Foundation Guide: Importance Of Choosing The Right Foundation For Your Skin-Type

Choosing the right base for your makeup is a must if you want a perfect and flawless finish. Here is the detailed guide to the types of foundation that you can select according to your skin-type.

Chanchal Sengar
Written by: Chanchal SengarUpdated at: Oct 01, 2019 10:22 IST
Foundation Guide: Importance Of Choosing The Right Foundation For Your Skin-Type

The whole reason we wear makeup is to make our skin look even textured. Beauty is all about a healthy, flawless complexion. While we have a plethora of products to choose from, selecting the right shade of foundation is the beginner's step. Wearing the right foundation that also is broad-spectrum sunscreen is essential for everyone to apply daily. However, the kind of foundation can vary from one skin type to another.

Consistency, as well as color counts, when you want to get back to bases. There is no point in creating a thick, matte mask as it looks very artificial and caked. Thanks to technology, foundations now reflects light so successfully that they almost look three dimensional. Here is a detailed guide about foundations.


Sheer Foundation gives us the complexion we wish we were blessed with naturally. It usually contains silicones, which make it glide and give a soft appearance without looking oily. Used sparingly, it cannot be detected on the skin and imparts a very natural look. There are no rules about where to apply foundation – use it where you need it and blend it in carefully. It gives a natural look as it has SPF in it.


This works wonders on mature, dry and flaky skin. Oil-based foundation can be slightly heavy, so add a few drops of toner to the bottle before you start – this will counteract the oil in the bottle and make your application even sheerer.

Skin experts recommend that the oil-based based foundation should be applied alternatively with a sheer foundation. Since it’s heavy when used daily can result in breakouts as it clogs skin pores.


This looks lovely on more mature skins as it is smooth, milky, and kind on surface lines and wrinkles. It gives a natural-looking finish while still providing that confidence-boosting coverage. This contains fewer oils than the oil-based foundation and is ideal to be applied daily for mature skin. It also gives a non-reflective appearance.


Oily skin beauties this one is for you. Matte foundation always needs to be applied very quickly and blended thoroughly as it does not contain any oil, so dries out the moment it touches the skin. It is great for Mediterranean skin types with oily  T-zones, as it says shine-free for longer than other foundations. But to avoid an unnaturally heavy finish it should always be applied with a very light hand to a complexion that has already been moisturized.

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This contains specially-shaped particles that reflect light off the skin to give it a youthful appearance. It is appropriate for young girls who want to obtain a ‘dewy’ complexion and for older women wishing to draw attention away from lines and wrinkles.


Not foundation as such, but these sticks, which are superb for highlighting the face or body.


Revolution in modern technology has delivered this foundation which contains pigments that are light-sensitive, meaning they respond differently to natural and electric light, and change to maintain a ‘true, color in either.

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Powder and foundation in one, this is very easy to apply with a sponge and is the ‘one-stop shopping ‘ of foundation. Applied with a light hand, a compact foundation can appear very natural; heavy-handed application, though, leads to a mask-like finish.


In one of the newest additions to the foundation family, color pigments are suspended in a gel-like formulation that glides on easily, absorbs well, and is non-greasy. It is water-based and is a much lighter option for daily use.

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With inputs from Ms. Pooja Nagdev, Aromatherapist, Cosmetologist, Founder, Inatur

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