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The Long-Lasting And Mattifying Foundations For Oily And Combination Skin

Silky smooth skin that remains flawless throughout the day

Tired of dealing with having your foundation melt off even before the day comes to an end because of your oily or combination skin? Here, we suss out the best mattifying foundations that help conceal flaws and imperfections while absorbing excess sebum so your makeup stays put throughout the day.

#1: Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Compact Mat Alive, $94
Inspired by sportswear innovations, this foundation contains highly elastic stretch micro-beads, which adhere closely to skin surface and follows each and every movement. This means that makeup becomes less prone to caking as it remains seamless on skin through sweat, humidity and sebum. In addition, it also contains porous silica, which forms a long-lasting veil in a soft matte effect. Best part, unlike many matte foundations that might be thick and heavy, this has a texture so light that you almost don’t feel like you have anything on. It also comes with a double-sided sponge, which deposits makeup beautifully on one side and refines skin texture and removes excess product on the other for a flawless finish. #2: Medicube Zero Capsule Cushion, $42
Remember the times when you’re having a bad bout of breakouts and you’re caught between piling on makeup to hide the blemishes and not wearing any makeup to give your skin a break? Well, you don’t have to worry about either with this cushion. Promising full coverage that can hide redness and reduce the appearance of imperfects, this cushion foundation is hypoallergenic and treats skin at the same time. Thanks to its blend of xylitol, panthenol and eggplant extract, it delivers hydration to skin, regulates sebum production and refines skin texture to gradually improve the look of skin. At the same time, it is also packed with powerful sun protection to save you precious time getting ready in the mornings. #3: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte SPF 40, $62
If you loved the skin-perfecting properties of IT Cosmetics’ original CC+ Cream, but wished it helped control shine better, this is your dream come true. Featuring the same skin-regenerating benefits, thanks its formula of snail mucin extract, botanical extracts, niacinamide, glycerin and peptides, this version provides a matte finish to give your makeup flawless. It is also enriched with Canadian Colloidal Clay and Moroccan Lava Clay to absorb excess shine so your complexion stays velvety smooth throughout the day. #4: Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation, $58
Infused with tourmaline, a light-reflecting gemstone, this foundation also recharges skin for a healthy glow while ensuring smooth and full coverage. It also contains pearl powder and camellia leaf extract to provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidants properties respectively. All you have to do is dip your brush applicator into the unique mesh dispensing system, tap off excess product before swirling onto skin in circular motions to apply and blend out foundation. On areas where you need more coverage, simply layer on more product as it as an ultra-fine texture that doesn’t cake or sink into lines. #5: Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup Oil Free, $99
If you have oily, acne-prone skin, it can be a challenge when looking for foundations that also cater to fighting signs of ageing. On one hand, your skin type calls for a matte, sebum-regulating formula and yet, it also requires some level of nourishment to plump fine lines and keep dehydrated skin supple. This is where Hourglass’ Veil Fluid Makeup comes into the picture. Perfect for those looking to address signs of ageing, it contains the proprietary Matrix Regeneration Complex to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while its long-wearing and oil-free formula helps ensure a fresh and well-balanced complexion that lasts all day. #6: Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Compact, $72
Transform blemished skin into a velvety smooth complexion. This water-resistant foundation contains next-generation mattifying powders that blurs imperfections, counters redness and masks enlarged pores for a soft-focus effect. Plus, it comes with a dual-sided sponge applicator which you can use to control the level of coverage you desire: one side gives full, flawless coverage while the other helps blend the foundation for a seamless effect. #7: Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $70
With an oil-free formula, this tinted moisturiser offers sheer to medium coverage to even out your skin tone, and is perfect for everyday wear. Lightweight and non-greasy, it layers beautifully over your day moisturiser to reduce the appearance of blemishes, redness and pores while controlling sebum production for a shine-proof finish that lasts throughout the day. Plus, it even maintains skin’s moisture levels so your complexion looks fresh and plump. #8: Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation, $80
Less is more when it comes to this pigment-packed formula. And just like its name suggests, this foundation doesn’t contain pore-clogging oil-based ingredients, feels silky smooth on the skin and gives you a close-up ready complexion. Start with just a dot of product on your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin, as a little goes a long way. Watch as unevenness, light spots and dull skin tone get transformed into a unified mien that is radiant and velvety. Best part? It stays flawless for up to 12 hours at once so all you have to do is apply it in the morning and never think twice about it until you have to remove it at the end of the day. #9: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, $50, Sephora
This oil-free foundation is made with climate-adaptive technology that’s resistant to sweat and humidity and gives skin an instantly smooth, pore-diffused and shine-free finish. It is also very lightweight and has buildable coverage. #10: Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint, $70
With an oil-free formula that’s lightweight, this maintains skin’s natural moisture barrier and controls shine throughout the day. It also blurs out any imperfections and evens out skin tone for a matte finish. #11: Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation, $62
This waterproof, full-coverage formula diffuses light to blur out any visible pores for a flawless complexion, while also mattifying and absorbing excess oil to reduce the appearance of shine. #12: Make Up For Ever Mat-Velvet Mattifying Foundation, $72
This conceals blemishes and dark spots, evens out skin tone and mattifies with a non-oily, perfectly powdered finish. P/S: a little bit goes a long way for this product. #13: Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation, $92, Sephora
This comes with a liquid-to-powder formula, which absorbs oil, conceals imperfections and delivers a long-lasting velvet matte finish. #14: Becca Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation, $64, Sephora
This long-wearing, medium coverage foundation is formulated with unique microfine powders that absorb oil so your complexion remains fresh and shine free throughout the day. #15: Shu Uemura Face Architect Smooth Fit Fluid Foundation, $68
With a lightweight formula, this sits comfortably on skin and gives buildable coverage. #16: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup, $68
This lightweight, oil-free formula is said to last for up to 15 hours and gives natural coverage. #17: Burberry Cashmere Foundation, $85
This lightweight foundation provides medium to high coverage and leaves a flawless, soft-matte finish. Main image: Like this? Check out the BB and CC creams to ace the “no makeup makeup look”, the sweetest rose eyeshadow palettes to pretty up your peepers and the colour correcting beauty products you need.