Summer is far from over, and where the scorching heat of summer is in question, the sweaty phenomenon of oily skin follows. Makeup enthusiasts know how to tackle summer by applying makeup such that it does not alter with their skin, but those who are prone to acne bursts, pimples or having an oily skin know how difficult it is to find the perfect makeup brand.
From primers to setting sprays to foundations, our oily and acne-prone testers left no bottle unturned to find the best of the best in makeup products that offer a flawless finish without compromising skin health in the process. Read on for the 2019 SELF Healthy Beauty Awards makeup picks for oily and acne-prone skin that offer seamless, long-lasting coverage without the threat of an annoying zit (or shiny T-zone).
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Best Foundation for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin: Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15 (Oil-Free)
This oil-free foundation wears for up to 16 hours at a time, and is available in up to 42 different shade ranges. In addition to being sweat- and humidity-resistant, it’s also created with a matte, non-acnegenic (won’t cause breakouts) formula.
Bonus Points, Per the Experts: This product is non-acnegenic (meaning it does not contain oils or fragrances), and our derms suggested you look for oil-free products.
One Tester Said: “I loved this foundation—it felt so comfortable on my skin. It blended really well with my foundation brush and stayed put throughout the day regardless of what primer or powder I used with it. I rarely wear foundation and if I do it’s generally light coverage, but this didn’t feel heavy or mask-like at all like other full-coverage foundations often do.”
Best Concealer for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin: Revlon Candid Antioxidant Concealer
Created without oils, parabens, phthalates, synthetic dyes and fragrance, this buildable concealer is infused with antioxidants, and provides a natural finish. It’s also available in up to 18 different shades.
Bonus Points, Per the Experts: This product is oil-free, fragrance-free, and dye-free, which our derms recommended that you look for in your concealer if you have oily or acne-prone skin.
One Tester Said: “I knew I liked this product the second I finished blending it in under my eyes. I deal with dark under-eye circles and eyelids on a regular basis, so I loved how easy it was for me to minimize them with just a few layers of product. The best part? It didn’t even feel like I was wearing makeup at all.”
Best Mattifying Primer for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin: Lancôme Prep and Matte Refreshing Mattifying Make-Up Primer
Not only is this oil-free primer mattifying (meaning it minimizes the appearance of shine), but it also contains salicylic acid, which is a bonus if you’re dealing with acne.
Bonus Points, Per the Experts: This product is oil-free, which is something our derms suggested you look for in your makeup products when you have oily or acne-prone skin.
One Tester Said: “I love this primer! The light cream formula is easy to apply and quick drying, with a faint fresh scent that I really enjoyed. It blended seamlessly into my skin, creating a more matte and even surface for makeup application. It also helped control oil throughout the day. I will definitely be adding this to my daily routine.”
Best Setting Spray for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dewy Set Setting Spray
Although this setting spray may call itself dewy, it won’t leave your skin looking overly greasy. Our reviewers raved about its coconut-vanilla scent, as well as its ability to seamlessly set makeup with just a few mists.
Bonus Points, Per the Experts: This product is noncomedogenic, which our derms suggested you look for if you deal with acne.
One Tester Said: “Great setting spray! I typically use rose water to set my makeup or give my skin a refresh, so I can see myself using this spray the same way. My makeup was in place all day and provided me with the perfect amount of dew without giving me too much shine.”
Best Setting Powder for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin: Rodial Soft Focus Glow Powder
This powder features color-correcting pigments and a subtle illuminating finish to give skin a natural, glow-from-within look. It can be worn alone as a highlighter or over face makeup to help keep it in place all day (and help you avoid midday shine).
One Tester Said: “My favorite thing about this product is what a pleasant surprise it was! It looks wild in the compact, like a weird pastel camo. I did not envision a good outcome on my face. But this was gorgeous on! Lightly illuminating, a noticeable blurring effect that kind of softened imperfections (fine lines and bumps and discolorations) without covering them up. Definitely an easy glow-up for your face.”