My clients often ask me how to select the foundation that is right for them. I tell them it’s pretty simple and you don’t have to be a professional makeup artist to find the right products for you.  Knowing your skin type is key to finding the right base.  If your skin is dry you definitely want to consider creams over powder foundations.  Look for moisturizing or hydrating foundations or sheer illuminating liquids.  My recommendations are Stilla’s Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer, Laura Mercier Moisturizing Foundation or Covergirl Natural Luxe Foundation is the best in term of drug store brands.  Also, be sure to moisturize your skin prior to foundation application and allow at least five minutes for the product to absorb. 

If you ‘re  oily, powder foundations are ideal but if you prefer something different  you will need to look for words like “oil-free”or “oil-control.”  You want a product that is going to provide you with a matifying effect.  My personal recommendations:  Makeup Forever MAT velvet, Laura Mercier Oil Free liquid Foundation, MAC  Studio FixPowder Foundation or Smashbox High Definition ( Oil Free) Health FX Foundation.  Again, in terms of skin preparation use a good toner to disinfect pores and this will also help to seal them. Next, besure to use an oil-free moisturizer and apply a matifying primer.

For my beauties with combination or mature skin,  cream-to-powder bases will work best.  This type of formula will not dry out the skin or enhance the look of wrinkles. Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation SPF is a pro makeup artist favorite.  Those who suffer with sensitive skin can opt for Mineral foundations like  L’oreal Minerals, Bare Minerals or Jane Iredale.

However, if you’re still at a lost, you can’t go wrong with a liquid base!

Until next time beauties,


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