Is there anything more disheartening than carefully applied makeup that refuses to stay put? The disappearing base is an unfortunate side effect for those of us who have, shall we say, dewy t–zones. And while there are certain benefits to having oily skin, the prospect of fewer wrinkles down the line is cold comfort when you’re on your fifth blotting sheet of the day.
Fortunately, oily skin is a common complaint when it comes to makeup—and most brands are prepared for the challenge. We checked in with celebrity makeup artist Johny Saade for a few foundation-shopping pointers.
“I like thicker formulas,” he told us, “They tend to work better for oily skin because they don’t break down as easily.” Of course, thicker is a relative term; these foundations should still feel relatively light and comfortable on your face. And as always, a little prep work goes a long way.
“I start off with the La Mer toner and a great pore–refining primer—like the one from Nars—before applying foundation,” he says, “Then finish off by powdering the t–zone to make it last.”
Shop his top picks in the slideshow above, plus a few of our own time–tested favorites. “Blot as needed,” advises Saade—but we’re guessing you won’t need to with this bunch.