The Best Foundation For Your Skin Type

When it comes to finding the best foundation for your skin type, it can take some of us years to discover our ideal match – but once you have it, it has the ability to totally transform your makeup routine.

Understanding your skin type is an essential first step,. You see, formulas that harness skincare benefits and boost hydration are a dream for sufferers of dry skin, while foundations that help combat oil will reduce shine (morphers, we’re looking at you).

‘Foundation should provide coverage where needed, enhance the look of skin in a natural, flattering way and do no harm – for example clog pores,’ explains dermatologist Sam Bunting. ‘The best foundation will create believable skin.’

Here’s our Glossy edit of the best foundation for each and every skin type…

Skin Type: Sensitive
Pleasing sensitive skin is an utterly impossible mission at times. You want to disguise the redness, while trying your best not to anger it further. For this, we turn to a fusion of serum and mineral powder, courtesy of the geniuses at Bare Minerals. It’s the best foundation for achieving a pared-back beauty aesthetic. The ultra-thin texture provides adjustable coverage, while looking after sensitive skin and giving it that extra barrier of protection against daily skin stresses.
Bare Minerals Brightening Serum Foundation, £26


Skin Type: Blemish-prone
Thanks to the high concentration of pigment (a whopping 25%), this totally raises the bar as far as coverage is concerned. If you have acne scars, imperfections or blemishes you want to disguise, this little beauty will work its magic to conceal them and what’s more, it’ll stay put.
Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation, £16


Skin Type: Dry
Depending on the formula, certain foundations have the ability to make dry skin even more parched. Finding one that incorporates the hydrating benefits of skincare will help keep any dryness at bay. This lightweight and buildable newbie from Clinique works to boost moisture while providing just the right amount of coverage.
Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation & Concealer, £25


Skin Type: Combination
Keeping combination skin happy can often feel like an endless roundabout of balancing moisturisers, non-aggressive exfoliators and oil-banishing formulas – so finding a foundation that won’t take you back to square one is essential. Formulated with 100% natural ingredients from plant oils and medicinal herbs to mineral pigments, Dr. Hauschka’s Foundation helps balance the skin while leaving a healthy, luminous finish.
Dr Hauschka Foundation, £30


Skin Type: Normal
A beautifully satin finish that stays put all day (or night) long, without fading, smudging or transferring. It’s all thanks to long-wear polymers – strings of molecules that ensure longevity. On the other side of things, the inclusion of plankton extract controls sebum, without drying the skin or clogging pores. We love it. 
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin Foundation, £29


Skin Type: Oily
The right foundation is an absolute saviour if you find yourself with a shiny face by 11 am. Well, a new breed of foundations, which we like to call morphers, are keeping skin fresh, matte and in check. Applied wet, the water they contain evaporates to leave a perfect powder finish. You’re welcome.
Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Fluid-Touch Foundation, £8.99


Skin Type: Dull
A boost in luminosity and a dewy, healthy glow – what more could you ask for when your complexion is looking a tad greige? This breakthrough formula from NARS uses gold and green pigments to reflect the light and negate redness, all while allowing for buildable and blendable coverage that feels weightless. Bravo, NARS.
NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, £32


Skin Type: Aging
There is an incredible line-up of advanced bases out there to target aging, but what specific benefits should you look out for? As far as coverage is concerned, a foundation that evens out your skin tone without emphasising fine lines is a must and if it’s infused with potent ingredients to help combat signs of aging as they appear by boosting elasticity and restoring firmness, well that’s even better. This hydrating foundation from Zelens and Dr. Marco Lens is infused with antioxidants and protects from outside aging aggressors like the environment, to leave you with a silky smooth, flawless complexion.
Zelens Age Control Foundation, £65




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