How To Choose The Right Foundation For Your Skin Type

Finding the Right Formula of Foundation for Your Skin Type


Choosing the right foundation for your skin type is essential to having flawless makeup. Knowing what type of skin you have and how to treat it makes choosing foundation formulas that much easier. From sheer coverage to full, there's always a foundation formula perfect for your skin type. So which products are best for you? 

Oily Skin

Having oily skin means that your oil glands never stop producing excess oil and your skin can appear shiny multiple times through the day.

Most people with oily skin will get excess oil in all areas and not just the T-zone, making it difficult sometimes to control it. You can also tell that you have oily skin if your face feels greasy at times. Yes there are steps to take for oil control pre-foundation, but once you accomplish that then you will need the right foundation. Investing in a water based foundation, or one that's oil free is helpful in keeping your skin glowing, but not looking greasy. After all, you don't want to miss out on having a glow, it's imperative to helping skin look dewy and fresh. Wearing light weight moisturizers with your makeup is best when you have oily skin, as thicker creams can add excess product that is too heavy on the face. 

Top Product Picks: Boscia Purifying Gel Cleanser, Boscia Oil-Free Daily Hydration Moisturizer, Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil Free Photo Foundation

Combination Skin

Combination skin, or "T-zone" usually means that you can feel or look shiny or oily across your forehead, down your nose, and onto your chin.

Most people with combination skin have limited oil that can be bothersome by midday, or say 4-6 hours after washing your face. Tackling combination skin types is essentially knowing what products work best for you during whichever season it is. In the warmer months your skin can be oilier, while in the cooler months your skin may go more normal to dry.

This means that you may need two different foundation formulas depending on the season.

People with combination skin can wear either oil-free or a regular oil-based foundation, depending on the amount of oil and if there are any reoccurring breakout areas. To play it safe, if your skin is combination and does not feel tight after washing then you should choose an oil-free foundation If you don't like the idea of liquid foundation, then try mineral makeup or oil-free stick foundation as an alternative. 

Top Product Picks: Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser, Caudalie VinoSource Moisturizing Sorbet, Tarteguard 20 Tinted Moisturizer 

Dry Skin

Dry skin can be especially sensitive in the winter months, and excess flaking can be something no one wants to deal with when aiming for a smooth complexion. Some signs of having dry skin are it feels tight after washing, and can flake as soon as you apply makeup. You may see flaking on your nose or other areas, but this is not solely a sign of dryness since oily skin can flake as well. So you should base your assessment on how taught your skin feels after washing and throughout the day. If you have no shine or very minimal within six hours or more of washing, then you more than likely have dry skin.The best test is to see how your skin feels and looks through the day, so it's much easier to assess the level of dryness.

Dry skin needs the added moisture in order for your foundation and the rest of your makeup to look great. The key is having a great pre-makeup routine that gives your skin the moisture it needs, and then using a foundation that will continue to moisturize, so skin appears dewy all day long. Some key foundation types for dry skin are oil based liquid foundations (especially the ones that have natural oils), tinted moisturizers, creams, or even mineral makeup. Starting with a hydrating mask or moisturizer will ensure you get a great base of hydrating properties before moving onto makeup. Best practice is to use a moisture mask a few times a week for consistent smooth, and hydrated skin.

Top Product Picks: Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence,   Tata Harper Reparative Moisturizer, Giorgio Armani Designer Lift Smoothing Firming Foundation with SPF 20, Bioderma Sensibo Rich Cream