Are oil free foundations suitable for your skin type? How do you find the best oil free foundations that are currently on the market? In this post, I will discuss this type of foundation in more detail. I will go over a common topics that most people want to know more about. I hope that by the end of the post, you will have learned more about this type of foundation.

Should You Use Oil Free Foundations For Full Coverage?

If you’re like me, then you have an oily complexion that produces a shine in the middle of the face known as the T-zone. It runs from the forehead down the nose and bottom of the chin. You apply makeup in the morning, and three hours later, the “greasies” appear.

Maybe you thought about not wearing foundation at all. After all, it is very difficult to get the makeup to “mattify” if you have oily skin.  However, I would not steer clear from foundations simply due to an oily complexion. The function of a foundation in your makeup routine is critical. Instead, people with oily complexions should consider oil free foundations (and at full coverage).

The trick here is “skin prepping” before putting on foundation. That means applying a decent primer on the face first. That small addition can work miracles, stretching out your foundation’s longevity, even through heat and humidity. Primer keeps makeup in place. I have written a complete guide on applying foundations and primers. Using oil free foundations for full coverage is definitely a great solution for oily complexions.

Another key point that sounds elementary comes from The Dermatology Review, advising women with oily skin to always buy a bottle of foundation that clearly wears the label, “oil free”. You would be surprised to see how many of my clients miss this.

Are Oil Free Foundations Only Used On Oily Skin?

Oil free foundations in general, are best for those with oily complexions, because they glide on to the skin with a fluid, silk-like texture when water-based. This makeup isn’t heavy but has enough build-able texture to it. I wear oil-free, can control the coverage, from sheer to medium and most importantly, oil free keeps sebum production at a minimum and allows my pores to appear tiny.

Many professional makeup artists also recommend oil-free foundation only for oily complexions. They also add in another step following the foundation base. Mayabeaute suggests a loose powder to seal in the makeup by lightly patting and pushing the powder into your skin.

Some of us are stuck with combination/oily skin, but luckily, cosmetics brands feature foundations designed for both of those complexion types. Many of these makeup bottles will print the label for “combination/oily skin.” These special formulas control oil, yet gently hydrate where needed.

If someone with dry skin uses an oil free foundation, their complexion would appear flaky, tight on the skin and even dull. Their faces would lack the luminosity that their complexions so badly require.

Are Oil Free Foundations Good For Acne Prone Skin?

Acne prone skin is delicate and a challenge to control, but wearing a foundation is good to keep the “greasies” at bay and leave a clean “layer” on top the of the face. Oil free foundations that contain noncomedogenic formulas and zero harsh chemicals are best for this complexion type.

I have friends who claim that oil free mineral foundation is excellent for their acne prone complexions. Many of these come in powder form, but there are others in liquid form. Best of all, these mineral makeups are pure and free of parabens, mineral oil, talc and fragrance, says Beauty reporter Pippa Bailey.

Some professional makeup artists even suggest trying an unusual product before applying an oil free foundation. If you suffer from oily skin and develop acne, they suggest that Milk of Magnesia could act as a protectant.

Famous YouTube makeup guru Wayne Goss uses Milk of Magnesia as a natural primer to sop up oil and clear the complexion on some of his clients, especially nervous brides on their wedding day. It works beautifully, Wayne Goss reveals, and he’s been using this trick for 10 years now. Check out this video on this topic: