How to Pick the Right Foundations for Your Skin Type

To find the perfect foundation, you need a formula that enhances your complexion and solves your skin hang ups. Here’s our guide to the best foundations.

As the base of every beauty look, foundation is one of the key products in any girl’s makeup kit.

Sometimes the quest to find the perfect foundation can be a little overwhelming, with so many products on the market all claiming to suit a range of different skin types. We at YouQueen have rounded up the best foundations to suit every skin type.

Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, the best way to control shine is with an oil-free foundation, so it’s best to avoid any formulas that are ‘dewy’ or ‘luminous’ in texture.

When applying your foundation, it’s a good idea to use a sponge or duo fibre foundation brush, so less product is applied but it’s blended seamlessly for a flawless finish. Plus, it stops oil transferring from your hands to your face.

The Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfecting Makeup is a great product for those with oily skin. It contains salicylic acid, which is crucial in controlling breakout and shine.

Clinique pore refining solutions instant perfecting makeup

Too Faced Amazing Face Oil-Free Foundation is another alternative. The weightless, silky formula is perfect for oily skin as the formula is lightweight, blending in seamlessly without looking too heavy and drawing attention to those oily areas.

Too Faced Amazing Face Oil Free Foundation

Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, it can be difficult to find a foundation that hydrates while still providing coverage and lasting all day without flaking.

When trying to find the perfect foundation, it’s best to look for liquid foundations that include ingredients that will hydrate your complexion, such as light reflective pigments.

Bobbi Brown’s Luminous Moisturizing Treatment Foundation is one product that’s worth investing in. This 2-in-1 foundation uses light reflecting technology to give skin natural luminosity instantly, leaving it plumped and moisturized without looking dry or cakey.

Bobbi Browns Luminous Moisturizing Treatment Foundation

Chanel Vitalumiere is perfect for dry, flaky skin as the light to medium coverage gives the skin a beautiful glow, leaving you with a dewy but natural finish. The fluid foundation guarantees 8 hours of non-stop hydration, replacing dry patches with a real radiance that will last all day.

Acne-Prone Skin

If you have a tendency to suffer from breakouts, then it’s best to opt for a fuller coverage foundation to cover those red areas. Don’t be tempted to cover your entire face in full-coverage foundation though; it’s best to apply it to those areas with breakouts and then let your skin show to give you a more natural result.

Laura Mercier’s Flawless Fluide foundation is a top pick to cover those pesky breakouts. Shake well before use to mix this revolutionary product with two elements; color true pigments resting at the bottom combined with Hydro-Brilliant technology, or reflective waters that sit at the top in the bottle.

laura mercier smooth finish flawless fluide

Using mineral foundation is a trick makeup artists use to enhance skin that suffers from acne. Mineral foundations are often more comfortable to wear on the skin as they contain fewer chemicals, oils and other additives that can irritate sensitive skin or cause unnecessary breakouts.

bareMinerals are renowned for their weightless powder foundations, which now come in two finishes, matte and original, depending on your skin type. The Original SPF 15 Foundation provides impeccable coverage with the look of bare skin. The powder texture formula means you can adjust the coverage you want depending on your skin, building to full coverage for a truly flawless look.

The Original SPF 15 Foundation Bare Minerals

Mature Skin

When it comes to mature skin, you need a formula that leaves the skin even and glowing without emphasizing fine lines or wrinkles. Any formula that is too matte or full coverage will age the skin as it gives a flattening effect, so it’s best to use light-reflecting products with a dewy finish.

La Prairie Anti-Aging Foundation is a lightweight coverage that provides full and flawless coverage. La Prairie are known for their anti-aging products, and this foundation is perfect as it hydrates and firms the skin while smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles.

la prairie anti aging foundation

ByTerry Terrybly Densiliss Foundation is an anti-wrinkle serum foundation that provides skin with a luminous finish while working hard to firm skin at a deeper level and fight wrinkles. Available in 14 shades, there’s a color to suit everyone.

ByTerry Terrybly Densiliss Foundation

Normal Skin

If your skin doesn’t fall into any of these categories, then it falls into the normal skin type. Normal skin is neither too dry nor too oily, with few blemishes or sensitivity. If you have normal skin, then there’s a whole host of foundations at your fingertips.

Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation is a must-have foundation, perfect for a range of skin types and skin tones, including ‘magic’ ingredients such as, laricyl—a concentrated mushroom extract, hyaluronic filling spheres and supercharged Vitamin C to create perfect looking skin every day.

Charlotte Tilburys Magic Foundation

MAC’s newest foundation, Mac Studio Waterweight Foundation, was seen backstage at big name shows during AW15’s fashion week shows in every city. The foundation has a light texture and glowing finish, making it one of MAC’s best foundations to date.

mac studio waterweight foundation

Will you be trying any of these foundations? Have any other recommendations? Let us know in the comments!

About the author

Alexandra Davis

Living in the heart of London, Alexandra is currently studying journalism at City University. Self-confessed lipstick addict, puppy lover, horse rider and designer handbag enthusiast, she enjoys writing for a range of fashion and beauty magazines.

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