4 Foundations Perfect For Every Skin Type

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For the longest time, we've been foundation skeptics. If your skin is relatively clear, why waste your time and money applying a base the exact same color as your skin if it won't do much? And if you're prone to acne, why risk making your breakouts worse by using yet another product that could clog your pores further? Well, it turns out that foundation is a makeup staple for a reason, and it can totally improve your routine when used correctly. Not only will it give your makeup a firm base to stick to, making it last longer, it'll give your skin an even finish that helps with discolorations and blemishes.

You just need to make sure you're using the right foundation for your skin type. Here are a few of our favorite products.

1. For Oily Skin
Clinique 'Pore Refining Solutions' Instant Perfecting Makeup


If you're prone to breakouts, you're going to want a foundation that's oil-free and that won't work to worsen acne. Clinique is the ultimate brand for skincare products, and its Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfecting Makeup ($27, Clinique) is great for oily skin. Because it contains salicylic acid, it helps to fight break outs like the common acne cleansers you use. Specialists at Allure suggest applying a small amount, mixed in with an oil-free moisturizer for a light finish that won't aggravate skin further.

2. For Dry Skin
L'Oreal

If your skin is dry (especially in the winter) the last thing you want is to use a powder foundation, but rather something that will add some moisture to your skin. L'Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup ($12.99, Ulta) is made with 40 percent water, along with Vitamins E and C to keep skin hydrated and give it a dewy glow.

3. For Sensitive Skin
bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20

bareMinerals is famous for creating pure products with little chemical additives, perfect for sensitive skin easily agitated by most products. If your skin hasn't responded well to foundations in the past, try Bare Skin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation ($28, Sephora). Made from a mineral complex including Lilac plant stem cells, this formula can help soothe more sensitive spots while offering a light-weight, color-correcting coverage.

4. For Combination Skin
Foundation

Many people struggle with skin that can be dry in some spots, but oily in others, finding it difficult to discover the best product to cater to both those needs. Well, Make UP Forever Ultra HD Invisible Foundation ($43, Make Up Forever) is not only a great product for combination skin, it's a glorious product in general. Because it's oil-free, it won't worsen areas on your skin prone to breakouts, but the hyaluronic acid formula is also hydrating on spots that are very dry. Did we mention Kylie Jenner loves this foundation?

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