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How to find the right foundation finish for your skin type

How to find the right foundation finish for your skin type
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When it comes to the best foundation, it is definitely not one shade fits all! Just as important as it is to tailor your moisturiser to your skin type, it is imperative to chose a foundation that will bring the best out of your skin to create that desired flawless finish. Whether the winter weather has left your complexion looking a little dry, dull or you are prone to breakouts, we have the perfect foundation finish to balance out your base.

Oily skin

  • Maybelline Fit Me! Matte and Poreless Foundation 30ml (Various Shades)

    Maybelline Fit Me! Matte and Poreless Foundation 30ml (Various Shades)

    4.34 Stars 53 Reviews
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    £6.99
  • MAC Blot Powder/Pressed (Various Shades)

    MAC Blot Powder/Pressed (Various Shades)

    4.63 Stars 8 Reviews
    £23.50
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation (Various Shades)

    MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation (Various Shades)

    4.66 Stars 148 Reviews
    £27.00
  • Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup 30ml (Various Shades)

    Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup 30ml (Various Shades)

    4.41 Stars 22 Reviews
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  • bareMinerals Blemish Rescue Skin-Clearing Loose Powder Foundation 6g (Various Shades)

    bareMinerals Blemish Rescue Skin-Clearing Loose Powder Foundation 6g (Various Shades)

    3.3 Stars 10 Reviews
    £29.00
  • Estée Lauder Futurist Aqua Brilliance SPF20 Makeup 30ml (Various Shades)

    Estée Lauder Futurist Aqua Brilliance SPF20 Makeup 30ml (Various Shades)

    4.33 Stars 3 Reviews
    £34.00
  • Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation (Various Shades)

    Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation (Various Shades)

    4.69 Stars 16 Reviews
    £30.00
  • L'Oréal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation with SPF and Hyaluronic Acid 30ml (Various Shades)

    L'Oréal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation with SPF and Hyaluronic Acid 30ml (Various Shades)

    4.51 Stars 49 Reviews
    £9.99
  • UOMA Beauty Say What Foundation 30ml (Various Shades)

    UOMA Beauty Say What Foundation 30ml (Various Shades)

    4.67 Stars 3 Reviews
    £29.50

Oily skin can leave you with an unwanted shine that can play havoc with your foundation finish. If this sounds familiar, opt for a matte finish foundation that will keep your skin balanced and shine free for longer. With oily skin a common concern, there are a lot of foundations specifically made to keep your glow in control. Containing micro-powders to control shine and absorb excess oils, the Maybelline Fit Me! Matte and Poreless Foundation helps to minimise oil production and keep your complexion looking smooth and even. For that added matte finish, opt for a pressed powder that will takeaway any top level oil throughout the day without interrupting your base.

Blemish-prone skin

If your skin is prone to blemishes, this often leaves you with the problem of finding a high coverage foundation that won't add to your problem. To keep create an even look without aggravating your blemishes, selected a breathable foundation that won't block pores and is high in anti-oxidants. The Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup creates a concealing veil on the skin whilst preventing further blemishes from forming. The soothing formula also helps to tackle excess oil production that often comes hand in hand with acne-prone skin.

Dry skin

An obvious solution, dry skin needs moisture. Therefore, it goes without saying that your foundation should add to your skins hydration levels rather than adding to your problems. With cosmetics now focusing on skin health rather than solely on coverage, there is no excuse for neglecting your skin's needs. Go for a foundation that offers a 'dewy' finish and contains hydrating and nourishing ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid that will retain moisture levels throughout the day.

Dull skin

Spending more time inside during winter, along with skin becoming a little drier than usual, can contribute to skin looking dull and lack lustre. To bring back your radiance, choose a foundation enriched with minerals and enriching ingredients that will nourish the skin and bring back your glow. The UOMA Beauty Say What Foundation is formulated with Tomato Extract which assists with the look of dullness by promoting luminosity. The foundation also helps to even out the skin tone to keep your whole complexion brighter and healthier looking and is available in a wide range of shades.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin can be extremely reactive to the wrong foundation. To avoid a flare up, look for a hydrating, mineral rich foundation that is lightweight and buildable. Hydration helps keep skin soothed whilst minerals protect against environmental aggressors that could irritate skin. It is also wise to choose a foundation with SPF to protect sensitive skin from harmful UV rays. The Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Liquid Foundation SPF20 is enriched with Hyaluronic Acid is dermatologically tested to be suitable for even the most sensitive skin types. Alternatively, if you're looking for an even more lightweight coverage, the bareMinerals Original Loose Mineral Foundation SPF15 is a sheer veil of mineral enriched powder that sits comfortably on the skin without compromising on coverage.

  • Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Liquid Foundation SPF20 25ml (Various Shades)

    Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Liquid Foundation SPF20 25ml (Various Shades)

    4.64 Stars 36 Reviews
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    £35.00
  • bareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation (Various Shades)

    bareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation (Various Shades)

    4.78 Stars 784 Reviews
    £29.00
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Working with brands at LOOKFANTASTIC for over two years I have developed my knowledge of all things beauty from key skincare concerns to niche makeup tricks and haircare hacks. I have a major passion for finding effective solutions that are easily accessible to everyone so that we can all achieve our best, glowing complexion.
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