How to Find the Right Foundation

Matching Foundation with Skin Type

Although many kinds of foundation are suitable for many skin types, some foundations may be better for your skin than others.

If you have dry skin, it's important to find a foundation that moisturizes your skin and gives it some shine. Liquid foundations, certain cream foundations and foundation sticks will all help trap moisture in the skin -- avoid matte foundations that can make your skin appear dry [source: Kaylor].

However, if you have oily skin, a foundation with a matte finish is a great choice for you. Such foundations include creams, mousses, powders and mineral foundations. A matte finish will make your skin appear less shiny, and these products are often noncomedogenic, meaning they won't clog pores [source: Yahoo].

Most foundations will work well if you have normal or combination skin, so you can just focus on color or level of coverage. If you don't have to worry about dry or oily skin, you may want to use heavier foundations, such as a cream or stick, to conceal wrinkles or blemishes. However, if you don't have much to conceal, you can go for a lighter option like pressed powder.

If you have aging skin, use a thicker foundation that can better conceal fine lines and wrinkles. Consider liquids, creams and mousses, but don't cake them on too thick. If you opt for a thicker foundation, it's even more important to match your makeup with your skin tone [source: Kaylor].

The next section will help you select the right color for your skin, no matter what type of foundation you choose.