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4 Benefits of Using an Oil-free Moisturizer

If you have oily or combination skin, an oil-free moisturizer should be a mandatory part of your skincare regimen.
How many times have you skipped applying a moisturizer after cleansing your skin? Don’t feel too bad if you have, because we’ve all done it at one point or another. The benefits of moisturizer can’t be argued — you need to keep your skin hydrated to maintain a youthful, happy glow — but moisturizers with oils can weigh down the skin and potentially even clog your pores.

If your skin is oily, you may not see the benefit of applying more hydration to your skin. And we can’t rule out old-fashioned laziness, keeping some of us from cleaning and moisturizing our face before bed each night.
A good oil-free moisturizer, especially a moisturizer that is rich in nutrients, has many excellent benefits — even if you have oily skin.

This article will go in-depth into the benefits of moisturizer, which ingredients are crucial, and why you should be using an oil-free moisturizer yourself, morning and night!

Oil-free moisturizer keeps your skin clear — and less oily!

Our skin is the largest organ of our body and an incredibly complex system, to which we do not grant enough credit. When our skin is oily and we skip the moisturizer, our skin tries to help us out by supplying it’s very own moisturizer from our sebaceous (oil) glands. Unfortunately, our skin often over produces oil, which only leads to yet more breakouts. Yes, you read that right: Hydrating your skin can help oily skin produce less oil.

By applying an oil-free moisturizer, you help balance your skin, preventing an increase in oil, yet still providing enough hydration to prevent your skin from drying out.

Aloe is one of our favorite ingredients for healing sore, inflamed skin while providing a deep dose of hydration at the same time. Using aloe and crucial, skin-loving vitamins C and E, our herbal-infused moisturizer is an incredible organic oil free moisturizer that nourishes the skin while controlling oil production.

Oil-free moisturizer won’t clog your pores

While certain oils can be incredibly hydrating and nourishing for the face (think squalane oil or cold-pressed rosehip oil), those with oily skin who are worried about breakouts should look for water-based moisturizers instead.
Water-based, oil-free moisturizers are non-comedogenic, which means they’re formulated to sink deep into your skin without clogging your pores and causing breakouts.

Vitamin C keeps you young

Hydration is key for a youthful complexion. A lack of hydration can result in saggy, aged skin due to a decline in collagen. Collagen is an essential structural protein responsible for keeping the skin plump and taut.

By providing the skin with rich hydration, along with antioxidant vitamins, you help promote the formation of collagen. This means you can ditch a commercial moisturizer full of harmful oils, and instead opt for an oil-free moisturizer packed with antioxidants to prevent the signs of aging.

Our organic moisturizer for oily skin is antioxidant and vitamin C rich, which promotes the formation of collagen and protects your skin against aging free radicals.

Oil-free moisturizer protects your skin

Eating clean, whole foods and using the right skincare products goes a long way towards maintaining a bright and healthy complexion.

However, many of us seem to forget that by simply stepping outside, we are exposing our skin to harmful free radicals in the form of damaging and aging UV rays from the sun, air pollution and even wind. All of which can dry out our skin.

This is why it’s so important to ensure your skin is protected before heading outdoors. An oil-free moisturizer, rich in vitamins and nutrients (vitamin C, vitamin E, aloe vera, and green tea are all amazing protectors for your skin) will help to form a protective barrier against these pollutants, and antioxidants will help to ward off free radicals.

Choosing an oil-free moisturizer doesn’t have to be hard, as long as you always check the label and know what ingredients to look for — and avoid.

Most drugstore moisturizers are, unfortunately, filled with chemicals and comedogenic oils that will clog up your pores and provide no real benefit to your skin.

Also, try to stay away from chemically-laden products and opt instead for natural, organic and cruelty-free products that you can feel good about using on your skin. The fewer chemicals and toxins, the more powerful the effect natural ingredients will have on our skin.

Here is what to look for when buying an oil-free moisturizer:

  • Soothing and anti-aging vitamins and antioxidants, such as vitamin C, green tea, aloe vera, spirulina, and lavender. Spirulina helps to detoxify and tone your skin while providing intense anti-aging properties, while lavender helps to soothe the skin and increase blood circulation, which in turn stimulates cell renewal.
  • Nothing with the word “oil” on the label. Make sure one of the first ingredients is “water.”
  • Make sure the product is labeled as “non-comedogenic” so it doesn’t clog your pores.

