When I announced my Blondeshell Beauty Tips blog series, many of you asked the same question: How can I find the best foundation? When I started answering, I didn’t even realize what a loaded question that was, but now, four blog posts later (Read “Understanding Skin Tones and Undertones“, “Find Your Undertones“, and “How to Find Your Perfect Foundation“), I feel confident after reading them, you’ll never struggle in the foundation aisle again!
As I mentioned in my post, “How to Find the Perfect Foundation“, determining which formula to use for your specific skin type may be the most daunting task of all. From tinted moisturizers to loose powders, and everything in between, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. The formula you choose has a lot to do with your skin type, and since not everyone is the same, the market is overflowing with options. Depending on your issues, many people end up only making things worse if they pick the wrong kind.
Fret not, as always, I am here for you. Keep reading to see the best foundations for each skin type.
Best Foundations for Dry Skin
If you have dry skin, there are three formulas that work best for you. Consider trying a liquid foundation, a moisturizing foundation stick, or a hydrating powder foundation. The creamy consistency of the liquids and sticks are moisturizing. “Hydrating” means they contain ingredients to combat dry skin, and typically these provide more coverage than normal powders.
- Drug store: CoverGirl & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation, $11.19 or Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup, $12.99
- Department store: M.A.C. Face and Body Foundation, $27 or Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick, $44
Best Foundations for Combination/Oily Skin (Acne Prone)
For combination/oily skin (which often can mean “acne prone”), try to purchase a foundation that is oil-free. Powder and mineral foundations will also work well for you, but make sure to look for words like “oil-free”, “matte”, “mattifying”, or “oil-control”. Acne-prone skin types will want more coverage to hide blemishes and acne scars. Remember when applying your foundation, always use a clean brush or sponge to make sure you aren’t spreading bacteria, causing even more break outs.
- Drug Store: RIMMEL LONDON Stay Matte Foundation, $4.99 or Maybelline Superstay 24 Hour Makeup, $9.99
- Department Store: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation, $38 or Stila Stay All-Day Foundation & Concealer, $44
Best Foundations for Mature/Aging Skin
As we age, our skin type changes, and our foundation has to change with it. For ladies with maturing skin, remember heavy foundations will settle into fine lines and wrinkles, making them look much worse. That’s why you should opt for lighter coverage. Tinted moisturizers and other light liquid foundations are a great choice to give you a younger-looking, illuminating appearance.
- Drug Store: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Radiant Firming Makeup, $8.99 or Almay Smart Shade Anti-Aging Liquid Makeup, $8.40
- Department Store: Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup, $37 or Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup, $45
Best Foundations for Sensitive Skin
People with sensitive skin are likely to have reactions to certain ingredients in foundations. The wrong thing can cause rashes, acne, and in some cases, even eczema. Luckily, many companies now provide foundations specifically for those with sensitive skin. Instead of listing the best foundations, I think it is important to include a list of ingredients you should avoid. They are:
- Any type of fragrance
- Lanolin and mineral oil
- Sorbic acid (commonly found in retinoid creams) is a very powerful ingredient that people with sensitive skin will almost always, and immediately cause a reaction
- Cinnamates and Helioplex, which are two ingredients commonly found in sunscreens. They do a wonderful job at blocking out harmful UV rays, but can also be the culprit of many nasty rashes.
LORAC’s Natural Performance foundation, $36, is oil-free, paraben free, and fragrance free and for the most part, receives rave reviews from people with sensitive skin.
Best Foundations for Normal Skin
If you’re lucky enough to have normal skin, get out of my face. Just kidding. But seriously, you are one of the lucky ones, so high five! When it comes to choosing the best foundation for your skin type, it’s totally up to you. Just determine what type of finish, how much coverage, the right shade, and you’re set.
Best Full Coverage Foundations
Many people have discoloration and acne scars they wish to cover and using gobs of concealer doesn’t give the beautiful airbrushed finish you deserve. That’s where a great full coverage foundation comes in.
When it comes to quality foundations, the old adage, “you get what you pay for” really is true. Even still, there are a few drugstore foundations that may give you the full coverage you’re looking for.
Best Drugstore Full Coverage Foundations
While the former options are budget-friendly and provide surprising full coverage for their price point, if you’ve only ever used drugstore foundation and you have serious problems with acne scars or discoloration, you NEED to give some higher quality foundations a try. Seriously, your life will not be the same. Not only are these foundations great for hiding all those imperfections that make you self-conscious, but they’re also really, really good for your skin.
Best Department Store Full Coverage Foundations
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation: As for this foundation, I have personal experience. I tend to have some pretty gnarly hormonal breakouts throughout the month, and the one thing I have to say about this foundation is that it really made my skin healthier. It’s a bit more pricey at $38, but if you battle with acne, I highly recommend it.
Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation: This is an oil-free, medium-to-full coverage foundation that does a great job of covering acne scars and blemishes. Just be sure to use it with a primer if you’re looking for all-day wear. $42 at Sephora.
Have you tried any of these foundations? If so, what did you think? Tell me in the comment section below!