Free Shipping on orders over $80

Free Gift with any 3 products

A Comprehensive Guide To Choosing The Perfect Foundation Formula

  • 3 min read

How To Find The Perfect Foundation Formula For You | DB Cosmetics NZ | 01

Choosing the best foundation based on your skin’s needs will ensure you get the most out of your makeup.

Carefully selecting your foundation formula based on your skin type, your desired finish, coverage level, and other influencing factors will help boost its performance, enhance its longevity and even reduce potential skin problems, such as breakout. At DB Cosmetics, we offer a range of foundation formulas for everything from mature, dry, oily, or sensitive skin.

Identify Your Skin Type: Choosing the Best Foundation for Mature, Dry, Oily & Sensitive Skin

If you are wondering, ‘what foundation formula should I use?’, then understanding your skin type is essential for choosing the best foundation for your specific needs. Depending on the needs your skin has, specific formulations will be necessary to ensure the quality of the makeup and your overall skin health. Each skin type has different needs; for example, sensitive skin requires products that are free of alcohol and fragrance to avoid irritation, and dry or mature skin responds well to makeup that can deliver moisture and hydration.

At DB Cosmetics, we cater for all skin types with our range of foundation formulas. Rich in skin-nourishing ingredients, they are designed to support all skin types, including mature skin, to keep you fresh and hydrated. Our range of loose powders, pressed powders, and mineral foundations provide variety for those who are looking for more support from their best foundation makeup. For those with oily skin, our powder and mineral foundations help absorb the oils in the skin, leaving it looking healthy with a smooth finish.

By understanding the benefits of each of our foundation options, you will be able to make an informed decision about which is the best foundation for your mature, dry, oily, or sensitive skin.

Choose a Level of Coverage

Knowing what level of coverage you are hoping to get from your makeup is the next step when choosing a foundation formula. Whether you are looking for high, medium, or low coverage will greatly impact the type of foundation you use as part of your makeup routine. A low, or sheer, level of coverage offers a light, no-makeup look, perfect for casual daily wear. Medium coverage is next, with slightly heavier makeup to hide blemishes and breakouts. The final option of high or full coverage involves the application of thick layers of makeup to ensure a clear, even complexion. This type of coverage is often used for opportunities to showcase full makeup looks.

The connection between choosing the best foundation for your skin type and the level of coverage you want is an important one. For example, though full coverage might be your goal, if you had oily skin many of the traditional liquid makeup options would not work in your favour due to the high level of moisture. Instead, opting for medium coverage with a powder-based foundation would offer better results as it would absorb the oils and present a smooth, clear look.

Which Finish Are You After?

There are three main types of finish that apply to foundation: matte, dewy and luminous. Each of these is influenced by their ingredients to achieve specific looks. Matte foundations do not contain any ingredients that may create shine, and instead, work to absorb oil from the skin. This results in the skin looking smooth and flawless. Dewy foundations are designed for the opposite. With moisturising ingredients to hydrate the skin, these foundations create a bright, glowing look with a generous helping of shine. Luminous foundations lie somewhere in the middle of flat and shine, offering a middle ground finish, often presenting the most natural look.

As with the levels of coverage, different foundation formulas are more suited to the different types of finish. Powder foundations generally lend themselves to a matte finish, whereas liquid foundations are more suited to the dewy. It is here that, again, your skin type plays an important part in selecting which foundation is best for you. Given they are usually low on shine, matte foundations work well for controlling the oil levels in the skin, especially in the hotter parts of the year when moisture in the skin is at an all-time high. Alternatively, dewy liquid foundations are rich with moisture, making them a great choice for mature and dry skin types, particularly in the winter months.

Check out our selection of foundations at DB Cosmetics to find the best foundation formula for your skin. If you need help finding the right one for you, or you have any questions about our face products, get in touch with us and we will be happy to help!