There are 5 known skin types—normal, dry, oily, sensitive, and combination skin. Of these five, the most common and the hardest to take care of is combination skin. Having combination skin is defined as having dry skin on the jawline and cheeks while having oily skin texture on the so-called T zone (forehead, nose, and chin). Other noticeable characteristics include large pores on the cheeks and nose, whiteheads, blackheads, and some pimples on the oily zone. It is important to identify early on that you have combination skin so you’re aware of how to properly take care of it.
Combination skin, more often than not, requires separate skincare products to deal with both the dry and oily areas. You wouldn’t want to apply products that could damage your skin. For cleansers, the choice is easy—just find a product that does not contain alcohol and preferably with some moisturizers. Water is your best friend if you have combination skin as it naturally moisturizes your face and is more gentle than alternative chemical-based products. Having established the cleansing and moisturizing fundamentals, what would you do next when you are about to put on some makeup?
Types of Foundations
Makeup is never complete without foundation. It does not just provide something that eye and cheek colors would stick into, but it is also meant to hide imperfections. There are different kinds of foundations and not all are compatible to be used on combination skin.
A few of the foundation types are:
- Cream – heavily covers the skin while giving a glossy finish. It has moisturizing properties.
- Cake – hides blemishes and scars while producing a matte effect.
- Powder – this type controls greasiness while blotting oil from your skin.
- Liquid – this is available in both oil and water-based formulas which can cover scars and blemishes while providing a light shine.
- Spray -covers acne scars and is best applied after a surgical procedure. It can also be used for reapplication when you are in a hurry to freshen up.
- Waterproof – this type lasts longer and is best used during the summer when the temperature is highly humid.
You’ve got a lot of different options for foundation if you’ve got combination skin. But which brands should you be investing in? We’ll list 5 different brands that meet the mark for those of us with combination skin, complete with descriptions and product links below.
You might notice that all of these particular foundations are pretty basic, and most of these are also available at department stores. The list below is only a sample of the options that you have, but those that I decided to list are the most popular and available throughout the country or online. You can’t go wrong with any of these.
5 Best Foundations to Try
1. Mary Kay Full Coverage Liquid Foundation
This is a lightweight foundation claims to hydrate for up to six hours. It won’t dry out your skin regardless of how long you decide to use it. It is also transfer-resistant—you won’t have to worry about it rubbing off on your clothes as much as some of the competitors. Ask a Mary Kay consultant to assist you in choosing from the 12 different shades if you pick this up at a department store, or if you’re confident that you know your shade, you can order it online and save some money.
2. Max Factor Age Renew Foundation
With a new and improved packaging in a pump bottle, it still delivers the same soft and natural skin that other Max Factor products do. It is also known to cover fine lines and wrinkles pretty well, even with its lightweight formula. It promises to make the skin look 5 years younger. Many customers have attested to its almost instant results. Not sure if you’re going to get the last 5 years back, but it’s a nice product nonetheless.
3. Revlon ColorStay© Liquid Foundation for Combination Skin
“Where other foundations create uneven looks, Revlon’s special foundation gets rid of clumping and spots”. It sounds corny, but it’s true. This is super useful for your combination skin since there is no need to worry about having patchy makeup just a few hours after application. It is an even-applying product and lasts quite a while as well. It promises to cover well, stay on, and control the production of oil. In my experience it does all quite well.
4. Exuviance CoverBlend Skin Caring Foundation
This foundation is best for combination skin as it hydrates and has a non-chemical SPF 15 formula to protect you from the sun. Another plus—it lasts up to 8 hours too, so there’s very little need for retouches. It also covers fine lines and wrinkles, hence, you look younger as you take good care of your skin. Overall, it’s a good product and you’ll probably be quite happy with it.
5. DiorSkin Forever Foundation
Inspired by the couture label, this liquid foundation is known to protect from the UV rays of the sun along with a flawless finish. This is a liquid foundation with what Dior calls Skincare Essence, a unique lightweight formula that hydrates while giving a matte finish. It’s meant to last a long time like the others. Although it can be kinda pricey it’s a solid foundation for combination skin. This is also available in a compact format.
Hopefully this little rundown helps you pick a foundation for your combination skin. As I said before, everyone’s skin is different and you may have to experiment a bit, but I can’t imagine one of these products won’t work for you. Good luck!