Choosing a foundation is easy, isn’t it? Pick a colour that’s right for your complexion and you’re good to go. Actually, it’s not quite that simple. But, if you put in a little effort and read the ingredients, you can find a foundation that’s 100% perfect for your skin The result? A flawless finish every single time.
Common foundation problems
Does your foundation make you break out, even though it was recommended by your fave celebrity on Instagram? Perhaps your makeup looks amazing when you leave the house, but just an hour later, it’s dry, flaky and powdery. It’s all down to ingredients!
Choosing the right ingredients can make all the difference for your skin. The first 3 or 4 ingredients listed on the bottle will tell you whether your foundation is silicone, oil or water based.
Large pores and shiny skin
You want to close up those pores and mattify your complexion. Choose a foundation that contains silicone as this is similar to using a primer (but you can also use a primer for double the effect). Silicone based foundation is good for oily skin, but not for extremely sensitive skin. Look for ingredients that end in -cone, -methicone and -siloxane. Try Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation, which contains micro powders to control shine and hide large pores.
Another superb silicone-based foundation is Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, which provides a dewy, demi-matte finish.
Sensitive skin prone to breakouts
If your skin is susceptible to acne and you tend to break out at the slightest touch, opt for a water-based foundation. Many water-based foundations do contain silicone, but the amount is so tiny that it’s negligible. The ingredients in water-based foundations have been formulated to not irritate the skin or clog the pores.
Try NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation - it’s water-based and provides a soft matte finish and buildable coverage.
Very dry skin
Not many foundations contain oil these days, but it is a good option if you have very dry skin that needs nourishing. Oil will be listed as the second or third ingredient if your foundation is oil-based. Don’t use an oil-based foundation if you have oily skin and break out easily.
Use a primer and foundation with similar ingredients
For the best makeup finish, match your primer, concealer and foundation. Don’t use a silicone primer with water-based foundation - the products won’t blend well on your face and you’ll end up with flaking.
You can test whether your primer and foundation are a good match quite easily. Just apply a dot of primer on your hand and a dot of foundation on top of it. If you notice it starts to flake and separate, then they contain conflicting ingredients, and you shouldn’t use them together.