Makeup for Different Skin Types

Identify And Understand The Type Of Makeup Best Suited For Your Skin Type

Depending on your skin types, the type of makeup suitable to you differs. There’s such a wide range/variety of makeup available today, that there is at least a type suitable for each skin type. Identify your skin type here.

Dry Skin

Those with dry skin need to always look for ways of injecting moisture into their skin, and the makeup you use should also serve this function for you. The most important step in applying makeup for dry skin is to first hydrate your skin. Prep your skin by first applying

Moisture-rich creamy makeup works best for this skin type. Moisturising liquid and creamy foundations, tinted moisturisers (instead of foundation, for a more natural look), cream blushes, liquid and creamy concealers, etc, are what you should be looking at. Look for products  Hot weather?

If you have dry and sensitive skin, and or acne-prone skin, please see the relevant sections, for more noteworthy features to look for in your makeup.

Always clean and moisturise your face with hyaluronic/moisturising/hydrating moisturisers and sun screen, before applying make. You can spritz a hydrating mist on your face as soon as you step out of the shower, and then follow up with the moisturiser. Wait a few minutes to let your skin absorb the moisturiser before applying your makeup. See here for more info on taking care of dry skin.

Normal Skin

The luckiest of the bunch; those with normal skin can pretty much experiment with any type of makeup. You are more likely than most to get away with not wearing foundation at all. Your skin has a great oil and water balance to keep your skin nice and hydrated, without being too greasy.

To add more pep to an everyday or barely there makeup, you can just use a bit of concealer (one shade lighter) or skin brightener on your under eye area. This will help diminish the look of dark circles and brighten your eyes. Use a skin illuminator (serum, moisturiser or tinted moisturiser) to give your skin a healthy, fresh look. You can also use a tinted moisturiser or a BB cream (Beauty Blemish cream) for a more even skin tone and a more made up look, if you wish. BB creams are the latest entry into the western beauty markets, being introduced in 2012 from the Asian beauty market. Read more on BB creams here.

Combination Skin

Those with combination skin have a unique problem when it comes to choosing makeup. Because you most likely have an oilier t-zone (nose, chin and forehead), compared to your drier cheeks; your makeup should address the needs of the different parts. This does not mean you should start looking into getting 2 types of foundations, just one that will work well with both skin types.

A good way to get a more natural look, is to use a tinted moisturiser, and follow up with concealer, placed in the under eye area, and on any blemishes that you might have. Those with combination skin tend to be acne prone, particularly in the t-zone area. If you are, look into getting makeup that will not clog your pores and thus break you out. Check the ingredients contained in the makeup do not contain any of the highly comedogenic ingredients on this list. Check the acne-prone skin section, to find out more about choosing makeup if your combination skin is prone to acne. If you are not prone to acne, you have more of a selection to choose from. Look for makeup designed specifically for combination skin.

Make sure to cleanse face with a mild face wash/cleanser, and moisturise with an oil free moisturiser (make sure to moisturise dry areas well). Remember to use sunscreen. Using a primer will help makeup last longer, especially on the oily t-zone area.

Oily Skin

Those with oily skin already have a problem with over-secreting oil, and thus find their makeup doesn’t last the whole day? If you fall under this category, you need makeup that helps to reduce the look of shine caused by the oil.

Look for oil-free products and matte makeup. There is a wide range of makeup now available/ geared towards oily skin. Oily skin will do best with water based foundations, as opposed to oil based.  Experimenting can be done with oil-free makeup, cream-to-powder foundation (as it gives a dry finish), matte powders and mineralised powder foundation/ makeup.

If you have oily skin that is sensitive and or acne-prone, please see the relevant sections, for more noteworthy features to look for in your makeup.

Make sure to cleanse your face before applying makeup. Moisturise with an oil-free moisturiser/sunscreen. You might find a makeup primer useful in keeping the oil under control for a few more hours, making makeup last much longer. However, if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, be careful when picking primers, as many contain ingredients that might irritate your skin. Check the irritability/comedogenic list of ingredients to make sure the ones you are looking at don’t contain any of the offending ingredients.

