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How To Choose The Right Foundation For Your Skin Type.

Foundation for your skin type.

Is your foundation the right one for your skin type?


I have found it so surprising that not many many women know their own skin type. My question to you is, if you do not know your skin type, how can you know if you are treating your skin in the right way? It is so important to remember that all skins are different, and all skins should be treated, cared for and beautified in a different manner. 

For most women foundation plays a key role in their everyday life. I can vouch for this statement as I rely on my foundation to keep me looking great from the morning, until I head home from work (which is a long day). 

That is why I decided to discuss the best foundations for your skin type, as this will have an effect on how long your foundation will stay on, the amount of break-outs you will have and the shine that makes it seem like you are wearing a flashlight on your forehead.

If you do not use the right foundation for your skin type you might find that if you do for instance use an oil base foundation on an oily skin, your face will look excessively oily. Another example that you might have experienced if you have dry skin, is that in the middle of the day, your foundation has seemed to ‘sink’ away into your skin.

The reason for this happening is due to the fact that there is not enough moisture in the foundation, so your skin is absorbing all the foundation to moisturise itself. This might also cause more break-outs than normal.

Determine your skin type.

So, first of all, you should determine your skin type. Look for these characteristics on your face.

Dry Skin
  • Lacks any natural luster and feels like your skin is “tight”.
Normal skin
  • Is neither dry nor oily. (You are the lucky ones).
Combination skin
  • Feels oily in the T-zone and dry or normal anywhere else. For those of you who don’t know, the T-Zone is the area across your forehead, all the way down your nose and under your eyes.
Oily skin
  • Feels oily all over.

If the above stated is not clear enough, refer to the picture below.

Determine your skin type

Skin Types

So now that you know how to match a foundation to both your skin type and colour, let’s talk about which foundations are suitable for the different skin types. 

Foundation for Dry Skin

If you want to moisturise your skin, you would want to opt for a lightweight foundation that won’t ‘sink’ into your skin. This foundation should moisturise your skin whilst also covering blemishes. Avoid using powders or matte/oil-free foundations as these products might make your skin flake. Rather opt for a cream based foundation. 

Kryolan Supra Colour.
  • This is a cream based foundation.
  • It is a great foundation for extreme coverage (I especially recommend this for clients who want to cover pigmentation, skin discolouration or problematic skin)
  • This foundation is also relatively affordable, however it might not be reachable to all people. However you can visit the Kryolan website to find a stockist near you.
Kryolan SupraColour

Kryolan SupraColour

Foundation for Oily Skin

If you have an oily skin, you want to choose a foundation that does not have an oil base… Oil on oil might create a super shiny effect on your face, and cause excessive break-outs. 

Nimue Pro-Age Foundation.
  • The Nimue Pro-Age Foundation is a non-greasy foundation. 
  • For oily skin, this is one of the best things you can look for in a foundation when you have an oily skin as it will reduce shine.  
  • This foundation also has active light reflecting particles that causes light to reflect light away from ones skin, making you look younger and radiant everyday.
  • Nimue Pro-Age is currently available in FOUR shades, with two darker shades being released in 2017.

Nimue Pro-Age Foundation is available at Adara Beauty Clinic in all four shades, however if you are not in the vicinity of Adara, visit the Nimue website or download the Nimue app to find stockists near you.


Essence All About Matt!
  • Oil-Free Make-Up
  • All about Matt! is a foundation that provides the complexion with a matte texture, leaving it smooth and soft.
  • This foundation is long lasting, and the oil-free texture reduces the blockage of pores. Available in three shades.

This Foundation is very affordable and can be found at almost all Clicks and Dischem stores. However keep in mind that it is a cosmetic product and is probably not suitable for problematic skin types.

Essence All about Matt!

Essence All about Matt!

Foundation for Combination Skin.

If you have normal or combination skin, you are one of the lucky ones. You can choose between both liquid and cream foundations… however liquid foundations might be a better choice. If you do feel that your skin does show some oiliness during the day, just keep some loose powder with you and pat down those oily zones during the day.

I would still like to recommend the Nimue Pro-Age Foundation for normal skin. The best thing about the Nimue Pro-Age Foundation is the reflecting light particles, because let’s face it, doesn’t matter which skin type you have, we all age. (I know, I cringed as I wrote this.) As I have mentioned earlier the active light reflecting particles causes light to reflect light away from ones skin, making you look younger and radiant everyday.

This was such a long post! However I hope that you are now well informed on why you should choose the right foundation for your skin type!

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Happy Friday Ya’ll!



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