Determining your skin type is the first and foremost priority before purchasing any makeup product. The way your skin reacts and behaves on a normal day is the basis to classify the type of skin you have. Each skin type will react differently to creams and powder makeup, which will all result in different finishes and the best longevity of your makeup. Each skin type will help distinguish which products will work in conjunction of your needs and which should be avoided.

The foremost method to find your skin type is by seeing how much oil is produced on your skin in the morning before you wash your face. While identifying your skin type, keep your diet and weather conditions into consideration as it can react to your skin’s overall appearance. If you’re skin naturally produces very little oil, chances are your skin is dry or normal. On the other hand over-production of oil will cause enlarged pores and even blackheads. Oil is the first and foremost cause of makeup to appear differently on your skin. Here are just a few makeup tips to consider for your skin type.

Oily Skin Type

Oily skin is prone to more blackheads and acne breakouts, which is why it’s recommended to steer clear from cream makeup since it can boost oil production on your skin causing your makeup to fade quicker. Enlarged pores and excessive shine on the forehead can all be minimized by using a mattifying primer to control oil and a finely milled powder pressed on top of the skin. Instead of caking up your face with powder, an oil-free primer will mattify and smooth the appearance of large pores and allow any foundation to adhere to the skin for hours.

Dry Skin Type

If your skin needs a lot of moisture and appears dehydrated with moderate dry patches, go for cream based products that help to nourish the skin. Dry skin often appears dull and tight with layers of skin flaking off, mixing it a drop or two of facial oil into your foundation will help soften the skin without clinging to any dry patches. Look for dewy or hydrating foundations to create a natural illuminating glow to the skin. Skip out on powder blush and bronzer for a natural finish cream product that keeps the added glow from your foundation.

Combination/Normal Skin Type

If your skin is prone to oil around the t-zone and dry patches on the cheeks, you could have combination or normal skin type. The unbalanced texture on different areas of the face can cause large pores around the cheeks and nose while surrounding areas are comparatively dried in texture. Go for a lighter coverage foundation that will hydrate the drier areas, if any excess oil produces shine use a light powder to mattify the area. Pressed powders give a natural silky finish to the skin without clinging to any dry patch.

With so many different types of foundations finishes available, it’s essential to moisturize and protect the skin with SPF before any makeup. Whether you skin is dry or oil, a moisturizer will create a beautiful base for your makeup to sit well on. Find the perfect one and stick to it!

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