Sensitive Skin

Those with sensitive skin need to be really careful when choosing and trying makeup especially, so as to avoid unnecessary skin reactions from contact with irritable ingredients. You know you have sensitive skin if it reacts by stinging, breaking out in a rash, getting flaky or angry in general, when you apply most makeup and cosmetics. Never despair though; it is still possible to have beautiful glowing skin and have it enhanced beautifully with makeup that suits you, by arming yourself with information, and knowing what to look for and what to avoid when choosing what products and cosmetics to use.

Look for makeup labelled hypoallergenic, fragrance-free or for sensitive skin. Note what ingredients you are allergic to. Do beware that sometimes, some companies might engage in some form of false marketing, and a product for “sensitive skin” might still cause your skin to react. In such a case, and or in general, it is always best practice to check the products ingredients against the list of irritable & comedogenic ingredients, and against any known allergy ingredients (if you know you are allergic to anything). In the same light, some products not labelled as hypoallergenic might actually be good for your skin, and not contain any of the irritable ingredients. Cosmetics that are natural and those that have fewer (less than 10) ingredients are less likely to contain irritable substances, and are a good place to start; such as minerals makeup.

Depending on whether your skin is dry, normal, combination or oily, you need to choose makeup and products that cater to those features as well as your skin as a whole. For instance, if you have dry sensitive skin, you need makeup that is moisturising and hypoallergenic (for sensitive skin). If your skin is oily and sensitive, you need to be looking for makeup that are oil-free (or matte) and hypoallergenic.

Acne-Prone Skin

Almost everyone has suffered from acne at some point in their lives. If you have or are suffering from acne, you know all too well, the feeling of insecurity and social awkwardness that comes with it. In the attempt to make your acne blemishes disappear, avoid the temptation to pile on foundation and cake your face up. Instead, get a healthy, more natural look, by applying a thin, even layer of foundation, and cover individual blemishes with an opaque concealer. You can then set your makeup with a matte/mineral powder, for a more natural finish. BB Creams …

When choosing makeup, look for those targeted towards fighting acne blemishes, or designed for those with acne prone skin. Look for words such as: anti-blemish, anti-acne, non-comedogenic, pore minimising, non-pore clogging, and so on. Due to the fact that most acne sufferers have oily skin as well, most of these products will be water-based, oil-free, cream-to-powder, and matte. Mineralised and vegan makeup also tend to be a good way to go, for acne-prone skin types. If you have drier acne-prone skin, or combination skin, do put this in mind. You might have to double up on the moisturising on areas that need it, and or find a product that is not too drying. Look for makeup that have fewer than 10 ingredients (this doesn’t mean that those with more are necessarily bad for you, but less ingredients usually mean they might have less chances of containing irritants and comedogenic ingredients.

Make sure to work on clearing your skin by developing and following an acne treatment regimen. Limit your use of makeup, and do not rely on makeup alone. Most acne treatments require the use of sun protection, so invest in using a good quality, high SPF sunscreen after cleansing face, and before applying makeup. It will help to get additional sun protection benefits from using makeup with sunscreen, but do not rely on that alone, as makeup can rub off during the course of the day (especially if you have oily skin), and its benefits become redundant.

In the same light as with sensitive skin, you need to cater products to all of you skin’s features. For instance, if you have oily, sensitive, acne-prone skin, you need makeup and products that are oil-free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic (doesn’t block pores)… It sounds like a lot to ask from one product, but products do exist that cater to all these needs accordingly. Always check product ingredients to make sure they do not contain ingredients that are comedogenic (blocks pores). You can find a list of the highest comedogenic ingredients on this list, to check in your makeup. Check our products review section for different makeup products, their ingredients, and reviews on how people with different skin types got on with them.