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The Best Foundations for Every Skin Type

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After waking up with last night’s mascara smeared one too many times, you finally committed to giving your skin the special care and attention it deserves. You cut out late night Netflix snacks (which literally gave you nightmares) and added more water to your diet. Yet, that pesky zit from your last junk food binge is taking up stock on your face and refuses to leave.

Having clear skin is more than just curbing bad habits or having a consistent beauty routine. Finding the right products that compliment your skin chemistry makes a huge difference. I have sensitive, combination skin and an uneven skin tone. You can imagine how hard it is to find a foundation that tackles all of issues without being too harsh. I spend so much time browsing beauty aisles that I practically pay rent at Sephora and ULTA Beauty. But even though it can get frustrating, finding the perfect foundation isn’t impossible. Regardless of what your skin issues are, here are the best foundations for every skin type.

If your skin is dry…

True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup

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Stick to foundations that are moisturizing and have a thicker formula. Not only will this quench your skin’s thirst, your foundation will last much longer. L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup contains vitamin C & E, which help hydrate your skin and even out your skin tone.

If your skin is oily…

e.l.f. Acne Fighting Foundation

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If you’re a victim to that shine that shows up in every single selfie and you swear can be seen from outer space, this one’s for you. A lighter, oil-free formula promotes clear skin while still providing great coverage. E.l.f Cosmetics’ Acne Fighting Foundation is targeted toward people with very oily skin that is prone to breaking out. If you’re feeling fancy and don’t mind splurging, Urban Decay’s All Nighter Foundation is also oil-free and stays put even longer.

If your skin is combination…

COVERGIRL's Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation

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Your skin is stuck in that moment where it can’t decide if it’s thirsty or overly moisturized. Try a foundation formula that targets all areas of your face and blends easily. COVERGIRL’s Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation absorbs excess oil from your T-zone and evens out your skin tone and texture. It’s the hero we deserve.

If your skin is sensitive…

Bare Minerals foundation

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Using natural or mineral-based products will help prevent flare ups and correct rosacea. BareMinerals’ foundation line caters toward these specific issues. The formula is light, contains SPF and looks completely natural. The best part is that you don’t have to apply a lot to get your desired coverage.

If your skin is uneven…

Makeup Forever's Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

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Redness, blemishes and dryness are just a few factors that affect your skin. To find the best coverage that tackles these areas, look for foundations that are hydrating and glide on smoothly. When it comes to foundations, Makeup Forever’s Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation is the holy grail. It covers a diverse range of shades, doesn’t sweat off and is smooth. It’s totally worth the splurge!

If your skin is even (but you still want light coverage)…

Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer

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You don’t really need the coverage but don’t like leaving the house without a dash of make up on. Or, maybe you’re itching to get a nice color without risking a nasty sunburn. Stick with SPF-infused tinted moisturizers such as Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer. Not only does it provide coverage that is barely visible, it also gives your skin a natural glow.

If your skin shows signs of aging…

Chanel's Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Sunscreen Makeup

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If you want to stop your wrinkles in their tracks, steer clear of powdered foundations. Aside from aging you, the powder will make your wrinkles appear more prominent. Hydrating foundations are much more effective at rejuvenating your skin. Chanel’s Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Sunscreen Makeup is a water-based product that is light but still provides the necessary coverage.

Cassandra is a beauty and women's health writer. She spends most of her time treating herself to dinner and movie dates, pretending her life is a Marvel comic and figuring out how to keep her makeup on her face. Not necessarily in that order. She blogs about affordable outfits from her favorite movies and TV shows at Onscreencloset.com.