Choosing The Right Foundation For Your Skin Type

Choosing the right foundation for your skin can make or break your overall look. Foundation is used to hide or mask the faults in your skin type and choosing the wrong one can just emphasize them further. Besides, the type of foundation you pick can also aggravate or heal your skin problems, depending on the ingredients that it has. In this article, we’ll explain the five most common skin types and how to choose the right foundation for yourself.

What Are The Different Skin Types?

1. Oily, Clogged Pores, Severe Breakouts

The symptoms of this skin type is extremely oily skin and large pores on your entire face. You’ probably also experience constant acne that is so severe that it leaves several blemishes on your face as well as blackheads and cysts. People who have this skin type have red or dark scars that can tend to linger long after their acne is gone. Heavy oils and pore clogging ingredients will only worsen this skin type’s breakout condition.

2. Oily, Combination, Sensitive, Consistent Breakouts

This skin type also has enlarged pores but most of the oil production is focused in the T-zone. Similar to the previous type, people with this skin type break out when exposed to heavy oils and/or pore clogging ingredients. They experience consistent blemishes, clogged pores, blackheads and cysts on their face. Harsh products irritate and tighten this skin type and causes it to turn red and flushed easily. People who have this skin type usually want healthy and smooth skin, and are also concerned about aging.

3. Normal, Anti-Aging

People who have this skin type can be subject to the weather, as they have oily skin in summer (especially in the t-zone) and tight and dry skin during winter. This skin type needs to be hydrated without any heavy oils and pore-clogging ingredients. Blackheads and large pores are visible in the t-zone and brown spots all over their face (hyperpigmentation). People with this skin may have tired skin that seems to lack a glow. They are left wanting for healthy and smooth skin and are worried about the effects of aging and loss of tone on their skin.

4. Dry, Tired, Aging

This is pretty similar to the previous skin type, except the skin is tight and dry all year round. Hydration and nourishment are greatly needed, and tone loss and elasticity are pressing problems. Aging is also a concern for people who have this skin type.

5. Dry, Sensitive, Red, Aging

People with dry, red, and sensitive skin have visible lines and wrinkles. This skin type also has rosacea or consistent redness. It is tight and dry all throughout the year, and hydration and nourishment are necessary. Pores are enlarged in the t-zone and blackheads are prominent. Harsh agents can easily irritate this skin type and people who have this often look for ways to reduce the redness and to keep their skin healthy and smooth. Hyperpigmentation can occur and they can be worried about aging and loss of tone.

Choosing The Right Foundation For Your Skin Type

Acne-Prone Skin

For people who suffer from acne breakouts, you should use a medium to full coverage foundation to help cover the texture of the acne on your skin. Use a clean brush or sponge to apply the foundation in a stippling motion. Choose a product with salicylic acid as it dries up the oil producing glands that cause your acne breakouts.

Aging Skin

Heavy foundation and those with matte finishes can settle into your face’s lines and wrinkles so it’s best to choose light coverage liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer. Not only will it stay away from your wrinkles and dine lines, you can also get younger looking and luminous skin. You can also look for anti-aging and serum foundations as they keep the signs of aging at bay, while doing its job as a foundation.

Dry Skin

To hydrate dry skin, you can choose a light coverage hydrating foundation. For the coverage to last longer, use your fingers to apply the product and press it into your skin. Liquid, stick or hydrating power foundations are your best picks. This is because they are creamy and are moisturizing for your dry skin. Avoid loose or pressed powder as the powder will absorb all the moisture your skin has, making it look even drier.

Oily Skin

Oily skin means shiny skin so choose a foundation that will give you medium to full coverage. Use a sponge or brush because using your fingers will only transfer the oil from your fingers to your face. Oil free liquid or powder foundations are your best bets. The foundation will absorb the oil and give your skin a matte, smooth finish. Mineral makeup works best on people with oily skin because the moisture from their skin is absorbed by the dry particles. Never use pressed or loose powder foundations as the oil can cause the powder to get clumpy and into your pores, which will then clog and cause acne.

Normal Skin

Lucky for you if you have normal skin! You can choose any foundation you like. You can try the different types before you settle for which one you will really like best, from matte to illuminating foundations.

Combination Skin

For combination skin, you can strategically use a powder foundation to distribute it right where you need the oils to be absorbed on your skin, and less where you don’t need it to. Don’t leave any visible lines like a liquid or stick foundation would normally do.


People have different skin types and their makeup choices and regimes will depend greatly on it. General tips for applying foundation are starting on and around the nose as that’s where most of the redness is. Concealer goes under the eye area so don’t use foundation there. Contour with a similar formula but with a darker shade.

Powder foundation is the best for novices as it’s easy to apply and disappears into the skin easier than liquid ones. Cream is the next preference, as it’s like liquid and melts into your skin like it, but the application can be controlled with a sponge.Use a naked velvet puff to press onto your face to absorb any excess foundation and it will also serve to press the foundation in your skin. You can also use a puff or brush to apply a light coating of translucent powder to help your foundation set. Keep your skin type in mind when choosing your foundation and you can be sure that you will nail your overall look!

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