If you have oily skin and you’re prone to breakouts, our Herbal Infused Moisturizer can keep your skin hydrated and nourished without clogging your pores or increasing oil production. We call that a win.

If your skin is naturally quite oily and acne-prone, then chances are that you already use, or have been considering using, oil-free products.

Wondering how these actually work?

Here is everything you need to know…

Why Do Skin Care Products Contain Oils?

Before explaining how oil-free products work, it is important for you to understand why oils are such a popular skin care ingredient to begin with.

As you likely already know, oil and water do not mix. When you do try to mix them, the oil will settle above the water, forming its own layer.

Why does the oil float to the top instead of sinking to the bottom like the water?

Because the oil molecules are much lighter than water molecules, which are quite dense in comparison.

When you apply oil to your skin, the same thing pretty much happens…

The oils work as an occlusive, sitting on the surface of your skin (on the stratum corneum) and forming their own layer. This gives the skin an extra barrier between itself and the environment around it.

This not only gives your skin extra protection from the environment around it, but also helps with moisture retention in a big way.

How?

Thanks to that extra barrier it forms. This basically seals your skin, preventing the moisture from within your skin from evaporating into the air.

Why Are Oil-Free Products Necessary?

As you can see, oil really does have its place when it comes to skin care.

However, oils aren’t ingredients that are suited for every skin type…

The way in which it forms a barrier over the skin does mean that you end up with more oil seeping into your pores. This isn’t really a problem for those who have dry skin, but it can cause issues for those who have oily skin. Extra oil on the skin, as well as in the pores, can quickly lead to clogged pores, resulting in breakouts.

The Importance of Moisturizing Oily Skin

Since so many moisturizers do contain oils, many people with oily skin still give these a try.

However, after experiencing the clogged pores and breakouts that come from this, it doesn’t take long before these products are thrown out.

After all, oily skin is already so moist, so is an extra moisturizer even necessary?

The answer is yes, most definitely.

It’s already been established that oil is completely different from water, and it is water that your skin really needs in order to function properly.

Moisture in your skin is important for a number of reasons, such as:

  • Protection – your skin’s protective barrier will only work optimally if it contains enough water
  • Preventing dryness – if your skin does not have enough moisture, it can become tight and dry. This can happen with oily skin too
  • Skin cell regeneration – the skin cell regeneration process is key when it comes to a healthy complexion, but water is needed in order for this to be carried out properly
  • Bacterial growth – moisture is important for the skin to remain balanced, which then helps to prevent the growth of bacteria, saving your skin from infections
  • Skin elasticity – the flexibility and elasticity of your skin is heavily dependent on its water content

So, how should you be moisturizing oily skin?

This is where oil-free products come in…

How Do Oil-Free Products Keep the Skin Moisturized?

As mentioned earlier, most oils are occlusives, meaning that they form an extra layer over your skin’s surface.

However, there is so much more that makes up a moisturizer, meaning that occlusives aren’t necessarily needed.

Two other key elements of a moisturizer are:

  • Emollients – emollients work by softening and smoothing the skin, although many emollients also work as occlusives
  • Humectants – humectants are ingredients that attract moisture from the air and draw this into the skin, significantly increasing skin moisture levels

So, even though a moisturizer does not contain oil, it can still contain emollients and humectants, as well as some occlusives, all of which come together to create an effective product.

Specific Ingredients to Look Out For

Of course, not all oil-free products are created equally.

You need to make sure that you really are applying quality to your skin, meaning that the products you use should contain ingredients that have been proven to be effective.

Here are some humectants to look out for:

  • Hyaluronic Acid – this is one of the most powerful humectants out there, able to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. Keep an eye out for sodium hyaluronate, because this form of hyaluronic acid features a smaller molecular size, meaning that it can penetrate deeper into your skin
  • Snow Mushroom Extract – this botanical extract features even smaller molecules than sodium hyaluronate, giving your skin some deep and intense hydration
  • Glycerin – one of the most commonly-used humectants in skin care, and works well for all skin types

All three of those humectants also contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, giving your skin numerous other benefits too.

