7 Love Letters To The Best Foundations For Combination Skin


Fenty Beauty

I have the most combination skin alive — the rice pudding of epidermises. It’s a little oily and it’s a bit dry, so it’s hard to find the right products. When it comes to foundation, I’m always struggling with needing a bit of hydration with a sprinkle of oil-fighting properties. In my quest for the perfect foundation that hides my blemishes, makes me look like me, and is ideal for my combination skin, I’ve met a lot of duds. But I’ve also found a few gems, seven to be exact, that I keep in my foundation rotation. Ahead, seven little love letters to the foundations that work for my pesky combination skin.

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The Everyday Choice

Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector

Urban Decay


If I die, bury me in this tinted moisturizer and foundation hybrid. The breathable formula never feels too heavy, and it evens out my skin tone without making me look like I belong in the circus. It’s hydrating but not oily, mattifying but not drying — the perfect combo for my combo skin.


For Full Coverage That Feels Like Nothing

All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation



A fellow friend in the combination skin community recommended this NARS foundation and I’ve been addicted ever since. I like coverage without cake, and NARS Weightless foundation delivers just that. It feels like a tinted moisturizer, light and breathable, but creates a full-coverage finish.


The Rihanna of Foundations

Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna


I’m just going to get this out of the way: I’m a Fenty Beauty stan. When Rihanna changed beauty forever a few years back with her 40 shades, I instantly became a loyal stan of the Pro Filt’r foundation. (I’m Shade 330 and 340, same as Rihanna, I know you didn’t ask.) The beauty brand recently launched a new hydrating long-wear formula, and I’ve switched out my classic for the new and improved. The extra bit of hydration does wonders for my dry patches. 


The Foundation That Conceals Like No Other

Traceless Foundation Stick

Tom Ford


I’ll be the first to admit that it took me a long time to come around on foundation sticks. Tom Ford’s Traceless Foundation Stick was the stick to change it all. The best part of this beauty tool is its ability to build. I can go from sheer to medium to full coverage with just a few swipes. 


The Waterproof One

Backstage Face & Body Foundation



I don’t recommend working out or swimming in foundation, but when you must, go with this Dior Face and Body foundation. I have worn this to a HIIT workout class, and it didn’t move the entire dance cardio session. It’s light enough that it won’t break you out. Sashay away from next-day breakouts. 


The OG

Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Bare Minerals


I’ve been using this Bare Minerals foundation since I was 15 years old and have no intention to stop. It’s buildable, only includes five ingredients, and I live for the swirl and tap application. Here’s to the next 15 years!  


The Perfect Finish

Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation SPF 30



This is the foundation I grab when my combination skin is 60 percent oily and 40 percent dry. Its matte finish leaves my skin looking even and fresh. Plus, it has added SPF 30 in the formula for added skin protection.

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