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How To Choose The Best Foundation For Your Skin Type

Hello lovelies!

In your opinion, what makes a good foundation? That’s its discretion. Indeed, I must be invisible and leave your skin radiant and flawless. However, if your skin presents some challenges, choosing the right foundation for your skin type can be an issue. And this is especially true if you have visible pores, eczema, or wrinkles.

Moreover, the large choice among the different types of foundations doesn’t help. What should you choose to get a long-lasting radiant skin? Compact powder? An oil-free liquid foundation? Or a tinted moisturizer?

Fortunately, you don’t have to wonder what foundation to choose anymore! In this article, I’ll walk you through the different textures of foundation to choose the right foundation for your skin type.

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What’s your skin type?


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Before choosing the right foundation, you must be aware of your skin type. Indeed, self-knowledge is the best tool you can apply to choose the appropriate products for your beauty routine. And this is true for skincare and makeup routine as well.

If you want to determine your skin type, I’ve already written an entire article related to this topic. You can read it first here before continuing scrolling through the current article.

Dry skin


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If you have dry skin, you need a foundation that will moisturize your skin while reducing imperfections such as wrinkles or redness. Therefore, you’ll need heavier textures to make your skin appear more supple and radiant.

Here are the foundation types you can use on your dry skin:

  • tinted moisturizers/creams
  • stick foundations
  • moisturizing compact foundations
  • liquid foundations

My recommendations:

On a budget: Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation

Expensive: Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin

Combination skin


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Do you have combination skin? Then, you need a foundation that helps you balance your skin. Indeed, the best foundation for you will moisturize the dry zones while absorbing the excess of sebum on the T-zone.

Here are the foundation types you can use on combination skin:

  • oil-free liquid foundations, especially in summer
  • creamy foundations
  • stick foundations

My recommendations:

On a budget: L’Oréal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation

Expensive: Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation

Oily skin


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If you have oily skin, you need a foundation that entirely covers your imperfections. For example, the ideal foundation must prevent your skin from shining in excess. Consequently, you must invest in an oil-free foundation that will cover your imperfections, your acne, and your enlarged pores.

Here are the foundation types you can use on oily skin:

  • oil-free compact powder
  • mineral powder
  • oil-free creamy foundations
  • oil-free liquid foundations

My recommendations:

On a budget: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Fresh Wear Foundation

Expensive: Dior Forever Matte Foundation

Summary: what is the right foundation for your skin type?


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Choosing the right foundation for your skin type means that you must know yourself in the first place. Then, you can start using the appropriate products to get a beautiful skin. Never forget that a good foundation evens out your skin tone, smoothes your features, and lights up your face. Thus, your skin will be more beautiful with make-up!


If you want to go further in this topic, I recommend the following book: Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual

Well, that’s it for today! What do you think of this article on the right foundation for your skin type? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Take care!

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  1. Stella says:

    If it were not for my sensitive eczema-prone skin, I would wear Mac liquid foundation.  The only thing is, it makes my eyes weep.  So I don’t.  

    However, for those who like wearing foundation, it can definitely help a person look flawless with porcelain skin.

    So what do I do instead?  I juice 2 litres of green smoothie every day to look beautiful and have glowing skin.

    It works!  So far so good..

    1. Thanks for sharing Stella!

  2. Michel says:

    To me, a good foundation looks natural without that cakey flakey look and it mustn’t look too thick and laid on. It also mustn’t flake off or fade as the day goes on. This is probably the reason I never wear foundation anymore, rather opting for a tinted BB cream instead. I have dry skin so I am wondering if the Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation will suit me as per the requirements above?

    1. You’re on it! Yes Maybelline Foundation will suit you to the T!

  3. Thank you for information you provided. I have some open pores on my cheek and I wonder if  a foundation is better for me or a powder ,or both.I do not have oily skin I have  normal one I would like to have smooth appearance ,.Can you please give me an advice?

    1. For a normal skin, you can have any foundation, but you must take heed that it’s not too oily for you. Choose a stick or a powder depending on the coverage you want!

  4. pasindu dimanka says:

    Your article on selecting the right foundation for different skin types is a treasure trove of advice! I found your breakdown of skin types and matching foundations informative. Have you encountered any specific brands or formulations that work exceptionally well for a wide range of skin types?

    The emphasis on considering undertones and testing shades before purchasing is crucial. It’s incredible how much difference the right undertone can make in achieving a natural look. How do you recommend managing oily skin without the foundation becoming too shiny throughout the day? Thanks for sharing such comprehensive guidance!

    1. To manage oily skin during the day, just have your powder with you and apply it during the day on oily areas! Thanks for your comment!

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