Wondering which Lionesse products contain high levels of hyaluronic acid? The Black Onyx Serum and Black Onyx Cream both contain substantial sodium hyaluronate to bind moisture to the surface of the skin and lock in all those water molecules, helping to keep the skin dewy and glowing.

When it comes to emollients…

Squalane is an ingredient worth keeping an eye out for.

Never heard of squalane before?

It comes from squalene, a natural emollient that penetrates deep into the skin. It not only hydrates, but it also increases the absorption rate of the other ingredients it is combined with.

Wondering why you should be using squalane instead of squalene?

While squalene is the original compound, it is quite heavy. Squalane is the hydrogenated version, making it much lighter, meaning that it won’t exacerbate oiliness or clog up the pores.

Are Serums Oil-Free?

Traditional serums are water-based, meaning that they used to mostly be oil-free products.

However, facial oils are becoming increasingly popular, leading to so many more hybridized products out there. This means that many serums now also contain oil.

One thing to keep in mind is that these oil-based serums are designed to be used a little differently to traditional serums…

They are designed to be layered over the top of a moisturizer, rather than underneath, in the way that you would use a traditional water-based serum.

Are the traditional water-based serums better than oil-based serums?

Everyone will have their own opinion on this, but most experts would say yes, traditional water-based serums tend to be more beneficial.

Since they are applied underneath your moisturizer, they have direct contact with all of your skin. They are also lighter in consistency and feature smaller molecules, meaning that they can penetrate deeper into your skin than an oil-based serum. This makes them extremely effective at moisturizing and hydrating the skin, while also nourishing it with a variety of nutrients.

Wondering if you can use a water-based serum instead of a moisturizer?

It depends on your skin type, as well as the time of year…

If your skin is excessively oily, then yes, a serum on its own may be more suited to you. However, you do need to make sure that the serum contains plenty of humectants, as these are key for adding moisture into your skin.

In the summer months, you may also find that a serum is really all you need.

Why?

Because the warmer temperatures trigger your skin’s sebaceous glands into producing more sebum. This is why acne breakouts are more common in the summer. If this is something that you relate to, try using a serum instead of a moisturizer. Again, make sure it contains a range of humectants in a high enough concentration.

What About Oil-Free Cleansers?

There are two types of cleansers out there – oil-based and water-based.

While oil-based cleansers are highly effective at dissolving makeup, and are known for being very gentle on the skin, water-based cleansers are pretty great too!

How do water-based cleansers work?

They contain cleansing agents known as surfactants. These are similar to detergents, in the sense that they dissolve any water-soluble particles that are lying on the surface of your skin. Water-soluble particles usually consist of dirt and pollutants, but the way in which a water-based cleanser washes the surface layer of skin also helps to clear away excess oil.

Water-based cleansers are available in various strengths.

The stronger cleansers out there often contain a family of ingredients known as sulphates.

What do sulphates too?

They are extremely powerful when it comes to clearing away all of the unwanted particles on your skin. However, their potency can also mean that they can cause quite a bit of irritation to some skin types.

Another popular form of water-based cleansers is micellar water.

Wondering what micellar water actually is?

It consists of tiny micelles that are suspended in soft water. Micelles are little balls that are made up of cleansing oil molecules, and these are fantastic for pulling impurities out of the skin.

You are probably thinking…

If the micelles contain an oil, how can micellar water be considered an oil-free product?

Because the micelles don’t actually penetrate into your skin at all. Instead, they attract all of the impurities and enable them to be washed away, without leaving any sort of greasy residue behind on the skin. When you touch an oil-based cleanser, you will notice its oily texture, whereas micellar water feels so similar to water.

Oils That Are Suitable for Oily Skin

Did you know that there are some oils that can actually be beneficial for oily skin?

Research has shown that those with oily, acne-prone skin tend to have a lack of linoleic acid in the sebum that their skin produces. Therefore, applying linoleic acid to the skin helps to re-balance the skin’s natural sebum production, as well as the consistency of the skin’s sebum.

