FINDING the right foundation for your skin is practically an art form.
Not only do you want to find the right shade to match your skin tone, you also want to make sure the foundation will improve your skin issues – not clog pores or cause breakouts if you happen to have oily skin.
The best non comedogenic foundations offer full coverage to camouflage blemishes and redness – without clogging up poresWe’ve pulled together a list of the best non comedogenic foundations everyone with oily, combination and acne-prone skin needs to know about.
These foundations from brands like Rihanna’s Fenty and Clinique not only offer full coverage and a base to apply your makeup, many have added blemish-fighting and sun protection benefits.
First things first: how do you choose the right foundation shade for you? Beauty brands are waking up to the need to create more inclusive shade ranges, with many designer and budget brands now offering 30 and even 40+ shades to match every skin tone.
The general rule with finding the right foundation shade is to choose one that disappears into the skin (test on the jawline rather than the hand).
Foundations also come in different finishes: they can be dewy or matte (typically, those with oily skin will prefer mattifying foundations that help to control their oil production), and they can have a thick, creamy finish or a lightweight one.
If you’re looking for a non comedogenic foundation, then you’ll be looking to buy foundations advertised as: non-greasy, oil-free and lightweight.
While most foundations still come in liquid form, powder foundations are a great alternative for those with oily skin – just apply with a beauty blender sponge or a brush.
Stick foundation can be another skin saviour for those with oily, acne-prone skin: you can apply it with a few easy swipes, and it’ll cover any imperfections without caking on the skin.
Plus, the easy portability of a stick foundation makes it an essential in your handbag or suitcase.
1. Best oil-free non-comedogenic foundation
- Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, £27 at Harvey Nichols – buy here
Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty made history when it launched with its inclusive 40 shades to suit women at any range of the shade spectrum (it now includes 50 shades).
But that’s not the only thing that makes Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation great: the oil-free formula and matte finish works well on oily skin and won’t clog pores.
2. Best non-comedogenic foundation for acne-prone skin
- Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10, £33.50 at Feelunique – buy here
This best-selling UK number 1 foundation comes in an inclusive 61 shades and has all-day staying power – it lasts through heat, humidity and sweat.
It’s non comedogenic and non acnegenic and oil and fragrance-free, and fans wax enthusiastic about it, declaring ‘this foundation is a miracle’.
3. Best non-comedogenic foundation stick
- Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick, £32 at Bobbi Brown – buy here
Choose from 40+ shades of this cult favourite beauty buy, Bobbi Brown’s well-reviewed foundation stick that suits oily skin types to perfection.
One reviewer notes: ‘This is the most beautifully finished and seamless foundation I have ever used.’
‘Once settled in the skin, it was extremely lightweight, as if nothing was on my skin.’
4. Best drugstore non-comedogenic foundation
- Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation, £4.50 at Amazon – buy here
5. Best full coverage non-comedogenic foundation
- Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, £42 at Giorgio Armani – buy here
This beautifully textured, award-winning, non comedogenic foundation feels practically weightless, making it ideal for oily skin.
But it also provides sufficient coverage for spots and redness, a good mix if you suffer occasional breakouts.
6. Best non-comedogenic powder foundation
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- Tarte Amazonian clay airbrush foundation, £27 at Tarte – buy here
A powder foundation is a popular option for those with oily skin, and Tarte’s formula with Amazonian clay helps to control oil while covering redness and blemishes.
Vegan and waterproof, it contains the gemstone tourmaline for radiance, antibacterial pearl powder and camellia leaf powder, a natural antioxidant.
7. Fan favourite non-comedogenic foundation
- Huda Beauty #Fauxfilter Foundation, £32 at Feel Unique – buy here
Huda Beauty’s foundation inspires cultish obsession, and is beloved by beauty bloggers and social media stars the world over.
The reason? It comes in 30 shades and offers HD-coverage, concealing spots and dark circles and blending to a matte powder finish that makes skin look radiant (thanks to hero ingredient argan oil).
While customers love it, some note that it does oxidise so might look darker after a couple of hours on the skin.
Huda herself recommends setting it with a thin layer of powder if you have oily skin.
8. Best non-comedogenic foundation for oily skin
- Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup, £28.50 at Clinique – buy here
This non-comedogenic foundation from Clinique is designed for oily, acne-prone skin and contains salicylic acid to help control any breakouts on the horizon.
One five-star reviewer notes:
‘I was slightly sceptical about buying this foundation as it is quite pricey and I was unsure whether the coverage would be very good.’
‘Since I’ve had it I’ve completely loved it.’
9. Best non-comedogenic foundation with SPF
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- Max Factor Miracle Touch Foundation, SPF 30 and Hyaluronic Acid, £6.95 Amazon – buy here
This solid-to-liquid formula is a foundation, concealer and powder in one – a big plus for those with oily skin who don’t want to be caking on tons of product, increasing the risk of clogged pores and breakouts.
The lightweight, oil-free formula contains moisturising hyaluronic acid and has an SPF of 30. Customers agree that the product is value for money.
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