Best foundation for your skin type

Not all foundations are created equal

Best foundation for your skin type
Best foundation for your skin type
07 Jul 2017

Best foundation for your skin type

I’ve always marveled at the Instagram make-up girls and their uncanny ability to literally, change their faces with a few swipes, puffs, and dabs. Deft fingers and unicorn brushes aside, what I’ve always found truly impressive is that they know how to choose the correct foundation.

Cue flashback of yours truly, circa 2006, trying on foundation for the first time, because I had accidentally broken my compact powder. I literally ran into Watsons, grabbed a bottle of Maybelline foundation a colleague had recommended, slapped it on and went about my day. In the evening, when I finally looked into a mirror properly to remove my makeup, I was appalled at what I saw. Not only had I gone around the entire day with a face at least a shade lighter than my neck, it was also cakey in some areas of my face. It was a mess, period.

I’ve been educated about foundation since then, although I can’t help but wince every time I see them at Sephora. The most important lesson I’ve learnt is that not all foundations are created equal, and while there are many ways to choose the right one, your best bet is to go with the one most suited for your skin type.  

If you have oily skin
If you have oily skin
07 Jul 2017

If you have oily skin

Control that shine with an oil-free foundation, and avoid formulas that promise a dewy or luminising texture. You’ll want a formula that offers medium to full coverage in a matte-finish. When applying your foundation, use a brush or beauty blender because you could be transferring oil from your fingers to your face if you use your hands.

We recommend: Too Faced Born This Way Oil Free Foundation 

If you have acne prone skin
If you have acne prone skin
07 Jul 2017

If you have acne prone skin

Again, you’ll want an oil-free formula to prevent clogging your pores further, but if flare-ups are a major concern, then take things up a notch and opt for a foundation that contains salicylic acid to help fight blemishes and kill bacteria. Use a clean brush or sponge for every application!

We recommened: Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions 

If you have dry skin
If you have dry skin
07 Jul 2017

If you have dry skin

Your number one concern is ensuring your skin doesn’t look extra parched after application, so opt for a formula that provides moisuturizing benefits. Drier skin can handle rich and thicker formulas that promise a glow. You’ll want light to medium coverage and if you don’t have particularly blemished skin, a tinted moisturizer will do.

We recommend: Nars Radiant Tinted Moisturizer 

If you have aging skin
If you have aging skin
07 Jul 2017

If you have aging skin

If those laugh lines and wrinkles are starting to become more evident, then you’ll want to avoid formulas that offer a powdery finish, as it will accentuate them even more. Instead, choose a water-based formula that will help moisturize and plump up your skin.

We recommend:
Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Sunscreen Makeup SPF15

If you have sensitive skin
If you have sensitive skin
07 Jul 2017

If you have sensitive skin

Then opt for a mineral-based formula that will help conceal any problems without irritating your skin further. Ideally, your foundation should also be hypoallergenic and fragrance-free in a light finish that allows your skin to breathe.

We recommend:
Dr.Jart Black Label Nourishing Beauty Balm SPF30

If you have normal skin
If you have normal skin
07 Jul 2017

If you have normal skin

Lucky you! The coverage and finish is completely your choice, so play around and experiment with different types to see which formula really suits you. If you don’t need much coverage, then blend a dewy formula with your moisturizer to even out your skin tone for a beautiful, picture-perfect glow.

We recommend: Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow

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