Oils that are high in linoleic acid also provide the skin with several other benefits too. Some of the best oils to look into include:

  • Evening Primrose Oil – helps to hydrate the skin while preventing acne breakouts
  • Red Raspberry Seed Oil – contains more linoleic acid than any other fruit oil, making it a great anti-inflammatory ingredient too, along with some powerful antioxidants
  • Rosehip Oil – penetrates deep into the skin, adding moisture and boosting collagen production, making it a great anti-aging botanical

In addition to those oils that contain a high concentration of linoleic acid, there are other non-comedogenic oils that you could use too.

Non-comedogenic means that these oils will not clog up your pores, meaning that even those with excessively oily skin could benefit from the properties of these oils:

  • Jojoba oil – the molecular structure of jojoba oil is so similar to the skin’s natural sebum. When you apply jojoba oil to your skin, it tricks your skin into thinking that it has already produced enough sebum, meaning that you can slow down how much sebum it actually produces in the end
  • Geranium oil – this is another oil that helps to regulate how much sebum the skin produces. It also boosts blood circulation, which not only gives the skin a healthy glow but also promotes skin healing, including the fading of acne scars
  • Ylang ylang oil – a moisture-balancing oil that also regulates sebum production, tackles acne and even promotes collagen production. This makes it a popular oil for those looking to reduce the visible signs of skin aging
  • Myrrh oil – a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient that is so effective when it comes to speeding up skin healing. It is also a great anti-aging ingredient, thanks to the way in which it increases skin firmness and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Roman chamomile oil – a great oil for soothing and calming the skin, while also promoting skin cell rejuvenation

While some may think that oil-free skin care products are not effective, this isn’t the case at all. In fact, oil-free products can be just as beneficial as those containing oil – it all depends on your skin type and your skin’s individual needs!

How to Choose the Best Foundation Makeup for Your Skin

Searching for the best foundation makeup to suit your skin color, skin type, coverage needs, and other personal preferences can feel like an endless quest. Let us help you discover the benefits of the different types of foundations so you can find your perfect match.

Foundation: One Size Does Not Fit All

Just because a foundation looks great on your friend or looks like a good match in the bottle, doesn’t mean it’s going to be the right fit for you. It’s extremely important to choose a foundation that balances the needs of your particular skin type and skin concerns, and matches your skin color perfectly.

To help you narrow down the choices, we created a guide to the most popular types of foundations so you can find your perfect match.

Matte-Finish Liquid Foundations

Benefits:

  • Lightweight texture and finish (doesn’t feel heavy on skin).
  • Typically easy to blend; buildable coverage.
  • Excellent for holding back excess oily shine.
  • Generally a safe choice for covering blemish-prone skin.
  • Beneficial for those who live in humid climates and cannot get their foundation to last.

Downsides:

  • Foundations with a matte finish can exaggerate flaky skin or wrinkles if the finish is too dry. You can remedy this by applying a light layer of moisturizer or a serum underneath, although that can reduce the matte aspect of the finish.
  • Attempting to blend mistakes after it sets can cause rolling or streaking, which is hard to correct.

Moisturizing Liquid Foundations

Benefits:

  • Typically provide light to medium coverage that allows for a natural look.
  • The best for hydrating skin without being greasy.
  • Satin or satin-matte finishes, perfect for normal to dry skin.
  • Many have a slight sheen for a youthful-looking glow.

Downsides:

  • Not the best option for oily skin because the moisturizing finish makes oily areas look even more oily.

Anti-Aging & Serum Foundations

Benefits:

  • Best multitasking foundations, providing coverage and anti-aging ingredients that are beneficial for all skin types.
  • Complement an anti-aging skincare routine to net you even better results.

Downsides:

  • Some “anti-aging” serum foundations exaggerate their superstar ingredients’ benefits or include only minute amounts, so you’re not getting what you pay for.

Pressed-Powder or Loose-Powder Foundations

Benefits:

  • Fast, easy way to get a smooth finish for normal to slightly oily or slightly dry skin.
  • Some powder foundations offer subtle luminescence for a soft glow.
  • Pressed-powder versions are easily portable, for on-the-go touchups.
  • Lightweight feel.
  • Excellent for use over a daytime moisturizer with SPF to reduce the shiny finish of some sunscreens.

Downsides:

  • If you have very oily skin, powder foundations can look clumpy or slip into pores.
  • If you have dry or flaky skin, the powder will absorb moisture, making your skin drier.
  • Powder’s pigmentation can change when it mixes with skin’s excess oil and oxidizes.
  • Building coverage can look cakey or powdery.

