Skin care is one of the leading industries in the world. From preventative care, to cosmetic care, to cleansing care, there are all types of skin care products. Moisturizers, astringents, masks, and makeup are all beneficial in unique ways, but makeup is the only option that provides an instant fix.


Customers buy makeup like foundation and concealer with the idea in mind that it will make their skin look perfect, regardless of existing imperfections. In order to achieve the best results, it is crucial to find a product that works with your skin type.


There are four basic skin type categories that we will look at: normal, oily, dry, and sensitive.


Normal. Normal and combination skin types have relatively even skin, but can experience dry spots on the cheeks and oiliness on the T-zone. They also tend to have medium sized pores.

The best makeup for normal skin is a liquid foundation or a tinted beauty balm. Laura Mercier Silk Cream is a great full coverage foundation in a gel texture, running at about $43. Revlon ColorStay is a cheaper option, and a great all around foundation that provides full coverage and SPF 15


Oily. Having makeup last on oily skin can be a challenge. Oily skin should look for oil-free products and potentially those that include benzoyl peroxide for people with acne-prone skin.

Try Clinique Pore Refining Solution Makeup, an oil-free liquid that helps pores look smaller for $27. A cheaper option is Neutrogena SkinClearing Oil-Free Makeup that can be found at drugstores for $12.


Dry. For dry skin, cream foundations work best. Even dry blush or bronzer can end up making your skin look cakey, so look for cream blushes and eye colors as well. You want to find something that is moisturizing or has a bit of dewiness to it to help make your skin look more luminous. Marlena from Makeup Geek suggests two foundation products for dry skin, a luxury foundation as well as a more affordable option.

Her luxury pick for dry skin is NARS Sheer Glow, which runs for about $45. Her bargain choice is Neutrogena Healthy Skin. Both products offer buildable coverage and have a dewy finish.

Dry skin tip: Use a liquid eyeliner instead of pencil eye liners to avoid flaking.


Sensitive. People who have sensitive skin are prone to irritation and sometimes cannot even wear makeup due to the discomfort it causes their skin. For these people, it is usually best to stay with companies that are high quality and hypoallergenic. According to Total Beauty, “Silicone based foundations tend to have lower rates of skin irritation.”

Clinique and Lorac are great for sensitive skin. Good drugstore brands to try are Almay and Physicians Formula. We like Lorac Natural Performance Foundation and Clinique Superbalanced Makeup.


What are your favorite foundations? Let us know in the comments below or tweet me @LydiaYekalam