Are you using the wrong foundation?

You’d be lying if you said you’ve never tried a foundation that was completely wrong for your skin. Whether it be the shade, the consistency, or the formula, we’ve all gotten it wrong at some point, so we’ve put together a few of our best-selling makeup products suited to our most common skin concerns.

Oily Skin

It may seem impossible when you think you’ve tried everything – but the battle against shine can be won! Dewy skin is in, although there is a line between a healthy glow and resembling an oil slick. Foundations are hard to choose for those with oily skin, so we’ve picked some of our best-selling products that will actually stay put all day.

Your base sets the pace

If you’ve got oily skin, you’ve probably tried every shine-free, oil-fighting primer on the market. That’s why we’d like to introduce you to something a little different. It’s called Serozinc. This product from La Roche-Posay is a toner specifically formulated for oily skin, and doubles as a long-lasting mattifying primer when applied prior to your foundation. If you think you’ve tried everything, you need to give Serozinc a go – you won’t be disappointed.

Buy La Roche-Posay Serozinc

Long-wearing is essential

Have you ever been at an event and had to touch-up your makeup every 15 minutes to ensure it’s not melting off your face? You need a reliable long-wearing foundation that will stay put in any climate. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF15 may be your answer. This hydrating, oil-free formula is natural-looking and long-wearing, and it never looks cakey. Skin stays moisturised while the lightweight finish of Bobbi Brown Long-Wear maintains it’s colour and lasts for up to 12 hours.

Buy Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF15

Finish it off

A finishing powder or finishing spray will set your makeup look in place all day and ensure your oiliness can’t sabotage you. Skindinavia Oil Control Makeup Finishing Spray controls shine and absorbs oil over the face and t-zone. This setting spray prevents makeup slippage and extends the wear of your foundation, meaning less touch-ups are required throughout the day.

Buy Skindinavia Oil Control Makeup Finishing Spray

Dry Skin

Dry patches, flakiness, that ‘tight’ skin feeling, are all classic characteristics of dry skin. Most of us would’ve experienced dry skin at some point, particularly during the change of seasons. It’s difficult to get your makeup to sit flawlessly when your skin texture is all over the place, so we’ve selected a few suitable products for those of you trying to fight the flakies.


It’s the current celeb makeup artist cult product. Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè Moisturiser provides your skin with all the nutrients and water it needs for a balanced complexion, and reconstitutes the skin’s barrier that protects it from environmental aggressors, while accelerating cell renewal. Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè moisturises, nourishes and protects the skin with ingredients like Beeswax, Shea Butter and Mineral Oil, leaving it supple, plumped and smoothed. Apply Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè Moisturiser and allow to absorb before applying your foundation.

Buy Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè Moisturiser

Hydration is key

Full coverage foundations can be the enemy when your skin is flaky and dry, so opt for a more lightweight formula like Youngblood Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint. This tinted moisturiser leaves skin comfortably hydrated, provides sheer, even- toned coverage and shields skin from environmental damage. Youngblood Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint replenishes dehydrated skin, leaving it smooth and soft, while soothing antioxidants calm redness and inflammation.

Buy Youngblood Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint

Keep it that way

If you experience moisture loss throughout the day, and find your skin getting tight and flaky, carry around Jane Iredale Pommist Hydration Spritz in your handbag. This hydrating mist can be used to set your makeup, and also as a deeply hydrating refreshing spritz, perfect for use is dry environments. Keep your makeup and skin feeling hydrated and fresh all day.

Buy Jane Iredale Pommist Hydration Spritz

Acne-Prone Skin

Acne can really knock our confidence, and sometimes a little bit of coverage makes a difference to how we feel, although it is hard to find foundations that won’t cause further breakouts, congestion or sensitivity. Choosing the right formulas and products is essential, so we’ve compiled some of our favourite acne-friendly products below:

Colour Correction

Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer SPF 15 is formulated for skin’s prone to redness, inflammation and sensitivity. Neutralise, relieve and defend against inflammation and redness induced by skin sensitivity with this SPF priming product. The sheer green tint balances the appearance of redness underneath your makeup, eliminating the need for excessive cakey concealer, allowing your compromised skin to breathe.

Buy Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer SPF 15

Blend away the bumps

Finding a suitable foundation is a daunting task when you’re scared of every product potentially causing a nasty breakout. Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup is a medium-coverage, natural-looking product specifically formulated for acne-prone skin types. Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup contains ingredients to help treat existing breakouts, while preventing them from coming back. This formula is non-irritating, oil-free and neutralises redness associated with acne.

Buy Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup

Opt for mineral

If you want a little extra coverage, or you’d rather a powder over a liquid, Inika Mineral Foundation is your match. This lightweight, 100% natural, mineral, loose powder foundation is a foundation, powder and concealer in one, providing a radiant healthy glow without clogging pores. Inika Mineral Foundation is ideal for those trying to conceal skin conditions such as acne scarring, rosacea or pigmentation. This powder can be built up in layers for heavier coverage, or dusted on for a light coverage.

Buy Inika Mineral Foundation