It’s difficult enough finding a foundation that matches your skin tone. Throw your skin type into the mix, and it becomes even more challenging. When you have combination skin, you need a formula that mattifies your shine-prone T-zone and hydrates your dry spots. While those unicorn-like foundations do exist, finding them is easier said than done.
To help narrow your search, we tapped celebrity makeup artist Allan Avendaño, who has worked with A-listers such as Vanessa Hudgens, Kerry Washington, and Nina Dobrev. When it comes to combination skin, Avendaño prefers lightweight foundation formulas that are matte and move with the skin. “Lightweight is helpful because you’re not fully masking your face,” he says. “That tends to make your skin confused, and some formulas could make your skin oilier or drier.”
Ahead, we’ve found the best foundations for combination skin that are both hydrating and mattifying. Swipe them on for instantly luminous, balanced skin.