One of my favorite parts about being a beauty YouTuber is that I get to interact with all you guys on a daily basis! I love being able to answer all your questions about makeup, beauty, fashion, and life! Probably one of the most common questions I get asked is what foundation to use for different skin types. After seeing this question so often, I thought it would be easiest to explain it all in one place, here on the blog! It’s definitely a tricky question, since each person has different needs and preferences for their foundation. There’s always a little bit of trial and error involved in finding the best foundation for your skin type, but I’m going to break down some foundation basics for you!
Since I started as a makeup artist at MAC and later became a freelance makeup artist, I have experience doing makeup on almost every imaginable skin type! I’m going to share the best foundation for every skin type, including drugstore and high end options! Once you find a formula you like, learn how to find the best foundation match for your skin tone here!
If you have oily skin, you’ve probably had trouble finding a foundation that stays put, or have found that you look shiny throughout the day. A flawless foundation for oily skin all starts with your primer. My personal favorite for oily skin is the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. You’ll want to avoid any “luminous” foundations since these will just make you look even shinier! Look for foundations that are oil-free, long lasting, and mattifying. My personal favorites are the Maybelline Matte + Poreless Foundation and the Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation.
I have super dry skin, so I’m always looking for foundations that work well with dry skin! Use any foundation that is hydrating and has essential oils added. It’s best to stay away from any powder foundation, since these can cake on dry areas. I like to use the Marc Jacobs Invisible Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer with a creamy foundation like the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick or the luminizing L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation.
If you have combination skin, don’t be afraid to use two different primers to prep each area of your face. For example, I’ll use the Dr. Brandt Pores No More Primer on the apples of my cheeks (if you have large pores, this is by far the best primer I’ve ever used for minimizing my pores!) and the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer on the rest of my face. I recommend using a buildable coverage foundation if you have combination skin, so you can use lighter coverage on oily areas and a medium coverage on dry skin. I like the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation.
Acne Prone Skin
If you have acne prone skin, look for an oil free, full coverage foundation. You can also find foundations that have salicylic acid (like this Neutrogena Skin-Clearing Foundation) that will even help your acne! I like using the Korres Greek Yoghurt Smoothing Priming Moisturizer on acne prone skin with the Neutrogena foundation or the Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Longwear Foundation, which has really heavy duty coverage, but a lightweight feel. If you don’t like full coverage foundation, use a concealer to pinpoint conceal any blemishes!
I hope this post helped to answer some of your questions about the best foundations to use for every skin type! Let me know if you still have any questions in the comments! Have you found that perfect foundation yet?