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Choosing Foundation for Your Skin Type

With so many brands and types of foundations to choose from it can be difficult picking or finding the correct product for your own specific needs.

I will be sharing some of the top things you need to take into consideration when choosing a foundation for yourself.

Did you know your skin type can also change over time? For example, younger people are more likely than older folks to have a normal skin type. Changes in skin can be effected by the products you use, diet, environmental factors, water intake, genetics,

Oily skin:



If you have a very oily skin, it is definitely worth investing in a primer of sorts. Regardless of the product you use, people with oily skin will often find their skin looking shiny at some point in the day. The right primer will help with oil control as well as can help neutralising red or brown spots which means you will ultimately use less product overall.

Find a foundation that is specially suited to people with oily skin; look at the ingredients and be sure to choose foundation that is oil-free. Using a foundation with oil in will be too rich for your skin and contribute to breakouts which is often an issue for people with oily skin.

Characteristics of oily skin

  • Enlarged pores
  • Dull or shiny, thick complexion
  • Blackheads, pimples or other blemishes

So its not all negative things when it comes to oily skin types. You guys are lucky too because the oil in your skin will keep the skin supple and in the long run the skin will be less prone to getting wrinkles!


Dry Skin:



Your skin can crack, peel, or become itchy, irritated, or inflamed. If it’s very dry, it can become rough and scaly if you don’t treat it with skin cream for Dry skin types specifically.


  • Almost invisible pores
  • Dull, rough complexion
  • Red patches
  • Skin less elastic
  • Visible lines

Dry skin can be aggravated by a number of factors we encounter daily such as ageing or hormonal changes, weather (sun and cold), indoor heating, long hot baths or showers, ingredients in cleanser and cosmetics as well as medications.

You can help alleviate some of the issues you may have with dry skin by:

  • Taking short showers or baths no more than once a day.
  • Use mild cleansers without scented ingredients.
  • Don’t scrub the skin more than once a week.
  • Use a moisturiser for Dry skin right after cleansing. Ointments and creams often work better than lotions but they are often a little messier.

Choose a foundation that is designed for dry skins; mousses and creamy foundations, tinted moisturiser, BB Creams are all great options for drier skins. You want to pick something that will help you deal with the dryness, not aggravate it.

There are also hydrating primers that can be used prior to foundation application which will smooth the skin and help give the skin a beautiful finish.

Combination Skin:



Combination skin is usually characterised by an oily T-zone and dry extremities of the face. This is not a hard and fast rule though, so if you find yourself with different areas being dry and oily you might also have combination skin.

My skin tends to be a little bit of both: oily T-zone and dry extremities. A thin foundation doesn’t give enough coverage in the T-zone as well as just doesn’t stay in place through the day. So I use a foundation for oily skins in the centre and a BB cream on the extremities.

That being said you don’t need to use 2 different products if it seems a little excessive or too high maintenance. I would recommend using an oil-free foundation or BB cream if you’re unsure of the type of product to go for.


  • Oily and dry areas of skin
  • Your skin is oilier in summer and drier in winter

As you might already have suspected, using products that contain harsh or skin-aggravating ingredients will inevitably dry out some areas of your face while stimulating oil production in other parts (especially around the nose) that were already oily.

If you’re using the wrong products, you might actually be causing your combination skin. If you use the right products, you may still have some amount of oily skin, but at least you won’t have dry, rough skin underneath excess oil. Once you start using the right products, your skin can improve almost immediately, with the dry areas softened and smoothed and the oily areas less oily and red—plus minimized pores.

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