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Face Make-up Tips - Pointers for Different Skin Types

Choosing the right foundation can be overwhelming at times. Given all the different varieties and prices to choose from, it’s not surprising how often we make the wrong decision in choosing the best foundation for a particular skin type.

Whether you purchase your moisturizers and foundations from a department store, drug store, or even supermarket, it’s best to do a little research beforehand. Not only to avoid costly mistakes, but thru choosing the right products, you’ll achieve the look that’s best for you.

Normal Skin

Normal Skin can be oilier in the summer and drier in the winter. In summer, it is best to choose a water-based foundation. Remember to keep a pressed powder on hand for the sticky, humid, days. As we age, our oil glands slow down in oil production, causing our skin to become drier. For this reason, apply a moisturizer before foundation, or choose a foundation with moisturizers. Also, avoid toners and astringents with alcohol as they can be too drying.

Oily Skin

Oily skin has a greasy feel, and a shiny appearance. Take special care when choosing a cleanser and foundation to avoid aggravating the oily condition. Start with a bacteria fighting cleanser that deep cleans to wash away dirt and oil.

Use oil controlling powders and foundations to control shine. Also, try using oil blotting papers to avoid powder cake-up.

Combination Skin

Combination Skin will have both dry and oily qualities. Usually the oily area will be the T-Zone (nose-between eyes-onto forehead) while the rest of the face is normal to dry. You’ll need an oil controlling powder and foundation for the oily areas, and moisturizers for drier areas. Many brands carry an assortment of products for combination skin, making it easier to even out the differences in a combination skin type.

Sensitive Skin

Use caution when choosing products for Sensitive Skin. Harsh face washes and soaps can cause sensitive skin to become itchy, blotchy, and chaffed. An unscented (perfume free) moisturizer and foundation can prevent skin from becoming irritated. Try a hydrating make-up for that all-day freshness with a natural look and dewy finish. This finish works best on normal to dry skin types.

If you prefer the bare foundation free look, choose a lightweight foundation for sheer coverage allowing your natural complexion to remain visible yet giving you a polished finish.

You could also try a tinted moisturizer for an even lighter finish

Matte foundations can give you a flat finish with more coverage. Oil control products help control the shine oily skin causes. By using a pressed powder, or oil blotting tissues, periodically throughout the day, you can achieve that oil free matte finish you desire.

Finding the perfect beauty products for your skin type doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By doing a little research, reading product reviews, and asking your friends for their opinion on the products they use, helps in the decision making process. Of course then you’ll need to decide on the right eye shadow, lipstick, mascara, eyeliner, and concealer.


The Skin Type Solution, Leslie Baumann, Random House.

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