Cream-to-Powder Compact Foundations

Benefits:

  • Easy to blend with a sponge or brush, and sets to a semi-matte or powdery finish.
  • Ideal for normal to slightly dry or slightly oily skin if you don’t want a true matte or dewy finish.
  • Wide range of coverage, from sheer to full.
  • Work well for on-the-go touchups.

Downsides:

  • Tend to look more heavy than other types of foundation.
  • Not for very oily skin because the cream portion exaggerates shine and the powder finish isn’t strong enough to keep excess oil in check.
  • Not for very dry skin because the finish exaggerates dry areas.

Stick Foundations

Benefits:

  • Typically offer medium to full coverage to conceal imperfections.
  • Works well for on-the-go touchups.

Downsides:

  • Some stick foundations have a thick, waxy texture that looks heavy and can lead to clogged pores and/or worsen breakouts.
  • Not always easy to blend over large areas.
  • If the finish is too creamy, it can crease into lines around the eye.

Tinted Moisturizers and BB Creams

Benefits:

  • The sheer nature of tinted moisturizers (and many BB creams) makes it easier to match skin color because they tend to blend on almost invisibly.
  • Often combines soft coverage, hydration, and sun protection in one product, for triple the benefit.
  • Bonus if the formula contains skin-replenishing ingredients.

Downsides:

  • Coverage can be too sheer for obvious imperfections.

Choosing the Right Shade of Foundation

Now that you know what type of foundation makeup best suits your skin’s needs, the next step is finding your ideal shade. Use our guide to determine your skin and hone in on your perfect match.

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5 Water-Based Foundations for Flawless-Looking Skin

Some foundations can cake, crumble and be difficult to blend with the rest of your face. But when you find the right foundation, it can be one of the most valuable products in your beauty arsenal helping to even out the skin’s tone and hide the look of imperfections. There are many different types of foundations, including powder, oil and water-based formulas. If you’re looking for the latter, you’re in luck. Below, we’re sharing five water-based foundations that are lightweight and buildable.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Beloved by celebrities and editors alike, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is everything a foundation should be. This silky, lightweight formula stays true to its name by softly clinging to skin for buildable, medium coverage and that coveted “lit-from-within” glow.

Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation

Foundation is all about coverage. This is Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation’s forté. With the use of micro-powders, this foundation can lessen the appearance of pores and shine for an overall matte look. Pick any one of its 40 shades to have your skin looking even.

L’Oréal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup

If you’re looking for an oil-free, non-comedogenic foundation with SPF, the L’Oréal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup is the way to go. Formulated with SPF 17, this lightweight foundation provides medium coverage with a natural-looking finish. It’s the perfect synergy between skin care and makeup, and it’s available in 445 shades.

NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation

There’s nothing wrong with being picky when it comes to your foundation. An application gone wrong can throw off an entire look, as can using a shade that’s too light or too dark for your skin tone. The NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation allows you to apply foundation with ease. Boasting a delicate glass dropper, this foundation glides across skin for a velvety matte look. It’s available in 30 shades, so you can mix and match a few to find your ideal color with each passing season.

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation

This oil-free, long-wearing matte foundation is exactly what you need to create a flawless, expert-approved makeup application. It’s a medium-to-full-coverage foundation that took eight years of research in order to create the perfect formula that matches a huge variety of skin tones. Now available in 45 different shades, this is a dependable foundation that will last you all day long without any caking or creasing.

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The Best Oil-Free Makeup for Your Skin Concerns

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You’ve probably seen “oil-free” labels on various moisturizers, foundations and powders when you hit the cosmetics aisle-but what does it mean, and should you care?

The answer is yes, take note of the stamp, primarily if you have sensitive skin or adult acne. “We have to think about skin in terms three types,” says Gary Goldenberg, M.D., a dermatologist at The Mount Sinai Hospital. “Some people have oily skin, some have dry skin, and some have combination or normal skin. For those with dry skin, oil can help-but for virtually everyone else, I recommend oil-free products, because anyone can get clogged pores.” Oil can also lead to exacerbating blemishes and breakouts. (Suffering of breakouts? Consider one of our Alternative Adult Acne Treatments.) In fact, unless you’re suffering from a skin condition like psoriasis or eczema, which oil-based products and lotions can help sooth, “more oil is going to make problems worse,” he says.

