How Your Skin Type Plays a Role in Your Foundation

Posted November 5, 2019 by Kalyn in Foundation, makeup / 0 Comments

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Did you know that your skin type is a huge factor in determining what foundation you should be wearing? Certain foundations are geared towards certain skin types. Unique formulations help to combat any problems you have due to your skin type as well.

In this installment in our foundation series, we’re going to be discussing how skin type plays a role when it comes to selecting your perfect foundation. We’ll learn about what buzz words you should look for to help you find the best foundation for your skin type.

And if you don’t know your skin type, don’t worry – I’ll share a little information about each type that will help you determine yours!

Before we jump into it, if you haven’t seen my first post in this series, be sure to check it out! In that post we learned all about undertones.

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How to tell your skin type for makeup.

In order to determine the best foundation for your skin type, you first need to know your skin type. There are four different skin types: normal, dry, oily, and combination. Let’s take a look at how to recognize different skin types, take a moment to discuss the problems these skin types can cause for foundation, and explore the different ways foundations suit these skin types.

Normal skin
Woman with brown hair and blue eyes featuring a normal skin type

The term normal refers to your skin being “well-balanced”. It doesn’t feel too tight from dryness and doesn’t get too oily through out the day either. You’ll have very few imperfections, less visible pores, and a naturally glowing complexion.

Problems this can cause when it comes to foundation:

  • basically none and everyone hates you for it 😉

What to look for in a foundation

Basically anything you want and everyone hates you for it 😉

No, but seriously, you have a lot of freedom when it comes to foundation. You pretty much get to select what you like in terms of finish and you shouldn’t have many problems.

But if you are experiencing some issues, you may find this post helpful!

Dry skin

Dry skin is characterized by a lack of sebum (your skin’s natural oil). Dryness can cause redness, itching, scaly patches, and a dull complexion. People with dry skin will often have less visible pores as well.

Problems this can cause when it comes to foundation:

  • foundation can cling to dry patches and accentuate dry areas
  • foundation can “dehydrate” through out the day and crack apart

What to look for in a foundation

You want to look for foundations that are marketed as “luminous” or “dewy” or “hydrating”. Some variation of those words. These foundations will add some moisture back into your skin and really help to smooth over any rough or scaly patches.

If you have the budget for it, more expensive foundations that are formulated with skincare ingredients may be most helpful.

Oily skin
Woman with dark hair and glasses featuring an oily/acne prone skin type

Oily skin is characterized by too much sebum. Oily skin is often accompanied by acne, too much shine, and enlarged pores.

Problems this can cause when it comes to foundation:

  • foundation can become too oily-looking through out the day
  • foundation will not wear long before it starts to break down
  • foundation can cause break outs

What to look for in a foundation

You want to look for foundations that are marketed as “matte” or “long-wearing”. These foundations will hold up better against excess sebum. They will wear longer and also help to combat any shininess that may show up through out the day.

You’ll also want to look for a foundation that is “non-comedogenic”. That means it won’t clog your pores.

Combination skin

Combination skin is some sort of combination of the aforementioned skin types. It could be an oily forehead and dry nose. It could be an oily nose and dry between the eye brows. You get the idea.

Problems this can cause when it comes to foundation:

  • foundation will look good on one area of the face and bad on another

What to look for in a foundation

Combination skin is extra tricky because it really depends on what areas of your face are which skin type. And which problem you most want to combat. I personally think that your best bet with combination skin is to customize your foundation with other products, which will be coming in a later blog post!

Sensitive skin

Sensitive skin isn’t necessarily a skin type – it’s more of a skin condition – but I did want to address it. Sensitive skin is reactive skin that is prone to inflammation.

Problems this can cause when it comes to foundation:

  • foundation can cause burning, itching, redness, etc

What to look for in a foundation

When it comes to sensitive skin, there are certain things in foundation that you want to avoid. Unfortunately, no one can tell you exactly what those ingredients are. It’s up to trial and error on your part. However, a good place to start is to make sure the foundation is non-comedogenic, has no added fragrance, and is hypoallergenic.

You will be able to determine if a foundation meets these criteria by looking at the bottle, the description online and/or the ingredients.

Avoiding these things will definitely get you on the right road to finding the best foundation for your skin type.

Before we wrap it up, be sure to follow me on Instagram so you can be notified when my next blog post in this series goes up!

Woman with brown hair in red lipstick applying foundation for her skin type while looking in a mirror

To sum everything up really quickly:

  • Normal skin is practically perfect and we all hate you because you can pretty much wear whatever foundation you want.
  • Dry skin is characterized by tight, often flaky skin and foundation with a radiant or luminous finish will suit dry skin best.
  • Oily skin is characterized by too much sebum and foundation with a matte finish will suit oily skin best.
  • Combination skin is a very unique case-by-case basis and should focus on customizing foundation with additional products.
  • Sensitive skin is often characterized by redness, blotchiness, and/or itchiness, and hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and fragrance-free foundations will suit it best.

Oh, and did you know that Ulta allows you to search for foundation by skin type? How handy is that?!

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