The Cover Up: Choosing the Right Foundation Type


Hey Curlfriends!

As you know, I’m an advocate for healthy skin.  Healthy skin is the basis for a clearer, brighter face; however, even the healthiest skin can sometimes have areas that are not the clearest.  Scars and hyper-pigmentation are two of the most common issues that women may experience.  I, myself, have both and even though, I love makeup-free days, I prefer coverage to even out my skintone.  When it comes to coverage, many automatically think of foundation; however, coverage can range from light (tinted moisturizer) to full (foundation).  The coverage type that works best for you depends on what coverage level you desire and your skin type.

Not sure what skin type you have?  Clinique offers a great tool entitled, “Find Your Routine,”  that assesses your skin, provides your skin type and shows what products would work best for your skin.  There are three main skin types:  dry, normal and combination/oily.

Below are are the skin types, definitions and foundation suggestions:

1.  Dry

Those with dry skin usually have a tight feeling after washing their face and/or the appearance of dry or peeling skin.  The key to this skin type is moisture; therefore, liquid foundations or tinted moisturizers are best depending upon the coverage you desire.

Examples:  CoverGirl’s Tinted Moisturizer, Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer or Revlon Colorstay for Normal/Dry Foundation

2.  Normal

Normal skin typically does not feel tight after washing nor does it become shiny throughout the day. This skin type feels comfortable without peeling.  The advantage of this skin type is that you can wear any form of foundation; however, matte foundations may not provide enough moisture.

Examples:  CoverGirl’s Tinted MoisturizerLaura Mercier’s Tinted MoisturizerRevlon Colorstay for Normal/Dry Foundation, or Make Up For Ever’s HD Invisible Cover Foundation

3.  Combination/Oily [Me!]


Combination skin typically has oil (shine) appearing throughout the day in the “T” zone which is your forehead, nose and chin.  Oily skin is just a step up from combination skin where shine may appear on any portion of your face throughout the day.  These skin types can be a bit tricky because it’s important to focus on reducing shine and using oil-free products.  It’s best to choose products that do not focus on moisturizing, but focus on a matte look such as powder, cream to powder or oil-free liquid foundations.

Examples:  Make Up For Ever’s Duo Mat Powder Foundation, Make Up For Ever’s Mat Velvet Foundation, Revlon’s Colorstay Combination/Oily Foundation

Since I do have oily skin, I prefer to use Revlon’s Colorstay Combination/Oily Foundation.  It lasts well over eight hours and feels comfortable on my skin.  Finding out your skin type is a smart move for not only makeup but the health of your skin.  When in doubt, take the time to visit your nearest cosmetic counter and find out more on what works for you.  Be beautyful curlfriends!