How To Figure Out Which Foundation Will Have You Looking Flawless For Hours

With 2019’s busy schedule, putting your make-up on at 6am and not washing it off until 11pm is the new norm. However, by 11am is common for your make-up to be breaking apart on your face or it just not looking as cute as it did when you first applied it.

Have you ever stopped to wonder if it’s actually the foundation that you’re wearing? With all the different kinds out there – let’s be real, EVERY brand has at least four different types – it can be tricky to know which is for you.

Your skin type could just be the reason why your foundation is literally falling off your face half way through the day. We’ve broken down the different skin types and what foundations will work for them.

You’re welcome.

Skin types

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Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, trust me, you’ll know it. It will be patchy, tight-feeling and flaky; all of which can be enhanced by foundation. Although, with the right preparations your skin should be looking insta-worthy in minutes!

Moisturising your skin thoroughly and using a radiance primer will maintain a hydrated, glowy finish throughout the day.

The best foundations for the skin type usually have the terms hydrating, light-weight or radiance in their name.

The best drug store foundations for this skin type are Bourjois’ Healthy Mix Serum Foundation or Dream Satin Liquid by Maybelline. A more high end option would be Giorgio Armani Beauty’s Luminous Silk Foundation.

Or, if you can’t afford to buy a new one (girl, we’ve all been there), you can always mix a bit of your foundation into your moisturiser for that sheer glow affect. You’re welcome, huni!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

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Oily Skin

Having oily skin means that your natural oils seep through your foundation making you shine brighter than your highlighter or with your foundation literally falling off your face!

A great way to prevent these things from happening are to use a mattifying primer or using blotting sheets to soak up excess oil throughout the day rather than piling on more powder.

Drugstore foundation options for oily skin are No.7’s Beautifully Matte or NYX’s Stay Matte But Not Flat.

A more pricey option would be MAC’s Studio Fix fluid foundation.

No.7 Beautifully Matte

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Combination Skin

Perhaps the most ANNOYING skin type out there – trust me, I have it – combination skin is what it says on the tin. A combination of oily and dry skin, meaning that finding a foundation to suit all aspects of your skin issues can be tricky.

Prepping your skin with one primer for the drier areas and a more mattifying primer in the oilier sections can help with your foundation’s longevity.

A cheap option which you might want to try is the Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick or the Revlon ColorStay Foundation in the Combination/ Oily option. (Not to be confused with the dry one!)

A more expensive option is Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-In-Place Make Up. With a semi-matte finish, it is ideal to stay shine free without clinging.

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Sensitive Skin

Finding a foundation to work with sensitive skin is a bit like trying to find another half. Every sensitive skin is different and it will be a lot of trials and errors before you find the perfect one for you (told you it’s like relationships!).

Ensuring your skin is prepped with foundation and maybe a primer that you can trust will help to smooth the foundation on better.

Mineral based foundation is known to be good for sensitive skin, and the Bare Minerals Original Loose Mineral Foundation might be the answer for you.

Liquid foundation options are Clinique’s Even Better Refresh and No. 7’s City Light Tinted Moisturiser.

Bare Minerals Original FoundationImage Source/ Lookfantastic

Normal Skin

Normal skins are the best skins in that they don’t have any issues which could affect the way that foundation sit on the skin.

A drug store option is NYX’s Total Control Drop Foundation. More suitable options at a high end price are the Born This Way foundation by Too Faced and Nars’ Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation.

NYX Total Control Drop FoundationImage Source/ Walmart Canada