Tuesday, May 17

How to Choose the Best Foundation for Your Skin Type (DRUGSTORE)!

Picking a foundation can definitely be tricky. You go down the aisles at the drugstore, you're bombarded by displays at Sephora, or you're pressured by an overzealous beauty consultant at a department store and you are completely overwhelmed and don't know where to begin. Sound familiar? Well, you're not alone. I've rounded up the best drugstore brand foundations for every skin type. The perfect foundation for you is out there! Keep on reading to find your foundation soul-mate. 


If this is your type, chances are your skin is acne prone as well. Avoid any foundations that are labeled as, "Luminous", "Dewy", etc. and make sure it says "Oil-Free". This is my skin type and the best foundation that I have found that works for me is surprisingly, a drugstore brand. Try:

Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation for Oily/Combination skin. $9-$12

  • Coverage: Full
  • Type: Liquid
  • SPF: 6 
  • Finish: Matte
  • Available at most drugstores and discount department stores

I would recommend applying this foundation with clean hands as the formula is a little thick and dries kind of quickly. Using your hands will help warm the product, thus allowing you to fully blend it into your skin, and will give you the most natural looking finish. If you are working on a client, use a sponge applicator or a foundation/stippling brush.


If your skin is dry, you most likely feel tightness and have flakes mostly around your nose, chin and forehead. If this is the case, look for foundations that are labeled as "Moisturizing" or "Luminous". Try: 

Covergirl Olay Simply Ageless Foundation, $10-$15

I know this is marketed for more mature skin, but that doesn't mean a thing! Anyone can use this foundation, young or old. It has olay moisturizers swirled into it and it will leave your skin looking radiant and hydrated without looking greasy.

  • Coverage: Medium
  • Type: Liquid/Cream
  • SPF: 22
  • Finish: Luminous 
  • Available at most drugstores and discount department stores


If your skin is sensitive, breaks out easily and is constantly irritated, aim for foundations that are labeled as "Oil-free", "Hypoallergenic", and/or "Non-Comedegenic." Try:

Almay Nearly Naked Foundation, $9-$12

  • Coverage: Medium, but buidable.
  • Type: Liquid
  • SPF: 15
  • Finish: Natural
  • Available at most drugstore and discount department stores.


If gravity is starting to catch up on you and you're starting to notice fine lines, age spots and wrinkles, then you should look into an anti-aging foundation. These are typically formulated with hydrating and firming ingredients to help your skin look younger and more radiant. Try:

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind, $7-$10

  • Coverage: Medium
  • Type: Liquid
  • SPF: 18
  • Finish: Luminous
  • Available at most drugstore and discount department stores.

No matter what foundation you end up using, always remember to have nicely exfoliated skin and never forget to set your foundation with a loose, translucent powder. It will stay put all day long!

Well, I hope this has helped you in some way. I know it still might be a little difficult to find the right foundation for you as these might not be the soul-mate for your skin. You just need to try them out for yourself and give them a go. I suggest purchasing them at CVS as they let you return and/or exchange cosmetics even if they've been used. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments! Good luck!


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  1. Is there a guide on how to pick the right color of foundation? I usually suck at it :(

  2. It can be pretty tricky picking the right color. It helps if you already know your undertone. The best advice I can give is to try out Loreal True Match foundation. They have a little clear, plastic chart that has all of the shades on them and what you do it hold it up to your arm, and whatever color "disappears" is the best match.

    You can also try out different foundations and take them back if you don't like them. As I mentioned in the post, CVS allows you to return cosmetics even if they've been opened. I use to different shades of Revlon Colorstay to get the right color.

    If you want a high-end makeup, you can go to your local MAC counter and they can match you there.

    Good luck and thanks for reading my blog! <3


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