This is especially important to remember in a day and age where beauty oils are so popular. “A lot of people are using oils, because they think they need them to keep skin hydrated,” he says. “But that’s why it’s important to use a moisturizer.” A good moisturizer.

Do you need to go oil-free though? Not necessarily. Goldenberg says that if you’ve never thought about what beauty products might be causing breakouts-because you’re basically blemish-free-it’s not a problem. But if you are dealing with spots and dots, start checking the labels-and switch to oil-free incarnations if you notice that wearing your makeup from day to night, or from the gym to drinks, is leading to breakouts. You’ll likely save your skin some serious hassle. Check out some of our favorite oil-free products below.

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Moisturizer

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Primer

Smashbox’s cult-classic Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light ($36; sephora.com) comes in an oil-free version with all the staying power of the original-without the clogged pores. (Start your beauty routine the right way: 11 Primers with a Purpose.)

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Foundation

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Concealer

To conceal that spot or hide those dark circles, Make Up For Ever’s HD Invisible Cover Concealer ($28; sephora.com) is the perfect fix.

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Powder

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Blush

Your cheeks can be a sneaky problem area for clogged pores and pimples. Lancome’s Blush Subtil ($31; sephora.com) is an oil-free formula that should help manage the issue. (Check out more 11 Blush Products for a Pretty, Natural Flush.)

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Bronzer

For an all-over glow instead of an oily sheen, try Shiseido Bronzer ($35; shiseido.com)-which should help ward off breakouts, and won’t make your face glisten in the wrong way.

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    Coverage: Very full
    Finish: Flawless, perfecting and blemish blurring
    Shade range: 30 shades through fair, tan and deep
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  • Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, £29, Cult Beauty

    Coverage: Medium to high
    Finish: Matte with a hint of glow
    Shade range: 35 shades
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  • Morphe Fluidity Full Coverage Foundation, £16, Morphe

    Coverage: Full but weightless
    Finish: Velvety smooth and lightly matte
    Shade range: 60 shades (yep, 60!)
    Verdict: In a rave review of Morphe Fluidity, our Deputy Beauty Editor said, “I really can’t fault this foundation, it delivers on everything it claims. From the full coverage to the truly excellent shade range and long-wear (I wore it for 12 hours and it looked exactly the same at the end of the day as at the start).” A high compliment from someone who tries 50+ new products a week.

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  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, £34, Charlotte Tilbury

    Coverage: Medium to high
    Finish: Flawless and airbrushed
    Shade range: 20 shades
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  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, £42, Selfridges

    Coverage: Medium, buildable and lightweight
    Finish: Silky and seamless
    Shade range: 30 shades to cover a wide range of skin tones
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  • Tarte Foundcealer Multi-Tasking Foundation, £33, Tarte Cosmetics

    Coverage: Medium and buildable
    Finish: Natural and radiant
    Shade range: 30 shades from very fair to very deep
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  • Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, £27, Harvey Nichols

    Coverage: Full
    Finish: Airbrushed and velvety
    Shade range: 40 ultra considered shades
    Verdict: Rihanna blew everyone away when her makeup line launched – and while beauty aficionados were eagerly waiting for the highlighter’s release, they found themselves actually in love with the foundation. Beauty vloggers have been calling it “Rihanna’s skin in a bottle”. Amazing.

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  • Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15, £32, Look Fantastic

    Coverage: Full
    Finish: Natural matte
    Shade range: A whopping 43 shades
    Verdict: Very smooth and blendable, this foundation offers brilliant coverage with added glow. Plus, it controls excess oil while keeping your skin moisturised.

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  • Smashbox Studio Skin 24 Hour Foundation, £29.50, Smashbox

    Coverage: Full
    Finish: Matter
    Shade range: 40
    Verdict: Totally smudge-proof, budge-proof and waterproof, this full coverage foundation will have you covered for as long as you like, without blocking pores or suffocating the skin. Top tip: work fast, this formula dries down in 60 seconds!

