How to choose the right foundation for your skin type

How to choose the right foundation for your skin type

How to choose the right foundation for your skin type. With so many options out there, choosing the right foundation for your skin type can leave you feeling overwhelmed.

From different formulas, textures, shades and ingredients, picking the perfect one for your skin isn’t easy. Foundation is also the trickiest product to use as it can either give you that flawless, airbrushed complexion or it can have the exact opposite effect if you get it wrong.

But one size does not fit all. Just because a foundation looks like a good match in the bottle, doesn’t mean it’s going to be the right one for you. It’s important to choose a foundation that balances the needs of your skin type and matches your skin colour correctly. To help you make the right choice, here are some tips to help you pick the right foundation for you.

Acne-Prone Skin

Everyone has hormonal fluctuations, oil production and acne-causing bacteria in their skin that could cause massive breakouts, but some people are genetically more prone to their sebaceous glands getting inflamed by hormones, oil and bacteria, which can lead to acne or blemish-prone skin. If acne is a major concern for you, you can try a medium to full coverage foundation.

Like with sensitive skin, it’s best to avoid certain ingredients that may aggravate your acne even further. The Acne Fighting Foundation from e.l.f. contains salicylic acid, tea tree, witch hazel camphor and aloe to help soothe, treat and prevent breakouts. The lightweight formula provides medium coverage to cover and even skin tone and reduce acne redness while working to help clear your skin over time.

Ageing Skin

Heavy products can settle into fine lines wrinkles so, for younger-looking and luminous skin, opt for a light coverage foundation or tinted moisturiser. Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue will leave your skin with a silky, matte finish, cover blemishes and blur away fine lines. It’s full of antioxidants and skin-replenishing calcium, magnesium and potassium.

How to choose the right foundation for your skin type

Dry Skin

If you are someone with dry skin, choose a hydrating powder, liquid or stick foundation. These will give you great coverage and deliver moisture. For the best coverage, use your fingers and press the product into your skin when applying. Try the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation which will leave your skin looking natural and illuminated.

Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, try a powder foundation or an oil-free liquid one. These contain powders that absorb oil, leaving you with a smooth, matte finish. Mineral foundations tend to work well with oily skin as the dry particles absorb moisture and prevent shine. Cover FX Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation will look like second skin, giving you great coverage and going on smoothly.

Combination Skin

If your skin is oily in some places and dry in some, you’re kind of stuck in the worst of both worlds. The trick to finding the perfect foundation for combination skin is to try mixing your foundations and avoiding those that are formulated to be emollient or oil rich.

Sensitive Skin

Finding the perfect foundation for sensitive skin can be a bit of a struggle, as the wrong one can break your face out in hives. It’s best to avoid certain ingredients that can be irritating to the skin like alcohol and fragrance. Also, mineral oil and talc can be a big no-no. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation is formulated without parabens and skin irritants.

Choosing the right foundation for your skin tone

The best place to test whether a foundation is a match for your skin tone is to test it on your jawline or neck. Not your hand. The right shade should seamlessly blend into your skin colour and not look ashy. If you want to figure out your undertone, take a look at the colour of your veins – if they appear more blue or purplish, you have a cool undertone. If they appear more green, you have a warm undertone.

Here are some tips on how to apply your foundation for a flawless finish.

  • Arm yourself with the right tools, be it a rounded brush or a makeup sponge.
  • The secret lies in the prep. No matter what your skin type is, moisturising is key and using a primer is mandatory if you want your face to look and feel gorgeous throughout the day.
  • Don’t use too much. Apply it sparingly to areas of your face that need to be evened out for a more natural finish. Remember, it’s always easier to add more product than it is to take away.
  • If you want a sun-kissed glow, spray a setting spray onto the flat side of your makeup sponge and press it onto your skin all over to diffuse the look of the makeup, while making your skin look more hydrated.
  • Try to avoid using setting powder to touch up your makeup throughout the day. Instead, opt for blotting powders to avoid looking like you have too much makeup on. You can also spritz your face with your setting spray to help reactivate the pigments in your foundation.

Finally, keep in mind this rule. It should be hard for people to tell you’re wearing any product and, when choosing the right foundation shade, you will not see it.


How to choose the right foundation for your skin type

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