Wearing makeup when you're dealing with a breakout is a catch-22. You want to cover up your blemishes, but using the wrong foundation can clog up your pores even more so that your pimples hang round longer, or worse: new ones pop up.
The main offenders? Foundations that promise a dewy finish or have added shimmer to make you glow. Instead, look for formulas that are oil-free and have a matte finish. Bonus: Some brands feel the struggle, too and have added the same acne-fighting ingredients that are found in your skincare products to their foundations.
Ready to mask that those pimples and get on with your life? We've rounded up the best foundations for acne-prone skin.
1. BAREMINERALS MATTE FOUNDATION SPF 15
$41 | mecca.com.au
2. CLINIQUE ANTI-BLEMISH SOLUTIONS LIQUID MAKEUP
$55 | clinique.com.au
A foundation that masks your breakout while simultaneously treating it? That’s what we consider a win-win situation. Clinique’s formula is spiked with acne-fighting salicylic acid—the same pimple-clearing ingredient found in many popular spot treatments.
3. TARTE AMAZONIAN CLAY 12-HOUR FULL COVERAGE FOUNDATION SPF 15
$54 | sephora.com.au
Similar to how paying rent sucks the funds out of your bank account, the Amazonian clay in Tarte's shine-free foundation absorbs your skin's excess oil which can be contributing to your breakouts. Available in a wide range of the shades, the long-wear formula keeps complexions looking blemish-free for up to 12 hours.
4. COVER FX NATURAL FINISH OIL-FREE FOUNDATION
$63 | sephora.com.au
Packed with vitamins, emollients and redness reducers, this foundation improves skin's texture without irritating it—even if your complexion is overly sensitive. Plus, once you find your perfect shade, you can easily build up coverage without stressing over it looking packed on and cakey.
5. ESTÉE LAUDER DOUBLE WEAR STAY-IN-PLACE LIQUID MAKEUP
$54 | esteelauder.com.au
This oil-free foundation withstands heat, humidity, and your hight intensity workout class without leaving buildup in your pores. Its buildable formula lets you customize what coverage you want based on whether you're dealing with a single monster blemish or a full-blown infestation. No matter the situation, the foundation wears smooth without changing color.
This article previously appeared on InStyle.