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10 Best Foundations for acne-prone skin 2021
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10 Best Foundations for acne-prone skin 2021

June 21st, 2021 | by

Love experimenting with new looks? Now do it without the stress of breaking out.

When you have acne-prone skin, everything that you put on your face goes through a thousand checks. Will it block my pores? Will it aggravate my acne? Will it help my scars fade away? Will it damage my barrier or repair it? Will it sensitize my skin further? So on and so forth. Thus, finding the right makeup is no different.

Just like everything in life, in makeup too, a good foundation is the most important. But when your skin is acne-prone, the checklist of the right foundation has a lot more boxes to tick than just skin tone, texture and finish. We will help you tick every box on that checklist with our list of top ten foundations that work well for acne-prone skin.

1. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation

An absolute favourite of everyone from beginners to pros, the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation is a classic in the truest sense. Formulated with micro-powders that absorb excess oil, it doesn’t congest your skin further while giving you a matte finish. It’s affordable, lightweight, offers light to medium coverage, lasts long and is available in 40 shades.

Pros

  • Available in 40 shades
  • Matte and poreless finish
  • Works for normal to oily skin
  • Affordable
  • Controls oil and shine
  • Long-lasting
  • Dermatologically tested

Cons

None.

2. L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24HR Matte Cover Foundation

Another affordable yet quality product, L’Oréal Paris Infallible is a long-lasting cream finish foundation. It offers a weightless feel, medium coverage and covers up your blemishes and dark spots seamlessly. If you want a demi-matte finish for your makeup look, this should be your go-to foundation.

Pros

  • Available in 22 shades
  • Suits normal to oily and sensitive skin
  • Hides blemishes well
  • Affordable

Cons

None. 

3. Neutrogena SkinClearing Oil-free makeup

One of the few foundations formulated with salicylic acid, Neutrogena SkinClearing is made especially for people with sensitive and acne-prone skin. The salicylic acid helps clear blemishes and prevents further acne. With a natural-looking matte finish, this foundation keeps oil at bay throughout the day. It works well for combination, oily and sensitive skin types and is available in 14 shades making it suitable for a wide range of skin tones.  

Pros 

  • Offers natural coverage
  • Does not clog pores
  • Oil-free formula
  • Hypoallergenic

Cons

  • Difficult to find in India
  • Does not cover redness
  • May cause irritation if salicylic acid doesn’t suit you

4. e.l.f. Cosmetics Acne Fighting Foundation

Formulated with ingredients such as camphor, witch hazel, salicylic acid, aloe and tea tree oil, the e.l.f Cosmetics Foundation doesn’t just cover acne, it fights it too. It offers full coverage and yet, is incredibly light on the skin. It also helps cover redness and even out your skin tone. Available in 10 different shades, if you find a match in this one, you won’t ever have to look for another foundation again. 

Pros

  • Full coverage
  • Long-lasting
  • Suitable for combination, oily and sensitive skin types
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free

Cons

  • Available in only 10 shades
  • Has a strong scent

5. Revlon Colorstay Makeup

A truly mattifying foundation, Revlon Colorstay works great on combination as well as oily skin types. It prevents any shine on your face in the middle of the day, and its medium coverage masks your acne and blemishes quite well. Though mattifying, the formula is incredibly lightweight, blends well and does not dry out. The foundation is also available for normal to dry skin types and in a wide range of shades suitable for Indian skin tones.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Suits combination and oily skin
  • Helps in oil-control
  • Smooth, matte finish
  • Long-lasting

Cons

  • Takes time to get absorbed

6. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

A high-end foundation that is worth every penny it costs, is Estee Lauder. The brand’s foundations are known for their near-flawless finish that lasts all day. The Stay-in-Place Makeup literally stays in place all day as it’s humidity and sweat-resistant, making it ideal for people with oily skin. The foundation is lightweight, blends easily, offers full coverage, hides blemishes well and is available in over 50 shades to match your skin tone to the T.

Pros

  • Super lightweight
  • Long-lasting
  • Full coverage
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Waterproof
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Available in over 50 shades

Cons

  • Expensive

7. Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup

Clinique has been acing the skincare and beauty game for people with skin problems for decades, and this foundation is no different. One of the few foundations to be formulated with salicylic acid, Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions doesn’t just cover acne, it helps prevent it too. The oil-free formula gives a natural finish and is quite lightweight on the skin. The product stays for over 7 hours with ease and is available in 16 shades to match different skin tones. 

Pros

  • Dermatologist-recommended
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Long-lasting
  • Natural finish
  • Fragrance-free

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Can feel a bit drying

8. M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

The choice of makeup brand for pros and aficionados alike, M.A.C’s foundations too are a favourite in the circle. The Studio Fix Fluid has been tested to last for a good 24 hours and on top of that, offers one of the smoothest matte finish of all foundations. Offering a medium to full coverage, the formula covers up scars and blemishes extremely well, and is available in 49 shades to match almost every skin tone out there. 

Pros

  • Contains SPF 15
  • Non-drying
  • Long-lasting
  • Available in 49 shades
  • Oil-control formula
  • Offers medium to full coverage

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Strong smell

9. Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation

The Bobbi Brown Foundation is an expensive one, but worth every penny. Labelled non-acnegenic, the foundation helps control oil and shine, offers a matte finish, and is sweat and humidity-resistant too! A long-lasting formula in the truest sense, it lasts for over 16 hours and is incredibly lightweight. 

Pros

  • Available in 43 shades
  • Matte finish
  • Long-lasting
  • Sweat and humidity resistant

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Can be drying

10. Smashbox Studio Skin 15-hour Hydrating Foundation

Another killer in the pro lovers’ category is the Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation. Featuring an oil-free formula with hyaluronic acid, this foundation offers a matte finish but one that appears fresh and hydrated instead of dry. As the name suggests, it lasts for at least 15 hours and has been tested to stay strong for a good 24 too! It offers medium to full coverage, is transfer-resistant and comes in 40 shades to match almost every skin tone out there. 

Pros

  • Medium to full coverage
  • Oil-free
  • Sweat and humidity resistant
  • Transfer resistant
  • Available in 40 shades

Cons

  • Expensive 

Apurva Jain