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  • Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm, £42, Space NK

    Coverage: Medium sheer
    Finish: Luminous
    Shade range: 20
    Verdict: Kevyn Aucoin’s complexion offerings are already a makeup must-have for beauty editors, and this skin-blurring balm is no exception. It melts into the skin to disguise any areas of concern, leaving a radiant finish.

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  • bareMinerals Original Foundation SPF15, £28, Look Fantastic

    Coverage: Medium and buildable
    Finish: Natural and airbrushed
    Shade range: 30 shades
    Verdict: As far as powder foundations go, this is one of the best buildable coverage formulas on the market. It makes skin looks airbrushed, blurring imperfections without caking and blending seamlessly with the skin. Lightweight and breathable, it’s great for those who don’t want to feel like they’re wearing makeup and is the ideal introduction for new foundation users.

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  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation, £43, Anastasia Beverly Hills

    Coverage: Medium
    Finish: Luminous
    Shade range: 50
    Verdict: Somehow, this foundation has managed to be both long-wearing and luminous, meaning it’s dependable and believable at the same time. Plus, the huge array of shades means it really is available to all.

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  • Estée Lauder Double Wear, £33.50, Look Fantastic

    Coverage: Very high
    Finish: Velvety and perfected
    Shade range: A mega 60+ beautifully considered shades
    Verdict: This is a must have for anyone that loves a high coverage foundation. With its stay-all-day formula and velvet finish, this foundation will leave you with a flawless complexion whilst still feelig lightweight and comfortable to wear.

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  • MAC Face & Body Foundation, £27, Look Fantastic

    Coverage: Buildable
    Finish: Natural
    Shade range: 13 shades
    Verdict: Relied on by makeup artists the world round, this water-based, water-resistant foundation provides natural coverage for face and/or body (as suggested by it’s does-what-it-says-on-the-tin name). It’s the perfect choice for festivals and events where you need a long-lasting finish.

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  • Chanel Les Beiges Foundation, £40, Debenhams

    Coverage: Light but buildable
    Finish: Natural and glowy
    Shade range: 11 shades but few options for deeper tones
    Verdict: The dreamy, light-weight formula melts into your face on application, giving a coverage that is complete but appears sheer. This, plus its super-smooth finish and glow-enhancing qualities, makes it worth the price-tag.

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  • Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Foundation, £35, Look Fantastic

    Coverage: Medium to high
    Finish: Perfected and flawless
    Shade range: 40 shades
    Verdict: If you love a flawless base, this is the foundation for you. This gives you the perfect complexion 24/7. The liquid foundation is waterproof and transfer-resistant,and also comes with a soft-focus finish. It’s incredible, you’ve got to try it.

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  • Avon True Colour Flawless Liquid Foundation, £10, Avon

    Coverage: Medium to buildable
    Finish: Natural and dewy
    Shade range: 18 shades
    Verdict: Many who have struggled to find the perfect colour match in foundation before, have found solace in this Avon best-seller. It not only caters to different skin tones, but undertones as well, which is pretty impressive for a £12 steal. It’s often in the sale for £6 so keep an eye out and buy in bulk.

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  • Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation, £32, Feel Unique

    Coverage: Medium to high
    Finish: Natural and airbrushed
    Shade range: 40 shades
    Verdict: If you’re always out and about and need a long-wearing foundation that stays put comfortably, this is the one. This little bottle of Lancome gold will get you from day to night.

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  • La Mer The Soft Fluid Longwear Foundation, £90, Space NK

    Coverage: Light and buildable
    Finish: Natural and glowy
    Shade range: 28 shades
    Verdict: A weightless, creamy formula, La Mer’s Skincolour is a cult-favourite among red carpet royalty and pro-makeup artists – Kim K and Patrick Ta are all huge fans. It’s well worth the price tag, leaving the skin ultra glowy and (most importantly) protected with SPF20.

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  • Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick, £66, Selfridges

    Coverage: Buildable
    Finish: Flawless and semi-matte
    Shade range: 28 shades
    Verdict: If you like the look and feel of a liquid formula with the convenience of a stick application, Tom Ford’s Traceless Foundation Stick is the perfect choice. Used as a concealer it completely banishes imperfections, or it can be used all over for a flawless finish.

