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Knowing how to choose the right foundation for your skin type is as important as getting the right shade of foundation. From full coverage to sheer, oil-free to tinted oil, there’s always a foundation that suits your skin type. You just have to know how to find it.

There are four basic types of healthy skin: normal, dry, oily and combination skin. If you’re not quite sure of your skin type, you can try visiting a certified dermatologist for a skin type test.


If you have oily skin, you have an overactive oil gland that produces excessive oil in all areas of your face and not just the T-zone. There are numerous foundations for oily skin, however, you have to find the ones with ingredients like dimethicone or even oil-absorbing clay, as well as formulas that claim to be long-lasting. Invest in oil-free and powder or water-based foundations to prevent your skin from looking greasy.


Dry skin can appear flaky and rough, so you’ll want a foundation that doesn’t settle into lines and gives you that glow. Try using products that have a touch of shimmer or an illuminating primer underneath your foundation. Your skin needs the added moisture in order for your foundation to look flawless and smooth. Look for foundations that are oil-based, you can also opt for tinted moisturizers and cream foundations.


Combination skin like the name suggests is having oily skin in some areas of your face and dry skin in other areas. There’s a mix of oily and dry areas on different parts of your face, with the t-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) being slight to very oily. When it comes to foundation,  look for formulas that are long-lasting and do not have any kind of shimmer. With this skin type, you should use oil-free and a matte and poreless foundation. Don’t forget to use setting powder on your oily areas.


Normal skin is also known as well-balanced skin. If you have this skin type your pores are generally small and you will likely have a smooth skin texture, and you’re less likely to be prone to sensitivity or blemishes. Invest in moisturizing liquid foundations for that light to medium coverage that allows for a natural look. It’s usually the best formula for hydrating the skin without being greasy.