Best Foundation for Every Skin Type 2020: Foundation Makeup Guide

Best Foundation for Every Skin Type 2020: Foundation Makeup Guide

Foundations are the base for any full makeup look, so you cannot call yourself a makeup lover without at least having one or two holy-grail foundations. There are so many different ways to rock foundation, so it’s important to stay up to date with all of the techniques. Whether you’re all about that powdery matte finish, the ethereal dewy look, or a satin finish that’s somewhere in between, I’ve got you covered with a ton of suggestions of the best foundations.

This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about foundations, including all the different shapes and forms foundations take, as well as how to choose the best foundation for your skin type and tone. Also learn how to apply foundation for that perfect base (and keep it perfect all day long), along with some additional tips and tricks (and my favorite foundation makeup hacks!), and discover our list of the best foundations for every skin type and skin tone.

So what are you waiting for? Read on to get that flawless coverage!

Foundation Makeup Guide: Contents

Best Foundations for Pale Skin

Based on your skin type, these are the best foundations for pale skin you should try!

For normal and combination skin:

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation

This silicone foundation has a cult following because it looks incredible on camera, with its buildable medium coverage, ability to suit almost all skin types (except for the very dry), and impressively wide range of colors. Even if you veer towards extremely pale, rest assured there is something here to fit you. You can purchase this foundation through Sephora.

For oily skin:

BareMinerals Original Foundation with SPF 15

This one is the gold standard for powder foundations, with a lightweight, natural finish that doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, and a formula that even your crunchy granola friends would love. It is super easy to apply with just a bit powder brush, for an even and smooth complexion. It can be purchased at Ulta.

For mature and dry skin:

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (for Mature and Dry Skin)

This luminous two-in-one from Laura Mercier gives the skin light, sheer coverage that won’t settle into fine lines or highlight dry spots. It is creamy, hydrating, and nourishing, with a wide range of colors to suit anyone. You can pick it up at Nordstrom.

Best Foundations for Medium Skin

From combination to dry skin types, these three are the best foundations for medium skin tones.

For normal and combination skin:

Milk Blur Liquid Matte Foundation

If you find it difficult to keep your foundation on for a while, this water-based foundation from Milk is a great choice. This silicone-free formula gives incredible coverage that does not budge, and yet it does not look cakey, nor does it feel heavy on the skin. I also love the color selection, and that they list the undertones. You can pick it up at Sephora.

For oily skin:

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation

My intense loyalty to this foundation knows no bounds. It is blendable and easy to apply, matte-but-not-overly-so, and the long lasting coverage is incredible. The color range is decent, with a ton of options for those with medium skin no matter the undertone. Try it for yourself at Sephora.

For mature and dry skin:

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

This luxurious foundation gives lovely medium coverage, but is magically able to hydrate your skin and not catch on any dry patches. It leaves you looking dewy while covering all of the imperfections.

While its color range is not very wide, the selection for medium skin tones is more than adequate. You can find this foundation at Neiman Marcus.

Best Foundation for Dark Skin

Those with dark skin tone can opt for any of these three foundations based on their skin type.

For normal and combination skin:

CoverFX Pressed Mineral Foundation

What I love about CoverFX is the massive amount of color options they have, with a classification system of warm, cool, and neutral. No matter your skin’s undertone, you’ll likely find a color match. For darker skin tones, this kind of variety is shamefully rare.

This is a thicker cream foundation with a satin finish, but you can sheer it out by blending it with a bit of primer. It is available for sale at Sephora.

For oily skin:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup

This matte coverage foundation is perfect for oily skin. Many people even find they can skip the powder with it, because it manages to stay put no matter how oily or sweaty you get.

The coverage is on the higher side of things, so those also dealing with acne might even be able to use it without any concealer! Their color selection is beyond comprehensive, so you will definitely find your match. You can pick it up at Nordstrom.

For mature and dry skin:

Black UP Full Coverage Cream Foundation

You can trust a POC-owned brand to created excellent foundations for darker skin. This brand stands out for its wonderful understanding of undertones, and expert formulas. This is one of those rare full-coverage foundations that manages to make dry skin look healthy and dewy, rather than dreadfully dry. You choose your color match at Sephora.

Different Types of Foundations

There are different types of foundations, depending on their texture. While liquid foundation may work best for all skin types, certain types target certain skin types.

Liquid Foundation

This is the most common texture for foundations, which is unsurprising because it is very versatile and quite easy to work with. The liquid texture works for all skin types, and it can give anything from ultra-light sheer coverage to perfectly matte high coverage.

There are two main types of liquid foundations: water-based, which tend to give a more matte finish and usually work better for those with oily skin (sometimes they’re advertised as cream-to-powder, liquid-to-powder, self-setting, or mattifying), and silicone-based, which tend to feel creamier and can work for both dry skin and oily skin (depending on the kind of silicone used).

Water-based foundations are self-setting, which means they don’t necessarily require powder, although you do have to blend them into the skin quickly before they set. Silicone-based foundations usually require powder to be set.

There are also some oil-based foundations, especially in the natural skin care world, and those are usually better for those with dry skin.

Cream Foundations

Cream-based foundations are the thicker cousins of liquid foundation, with a heavy texture. They usually provide higher coverage, and are great for anyone who likes a heavier makeup look.

Cream-based foundations are often longer lasting than their liquid counterparts, and they usually give a satin-finish to the skin. They tend to have no water content, and are mostly made of oils and waxes, along with pigment (and occasionally some silicone).

Cream foundations are best for those who like a lot of coverage, and who have a combination skin type that doesn’t veer too strongly either to the dry or to the oily direction. Cream foundations can come in a pressed pan form or a stick form.

Powder Foundations

With a fairly light coverage, and a mattifying effect, powder foundations have become the favorite choice for natural beauty aficionados and those who like easy, low-maintenance routines. Those who need a lot of coverage or who have skin that leans towards dry should stay away from powder foundations.

There are two types of powder foundations – pressed-powder foundations that are great for normal, dry and oily skin types, and loose powder foundations, which are meant to set the makeup, especially being an excellent choice for those with oily skin.

If you like a ton of coverage, you can even use a powder foundation to set a cream or liquid foundation. While I prefer loose powder foundations, since they tend to include more product with better coverage, a pressed powder foundation is undeniably neater and easier to use.

Cushion-Compact Foundations

Those who are looking for a liquid texture of foundation, but need a product that is easier to apply on the go can consider getting a cushion-compact foundation. The outcome is a light or medium coverage, hence the product is excellent for those with a flawless skin.

The good thing is that cushion foundations come with an applicator that you can use to apply and blend the product easily.

Mousse Foundations

Mousse foundations are mostly a variation on liquid foundations. A liquid foundation becomes creamier when it is whipped with air, turning into a mousse, which offers a less messy application.

Different mousse foundations will work for different skin types, depending on whether they are water- or silicone-based. Throughout the article, whenever I use the term “liquid foundation”, know that the same directions apply for a mousse one.

Compact or Stick Foundations

Compact or stick foundations have become popular just recently, and they are just perfect for oily and thicker skin types. The best thing about this type of foundation is that you easily direct the right amount of product to the areas you desire. They are also ideal for carrying around with you while traveling.

Stick foundations are also amazing when it comes to using your advanced application skills to contour. You just need to press it on your skin, depositing the amount of product needed, and start blending it with a foundation brush, a wet makeup sponge or just your clean fingers.

Use the darker shades along the hairline, on the sides of the nose and under the cheekbones, while keeping the lighter tones for the higher points on the face – the center of the nose, the chin, cheekbones…

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