Trial and error is the last thing on your mind when you’re shopping for a foundation. Pick the wrong texture or shade and kiss your look goodbye. If you thought finding the right shade was all that mattered, you’re wrong! That’s only the start. The texture and formulation are equally important, so here’s our guide to finding the right formula for your needs.
The commonest formulation available. It provides medium to full coverage (depending on how much you apply) and is available in a variety of formulations: oil-based, oil-free or water-based. Each foundation gives a different finish from dewy to matte and are suitable for all skin types.
Oily Skin: Choose a foundation that banishes shine. Pick a water-based or mattifying foundation like Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation.
Dry Skin: Choose a foundation which also moisturizes skin. Look for an oil-based formula or one that’s enriched with Vitamin E such as MUA Skin Define Hydro Foundation.
Normal Skin: Lucky you! You can pick either type depending on the look you’re after. We recommend Maybelline Dream Satin Skin Liquid Foundation.
Blends best with: A makeup sponge like Lottie London Blend and Snap Sponge – Pink.
These are heavier than liquid formulas and provide full coverage. They’re easier to work with and blends easily. For obvious reasons they’re not recommended for oily and aging skin as they tend to exaggerate shine and settle in fine lines. Typically, creamy formulas give a smooth finish. These can either be liquid or pressed.
Normal Skin: If you have normal skin and are looking for coverage with moisturizing you can try Nykaa SKINgenius Sculpting & Hydrating Foundation.
Dry Skin: Look for a moisturizing formula that hydrates skin. We recommend Revlon Colorstay Makeup For Normal / Dry Skin
Blends best with: Foundation brush like Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.
This is basically a cream foundation in stick form. Since these are heaver in formulation they’re not recommended for oily or acne prone or aging skin. They give full coverage and a smooth finish. The best part, it’s a travel-friendly way to carry your cover-up. No messes or spills.
Dry Skin: If your skin is super dry (flaky) use a stick foundation, but moisturize before using it. They tend to settle much faster than regular formulas. Try Natio Clever Stick SPF 15.
Blends best with: Makeup sponges like Colorbar Peppy Duo Foundation Sponges (2 Piece).
This one is best for sensitive skin. They provide medium to nearly full coverage. These come in either pressed or cream form. They suit almost every skin type except dry skin.
Oily Skin: Pick one in a pressed/loose powder format like Faces Mineral Loose Powder.
Normal to Combination Skin: You can choose any one, depending on the coverage you’re after. Try L’Oreal Paris True Match Minerals.
Blends best with: A foundation brush like Real Techniques Foundation Brush.
This is a cross between pressed powder and liquid foundation. It provides sheer to full coverage depending on the formulation of the product. Most of them are very creamy, which makes your face looks almost greasy if you have oily or combination skin. But if you choose carefully, chances are the creaminess will settle into a semi-matte or slight dewy finish.
Normal Skin: Again pick any formula. We recommend Maybelline Dream Satin Skin Two Way Cake Foundation.
Dry Skin: Not recommended for extremely dry skin. However, if you have slightly dry skin you could use the one that gives a dewy look like L’Oreal Paris True Match Genius 4-In-1 Compact Foundation.
Oily Skin: Use this only if you have slightly oily skin and pick the one that settles into a matte finish. We like L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24H Powder Foundation.
Blends best with: It comes with an applicator designed for good coverage.
Sheer Foundation or Tinted Moisturizer
They lightweight formulas add just the right hint of color with light to semi-medium coverage. They form the perfect base for a casual brunch or weekend getaway. The best part, most of them are infused with SPF so you don’t need extra sunscreen.
Normal Skin: You can use it if you’re not looking for heavy coverage. We like L’Oreal Paris True Match BB Cream.
Dry Skin: Use a formula that is also moisturizing like Ponds White Beauty Blemish Balm Fairness Cream.
Slightly Oily Skin: Use Maybelline Clear Glow Bright Benefit Cream only if your skin is clear and you’re not looking for extra coverage.
Blends best with: A makeup brush like NYX Professional Makeup Pro Brush Flat Foundation.
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