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  • Writer's pictureIren Urdova

Flawless Foundation: Choosing the Perfect Match for Your Skin Type

You want your makeup to look seamless, right? Where do you even start with all of the products that are available on the market right now... I'll tell you where: you start at the base. What's the base? Your face is the base of the whole makeup look, which is why it's important to make sure you're using the right product for YOU. Your foundation doesn't just need to match your skin tone, it also needs to be formulated for your skin type. We all have different skin types - oily, dry, combination, very oily, very dry, etc. So, how does someone with oily skin use the same foundation as someone with dry skin and expect it to look flawless? The answer is, they shouldn't. When it comes to achieving a flawless makeup look, finding the right foundation for your skin type is essential.

Before diving into foundation recommendations, it's crucial to identify your skin type. The four main types are oily, dry, combination, and sensitive. Oily skin tends to produce excess sebum, while dry skin lacks moisture. Combination skin exhibits both oily and dry areas, while sensitive skin is prone to irritation and redness. Determining your skin type will guide you in selecting the most suitable foundation formula.

For all my oily skin beauties, I recommend using an oil-free, mattifying foundation that will help keep your shine under control throughout the day. Opt for water-based or powder formulas that are light on the skin and create a matte finish. If you're looking to splurge on your next mattifying foundation, I recommend getting the Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Full Coverage Liquid Foundation (pro: it has SPF!). If you're not big on splurging on foundation and are looking for something more accessible, then I recommend L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation (con: might oxidize).

For those with dry skin, a hydrating foundation is key. Look for liquid or cream-based formulas that offer moisture and nourishment. Foundations infused with hyaluronic acid or glycerin help to plump and hydrate the skin, giving a radiant and dewy finish. Avoid matte or powder foundations, as they can accentuate dry patches. Instead, opt for foundations that provide a luminous or satin finish, giving your complexion a healthy glow.

If you have combo skin, your foundation battle can be a bit trickier because you need your foundation to balance your dry and oily areas. I recommend using a foundation that's semi-matte and oil-free. Also, using a mattifying primer only in your oily spots can help control that T-zone shine. My favorite semi-matte foundation is Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation.

Last but not least, sensitive skin. When shopping for sensitive skin foundation, one must look for gentle, non-irritating formulas. Look for hypoallergenic and fragrance-free foundations. Mineral-based foundations with fewer ingredients and natural pigments are often suitable for sensitive skin. My favorite foundation for sensitive skin is Bare Minerals Loose Mineral Powder - super lightweight and a very gentle formula, guaranteed to feel comfortable on your skin.

Choosing the right foundation for your skin type is crucial for achieving a flawless and long-lasting makeup look. By understanding your skin's unique needs and selecting a foundation that caters to those needs, you can enhance your natural beauty while maintaining the health and comfort of your skin. Remember, experimenting with different foundations or seeking advice from a makeup artist can help you achieve a flawless foundation look. If you don't know where to start, feel free to contact me here:, and I can help you find your perfect foundation.

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