If like me you're on the oily side and strive for the "matte look", there are foundations and primers available to help you achieve this. Here are some I use to keep the shine at bay....
Starting off with primers. Laura Mercier oil free primer is a great product to have. The primer acts as the perfect undercoat for your foundation. The primer keeps a tight control on oil and shine, helping your foundation look flawless throughout the day. Another option as a primer on the cheaper scale is La Roche Posays Effaclar Mat. An anti shine moisturiser which soaks up excess oil like a sponge making it the ideal base for your make up (Be careful not to use too much as it can ball up).
As for foundations, Vichy DermaBlend delivers a matte finish which in my opinion doesn't even need powdering in place. The foundation is full coverage and will cover birth marks and spots without looking cakey and lasting all day. Make up Forever HD foundation is another good contender. The medium - full coverage foundation delivers an excellent semi matte finish making your skin look flawless and HD camera ready!
Laura Mercier Silk crème foundation is a bit of an in between base. In terms of Dulux paint it would be on the satin spectrum, not matte and not glossy. This teamed up with Rimmel's stay matte powder will achieve a shine free finish.
If you are looking for a quick and easy matte base team up Mac's Studio fix foundation powder with an oil free primer of your choice and you're good to go in a flash. Shine free and looking flawless.
What are your tips to the perfect Matte base? Any recommendations?