Fashion & Beauty

Top Foundations for Each Skin Type

Finding the right foundation for your skin type can be a hassle, what if you want a matte finish but don’t want to look cakey? Or a dewy finish but don’t want that 5 o’clock shine? This article will hopefully help you find the right foundation for you!


Dry Skin: 

Those with dry skin should always try to lean towards hydrating foundations and something that adds a glow to the skin, steer clear of matte finish foundations as these will just make your skin look even drier.

Maybelline Fit Me £7.99: There are two different versions of the Maybelline Fit Me range, one being suitable for oily skin known as ‘Matte and Poreless’ and then the original ‘Fit Me’ foundation. This foundation is perfect for dry skin, being really hydrated and excellent at moisturising your skin, yet also being oil free making your skin less congested.


Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation £30.00: Magic. That’s exactly what this foundation is for those with dry skin, Charlotte Tilbury boasts that this foundation is perfect for moisturising your skin with concentrated mushroom extract incorporated within the ingredients, while with the help of Vitamin C helps reduce ageing, which for many of us is a bonus. If you’re looking to invest in a foundation that has proven results in anti-ageing, acne reduction and flawless, full coverage this is worth considering.


NARS Sheer Glow £32.00: The proof is in the title, right? The Sheer Glow foundation helps to hydrate your skin for softer skin also, for a glowing, radiant finish to the skin. With buildable coverage, this sheer finish foundation is bound to leave a lasting impression on your skin.

Oily Skin:

Finding a foundation for oily skin can be tougher than finding a foundation for dry skin, purely because you want something mattifying to take away the excess oils in your skin yet you don’t want to completely strip the skin of its natural oils, the number one tip is to opt for oil-free foundations.


No7 Beautifully Matte £15.00: Like I mentioned, it is always best to aim towards oil-free foundations, just like this one. As well as being oil free, the matte/velvet finish the foundation leaves allows you to be worry free that your skin will not have shine throughout the day. A bonus is that it also has an SPF 15, making sure your skin is protected from the unwanted ageing effects from the sun


Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless £7.99: As I mentioned earlier, the ‘Fit Me’ range comes in two varieties, this one being tailored towards oily skin. This foundation, I think is best for during the day, as the coverage is good yet not good enough to sustain a whole evening of partying or socialising. With however, it does what the title says and leaves a matte finish and poreless look, however you do get a bit of a shine after about 6 hours of use, which for some may be enough but for those who like a good six- twelve hours wear out of their make-up, this may not be the one for you, but don’t you worry, the next one will sure leave a lasting impression.


MAC Studio Fix Fluid £23.50: If I am not mistaken, this foundation will become one of your holy grails after you’ve tried and tested it. With a full coverage and oil controlling formula, this foundation will happily stay on your face for a lengthy time, be sure to powder areas that are oilier than others such as the T-Zone for an even longer lasting finish too.


Normal/Combination skin: 

For those of you are lucky enough not to be on either extremes of the spectrum and find yourself slap bang in the middle, but sometimes with a bit of excess oil around the T-Zone. Most foundations will look amazing on you, so here are a few suggestions.


Estée Lauder Double Wear £32.50: The semi-matte finish is perfect for normal/combination skin, with you being able to mattify the areas that may need it, but not having to worry that it will make the other areas of your face look too dry. It also has the longevity of twenty four hours, making your make-up flawless all day.


Clinique Super Balanced £24.00: Balanced. That is exactly what this foundation is, being oil-free and hydrating, making it diverse for most skin types. Hydrating in areas where you need it and controlling oils where needed to, the perfect combination.


L’Oréal True Match £9.99: This is the perfect foundation for a ‘no make-up, make-up day’ for flawless coverage yet lightweight with not a too matte finish, this foundation matches perfectly to the textures of your skin instantly, however it is not as long lasting as other foundations mentioned.


Sensitive Skin: 

Having sensitive skin means you’re wanting to stay away from any nasty chemicals that can really irritate the skin, even more so when your skin is extra sensitive than others.


Tarte Clay Stick Foundation £35.00: Available online only. This foundation is perfect for those with sensitive skin, being gluten free makes sure that no chemicals such as parabens that can irritate the skin are in any of their clay stick formulas. It is also vegan friendly, which is not always the case with foundations. With a buildable coverage and creamy matte finish and wear of up to twelve hours, this is worth considering.


The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation £15.00: The Body Shop have been coming out with a lot more beauty based products these last couple of months, which is brilliant as the natural and cruelty free brand has gained more and more attention. Their Fresh Nude foundation is one of their most popular foundations, with a semi matte finish and 24-hour moisturisation. It is also dermatologically tested, so you can be rest assured there are no harsh chemicals within the formula that could irritate your skin.


Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation £27.00: I’d list every single Clinique foundation if I had the time, as all of Clinique’s products are dermatologically tested and thus suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. I chose this foundation however because it also has an included concealer to make applying your makeup even quicker, if you don’t have time to apply foundation and then conceal.  It is also oil-free, yet equally moisturising and allows the skin to breathe throughout the day.

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Izzie Berry

Aspiring journalist with a love of all things beauty.

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