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Our Favourite Drugstore Foundations For Combination Skin
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Our Favourite Drugstore Foundations For Combination Skin

August 27th, 2021 | by

How we wish finding the right beauty products for combination skin was like a walk in the park! Characterised by an oily T-zone, forehead and chin along with dry cheeks, this skin type needs a product that hydrates the drier areas and prevents the oily ones from getting greasier.

When it comes to perfecting your makeup, getting your base right can go a long way. And a good foundation is the key to that. Like any other beauty product, a foundation ideal for combination skin needs to strike a fine balance between being moisturizing and preventing further oil buildup. Quite some work for a product to do, eh?

But what if we told you, you could find these extremely hard working foundations at the nearest drugstore? While high end foundations from the likes of Smashbox and Armani promise a fine luminous glow, some priceless finds from the drugstore too can work wonders when applied over a well prepped base.

No more scavenger hunting for we’ve compiled a list of the most promising drugstore foundations available in India.

1. L’ Oreal Paris True Match Foundation

Replete with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera, this foundation plumps and moisturizes your skin, giving it a radiant glow. Boasting a non-comedogenic formula that doesn’t clog your pores, it is available in an extensive range of 40 shades to choose from. Easily blendable and buildable, it provides full coverage and satin-like natural finish.

2. Revlon Colorstay Foundation

Fortified with salicylic acid – one of the most beneficial ingredients for clearing combination skin over time, this foundation boasts an oil-control formula that controls all that extra shine. Featuring a smooth and velvety finish, it stays in place for hours without caking or cracking. With  SPF 15, it hits two birds with one stone – that of giving you a flawless base and protecting you from the sun’s UV rays. Need we say more?

3. NYX Professional Makeup Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Foundation

Lightweight and hydrating, this foundation by NYX gives a finish somewhere between matte and silky. It boasts shine-control powers that have your base looking flawless all day long. Being non-comedogenic, it doesn’t clog your pores, which makes it ideal for combination and sensitive skin.

4. Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte+Poreless Liquid Foundation

With a range of 18 shades, this foundation from Maybelline is designed to suit diverse Indian skin tones. Highly blendable and lightweight, it sits like a feather on your skin. Its matte finish and seamless coverage gives a smooth, glowy base for the rest of your makeup. Ideal for combination and acne-prone skin, it is non-comedogenic and prevents your pores from getting clogged.

5. Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation

The Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation has undergone major road testing under seven different photo lighting conditions to give you makeup that looks as flawless on camera as it does in real life. Featuring a matte finish and a light-adjusting complex that helps prevent your skin from showing a white cast in photos, this high performing foundation is a must-have. Truly a winner that stands out!

6. L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24h Matte Cover Liquid Foundation

A boon for oily and combination skin, this foundation from L’Oreal is sweat-proof, heat-proof and provides 24-hour oil-control. Featuring a natural matte finish and a transfer-proof formula, it remains breathable even under your mask! What’s more? Available in a wide range of 16 shades, it suits an variety  of Indian skin tones. 

7. e.l.f. Cosmetics Flawless Satin Foundation

Featuring a lightweight, oil-free formula, the e.l.f Flawless Satin Foundation blends naturally into the skin for a beautiful semi-matte finish that lasts all day long. Its liquid formula evens out skin tone and glides like butter onto your skin. Along with being buildable for extra coverage, this product is not only vegan and cruelty-free but also devoid of parabens and harmful chemicals.

8. Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation

Mousse foundations are known for their perfectly matte finishes and this one from Rimmel lives up to the hype. Lightweight and easily blendable, its consistency smooths out your skin texture and minimizes the appearance of pores. Providing your skin with all day shine-control, it also gives you full coverage. 

9. L.A. Girl Pro-Matte Foundation

The L.A Girl Pro Color & Pro Matte Foundation has a creamy, liquid formula designed to give you smooth and buildable coverage. Keeping your skin shine-free and minimizing the appearance of pores and fine lines for an even, soft-focus effect, this foundation gives you a suede-like finish. Paraben-free and enriched with vitamin E, B5 & sunflower oil, it is ideal for combination and sensitive skin types.


10. Nykaa Skin Shield Anti-Pollution Foundation

The Nykaa Skin Shield Anti-Pollution Foundation guards your skin against dust and micro particles, minimizes the appearance of pores and mattifies your complexion. Featuring a lightweight formula that provides day-long oil-control and hydration, it’s ideal for oily and combination skin. An extensive colour range of 15 shades make it suitable for a diverse Indian skin tones.

Is picking the right foundation enough?

You’ve done your research and you’ve picked a foundation that best suits your skin concern. What’s next? Turns out prepping your skin before makeup and removing makeup before bed, can go a long way in keeping your skin healthy.

To prep your skin, start by cleansing and moisturizing your skin. Follow this up with a primer to even out your pores, before applying your foundation. This not just creates a good barrier between your skin and your makeup but also helps you in attaining a flawless non-cakey finish

If you’re not new to the world of makeup, you would have heard countless makeup artists and beauty bloggers advice against sleeping with your makeup on. Heed their words and ours because when you sleep with your makeup on, it seeps into your pores, preventing your skin from renewing and rejuvenating overnight.

Religiously removing your makeup before bed can work wonders for your skin in the long run. Take micellar water or any makeup remover on cotton pads to take off your makeup. If you want to be more thorough, add a cleansing balm after this step. Finally, wash your face with a gentle cleanser. 


Supriya Jain