Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Finding the Right Foundation for Your Skin Type

Finding the right foundation for your skin and the look you want is worth the time and effort.  Take this short quiz then look to see which foundation formula is right for you.

How would you describe your skin?
  • A. Oily/combination
  • B. Dry
  • C. Normal
  • D. Sensitive

What's your biggest foundation gripe?
  • A. It disappears by noon.
  • B. It looks flaky and dull.
  • C. It feels heavy.
  • D. It irritates my skin.

What are you trying to hide?
  • A. Large pores and/or acne
  • B. Fine lines and/or brown spots
  • C. Nothing; I just want to blend minor imperfections.
  • D. Redness

The look you crave is:
  • A. matte
  • B. dewy
  • C. natural
  • D. even
Mostly A's/Zap oil - When a foundation that contains oil comes into contact with oily skin, things get slick, causing your makeup to break down and slide off. Choose an oil-free liquid with lightweight silicone, which helps pigments adhere but won't clog pores.  Try Tigi Whipped Foundation; GloProfessional Liquid Matte Finish or Satin Finish or Youngblood Radiance Crème Powder.

Mostly B's/Go creamy - Boost hydration with a rich anti-aging formula that contains moisturizing ingredients, like glycerin.  A BB cream is also a good choice: It packs emollients, anti-agers, antioxidants, and sunscreen in one tube. Try Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Cream; DermaE's BB Cream Multi-Functional Beauty Balm or Dermablend Cover Cream.

Mostly C's/Lighten up - Lucky you! You're blessed with low-maintenance skin and can wear any foundation. For a believable finish, go for sheer liquids with light-reflecting particles or opt for a tinted moisturizer that has just enough pigment to even out your skin without being noticeable.  Try Mirabella Skin Tint Cream; Dermalogica Sheer Tint, Jane Iredale Dream Tint or Bodyography Tinted Moisturizer Flawless Finish.

Mostly D's/Correct and cover -  If you're the sensitive type, mineral makeup is for you. Most contain skin soothers, such as zinc, and are free of potential irritants, like fragrance and preservatives. Highly pigmented mineral formulas cover broken capillaries, redness, and discoloration. If you find loose powder too messy, look for a pressed version. Try GloProfessional GloMineral Loose Base Powder Foundation; Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Natural Loose Mineral Foundation or Pressed Based Powder Foundation or Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Pressed Mineral Foundation.


  1. How awesome! I took the quiz and all of my answers were "B:. You have made it virtually impossible to not understand. Thanks for the quiz!

  2. I am glad I saw this post title and got to read it. My oily skin doesn't do well with so many foundations.


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