Foundation makeup can help create a more finished and even look to your skin, but it is important to choose the right foundation for your skin type. The wrong foundation can wreak havoc with your skin while the correct type will create a flawless appearance. Here are a few tips for choosing the right foundation that will work best with your skin type.
There are four skin types and you should be aware of what type your skin is when choosing a foundation. Whether you have normal, oily, dry or combination oily/dry skin, the right foundation is worth the effort to find and stick with. If your skin looks shiny and you are prone to acne you probably have oily skin. Your skin type is dry if your skin appears dull or flaky. Combination skin means that you have parts that are oily and parts that are dry. With combination skin, the oily parts are usually (but not always) on the forehead, nose and skin.
Choosing Foundation for Normal Skin
Water-based or standard liquid foundations work well for normal skin as does cream-to-powder foundations. Another great option for normal skin is sheer foundation and tinted moisturizer.
Choosing Foundation for Oily Skin
I have oily skin and although I rarely wear foundation because of my skin type, when I do add it I have to be careful to use just the right foundation.
Oil-fighting foundations are best and should be applied lightly with a sponge, not your fingers. When worn all day, foundations can mix with the oils in your skin and darken. Choose a foundation shade that is slightly lighter than your skin color to combat this effect.
Check labels and opt for foundation products with “oil-free,” “matte” or “oil-control” on the label.
My personal preference for foundation is a light mineral powder foundation. It goes on lightly and doesn’t feel heavy on my skin while it helps create an even appearance.
Choosing Foundation for Dry Skin
For dry skin, the foundation you choose should have a moisturizer in it. Liquid or cream foundations work very well for dry skin, especially if they include a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. Look for products that say “moisturizing” or “hydrating” on the label. An oil-based foundation is a good choice for dry skin. Avoid powder foundations for dry skin. Sheer foundation and tinted moisturizer can be used on dry skin.
Choosing Foundation for Combination Skin
Powder-based foundations are good for combination skin as well as cream-to-powder foundations. Liquid-to-powder may be used on skin that is not overly oily or overly dry. If skin is not excessively oily, sheer foundation is a good choice.