There are so many different kinds of foundations out there. Rom liquids to powders, the market has been flooded with the newest and greatest products that we must try. But when it comes down to it, which type of foundation is best suited to your skin? I have found from personal experience that using the wrong kind of foundation on my skin exacerbated problems that I already had. My skin issues got worse until I finally realised that it was the TYPE of foundation I was using, and it was such an easy fix! Below I have compiled a list of the best kinds of foundation you should be buying for your specific skin type and why you will thank me in the not too distant future!
If you have oily skin then you will want to steer clear from liquid foundations and pressed powders. A translucent powder will help to soak up oiliness and tone down the shine. You can also opt for a matte foundation as this avoids an additional shine on your face.
Adding something like a liquid foundation to already oily skin can cause issues such as acne flareups and unwanted blemishes. The best way to counteract this through your choice of foundation is by choosing matte, loose powders that will do the opposite of what your skin is doing. You will find that any problems caused by your skins natural oiliness will be diminished over time and you will be much happier for it. Oily skin can be hard to control, but with a good skincare routine, you will be able to minimise oiliness quickly and efficiently.
Foundations with sunscreen added should be avoided, and a speciality sunscreen for oily skin is your best option. You can have the added protection but without the negative effects on your skin and how it processes the product.
For dry skin, you will want to use something moisturising and will add nourishment to your skin throughout the day. This means that you will want to avoid all kinds of powder foundations and opt for liquid or cushion options. Creams are also a good choice, as many of them possess a moisturiser of some kind to protect and moisturise during the day.
Another thing to look for if you have dry skin is a foundation with sunscreen incorporated. This is not ideal for oily skin, and a separate sunscreen should be applied before foundation if you suffer from oiliness, but for dry skin it is essential. Sun and UV rays tend to not only cause imperfections and can lead to skin cancer, but also dries out your skin. So, keeping your skin moisturised and protected throughout the day, no matter how much sunlight you see, is of utmost importance.
With combination skin, you are lucky enough to be able to use almost any product. If you have patches of dry or oily skin then you should be wary of what product you use here. I like to try and use a breathable base foundation, generally liquid as I find that it gives the best coverage. My preference is a mousse-like foundation, as it is not too heavy on the skin but also provides that added coverage that I do not get from powders alone. When I want a lighter look and feel, or slightly more natural, I will opt for a powder instead.
You can alternate between foundations that you like, to match the look that you are going for. This is the benefit of combination skin. I like to avoid heavy, or oily foundations as we still need to watch out for acne and blemishes. I also steer clear of a liquid foundation with added sunscreen as they can also be too much for my skin. I like to use light sunscreen with a high SPF under any foundation that I choose, so I can rest assured that I will not break out!
This is the best of both worlds. Combination skin is easier to maintain the majority of the time, but you can still find foundations that are targeted towards combination skin. These avoid components that are too oily or too dry, as to not cause additional issues from your choice of foundation.
Sensitive skin can be hard to control, but with the right products, you can rest assured that you are going to minimise the chance of a rash or reaction from your foundation. Using lightweight or mineral powders are the best option as they allow your skin to breathe. This is very important as suffocating sensitive skin can lead to bigger problems, like rashes, blemishes and acne.
Some foundations are targeted towards sensitivity, so you can use liquid foundation as long as you investigate the likelihood of a breakout. Mineral powders are more natural and provide great coverage too, without the associated risks.
Cream foundations also should not be overlooked. They can often contain ingredients to soothe and maintain a good balance within the skin and make for a great base. Online reviews of the majority of foundations can help to distinguish if there is any real risk to you. These are very helpful and you will find out quickly if other people have had any negative experiences with the foundation in question.