Foundations For Every Skin Type



Choosing Foundations for Your Skin Type

The key to choosing is to consider your skintype. Most dewy finish foundations tend to be less long lasting than matte foundations so if you have oily skin, you will need to look for a formula that really clings. You also need to think of setting powders. If you use a very sheer powder you can retain the dewy finish after it sinks in.

Sensitive Skin Type


Sensitive skins will benefit from foundations that are free from ingredients that may cause skin irritation. Avoid formulations containing fragrance, alpha hydroxy acids and chemical sunscreens. Be sure to make sure that the label says that the product is hypoallergenic and non comedogenic.

Tip: Many women have sensitive skin, and often experience dryness and redness due to the fact that their skin is thinner and more delicate than those with regular skin. When selecting a foundation for sensitive skin, try to find one that has an SPF between 15 to 50, for added skin protection. Silicone based foundations tend to have lower rates of skin irritation and when applying to your face, avoid rubbing in too deeply. Another good foundation for sensitive skin is a powder formula, due to the fact that it has a lighter, more delicate consistency and they help protect your skin from the sun and pollutants without clogging your pores. 

Oily / Acne-Prone Skin Type

If you have oily and acne-prone skin, water-based or oil-free foundations are the best for you. Aavoid sticky, creamy and waxy formulations at all costs as they may aggravate acne. Foundations with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects are ideal for controlling zit outbreaks for the acne-prone skin. Added bonus are foundations that contain oil-absorbing ingredients, giving you a shine-free face for longer hours.

Tip: Look for matte or semi-matte finish foundations. Anything that is dewy, luminizing, or satin-y may or may not work — it’s something that definitely needs some trial before determining, but often, these types of finishes only accentuate skin oiliness rather than help to minimize it.  For acne-prone skin, try to resist the urge to cover your entire face in a blanket of full-coverage foundation.  Most will find the combination of a medium coverage foundation and strategically applied full-coverage concealer adds the extra help where you need it most while giving you a much more natural-looking result. Your skin must be able to “breathe”.

Dry / Mature Skin Type

If you have dry or mature skin, look for rich, creamy foundations which have moisturizing properties. The emollients within the foundation will pamper your skin by keeping it hydrated and supple, and antioxidants will offer additional protection against pollutants in the environment. Avoid mineral formulations as it can be drying and too absorbent for dry skin or dry areas.

Tip: Look for semi-matte, dewy, or satin finish foundations. Liquid and cream foundations tend to be better for drier skin than powder foundations as powder can often enhance dryness. If you want a compact, opt for cream or look for a cream-to-powder foundation.

Normal Skin Type

Normal skin types can wear any type of foundation. 

Tip: look for matte, semi-matte, or slightly dewy foundations (but totally satin may be too much–depends on your skin and the formulation). Normal skin can really wear a whole range of foundation types, from loose to pressed powder to cream to liquid. The world is your foundation bottle.

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