We can’t deny it – finding the best foundation suited to our individual skin type isn’t always the easiest of tasks. Thankfully, that’s where Grazia come in. The beauty team have personally tried and tested an abundance of foundations suited to all skin types, tones, and textures- from cult classics beloved by celebrities to new-generation heroes that have set TikTok alight.
Whether you’re after the best full coverage foundation (for those who love to conceal their blemishes), the best radiance boosting foundation for mature skin, the best bases for drier complexions, (or perhaps just want all the insider insight into the the best drug store foundations out there) – we have you covered.
Today? We’re shining a spotlight on the best foundation for combination skin. Those with combination skin (Grazia's Junior Beauty Editor Rachael, included) will know only too well the fine line we have to straddle when choosing the best base. 'In general, those with combination skin tend to grapple with an oily t-zone, more pronounced pores, breakouts, and drier patches of skin,' explains make-up artist Enya Sullivan. 'Finding balance, then, should be key.'
How To Choose Foundation For Combination Skin
'I always tell clients with combination skin to choose a foundation that won't block pores, is formulated with skincare ingredients, and isn't too drying,' explains Enya. 'That said, it really is a matter of personal preference and it's important for me to reiterate that there is no rule book. You can use a dewy foundation and team it with a mattifying powder just as you can team a mattifying foundation with a glow-giving powder.'
Don't be afraid to pop to your local make-up counter for some samples before you make a purchase.
The Best Foundations For Combination Skin To Buy: Our Shortlist
Best for radiance: Nars Cosmetics Natural Radiance Longwear Foundation
Best for flawless skin: Armani Silk Luminous Glow
Best BB Cream: Erborian Super BB
Best Budget Option: L'Oréal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation
Understandably choosing a good foundation for combination skin can be tricky. The dream? Something that will combat excess oil, hydrate drier areas and cover blemishes…all without feeling or looking cakey.
Shop: 7 Of The Best Foundations For Combination Skin 2023
Best For Radiance
It’s no secret that Nars are renowned for their excellent foundation offerings, and their Natural
- Contains raspberry, apple and watermelon extracts to improve skin texture over time
- One user described the coverage as 'insane' so if you prefer a light base then this mightn't be for you.
Best For Flawless Skin
A cult classic among make-up artists the Armani Luminous Silk foundation finds the sweet spot
- A make-up artist favourite
- Some reviewers have cited they aren't keen on the 'make-up smell.'
Best BB Cream
- A half skincare, half make-up formula
- Contains SPF
- Sells out often
Best Budget Foundation
Beloved by beauty editors and influencers alike, L'Oréal's True Match Foundation is something of a
- Infused with hyaluronic acid, glycerin, aloe vera extract, vitamin B2 and provitamin B5
- Contains SPF
- Great price
- Pump can be temperamental
Best Oil-Free Foundation
Made with 'self-refreshing' technology - yes, really - this foundation works hard. It resists
- SPF 30
- One reviewer said the consistency 'seemed a little watery.'
Best Matte Foundation
Do you have combination skin but still like a matte finish? This one's for you. The Yves Saint
- Contains hyaluronic acid
- SPF39 PA++
- Suited to sensitive skin
- Boasts long wear
- We noticed one reviewer said they did notice separation after 'a long day.'
Best Lightweight Foundation
Recommended by make-up artists around the world The IT Cosmetics CC+ Nude Glow Lightweight
- Contains SPF
- Infused with hyaluronic acid and green tea extract
- 'I wish there were more shade options,' wrote one reviewer
Best for sheer coverage<br>
Those with combination skin should consider a sheer base. Grazia's junior beauty editor Rachael
- Made with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E
- Not suited for those who like full coverage
Foundation For Combination Skin FAQ's
What's The Best Way To Prep Combination Skin For Make-Up?
'Firstly I'd look out for products that are non-comedogenic which means non-pore clogging ,' explains Enya. 'You can prep your complexion with two different products to suit your combination skin. Use a more mattifying primer around the t-zone and a more hydrating product around the cheeks or anywhere else where you might be dry.
Her top tip?
'Leave behind any rich moisturisers. Those should be saved for bedtime. Otherwise, your make-up will slide off the skin.'
What's The Best Way To Apply Foundation For Combination Skin?
'The best way to apply foundation for combination skin is dependant on what finish you're after. I don't believe there's a right or wrong way to apply foundation for an oily meets dry complexion. It's so much more important to ensure you're using the right foundation for your skin type. I would use a flat brush starting from the middle of the face and out towards the jaw line if I wanted a heavy finish. For a lighter finish I'd use a more rounded fluffy brush, and for a 'flawless filter' type look I'd always use a sponge.'