Selecting the best foundation for your skin type can be difficult. Whether your skin is oily and tends to shine through makeup, or you have dry skin requiring an extra burst of moisture, it truly is possible to help makeup last throughout the day. Touch-ups with a little powder or blotting paper is fine, but nobody should have to go through the time-consuming and (sometimes) costly process of cleansing and prepping skin more than once daily. In this article we discuss the best type of foundation for each major skin type.
Oily skin requires long wearing foundations which are oil-free/water-based. Some brands promise 24-hour coverage and forums show they do deliver, but for many, foundation alone is not enough to guarantee a shine-free look throughout the day; rather, selection of suitable foundation for your skin tone is key. Top selling foundations for oily skin usually come in liquid form.
They contain ingredients such as rice powder or botanical extracts, which smooths skin and absorb excess oil. If you are into mineral makeup, powder foundations work well to battle shine as well, though generally, this type of foundation does not last as long as full coverage liquid foundations.
In addition to cleansing, toning (consider a natural astringent like witch hazel) and hydrating with an oil-free moisturizer, invest in a good pore refining/matte primer, which will ensure your foundation does not seep into pores. A good de-slick spray, meanwhile, will stop your foundation from fading or clumping up, and will battle shine on the T zone. Always keep blotting paper or powder on hand for a quick touch-up.
Having normal or combination skin will generally allow you to select your foundation based on the coverage desired. If you have prepped and primed your skin, you should be able to use a matte foundation with no problem, but if, during dryer months, your skin feels a little tight, try using a liquid or even a stick foundation, which provides medium-to-heavy coverage as well as intense moisture.
Avoid 24h tattoo-style foundations if you are after light-to-medium coverage, opting for a mineral liquid foundation, usually applied via dropper onto a short-bristled foundation brush. This type of foundation is renowned for bestowing skin with radiance, and is ideal for younger beauty buffs who wish to look like they aren’t wearing foundation at all!
For long-lasting looks, look into longwearing foundations which can be built up coverage-wise. You can keep your look natural if desired, by applying one thin layer. Compact cream to powder foundation can be used to touch up as the hours go by, though only use this product as a foundation if you are after very heavy coverage.
You don’t need to use a different foundation on your T-zone once you make your decision; for these areas, apply a pore refining or matte primer, and use your usual primer on the rest of the face. Of course, you can freely apply different foundations to oily/normal zones, ensuring that tonality is identical.
Mature and Dry Skin
Makeup for mature skin should focus on three areas: smoothing wrinkles, covering and preventing pigmentation, and lending skin a hydrated, luminous look. If you suffer from dark spots and pigmentation, make sure your foundation contains a sunscreen.
Matte foundations can cake up and cause cracks to appear on skin; avoid them in favor of anti-ageing serum or moisturizing liquid foundations, which provide quality coverage.
For days when you need to pop out for a little while and don’t have the time for your full beauty routine, a DD Cream (which is a blend of sunscreen/moisturizer/color controller) has a strong anti-ageing focus, and works well alone; you can also use it beneath your favorite foundation.
For makeup to last all day, selecting the right foundation is key; oil-free foundations are vital for to combat unwanted shine, while hydrating products will ensure color does not seep into lines around the eyes, cheeks and mouth. Remember to select the right products for prepping and priming skin, and invest in a good after-foundation spray, to set your look for many hours to come.
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