How to Figure Out Which Foundation Type is Best


One of the questions I’m asked most often is “what type of foundation would work best for me? Cream, powder or liquid?” Only you’ll be able to answer that question, after asking yourself 2 more.

What is my skin type?

Do you know your skin type? It’s the overall condition of your skin, and should fall into one of 4 categories; normal, dry, combination and oily. And, if you live where the seasons change, you’ll most likely have 2 types.

Each foundation type is formulated to work best with specific skin types, and while there is always an exception to every rule, the following applies most often.


Normal skin is just that; normal. It doesn’t have too much oil, and the skin isn’t dry. if you have normal skin, you get your pick! Your skin will do well with cream, powder or liquid. 


Dry skin dries out very easily and feels tight and parched. Dry skin can feel dry everywhere, or just in certain areas of the skin. Dry skin craves extra moisture, and a cream or stick foundation contains enough to normalize the skin. Liquid foundation is also a possibility, and can be considered a close 2nd.


Most of us have combination skin which tends to be oily in the t-zone (across the forehead and down the nose and chin) and dry on the cheeks and around the nose. Combination skin can be very tricky. Liquid foundation is the preferred type because although it contains moisturizers, it doesn’t have as much as cream foundations normally do and is less likely to “melt” away. Powder foundation can be close second to liquid, just be sure to apply lightly over any dry areas of the skin.


Oily skin is oily all over the skin. The last thing it needs is additional oil or moisturizers, so a powder foundation would be best, especially if it contains oil-absorbing ingredients like KmS Mineral Essentials Flawless Mineral Foundation.

What type of coverage do I want?

Which foundation type you choose may be determined by the type of coverage you want as they are created to cover differently.

If you’re looking for a light, sheer coverage, you’ll be happy with a simple layer of powder foundation or water based liquid foundation. If you’d prefer medium coverage, 2 layers of powder foundation or liquid foundation (non-water based) would work best. If full coverage is what you’re after, a cream type foundation or 3-4 build-able layers of powder foundation would fit the bill.

So, I’d like to know! Which type of foundation do you use most? Why do you prefer it over the rest? Comment below, and if you haven’t already registered to get our Clear Skin updates delivered to your inbox weekly, register below.




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