Favorite Foundations For Any Skin Type

Make your skin glow

It’s never easy to find the perfect foundation. You have to take into account your skin type, skin tone and preferences for powder versus liquid.

Molly Leahy, bridal hair and makeup artist at Blushing Brides Boston, shares her suggestions on what type of foundation is best for each skin type. Read on to find your ideal foundation for beautiful skin.

Favorite Foundations For Any Skin Type

Liquid foundations

Oily Skin - for oily skin types it is always best to go with an oil free foundation. Stay away from foundations that claim to be luminizing or they will give your skin a dewy effect. For people with oily skin it will simply make them feel like they are shiny from more oil. A great trick to use for oily skin is to mix one part foundation with one part mattifying primer. You might get the urge to pack on the heavy foundation if you are having a break out, but coverage for acne should come from the concealer, not the foundation. Look at brands that do makeup as well as skincare to find some awesome foundations that actually help fight your acne while you where your foundation. Try something like Clinique Pore Refining Solutions which contains salicylic acid and will help your acne.

Dry Skin: Dry skin can take foundations that claim to be hydrating and will give you a luminous effect. It's best to apply your foundation right after you have washed and moisturized your face but it can also be a good idea to mix one part of your foundation in with one part moisturizer. This will give you a sheerer coverage but it will also give your skin a nice dewy glow. Try CoverGirl Outlast Stay Luminous foundation for that lit within glow.

Sensitive Skin: Most foundations that are suitable for sensitive skin will say so right on the packaging. To be safe error on the side of oily skin to get things that are oil free and look for things that are paraben free as well. Try CoverGirl Clean Liquid Foundation Makeup with Oil Control.

Powder foundations

Oily Skin: Oily skin's best friend can be a powder foundation since it can help to absorb the excess oil and mattify the face. It is always a good thing to look at lines that either specialize in powder foundations (think BareMinerals) or a line that also has skincare attached to it. Try something like Neutrogena Skin Clearing Mineral Powder for a beautiful finish.

Dry Skin: Using a powder foundation on dry skin can sometimes be tricky because you normally would think that you're taking away moisture with a powder foundation. However, this isn't always the case as is proven by MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder because it is more of a creamy powder texture that allows it to blend evenly over the face with a nice full coverage.

Sensitive Skin: Mineral-based powders are great for sensitive skin because they can be layered on and still wont affect or irritate your skin. bareMinerals is a wonderful brand for people with sensitive skin.

Favorite Foundations For Any Skin Type

Osmosis Colour Mineral Pressed Base

This favorite minimizes the appearance of imperfections beneath a radiant veil of buildable, light-reflecting coverage. The formula glides smoothly onto your skin to blend seamlessly without caking or settling into fine lines. It absorbs shine and controls oil production while camouflaging large pores. It may also be layered over primers or liquid foundations for a flawless finish.

Favorite Foundations For Any Skin Type

Oxygenetix foundation

Sales have soared for Oxygenetix foundation as it has become the “go-to” foundation for Hollywood A-listers. The prime ingredient is Ceravitae, a super charged oxygen complex that promotes collagen cell production and connective tissue growth in aging and wounded skin. It also contains Aloe Barbadensis, which was brought to Barbados by Portuguese sailors and became the only plant grown on the ships to treat all manner of wounds. Its anti-bacterial qualities protect compromised skin while astringently removing dead surface cells.

Favorite Foundations For Any Skin Type

Gerard Cosmetics BB Creme + Illuminations

BB creams can enhance your facial features and can be used alone or with your own foundation. This particular product contains a little bit of shimmer, to add a slight glow to your face, making it appear more vibrant and it goes great with any skin type.

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