Posted on Monday, December 11th, 2017

Expert Advice from Dr Ross Perry

marie claire logoMarie Claire beauty look at foundations for oily skin in their feature: 

The best foundations for oily skin that’ll keep you shine-free all day

Dr Ross Perry is founder and Medical Director of Cosmedics Skin Clinics. He explains that when it comes to oily, acne-prone skin, the first step is to care for the skin itself:

Before thinking about makeup, review your skin regime. Getting one of the best face cleansers and a moisturiser for oily skin is key, so experiment to see what suits your skin. Don’t be tempted to ditch the moisturiser as your skin still needs hydration, but choose a formulation which suits oily skin.  Exfoliate regularly to remove excess sebum as well as dead skin cells. Sleep, drink water, and eat your fruit and veg – do everything you can to improve your skin from within, making you less reliant on foundation.

Then look at using a primer beneath the foundation. Dr Perry says:

Try one of the best primers that’s a mattifying water-based gel underneath your foundation to tackle oiliness and absorb shine, hiding pores and leaving skin looking and feeling smoother.

When it comes to foundation, there is a wide range of options. It’s best to consider what you want to achieve:

  • A full-coverage formula will mask hyper pigmentation from previous breakouts
  • A mattifying foundation is designed to keep your skin shine-free all day
  • Oilier skin types often get along well with powder-based foundations
  • Aliquid will glide on whilst strategically locking in oil

The final stage is powder. Ross says:

It’s tempting to load on lots of powder to absorb the oil, but this approach can tend to leave the skin looking chalky.

Choose a matte, translucent, loose powder and apply with a brush to avoid it looking too heavy.  For day-time touch-ups, oil blotting sheets are a handbag hero.


Dr Ross Perry

Dr Ross Perry is founder and Medical Director of Cosmedics Skin Clinics, a separate company to Cosmedics Beauty, offering doctor-led treatments.

Skin Treatments for Oily Skin

In addition to good skincare and the right makeup, professional treatments can be very helpful in improving oily skin.

Cosmedics Beauty offers a range of solutions that can help:

Cosmedics Beauty, London

Cosmedics Beauty offers a range of advanced hair removalface and body treatments using the top of the range technology such as the CACI Ultimate, EDS Dermastamp and Guinot Hydradermie. Their Beauty Therapists are fully trained and qualified to use the powerful technology and offer an extensive choice of customisable options.

For further information, to book an appointment or for any queries, please call our friendly team on 0208 246 4861.

Cosmedics Beauty, 4 Disraeli Road, Putney, London, SW15 2DS

Marie Claire: Foundation Advice for Oily Skin
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Marie Claire: Foundation Advice for Oily Skin
Marie Claire beauty look at foundations for oily skin. Dr Ross Perry explains that the first step is to care for the skin itself with good skincare and treatments.