Laying the Foundations of Skincare


Wearing the wrong foundation type is one of the biggest fashion faux pas that a woman can make and yet so many of us continue to get it wrong. A curvy lady can accentuate her overall look and compliment her features with the right choice of makeup, so selecting the right type of foundation for her skin type is key. A stunning evening dress may make you look beautiful, but to really stand out the right choice of accompanying makeup is imperative.

Skin Types

Skin is described as one of five different types; normal, dry, oily, combination or sensitive and when selecting your foundation it’s important that you choose the type that best suits your skin to ensure a smooth, flawless look and to avoid any skin issues, such as a sudden spot breakout from occurring.

Those with normal skin have no skin complaints. Their complexion will be blemish free with no problem areas. Whereas, someone with dry skin will suffer from tight skin and may have rough, red patches and a dull complexion. An oily skin type will display shiny looking skin that can look and feel greasy with enlarged and visible pores. While someone with combination skin will have a mixture of all of the above skin types on their face, with the T-zone, in particular, being oily. If you have sensitive skin, you may suffer from sore, red, itchy skin that is easily irritated.

Getting it Wrong

There are four simple signs which indicate that the foundation you’re wearing isn’t the right one for you:

  1. Your skin feels uncomfortable or tight
  2. The colour on your face doesn’t match your neck
  3. It’s too thick
  4. Your skin reacts to the product

Foundation Selection

Of the most popular foundation types, there is a product suitable for every skin type, so you never need to worry about finding a foundation that’s right for you. One of the most common types of foundation is liquid which is currently available as two different types; matte and moisturizing. Matte liquid foundations are light and easy to blend into the skin, making them the ideal foundation for oily and sensitive skin types. Whereas, moisturizing liquid foundations are not recommended for oily skin as they are known to make it more oily. They are however ideal for dry or normal skin. Another well-known foundation is pressed or loose powder. These are a good choice of foundation for normal skin types and those with only slightly dry or slightly oily skin are able to benefit from using powder types too. However, powder foundations can make oily skin oilier and dry skin look flaky. 

A handy foundation for anyone that’s on the go is a foundation stick. They are perfect for dry and normal skin types, however oily and combination skin types should avoid using these as they clog the pores. Foundation sticks can be used on any skin type, usually without any issues, if used on a small area, such as to conceal a spot or blemish. For anyone who prefers minimal coverage or a more natural look, a tinted moisturizer is the way forward. They are great for the warmer months and provide a good base for those with normal skin with no problem areas.

A further choice of foundation is a compact cream to powder foundation as it provides maximum coverage which makes them ideal for normal skin types, but not for those with oily skin. For the older woman, anti-ageing foundations are perfect for ageing skin and are usually suitable for all skin types. They provide the necessary coverage and ingredients to hide lines and wrinkles and to make skin look more youthful.

When you next go shopping for foundation, remember to take a few minutes to evaluate your skin type first and compare with the products on the shelves to ensure a flawless, perfect finish the next time you put your makeup on.