Your Guide To Perfect Foundation Application For Every Skin Type

Written by Kinnari AsharJan 08, 2024
Your Guide to Perfect Foundation Application for Every Skin Type

For many people, a face foundation is an essential part of their beauty routine. That’s why finding the perfect foundation for you is so important. But choosing the right foundation isn’t just about picking the right foundation shades. It’s also about finding a foundation that works for your skin type.  

There are many different types of foundations, including liquid foundations, sticks, matte foundations, and dewy foundations. Depending on your skin type, a specific formula may work better for some people than others. 

Let's take a look at what you need to know to find the right face foundation for your skin concerns and how to apply it according to your skin type. 

Your Guide to Perfect Foundation Application for Every Skin Type   

Dry Skin 


Dry skin produces less sebum, which makes it harder for your skin to retain moisture, so any product that adds hydration is great for this type of skin. We recommend using a cream or liquid foundation for dry skin, as it will apply smoothly over any rough area and give your skin a luminosity boost. 

  • Before applying foundation, smooth on a thin layer of hydrating primer or treat your dry skin with a hydrating moisturiser or mask. 

  • For a smooth, even application, use your fingers as oils on your hands will rub off on your dry skin. 

  • Go back over your foundation and buff it with a damp sponge for an extra glow on your skin. 

  • If your skin starts to dry out during the day, spray a gentle face mist over your foundation so that the moisture seeps through your makeup. This is an easy and quick way to refresh your skin. 

The Lakmé Absolute Skin Dew Serum Foundation is the best face foundation for dry skin. This foundation is enriched with the goodness of Hyaluronic Acid and the power of Niacinamide. It provides a nourishing and hydrating experience, giving your skin a flawless and radiant appearance. With a dewy, medium-high coverage finish lasting up to 24 hours, this serum-in-a-foundation caters to 100% of Indian skin tones in 12 different shades. 

Oily Skin 


At the other end of the spectrum, oily skin produces extra sebum, leaving a slick waxiness that can appear shiny on the surface and make foundation application a little more difficult.  

  • To reduce shine, opt for a water-based formula, a powder foundation or a matte-finish foundation. 

  • Since oil is the last thing your oily skin needs, don’t use your fingers. Instead, use a stiff, flat and wide foundation brush. 

  • If you still see a layer of oil on your skin after applying foundation, pull apart 2-ply tissues, blot over the oil and finish with a setting powder. 

If you are looking for some extra coverage to cover the blemishes, the Lakmé 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Perfect Cover Foundation is the best full coverage foundation in India. With its innovative built-in primer, experience a flawless application that effortlessly glides onto your skin, leaving it naturally radiant. This high coverage waterproof base foundation offers versatile coverage, allowing you to build from medium to high as per your preference and occasion. The long-wear formula, coupled with SPF 20, ensures your skin remains naturally flawless throughout the day. 

Combination Skin 


A combination of oily skin and dry skin is known as combo skin. Combination skin tends to feel oily in the nose, chin, forehead, and other parts of the face, and dry in the rest of the body. 

  • If you’re dealing with combination skin, you’ll want to opt for a satin-finished liquid foundation. This formula will provide a glow for your dry areas but won’t make your usually shiny T-zone super shiny. 

  • Apply this liquid foundation using a stiff base brush. Use your fingertips or a damp sponge if you’d like to blend in a little more in the dry areas. 

The Lakmé Absolute Luminous Skin Tint Foundation is perfect for people with combination skin. This weightless formula effortlessly blends into your skin, providing a natural, lit-from-within glow that lasts up to 24 hours. The ultra-blendable tint covers imperfections and blurs pores, leaving your skin with a soft-focus, high-gloss finish. Whether you prefer a subtle glow, soft glam, or high-octane radiance, this luminous skin tint face foundation is your go-to. 

Normal Skin


If your skin is not too oily or dry, you have complete control over the type of face foundation you choose and the tools you use. Experiment with different finishes, such as dewy, cream, liquids and matte powders, to find the best look for you.  

  • You can experiment with different application methods to achieve the coverage you desire.  

  • For full coverage, use a sponge to layer.  

  • For a more sheer finish, use your fingers or a brush. 

If you are looking for a liquid foundation for your normal skin, use the Lakmé Perfecting Liquid Foundation. This liquid foundation effortlessly evens out your skin tone, concealing spots, blemishes, and dark circles for a flawless finish. Its water-resistant and smudge-free formula ensures long-lasting perfection. Enriched with Vitamin E and silicones, it revitalizes and nourishes your skin, leaving it rejuvenated. This foundation blends seamlessly into your skin, delivering a soft, glowing, feather-like finish. 

FAQs About Foundation Application for Every Skin Type   

How can I choose the right foundation shade for my skin? 

Test foundation shades on your jawline to match the colour seamlessly with your neck and face. Natural lighting is best for accurate colour matching. 

What is the best way to apply foundation for a natural look? 

Use a makeup sponge or brush for a seamless finish. Blend the foundation evenly, focusing on areas where you need coverage. 

Is it necessary to use a primer before applying foundation? 

While not mandatory, using a primer helps create a smooth canvas for foundation application, improves longevity, and minimises pores. 

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