Foundations for Your Skin Type

There are so many exciting new trends to try in 2015, but none of them will look quite right without the perfect base. Foundation can make or break your makeup look. Since there are so many different formulas on the market, it may be hard to choose which is best for you. The key to finding the right foundation that compliments your skin is narrowing it down to one that sits well with your specific skin needs. Once you have found the right formula, test out different shades and wait to see how it oxidizes with your skin in order to correctly choose your perfect shade. Broken up into six major skin types, here’s a guide to foundations that will suit your skin type, depending on the level of coverage you wish to have.


Dry skin can flare up especially during the winter time and using the right products can effect the wear of your makeup. Choosing a foundation thats formula is hydrating and has a bit of oil will keep your foundation on strong. Don’t want heavy coverage? Use some sort of balm or tinted moisturizer.

Light Coverage- A balm like Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizing Balm will give your dry skin a light dewy look and rehydrate your skin for a beautiful daytime complexion.

Medium Coverage- Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation is an oil free foundation that will give you a natural-finish and has hydrating benefits. Vitamin C and E and a hydrating complex with give your face an uplifting effect.

Full Coverage- Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation is perfect for a night out! The medium-to-full coverage foundation is great for pictures and will not crease all night.



Normal skin is a lot easier to match with foundations but you want to be sure that you don’t grab a foundation that is far from what your skin needs. Your skin constantly needs that nourishment whether it acts up or not. Try foundations that don’t promote heavy moisture or absorb oil.

Light Coverage- Lancome Teint Miracle is an oil and fragrance free foundation that is great for normal skin. It allows for natural light to bring out your bright complexion and has a dash of rose extract to create a soothing touch.

Medium Coverage- There is a reason why L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup Foundation is so popular in the beauty world. This foundation technically can work with all skin types but will compliment normal skin. With its vitamins and natural extracts it will continue to protect your skin.

Full Coverage- Ever why you hear about Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation so much? Because it creates a completely flawless face with minimal product.



Oily skin can add unwanted shine to your face and even wash away your makeup. Finding a foundation that promotes a matte look will be your friend because it will fight shine and absorb the extra oil.

Light Coverage- NARS Sheer Matte Foundation will improve your skin’s complexion without masking your natural complexion and will keep you shine-free all day long.

Medium Coverage- Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation contains a sweat-and-oil-controlling agent that allows this foundation to do the job without smudging off.

Full Coverage- Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation was made to cover tattoos so you can be sure you will achieve full coverage. The combination of its ingredients will absorb oil for a soft matte finish and leave your skin with a velvety texture.



Foundations that promote anti-aging benefits must be rich in luminosity and moisture to soften the appearance of lines. Water-based or moisture-filled foundations will give your skin a plumping effect and give you a natural radiance.

Light Coverage-  Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup is water-based and will allow for the skin to have a youthful appearance.

Medium Coverage- Almay Smart Shade Anti-Aging Makeup is unique in that it transforms into your perfect shade. The anti-aging qualities will slowly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Full Coverage- Laura Mercier Moisture Supreme Foundation may sound overly hydrating, but it will give you a natural finish without being too dewy. The formula softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and provides hydration for a fresh look.



Combination skin seems like it would be hard to care for. You may think you need two different types of foundations- one for the oily part of your face and one for the dry part…but there is a fix. Certain foundations are capable of distinguishing between the two textures and treating both.

Light Coverage- You have to allow your skin to breathe and Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Liquid Face Makeup is a no-nonsense foundation that will do the trick. It does not contain any oils or waxes so that your skin can work well with its lightweight pigmented formula.

Medium Coverage- Natural ingredients in Dior Skin Nude Skin Glowing Makeup will create a shine-free look while still hydrating the parts of your face that need it.

Full Coverage- You can almost call this a “smart” foundation. Clinique Super Balanced Makeup is able to add moisture and absorb oil exactly where it is needed, leaving you with a flawless face.



Skin can be sensitive in different ways, whether it’s rosacea, acne or something entirely different. Foundations for sensitive skin should be able to treat and cover these areas simultaneously. These foundations and any others that you may try should be chemical-free and gentle.

Light Coverage- Maybelline New Superstay Silky Foundation is a fragrance-free foundation that will be kind to your skin while still delivering coverage.

Medium Coverage- You only need two drops of BareMinerals Bare Skin and you’re ready to go. This completely hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic formula does not include silicone, fragrance, water, and oil for a powerful mineral complex that will leave you with radiant and non-irritated skin.

Full Coverage- La Roche Posay Toleriane Teint Corrective Fluid Foundation is perfect for those of you with sensitive skin that is easily irritated because of its preservative-free and noncomedogenic formula. Now you don’t have to stress about finding a full coverage foundation!


What foundations do you love? Let us know in the comments below and on PAMPADOUR.

Once you find the foundation that suits your skin type and color, moisturize before applying the foundation! Also, be sure to choose the correct winter skincare for your skin type!