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Find the best foundation for your skin type | Sephora New Zealand

With all the endless options out there—from sheer to full coverage foundation, liquid foundation to powder—it’s no wonder finding the perfect foundation doesn’t come easy. There is so much to try. The key to finding the right foundation is knowing your skin type. Below is a quick guide to get you started on the right track to your most flawless complexion yet.

  • Foundation for Dry Skin: For skin types that are typically parched, finding a foundation that doesn’t strip away hydration is a must. Many foundations for dry skin today contain hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring compound that helps skin maintain a healthy moisture balance. Use a liquid or cream foundation packed with nutrient-rich oils, rather than powder foundation, which could irritate dry areas and absorb essential moisture away.

  • Foundation for Oily Skin: On the other side of the spectrum, the best foundation for oily skin is typically oil-free and mattifying. Formulas with more powder tend to perform better, absorbing excess oil to keep it from surfacing. If you have shiny skin, matte foundation is the way to go. Look for either pressed powder or a cream foundation, which can help minimize the appearance of pores.

  • Foundation for Sensitive Skin: If you struggle with sensitive skin, stay away from foundations with harsh chemicals or fragrances. In your case, simpler is better. Look for the simplest and most natural formulas that are free of synthetic oils, parabens or fillers to prevent triggering a reaction. Thankfully, it’s easier than ever to find foundations full of nourishing ingredients, like coconut oil, vitamins and antioxidants, that still offer great coverage.

  • Foundation for Acne-Prone Skin: Finding foundation for blemish-prone skin that doesn’t do more harm than good can be frustrating. Look for an oil-free foundation that isn’t too dry and is formulated without potential irritants like fragrances and mineral oils that could cause a breakout. Try textures that are buildable, allowing your skin to breathe, instead of suffocating under full coverage. Foundations that contain salicylic acid (or any type of exfoliating ingredients) can be a good option to help reduce redness, treating blemishes as it disguises them so your skin is on the road to recovery and not another flare up.

Of course, once you’ve found your perfect foundation, make sure you get the best wear out of it by keeping your foundation brush clean. It’s OK to apply some foundations with your fingers in a pinch, but you’ll get the best, most seamless coverage with a foundation brush. Wash it regularly to prevent the transfer of bacteria from brush to skin.

Now, let’s get started! No matter your skin type, Sephora New Zealand has plenty of foundation options you’ll love in a range of colour and coverage. Shop online today.

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