How to find the perfect foundation for your skin type, skin tone and budget

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From luxury brands with celebrity followings to bargain high street steals, we’ve found the best foundation for every skin type.

Finding the best foundation for your skin type can be tricky (especially for those of you looking for the best foundation for pale skin).

That’s why we’’ve created this handy guide to help you find the best foundation for every skin type. From luxury brands with celebrity followings to bargain high street steals, we’’ve pulled together a list of the best foundations for oily skin, dry skin, combination skin and more. We’ve even added in some expert tips to help you find ‘the one’ that’s your match made in heaven.

First things first, think about what texture and finish you prefer. The best powder foundations will give you a matte finish and is great for oily skin types. Liquid, on the other hand, can create a matte or dewy finish, while creams and mousses will literally make light bounce off your skin.

Not sure which one you need? This foundation quiz will match you to the best one for you.

Once you’’ve browsed the options and found a texture you like, find the right colour match by visiting a make-up counter. An expert will be able to find your ideal fit. But, if you can’t find an expert to help you find your shade, test it yourself. Instead of swiping the foundation on the back of your hand, find a mirror and apply a strip of the product to your jawline. This is the perfect area to see if the colour will blend seamlessly with your skin tone. Make sure it blends with the tone on your neck too.

Don’t know what you need? Zoe Taylor, make-up Artist for Chanel, told us: ‘The foundation formula you choose must be compatible with your skin type. For example, on dry skin I apply a thick mask or oil an hour before I apply the foundation, this creates a beautifully dewy base for flawless application, or if the skin is super oily I use it alone and buff it well into the skin.

‘Choosing the right colour might mean mixing colours if you are going for something with full coverage, and a more sheer coverage is best tested on your jawline. Always match your face to your chest colour for a fresh healthy and CORRECT colour.’

To achieve a flawless, long-lasting finish, invest in a good foundation primer to wear underneath. This should be applied after you moisturise and before foundation. If the foundation you choose doesn’’t contain SPF, choose a primer with sun protection to prevent premature ageing and fine lines. Or apply an SPF before your foundation if it doesn’t contain one.

And remember, the tools you use to apply foundation will impact the finish you achieve, so choose the right make-up brush. For a natural finish use a large, soft brush or fingertips. For a more even, flawless look, try a round or flat make-up sponge or a smaller flat foundation brush.

There’s a plethora of foundations for pale skin, foundations for dark skin, even the best formulations for particular events. And before you think you have to pay an arm and a leg for an amazing foundation, think again. There’s a price that will suit every budget. Just look at the £12.50 foundation that Britney Spears swears by, EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Liquid Foundation.

So if you’re looking for the best foundation, rest assured that there’s one out there.

Best foundation for acne prone skin

If you have problematic skin, opt for mineral make-up. These foundations are non-comodegenic, so they won’t clog your pores. Plus, if you have oily skin, the minerals will absorb any excess oil, giving you a fresh-faced look.

Another option is to browse oil-free foundations that won’t add to the oiliness of your skin, like Clinique’s Superbalanced make-up, which will leave you with an even and non-shiny finish.

Best foundation for dry skin

Powders absorb excess oil, so it’s best to avoid these if you have dry skin as they can enhance rather than disguise its appearance.

Instead, opt for a liquid foundation or one that contains hydrating agents such as hyaluronic acid, which holds 1,000 times its own weight in water. And if you like the matte look, try a liquid foundation that dries with a powder effect so as not to emphasise the appearance of dryness.

Always prep your skin with your best moisturiser for dry skin to ensure it gets a boost of hydration before you apply your make-up.

Best foundation for oily skin

If you suffer from oily skin, combat the shine with mattifying foundations. Also, look for oil-free foundations that claim to absorb excess oil.

If you want something more specific though for your skin type, the best foundations for oily skin are worth taking a look at too.

Makeup Deals

Every year, Black Friday rolls around and brings with it a number of incredible Black Friday beauty dealsBlack Friday makeup deals and the best MAC makeup deals – so it’s worth keeping an eye on our edits for some major savings on your favourite foundations.

If it happens to be the festive season, there’s also deals on Christmas make up just in time for the holidays and you’re bound to find something exciting in our edit of the best beauty advent calendars. A holy grail foundation is always Christmas gifts for her territory as well, especially if you’ve got a beauty guru in your friendship group.

Browse through our round-up of the best foundation on the market and find your perfect match. Once you’ve found it, you’ll never look back.

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