Foundation for your Skin Type 101

At the heart of everything you do everyone starts with the basics- or in this case- foundation!

Have you ever wondered why different brands market different types of foundation? Well, it is because people have different types of skin types. Of the many skin types that there are the three main skin types I will be talking about are oily and dry.

Oily Skin:

As an 18 year old girl, having oily skin is tough to manage. I find it extremely disgusting when I would see my face shine like the top of the Chrysler Building.  Thankfully, there are certain products that I like to use that help control my oily skin.

For oily skin, it is a MUST to prime your face. Primers are formulations that you put on your face before putting on your foundation that even out your pores and allow for your foundation to stick to your face and last even longer. The places where people get the most oily, including myself, are the forehead chin cheeks and nose area, or the T- Zone. In light of this, I concentrate the primer on these areas of the face and then spread it to the rest of my face.Don’t try and skip this step! Your face will be looking like a greaser if you don’t!


Becca Ever-Matte Powerless Priming Perfector

This primer is my absolute FAVORITE for my oily skin. The texture is very stick and dries very quickly on your face, making your face feel very tight. This may be an uncomfortable feeling, however, this guarantees that your makeup will stay in place for the entire day! If you have extremely oily skin like me or need to have your make up last the entire day and night, you should have this in your make up kit stat! I admit, this is a pretty pricey product for only 1.35 flz ounce but a using a little bit on your face will go a long way. On the bright side it fulfills the TSA requirement for fluid ounces to travel with 🙂

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer $6.99 0.9 fl. oz

If you’re on a budget,this primer would probably be best for you! This primer has all the perks of a high end primer but without the hefty price tag. This lightweight formula blends easily and helps keep you looking matte all day long.  For 0.9 ounces the price isn’t so bad!

Urban Decay De-slick Makeup Setting Spray Oil Control $30.00

This personally, is my holy grail primer! Unlike the other two products I listed, this is a skin mist that you spray before and after you put on your makeup. Mist on this weightless spray helps to control oil, deflect surface shine and  makeup stay put. Whenever I feel like my face is looking extra greasy I spray this on and not only does it have leave a cold refreshing feel to my face, I look more matte. I have used about 6 bottles of these for the past 2 years!


Now for the good stuff. Here are my top foundations for oily skin:

Estee Lauder Double Wear $38

This award-winning foundation, long-wear, 15 hour foundation, medium coverage is definitely THE foundation all oily girls and boys should have.  It looks flawless and natural on the skin and lasts through heat, humidity, non-stop activity. This foundation is perfect for a long summer day!


MAC Studio Fix Fluid $38.00

Studio Fix Fluid is for sure a classic foundation. I personally go to this foundation for important from parties, concerts, and fancy events. When pictures are being taken, this is the foundation I go for every time. The foundation also has an SP15 which is great to protect against skin damage!

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-matte 24 hr foundation $12.99 1 fl. oz

And of course if you’re on a budget, this foundation is the great for oily skin. Even though, I don’t believe this foundation lasts for 24 hours, it definitely does the trick. For the low price it’s definitely worth the money.

Tips for oily skin foundation:

  1. Make sure the foundation doesn’t run! Test this by putting a small amount on the back of your hand a rotating your hand. If the foundation is running a little too fast, it means your foundation probably won’t last on your already oily fast. Pick a foundation that sticks to your hand or runs only a little bit.
  2. If it dries to a powder, and is more “heavy” the  foundation is probably the best one for oily skin.
  3. Try to look for foundations that says “matte” or “long lasting”.


Dry Skin

Usually older people will have this type of skin type , however, I know during the winter I can have insanely dry skin or dry patches on my face. These foundations will help fake a healthy glow, making you appear less dull. These foundations are also moisturizing and light  which can ease irritated skin.


Luminous Silk Foundation by Giorgio Armani 1fl oz. $62

This is by far the most popular foundation, as well as my favorite, for dry skin and has had the whole makeup world raving since its release. It has a very hefty price tag and the foundation is full coverage, so I’d probably only use this foundation for special occasions.



Too Faced Born This way Foundation 1 fl oz. $39

This foundation is especially unique since it contains hyaluronic acid, is oil free, has alpine rose to brighten skin’s elasticity, and coconut water to hydrate and moisturize the skin. I find that this foundation also works on oily skin, so I can use this in the summer and winter! This is also medium-full coverage so you can wear this on an everyday basis or build it up to use for important events.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin 1 fl. oz $13.99

Neutrogena Healthy Skin is a great foundation for those who have dry skin because it leaves a natural healthy glow, with an SPF of 20 to help protect your skin from sun damage.The formula also has a special antioxidant blend that helps nourish your skin from the elements. This foundation is also found in your local drugstore, and it relatively cheaper than most foundations.

Tips for Dry Skin Foundation

1. Pick a foundation that usually says “luminous” or “hydrating”

2. Choose a foundation with moisturizing effects. This will help ensure that your foundation feels comfortable on your skin as well as looking flawless.

3. Preferably choose a foundation that is light. Heavier foundations will cling to your dry patches making your face look “cakey” and can also feel quite uncomfortable.







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