Best Foundation for Combination Skin

Best Foundations for Combination Skin: Read on to Choose Wisely!

Choosing the correct makeup items according to the skin type is very important. The following article tells you about different types of foundation makeup, which are suitable for combination skin, how to choose, and how it apply it.
BeautiSecrets Staff
Last Updated: Jun 14, 2018
Makeup Artist Applying Foundation
Makeup is considered incomplete without the application of foundation. The purpose of makeup is to minimize the imperfections on the facial skin and make it radiant and luminous.
Woman Applying Foundation
Foundation should help in coloring the skin evenly such that scars, light and dark-colored areas get lessened greatly. All these intentions are fulfilled only when the makeup applied on the skin suits it and is applied in a right manner.
Types of Foundation
Flat Makeup Brush
Emulsion, cream, cake, powder, liquid, waterproof, and sprays are the types of foundation. Emulsion covers blemishes, gives less sheen, and suits almost all types of skin.
Woman Applying Makeup
Cakes cover scars and blemishes, produces a matte effect and is drying in action. Because of the last property, it is suitable for oily skin. Powder controls greasiness and helps blotting oil and thus it is also suitable for oily skin.
Foundation With Makeup Brushes
Cream covers the skin heavily and gives it a glossy finish. It has a moisturizing property, and thus is appropriate for dry skin.
Liquid variants are available in water based as well as oil based formulas. The former suits oily skin while the latter suits dry skin. It covers the skin evenly with a light shine and is considered to be the best for covering blemishes and scars.
Spray Foundation
Waterproofs last longer and are suitable to be used in summer when both humidity and temperature are high. Sprays cover acne scarring and particularly suit post surgical skin. Available in different shades, they are sprayed over the skin to freshen up the makeup.
Foundation Used for Combination Skin
Dramatic Makeup
Combination skin is a mix of oily and dry skin types. The difference is specially felt on the T-zone of the face (forehead, nose, area around the lips and chin) and rest of the face.
Woman shopping in a beauty shop
While the T-zone of the face gets oily quickly due to compartively more production of natural oil; all the other parts of face remain dry and appear flaked due to lack of sufficient amount of natural oils. Due to this difference, finding the right foundation for this type of skin is a bit difficult.
Woman Applying Make Up
However, the 'Cream-to-powder' foundation has been found to bring the desired effects on light combination skin, in which the T-zone is only a little oily. It is an interesting cross between a creamy and a pressed powder. It is mostly available in compact form, and has heavy creamy and greasy appearance.
Woman With Flawless Skin
When applied on skin, the creamy aspect disappears but a slight matte look is left behind. Thus, cream-to-powder foundation provides you a semi-matte or powdery finish. To add to it, this type does not require powdering after its application. It is advisable to use only a dollop of it to avoid a caked or heavy look.
Face Powder And Makeup Brush
Liquid-to-powder types come in the form of a dense powder. It has a gel-like wet feel to the touch. It is easy to apply evenly on the skin. It dries to give a satiny-smooth or slightly matte touch. Liquid-to-powder is water-based and contains a slipping agent such as glycerin. It has little or almost no waxy ingredients. 
Artist Applying Makeup To Woman
This is why the make-up experts prefere 'Liquid-to-powder' foundation over the 'Cream-to-powder' as it does not give a heavy look to the skin, does not need powdering after application like cream-to-powder type foundation doe and suits a combination skin wherein the T-zone gets greasy or shiny quickly.
Choosing Foundation Products
Patch test for right shade
The skin type is usually mentioned on the pack of foundation. So, chosse the one that reads 'Combination Skin'. To select the right shade and tone among the wide range available, take a 'Patch Test' before buying.
Beauty Model Holding Powder Brush
Cosmetic stores usually have a trial pack of cosmetics. Take a small amount of the product and spread it on your jawline. Wait for couple of seconds. Perform this patch test with other shades. The shade that blends evenly on your skin and makes it radiant and glowing, is the one for you.
Application Process
Woman Washing Her Face
Wash your face and neck well with a gentle face wash. Pat them dry.
Apply an oil-free moisturizer. Go for one with minimum SPF 15, if you have to go out in sun.
Woman Using Cosmetic Sponge
The foundation usually comes with a sponge. Take a small amount of the foundation on the sponge. Start applying from the forehead.
Woman Holding Makeup Brush
Apply the foundation to your face and neck evenly. Use small circular motions for getting an even look. Keep moving downwards.
Eye Makeup
Do not apply foundation on the area in the inner corners of and under the eyes. Or else, you would end up with a caked look. Wait for a couple of minutes before applying makeup.
Foundation Makeup
With foundation makeup, regular and proper practice is the key.
Apply different types and tones of foundation to find the one most suitable for your skin. Such a workout will definitely help you wear the right makeup for a particular kind of dress and occasion. Using the information present in this article will help in applying makeup flawlessly and cleanly.