MAKEUP: THE EDIT

FIND YOUR BEST FOUNDATION

How to find a foundation for your skin type
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Finding your perfect foundation can be frustrating, but it doesn't have to be - just follow this simple guide.

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DEHYDRATED/DRY

Look for a foundation with the types of ingredients you might find in your favourite moisturiser, such has the hydrating hyaluronic acid and nourishing oils in Sampar Crazy Cream Foundation, which will lock in moisture. Stick to liquid, cream or oil foundations, and steer clear of powder formulas, which can catch in flaky patches and exacerbate their appearance.

MATURE

Older skin tends to be drier, slightly dull and discoloured, so look for a hydrating, radiance-enhancing formula like Natio Flawless Foundation with more-than-sheer coverage, and apply strategically (not all over the face, which can lend a mask-like effect). Liquids will melt into skin and won’t settle in fine lines.

OILY/ACNE-PRONE

An oil-free, non-comedogenic foundation is an obvious place to start. If you like liquids, look for one with a water base and matte finish, or try a powder foundation like Nude by Nature Natural Mineral Cover Foundation to help mop up excess shine. Those prone to blemishes might benefit from the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties found in this mineral powder too.

COMBINATION

This most commonly presents as an oily T-zone (forehead, nose, chin) and dryness everywhere else. There are clever foundations that can balance the skin, moisturising dry areas, and mattifying shiny spots. Velvet Concepts Abracadabra Multi-Tasking Foundation’s satin finish and clever formula helps balance and control shine in oily areas, and make dry patches appear radiant.

UNEVEN

If you have uneven texture or tone, blurring foundations with light-reflecting particles like Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish Liquid Foundation will give the illusion of smooth, bright skin, while silicone-enhanced formulas glide over and diffuse enlarged pores.