Lancôme foundation: choosing the right formula for your skin

Foundation. Is there any trickier make-up? Get the formula right and your skin will look immaculate – nourished, radiant and smooth. Get the formula wrong and you’ll look 100 shades of awful – cakey, dehydrated and at least 10 years older.

The key to choosing the right foundation for your complexion is working out what sort of skin type you have. Is it oily? Dry? A bit of both? Lancôme have a wide range of bases to cater for every need and concern, so take an honest look at your face and you’ll reap the rewards.

Why choose a Lancôme foundation?

Offering a variety of foundations, Lancôme is renowned for its high quality powder, cream and liquid foundations. Make-up artists and women the world over enjoy the buildable coverage, from sheer and natural to full and high impact, catering to each individual skin type.

Backed by science and inspired by French beauty and style, Lancôme foundations are suitable for both the professional and the novice. They offer consistent results, even wear and a shade to match all complexions – not to mention the most delicious textures, luxurious packaging and convenient application, even when you’re on-the-go!

Whatever look you are hoping to achieve, there is a product out there for you. Just follow our simple guide below to select your perfect Lancôme foundation formula…

My skin is dry

Look for moisturising, creamy formulas. This will provide your complexion with a much-needed drink and ensure that your foundation doesn’t grab onto flaky patches or sit tight on your skin. Get your hands on:

My skin is oily

You’ll love a compact. The powder will mop up any shine, giving a long-lasting, matte finish. Your skin will be left soft, while coverage can be built up to your desired level – and touch-ups are super easy! We recommend:


My skin is combination

Achieve balance with a mattifying yet hydrating foundation. It will target any areas prone to greasiness, while also keeping those dehydrated or chapped zones in check. The result? An even, immaculate complexion. Go for:

My skin is normal

You can get away with pretty much any formula! Keep everything in balance, looking for a foundation that will provide just the right amount of radiance, moisture and anti-shine. The perfect candidate for a product with SPF, check out:


My skin is mature

A nourishing, firming formulation is what you need. As well as hydrating the skin, this sort of foundation will plump, restore vitality and help to diminish the appearance of wrinkles – ensuring the product never settles into them! Try:

My skin is sensitive

Gentle, light foundation is what you should look for. Let your skin breathe with a BB cream type of formulation, which will reduce any irritation, provide hydration and protect from the sun. Here are our suggestions:


Melissa’s expert tips

To get the most out of your foundation, don’t forget to prime! It will prepare your skin for the make-up, ensuring even wear and a long-lasting effect – as well as protecting and nourishing your complexion. We heart Lancôme La Base Pro Perfecting Make-up Primer.

Once you’ve applied your bases, remember to set them. A finishing powder will not only prevent your make-up from fading or smudging, but give a beautiful, softening effect. The tiny particles are also ideal for mopping up any shine, as is the case with Lancôme Teint Miracle Natural Light Creator: Translucent Loose Powder.

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