What’s the Best Foundation for Your Skin Type?

Finding the best foundation for your skin type may seem daunting, but with the help of our makeup pros, it doesn’t have to be difficult.

We have shared tips on choosing the right foundation in the past, but that was more of an introduction to foundations. If that post was a 101 class, let’s call this one Foundation 102.

To help you narrow down your foundation search, we asked Global Makeup Educators Hannah Hatcher and Edgar Dominguez which foundations are best for people with specific skin concerns, here are the top seven.

Best Foundation for Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, your best foundation will rehydrate your skin cells and add a dewy finish. Hannah recommends using Liquid Minerals with Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder on top. This is her favorite combination, and for good reason: "The hyaluronic acid and CoEnzyme Q10 in Liquid Minerals do an amazing job at plumping your skin and locking in hydration. Amazing Base has super loose and reflective minerals in it, so that it leaves your skin with a slightly dewy and hydrated finish. It also blurs out those fine lines of dryness and dehydration."

Best Foundation for Oily Skin

When you have oily skin, you need a foundation that will mattify your complexion without feeling heavy. Edgar recommends PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation as the best powder foundation if your skin is on the oilier side. He says it "gives the most flattering semi-matte finish to take away the shine but it never makes you look dry and flat."

If you prefer to use a liquid foundation, try Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer. "Dream Tint is light-weight and has a matte finish but it still allows for moisture retention in the skin," says Hannah. "Even the most oily skin-types will feel comfortable with the weight and the finish it provides."

Best Foundation for Combination Skin

"With combination skin you really can use anything," says Hannah. "It just depends on how much coverage and what type of finish you want."

If you have combination skin that tends to be on the drier side, stick with a product that will hydrate and add a dewy glow like Glow Time BB Cream or Amazing Base.

If your skin is more on the oily side of combination, try PurePressed Base or Edgar's recommendation Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer. He says, "the Dream Tint formula gives your skin a magical filter that will make you want to take nonstop selfies or be in front of cameras—let the flashes begin."

Best Foundation for Aging Skin

As we age, everything begins to slow down (cellular turnover, collagen production, and water retention). So, as Hannah says, you need a foundation with "as many skin goodies as possible!" This is why Liquid Minerals is ideal for mature skin. "If you have deeper lines/wrinkles this foundation will act like a magical iron, smoothing out  your complexion for an ultimate youthful effect," says Edgar.

Liquid Minerals isn't just a foundation, it's a "serum with pigment," as Hannah describes it. The formula "uses a great delivery system of liposomes (think skincare Tupperware) to help infuse your skin with: a non-acidic form of vitamin C, CoEnzyme Q10, aloe vera, lavender water extract and hyaluronic acid."

Since Liquid Minerals does not contain SPF, we always recommend pairing it with a powder foundation that does. For aging skin we suggest using Amazing Base. It contains boron nitride minerals, which reflect and refract light, giving your skin a soft, healthy and hydrated finish.

Best Foundation for Acne Prone Skin

If you have acne prone skin, you want a foundation that feels light but provides buildable coverage. That's why PurePressed Base is a great option! "It has a pinebark extract that can be antibacterial," says Hannah. "And, if you apply with a Flocked Sponge, it can also act as a concealer. That way, you won’t need two different products to create the intense coverage that is desired."

Both Edgar and Hannah also recommend using Disappear Full Coverage Concealer. Hannah even likes mixing a little Disappear Concealer with Smooth Affair for Oily Skin Facial Primer to create a liquid foundation.

Best Foundation for Sensitive Skin

When you have sensitive skin, less is more! So, our pros recommend either Amazing Base or PurePressed Base. They both have minimal ingredients and excellent coverage for reducing the appearance of redness. Also, remember that foundation with gold undertones are best to color correct any redness in the skin.

Best Foundation for Skin with Hyperpigmentation

If you want to disguise hyperpigmentation on your skin, you'll need a full coverage foundation like Glow Time Full Coverage BB Cream. Edgar says this formula is ideal because of "its ability to provide full coverage without the heavy, masked effect." But remember, a little goes a long way!

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  1. I like the bbcream…I use the bb5…but at I think sometimes it is to gold looking..what else do you recommend in a shade? Also how good of coverage is the dream tint foundation?

    1. Hi Denise, You can tone down the golden tones of BB5 by applying a cool or neutral powder on top. Try using the shades Natural or Satin. Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer is a sheer-medium foundation with a semi-matte finish.

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