Finding the right shade is hard enough—but landing on the Perfect-with-a-capital-P foundation for your skin is a bit of a feat. For oily skin types in particular, the hurdles seem greater: you want to avoid the dreaded T-zone shine (which tends to happen well before noon), find a base that doesn’t seem to oxidize and shift to an orange-toned hue, all while sidestepping any formula (powder, liquid, or otherwise) that settles into pores. What you need is balance: oil control, pore minimization, and wear time that actually lasts.
Harold Lancer M.D., a dermatologist to the stars and founder of an eponymous skincare line recommends avoiding foundations—especially liquid ones—with oils. “It’s best to go with a formula that is oil-free and non-comedogenic,” he advises. “Foundations that contain zinc oxide are great as zinc oxide can soothe inflammation and absorb excess facial oil.” Pressed powders, he suggests, may be a more optimal choice since they provide a matte finish and are especially effective at eliminating unwanted shine.
What makes the greatest difference, however, is the skin prep that occurs before foundation application. Dr. Lancer recommends exfoliating, cleansing, and moisturizing your skin before any makeup application. Especially for oily skin, a non-greasy primer may help your foundation’s longevity and keep unwanted shine at bay. In short: prep and prime first; then, get going on coverage.