Combination skin? These are the best MAC foundations for you

Taryn Davies
Published: November 29, 2017

Combination skin can be tricky to treat, it occurs when two or more different skin types occur on your face at the same time. So which makeup should you choose? Here’s our pick of the best MAC foundations for combination skin.

Typically, combination skin is when some parts of your face are dry, while the centre, along the T-Zone (nose, chin, and forehead), is oily.

When it comes to combination skin, the causes and combination are a little different for everyone, therefore it can take a little bit of trial and error finding the right skincare routine for you.

Getting makeup that doesn’t make the centre of your face too oily, and other parts too dry can be difficult too. You want a foundation that will cover, and not cling, and not slide around the oily parts.

MAC have proven themselves with their makeup artist-loved products, and with a range of foundations targeted for different skin types, there’s bound to be something that you can use.

Here’s our pick of the best MAC foundations for combination skin.

MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation

The moisturising and long-wearing formula of MAC Studio Face and Body mean this is a firm favourite for those with combination skin because it’ll hydrate the drier areas and stay put on those areas where skin might be oilier. The formula glides onto the face and body providing stay-true colour that’s non-drying, instantly hydrating, water-resistant and long-wearing. The lightweight foundation delivers a natural satin finish with sheer coverage that’s buildable.

Best MAC foundation for combination skin

MAC Studio Waterweight SPF30 Foundation

The MAC Studio Waterweight foundation feels incredibly weightless, so it's really comfortable to wear, even all day long. And there's no need to worry about fading either. The formula is great for those with combination skin, as the Moisture-Fusion Complex will provide an extra boost of hydration to any dry areas you might have, and the serum formula doesn't feel too heavy on any oily spots the skin might have.


Best MAC foundation for combination skin

Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF30

If you don’t like to wear foundation on an everyday basis, the BB Beauty Balm Compact could be the product you need. It's not as high coverage as a foundation, but will still leave you with an even skin tone that looks fresh and clear. It also works to shield the skin from UV rays too thanks to the SPF30. The solid cream compact means it’s perfect for touch-ups on the go and the softening ingredients work perfectly for dry areas of the skin.

Best MAC products for combination skin

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

The MAC Pro Longwear foundation has a staying power of 16 hours, so if you constantly find yourself needing to top up your makeup this could be the product for you. Plus, it’s waterproof too. The product blends beautifully with a medium coverage that's easy to build up and has a natural-looking finish to the skin.

Best MAC foundation for combination skin

MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation

It’s hard not to fall for the MAC Studio Foundation once you’ve used it. The creamy gel-based foundation gives a medium coverage that easily buildable and gives skin a natural satin finish. This foundation is perfect for combination skin as it instantly revitalises the complexion, while keeping it looking smooth and soft. Plus it’s another water resistant formula from MAC.

Best MAC foundation for combination skin

MAC Pro Longwear SPF20 Compact Foundation

Another excellent compact from MAC, the Pro Longwear compact foundation is perfect for using on the go as well as day to day. The lightweight cream formula lasts incredibly well and glides onto skin comfortably. You’ll get a natural matte finish and broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection from this foundation too.

Best MAC foundation for combination skin

MAC Mineralize Foundation Loose

The MAC Mineralize Foundation comes in a loose powder product that has SP15 and a silky, mineral-rich formula. The foundation leaves skin with a natural-satin finish and brushes on easily for a smooth, radiant look. The formula of the foundation helps skin stay healthy and nourished.

Best MAC Foundation for combination skin

MAC Studio Fix Fluid SP15 Foundation

The liquid version of the classic Studio Fix foundation gives a medium buildable coverage, and results in a flawless natural-matte finish. The natural glow of your own skin still shines through. The foundation is oil-free, long-wearing and the SP15 gives our skin everyday sun protection too.

Best MAC foundation for combination skin

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

Studio Fix is a powder and foundation in one that is not only easy to use but provides the skin with excellent coverage too. Give your skin a matte finish, that looks and feels velvety to touch too.

This powder foundation contains Silica, which ideal for oily parts of the skin as it absorbs oils on the skin. There's also talc to give the foundation it's matte finish, and it doesn't feel too heavy on the skin either.

You can apply this foundation using a brush or sponge and its compact design means it’s perfect to carry around with you too.


Best MAC foundation for combination skin

MAC Pro Longwear SPF10 Foundation

Lightweight and creamy, the MAC Pro Longwear foundation gives skin a sheer to medium coverage. So it’s lighter than the others previously mentioned. The long wearing foundation definitely stays put all day long too, even in hot and humid conditions. This foundation helps to control oil and makes skin look fresh, natural and flawless.

Best MAC foundation for combination skin

MAC Matchmaster SPF15 Foundation

The MAC Matchmaster foundation harnesses new technology that uses translucent pigments to give your skin a personalised finish that are influenced by the own subtleties of your own skin’s undertone. It’s literally designed to transform on your skin to ensure you end up with a flawless looking foundation that perfectly matches your skin’s tone. The foundation is relatively moisturising on the skin and has line-reducing soft-focus powders.

Best MAC foundation for combination skin