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  • NARS Sheer Glow, £33.50, Nars Cosmetics

    Coverage: Medium
    Finish: Dewy, silky and radiant
    Shade range: 40 shades
    Verdict: If you want a foundation that will create a dewy finish with incredible luminosity, Sheer Glow is the one. The silky foundation enhances natural beauty rather than covering it which makes it the perfect all-day-every-day skin product.

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  • Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Make-Up, £26, Look Fantastic

    Coverage: Sheer to medium
    Finish: Matte
    Shade range: 16 shades
    Verdict: Clinique’s oil-free offering contains laminaria saccharina extract, which helps regulate sebum production, and willow bark extract, which absorbs oil from the skin’s surface. It feels light and keeps skin shine-free.

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  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation, £34, Charlotte Tilbury

    Coverage: Full
    Finish: Natural matte
    Shade range: 44
    Verdict: If you’re looking for stay-all-day, full coverage that won’t exacerbate skin conditions like acne and improves hydration and protects from pollution, then look no further.

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7 skin care products you need to own if you have oily skin

1. Cleanser Formulated With Charcoal

Cleansing with the right product is the foundation of a great skin care routine for oily skin. With it you can remove excess oiliness from your skin which gives you a great base for other products such as moisturizer or make up. Look for a product such as Garnier SkinActive’s Clean+ Blackhead Gel Cleanser formulated with charcoal extracts and draws impurities out form your skin like a magnet. It dissolves dirt, excess oil and makeup, leaving you with fresh, clean skin.

2. Oil-Free Wipes

Oily skin can appear at any time, especially when you are busy and on the go. Carrying around oil-free face wipes can be super helpful in a pinch. Garnier SkinActive’s Clean+ Purifying Oil-free Cleansing Towelletes can help achieve a quick clean for oily skin particularly when you are traveling, working out or prone to getting oily skin and need a touch up, for example when you are leaving work for an event. These soft, breathable towelettes instantly remove pore-clogging dirt, oil and makeup. Like with the cleanser, the towelletes’ formula contains charcoal and draws out impurities like a magnet leaving you with clean, shine-free skin.

3. SPF Cream

Like all skin types, oily skin requires protection from the sun. You should be wearing SPF on a daily basis to prevent sun damage, potential dark spots and to slow down your skin’s aging process. Up to 90 percent of our skin’s aging process can be attributed to sun exposure so protecting your skin if essential. For oily skin look for an oil-free SPF 15 or higher that is non-comedogenic. You don’t want to clog your pores or add additional oil to your skin but you want to protect your face, chest and neck from sun exposure.

4. A Hydrating Oil-Free Moisturizer

At night you don’t need to use SPF since you won’t be exposed to the sun but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to moisturize. Hydrating oily skin is crucial as it requires moisture to function, just make sure you aren’t adding extra oil. Look for a non-comedogenic gel or oil-free cream formula that will hydrate your skin but not make it more oily. Some moisturizers are also oil-regulating which can help you wake up with a matte complexion.

5. An Effective Scrub

The right scrub can really help manage your oily skin. Removing dead skin cells from skin’s surface and excess oil and sebum will give you fresh looking skin free from shine. Garnier SkinActive’s Clean+ Blackhead Eliminating Scrub is a gel exfoliator deeply cleanses, tightens pores and smooths skin. The formula is infused with charcoal and draws out blackhead-causing dirt, oil and impurities like a magnet. Use this at least once a week to make sure your surface skin cell layer is refreshed and free of excess oils. This product will also help diminish the appearance of pores.

6. BB Cream

Foundation can be heavy for summer so we recommend you use an oil-free BB cream for a little extra coverage. Garnier SkinActive’s 5-in1 Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Oil-Free helps you get the perfect blemish-free and shine-free complexion. It has light and oil-free formula that minimizes pores, evens skin tone, hydrates and helps prevent sunburn as it contains SPF 15.

7. A Clay-Based Mask

Clay-based masks can help absorb excess oil which is perfect for oily skin. A great product to use is Garnier SkinActive’s Clean+ Pore-Purifying 2-in-1 Clay Cleanser and Mask. It has a creamy, clay-based formula that multitasks as a cleanser or a mask to purify pores. Additionally it is formulated with charcoal extracts and can help absorb and remove impurities from your skin’s surface.

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