion, this is the super affordable go-to foundation if you’re looking for shades that other brands don’t offer, and at the same time gets you protection from the sun.

3. NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation


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Like the name suggests, this NARS foundation feels weightless on your skin. It also offers full coverage AND colour correcting properties! Yes, you read it right. The NARS All Day Luminous Weightless foundation offers colour correcting properties, which means it helps to even out uneven skin tone and leave you with a flawless finish. Again, like the name suggests, it has been reviewed to be super long lasting, with little to no touch-ups required.

It may come off as a little drying for some but generally it’s a great foundation. Priced at $72, it may be a little on the high side but considering we’re getting colour correcting AND perfect makeup base at the same time, it’s a good investment.

4. Stila All Day Foundation & Concealer


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Priced at $62, you may think it’s pretty pricey, but wait! The Stila All Day foundation & concealer is a combination of 2 products! The new packaging features a “tub” of product that comes with cream concealer on top, and also a spatula and a foundation brush. The spatula can be a good or bad thing depending on the individual, as some people find it easier to use the spatula to dig the product out while some others prefer the traditional pump.

This foundation has medium buildable coverage and finishes satin, making your skin feel “soft and smooth” as reviewed by users. This is probably one of the rare foundations that has anti-oxidant, anti-aging and hypoallergenic properties so girls with sensitive skin, look out for it the next time you head to Sephora!

5. Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation


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This may be the foundation that many are familiar with. The hype for this Urban Decay foundation has been around since it was launched, and you’ll find out why. The Urban Decay All Nighter liquid foundation is a super lightweight foundation that offers full coverage in many shades. Trust me, I’ve tried it myself and you really can’t feel that you’re wearing anything on your skin! It supposedly lasts for up to 16hours, which is pretty impressive durability. It is also waterproof and oil-absorbing – perfect for oily skin!

Priced at $62 (same as Stila’s), it is definitely a pricier foundation, but it’s definitely good if you have oily skin and don’t want to feel like the formula’s clogging up your pores. However, do note that one big con of this product is that it has been said to oxidise quite badly. To minimise or prevent oxidation, apply thin layers using a stippling brush and blend it out well.


There you have it, our top 5 picks of foundation for oily skin! To help you better see how they stack up against each other, we’ve compiled an infographic that compares them by the features to look out for.



Using foundations can help you to conceal blemishes/correct your uneven skintone to achieve that flawless, airbrushed look. Try out one of these foundations and let us know how they worked for you!

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