How to Choose the Right Foundation Type for Your Skin

There is no such this like “this brand works, or no, that does not work”. You just need to know what works for you.


The first trick is to know your skin type. Normal skin, combination skin, oily skin or dry skin?
To know your skin type, check your T zone (your forehead, nose, chin and cheeks). If your T – zone is shinny, then you have oily skin. Oily skin is prone to pimples. But if your nose shines and the rest of your T zone doesn’t, then you have combination skin.
Dry skin is usually shine free but dry, sometimes flaky. Normal skin type is shine free, spots and pimples free.

Another factor to consider is whether or not you have anything spots or blemishes to conceal.

Now that you know your skin type, here are different types of foundation:


Oil-based foundation can come in creme, liquid and stick form. It is best for dry skin.
Mineral-based and water-based foundation is best for oily skin.
Luminous foundation adds a glow to your skin and is most suitable for normal and dry skin.



Sheer foundations provide very light coverage and are suitable for all skin types if you have no blemishes to conceal. However, it does not last long on an oily skin here in the tropics.

Medium coverage foundations provide a good enough coverage and usually come as liquid and contain moisturizing benefits.

Full coverage foundations mostly come in cremes or sticks and provide enough coverage to conceal blemishes. If the foundation is oil free, then an oily skin can use it. However, many full coverage foundations in creme and stick are usually too heavy on an oily skin and do not allow the skin to breathe.
So if you have blemishes, go easy on them (besides you don’t need full coverage all the time, special occasions should, unless you’re a TV personality). And at the end of the day, please cleanse your face before bedtime so your skin can breathe.


Foundations are presented in various forms; sometimes depending on their types and functions.

Liquid foundation: Liquid foundation could provide either sheer or medium coverage and are easy to apply with my finger tips. Liquid foundations are suitable to all skin types and if you have oily skin, go for a matte liquid foundation that blots out the shine. It provides long wear and is so convenient to use, you do not need to wear any powder over it.

Liquid Foundation

Creme or stick foundation: provides full coverage, except otherwise stated! Try Black Opal stick foundation – it is smooth, creamy and moisturizing.

Black Opal

Luminous foundation: This adds glow to the complexion and dispels the need for bronzers but , it will not do you as much good if you have oily skin because luminous means shine and your skin already shines.


Foundation mousse is the new cool for most skin because it is a light weight formula and one that moisturizes as well (stay away if you live in the tropics and have an oily skin).

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse

Powder foundation: this dual function foundation presented in powder form is the true representation of “killing two birds with one stone” which means you do not need to buy foundation and powder separately. It works well with all skin types and is convenient.


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