When it comes to getting your hands on the perfect foundation, it’s more than just choosing the right shade for your skin. You need to figure out if it suits your skin type as well. Whether you’ve got dry, oily or combination skin, here are some of picks to try.

For dry skin

Applying the wrong kind of foundation on skin that’s prone to dryness makes the dry patches look more obvious, especially if your skin if flaking. Go for rich, moisturising formulas in the form of tinted moisturiser, liquid foundation or cream foundation. Look for ingredients that hydrate, nourish and make your skin glow.

Skip powder compact foundations because they make your skin look dull and cakey. If you must have the convenience of a compact, go for a cream-to-powder formulation to minimise dryness.

For combination skin

There are two kinds of combination skin: dry-combination and oily-combination. The T-zone (your forehead, nose and chin) is oily for both skin types. But if you have dry-combination skin, your cheeks will also be dry and flaky. If you have oily-combination skin, the rest of your face feels fairly balanced.

Oily-combination: Go for compact and liquid foundations with lightweight, oil-free and hydrating formulas. Your can choose between products that give your complexion a matte or radiant finish. Skip foundations that are too rich or creamy – these make your skin look oily.

Dry-combination: Go for moisturising formulas in the form of tinted moisture, and liquid or cream foundations. Pass on compact powder foundations as it makes your face look cakey despite looking great on your T-zone.

For oily skin

While it can be a challenge to get foundation to stay if you have oily skin, you should still use one as it can help your skin look fresh, matte and flawless. Go for compact powder foundation, or lightweight, oil-free liquid foundation with oil-control and skin-mattifying properties. Skip thick, heavy or creamy foundations as they make your skin look greasy.

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Text: Simone Wu / Simply Her October 2015
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