Makeup 101: Choosing the Right Foundation for You


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Choosing the correct foundation can be very difficult–especially when first deciding to wear makeup–and with all of the different products on the market, it can seem like a frustrating treasure hunt to find what works best for your skin. Today, I want to aid you in your journey. So, the first thing that we need to do is determine what type of skin you have.

Here are some ways to tell:

Normal: Those with this type of skin tend to have fewer breakouts, the surface of the skin is not oily or dry, they have an even complexion, and small pores

Dry: Tiny/undetectable pores, cheeks and/or chin tend to be flaky and dry, lines and wrinkles may be around the eyes and mouth, and their face generally feels tight and dry very often

Oily: This type of skin is usually shiny, their pores are fairly large, however they have minimal lines and wrinkles, and tend to get blemishes frequently

Combination: If your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin (altogether commonly known as your T-Zone) are oily and prone to breakouts, skin on cheeks is normal to dry, and typically large pores on cheeks and chin

Sensitive: This is very delicate skin, sometimes has blotchy patches, and has a sensitivity to products that are not mild

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Ok, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way and decided on what skin type you have, let’s take a look at which foundation would best suite you:

Normal: Liquid foundation can blend easily and has a smooth finish once set with powder, great for those with normal skin. Pressed powder-based foundations are also great for a quick application with good coverage.

Dry: For those with dry skin a liquid, stick or hydrating powder foundation is best. Sometimes a tinted moisturizer is another option that provides extra hydration and with a touch of color can even out your skin tone. It is VERY important for those who have dry skin to apply moisturizer before apply foundation or it will cause the face to feel tight and look ashy.

Oily: Using an OIL-FREE liquid or powder foundation is the right choice for oily skin. If you are prone to breakouts, be sure to use a foundation with salicylic acid, which dries up the oil producing glands that cause acne. Mineral makeup is another good option because the dry particles will absorb moisture.

Combination:  For combination skin, powder foundation can be a good fit. However, liquid can work great also if you strategically apply a powder foundation over it in your T-Zone, which can allow distribution of more of the oil-absorbing makeup where you need it and less where it is not, without leaving those terrible noticeable lines. Cream foundations are well suited for women with combination skin also that have an uneven skin tone, and need heavier coverage.

Sensitive: Mineral foundation works great for those who have sensitive skin, because “less is more” for those with this skin type.

Hopefully these tips will help you find the perfect foundation for your skin type. Be aware that just because one product is more expensive than the other, that doesn’t make it the better one for you. Personally, I have tried several different types of foundation ranging from $8 – $34, and the one that best suites my skin (Maybelline Dream Mousse) is only $8.99 at my local Target. Lastly, remember you must choose the correct color tone that matches your complexion! Foundation is meant to look as natural as possible, so don’t be afraid to test the foundation out before buying it to ensure that it blends flawlessly. It may take you trying a few products before finding that right fit, but don’t give up and settle for anything less than perfect. Your pores will thank you for it!

Well until next time, ladies! Muah!

-LaShunna.

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