Check this out: The 10 best foundations for oily skin
Oily T-zone but dry cheeks? We've found the liquids and powders to hide (and help) it all. By Olivia Blair and Clare Vooght
1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Make-up: £31 for 30ml, Look Fantastic This foundation from skincare expert Estee Lauder lived up to its 15-hour promise, lasting all day in an air-conditioned office, without us needing to reapply before heading out for the evening.
It gives flawless yet natural coverage, that's still thick enough to cover blemishes. It's oil-free and non-acnegenic, so it doesn't clog pores, but it doesn't dry out skin either. We also like the fact that it adds a little sun-protection (SPF10) and comes in 44 different shades.
2. Bare Minerals Bare Pro Performance Wear Powder Foundation: £27 for 10g, Bare Minerals
For those who regularly use liquid foundations, it may be hard to get your head around using just powder, but bear with us, this new compact from Bare Minerals is a winner. It doesn't cake, blends well and the breathable micro-mesh mineral formula feels light and silky. It's natural-looking but buildable, giving you enough coverage to last all day. It's a good one for travellers too - the foundation stood up to a two-hour flight without drying our skin out.
3. Revlon ColorStay Make-up for Combination/Oily Skin: £12.99 for 30ml, Boots
This was the most impressive in terms of value. It gave decent matte coverage for blemishes and redness that lasted all day and evening. It was a little drying, so it's probably best for skin that's on the oilier side of combination, but it's great for controlling midday shine.
4. Clinique Superbalanced Silk Make-up: £23 for 30ml, Clinique
This oil-free foundation mattified and moisturised in all the right places, and held its own under unforgiving air-con, without leaving dry patches. It includes SPF15, goes on smoothly and provides sheer, natural coverage that hides imperfections well. Those with skin on the drier side of combination should try the straight-up Superbalanced (not Silk) version, though this doesn't include SPF.
5. Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation: £45 for 15ml, Cult Beauty
Containing aloe vera, which matches the skin's natural pH, and a breathable ceravitae formula that's designed to increase your skin's oxygen intake, this is a super-healthy choice for combination skin. It feels pretty smooth going on, but offers decent, buildable coverage, and the antioxidant ingredient vitamin E stimulates collagen and new skin cell growth, helping to heal blemishes. It's oil-free, hypoallergenic, long-lasting and doesn't leave you with dry patches by the end of the day. It's at the more expensive end of our list, but we think it's worth investing in, especially if your skin's on the sensitive side.
6. Trish McEvoy Even Skin Water Foundation: £55 for 30ml, Liberty
This oil-free, water-based foundation is super-light, but very buildable, so coverage can be as natural or as seamless as you want. It's great for covering blemishes, brightens the complexion and lasts all day (even on a short European flight) thanks to the built-in primer. But because of the primer, we wouldn't recommend this for anyone with acne-prone skin -it's great on combination skin that's on the slightly drier side, due to the antioxidants and hydration from vitamin C and hyaluronic acid.
7. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation: £29.50 for 30ml, Charlotte Tilbury
This long-awaited make-up range from famed artist to the stars, including the likes of Kate Moss and Kim Kardashian, Charlotte Tilbury came out in 2013. The brand boasts that its Magic foundation took five years of specialist and scientific work to develop. We found the product lasts all day and evening, sustaining that bright, illuminating dewy look the product gives on first application. Complete with SPF 15, which is not only a crucial element for summer, and available in 15 shades, this foundation will leave you feeling like one of Charlotte's celebrity clients.
8. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation: £37 for 30ml, Feel Unique
Using Silk in the name gives away how this product feels as you apply, leaving you with a natural glow. This foundation has that perfect buildable coverage, so depending on what kind of day you're having, or what season you're in, you can chose how light or heavy to go. It's also oil-free, making it a great choice for days when the skin might be suffering from excessive oiliness.
9. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat: £25, Feel Unique
From the brand's signature Touche Eclat range, this is one of the thicker foundations on the list, so it's especially good if you're having a bad skin, or tired, day and need something with a bit more coverage to give your skin a lift. It gives a matte finish and is full coverage, lasting for a full day at work. However, we found there is no need to use powder to set, as it runs the risk of drying your skin out.
10. Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation: £35, Space NK
This foundation feels light and airy when applied to the skin yet still produces that fully rounded, even glow. The liquid blends easily and there is no need to use that much. The product is long-wearing and lasts all day which is good given its pledge to last for 12 hours. The skin feels soft under this foundation, which is perhaps thanks to the tea extract included. Overall, it's great for achieving that natural, yet fully covered look.