How to Choose the Right Foundation For Your Skin

When choosing the right foundation, your skin, skin type, occasion, and coverage are crucial factors to consider. Visit MAC to demystify the foundation-picking process.
Were you looking for the perfect foundation for your makeup routine? We've got you covered! Choosing the right foundation is crucial, setting the base for your entire look. Let's dive in and explore what to consider when picking the best foundation for your skin. Skin type, tone, coverage, finish, occasion, climate, and sensitivities – all play a role. Say goodbye to cakey disasters and hello to flawless radiance with our handy guide!


Skin Type and Sensitivities

Foundation for Oily Skin Type

Don't fret if you have oily skin. We’ve come up with the ultimate solutions. Say no to shine and excess oil by opting for oil-free or powder foundations. These fantastic products are specifically designed to control shine and keep your skin looking fresh throughout the day. Whether you prefer a matte finish or a lightweight powder formula, we have the best foundation options to suit your oily skin.

Check out the MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation, which works wonders for oily skin. It's a modern shine-controlling foundation that is buildable and has a smooth and matte finish. This remarkable foundation controls shine and excess oil that lasts for 12 hours without caking or streaking. Hence, ensuring its wearer with a fresh look that lasts all day. The lightweight formula has been specially created with a special focus on those with oily skin. You can also enjoy the sun with no worry due to the added benefit of SPF protection, making it a perfect daytime or nighttime foundation.

Foundation for Dry Skin Type

Some makeup and foundations can be tricky if you are suffering from dry skin. We recommend you choose a liquid formula that provides hydration, and moisture.

You may be asking, what's the best foundation to do the job? Well, it's the Studio Fix Complete Coverage Cushion Foundation! This fantastic foundation comes in a handy compact with a cushion applicator, making it the best choice for on-the-go touch-ups. This unique foundation formula provides you with coverage and perfectly nourishes and hydrates your skin. This lightweight yet breathable texture is perfect for dry skin, giving you that healthy and vibrant glow.

The Studio Fix Complete Coverage Cushion Foundation is enriched with nourishing ingredients which will give your skin its much-deserved nourishment while giving it a satin finish that's simply divine. Plus, it's long-wearing and can be built up to medium to full coverage, ensuring you're ready for any occasion. You will definitely make heads turn with that glowing, radiant skin!

Check out our NEW LAUNCH: Studio Radiance Serum-Powered™ Foundation for Dry Skin.

Foundation for Combination Skin Type

Got combination skin? Our liquid foundations are your new best friend! Why? Because it effectively controls oil in your T-zone and keeps your cheeks hydrated. No more dry patches or excessive shine. It's like magic in a bottle! Not sure which one to choose? We're always here to help.

Meet the MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation, the go-to choice for combination skin. This game-changing formula offers buildable coverage and a stunning natural matte finish. Once you start using this, you'll forget all about oily T-zones and dry patches! This amazing product controls excess oil in your T-zone while providing coverage to drier areas. Plus, it includes SPF 15 for added sun protection.

Understand Your Skin's Undertones

Understanding your skin's undertones is important when selecting beauty products like foundation, lipstick, and eyeshadow. By matching the product colours to your undertone, you can achieve a seamless makeup look that enhances your natural beauty. Your undertone is the subtle hue beneath your skin's surface, which remains consistent despite external factors. Generally, there are three undertones: warm, cool, and neutral. Warm undertones feature yellow, peachy, or golden hues, while cool undertones have pink, red, or bluish hues. Neutral undertones combine warm and cool tones. Determining your undertone allows you to choose the makeup that blends flawlessly and enhances your complexion.

That's where the MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF15 Foundation comes in. With an impressive range of 67 shades, it caters to all skin undertones and complexions. Whether you have warm, cool, or neutral undertones, this foundation has got your back, ensuring a perfect match that looks natural and radiant on your skin.

Discovering your skin tone can be a breeze! Check those wrist veins: greenish means warm undertones, while bluish suggests cool undertones. Or let jewellery guide you! When you notice that gold flatters you, warm undertones it is. But if silver shines on you, cool undertones take the spotlight. Easy, right?

Choosing the Right Shade of Foundation

Now that you've nailed down your skin's undertone, it's time to find that perfect foundation shade! Here's a cool trick: apply a little dab of foundation on your jawline. If it seamlessly blends in, you've struck gold with your shade. But hey, don’t fret if you are not sure about your shade! Our awesome VTO shade-matching or virtual shade-matching services are the place to go. You'll look gorgeous all day long with all this guesswork out of the way!

Know What Foundation Coverage You Need

Coverage is an important part of picking the perfect foundation. Full coverage foundations are lifesavers when it comes to covering blemishes and uneven skin tone while creating a smooth foundation. Though you can consider a medium to light coverage foundation if your complexion is naturally clear!

Now, let's think about the occasion. Are you planning a delightful daytime brunch? Opt for a medium to light coverage foundation to keep it fresh and natural. For a formal night-time event, full coverage is a popular choice.

Remember, no matter the occasion. It's all about choosing the best foundation to match your desired makeup look and outfit, without a doubt. Let's rock that flawless face, no matter what!

Choosing the Right Finish

Choosing the right finish is crucial to achieving the desired makeup look. You can choose from several foundation finishes: matte, satin, dewy and luminous.

Matte foundations really help those with oily skin type as it absorbs all that excess oil. It can actually smoothen your skin and give it a velvety texture. But if you're unsure, a satin finish foundation is suitable for most skin types because it looks quite natural. Lastly, a dewy and luminous foundation work best for you if you have dry skin because it can give you hydration while providing a radiant glow.

Looking for the perfect foundation finish? Choosing the right one depends on your skin type and the occasion. For a long-lasting look, opt for a foundation finish that suits your skin type, ensuring it stays put all day. For a casual, everyday vibe, go for a lighter coverage satin finish foundation. It gives you a natural glow that's effortlessly beautiful. Always remember to express your style! Whether you love a radiant, dewy look or prefer a matte finish, there's something for everyone. Try our virtual try-on and shade-matching services if you're ever unsure what type of foundation would suit you!

Consult a Makeup Professional

No matter your makeup experience, it's always good to consult a professional to give you the best advice for your skin type. The MAC In-Store Consultation service is designed to help customers find the right makeup products for their skin type, complexion and personal preference. During the consultation, a professional MAC makeup artist will work with you to understand your needs and preferences and then give personalised recommendations to achieve a flawless makeup look. Before buying, you may also receive testers for different products, such as foundations.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do before applying foundation?

Prepping your skin is the key to a flawless and fabulous look. Start by cleansing away dirt, sebum, and oils. Then, give your skin a hydrating boost with moisturizer. Don't forget sunscreen for daytime protection! Now, here comes the game-changer: primer! It primes your skin for the ultimate face-off with concealer, colour correctors, and foundation.

Remember the drill: Cleanse, moisturize, protect, and prime! Get ready to rock that flawless look and embrace your inner beauty guru. Your skin deserves nothing but the best!


How long does the foundation last?

You should always check the packaging of your skincare and makeup products to know exactly how long they can be kept after being opened. Like many makeup products, liquid and powder foundations can last 6 to 12 months before needing to be replaced!

What brush should I use for the foundation?

There are so many options to choose from when applying foundation. Grab a foundation brush or a makeup sponge, and get ready to create a flawless finish. We at MAC, have a range of fantastic foundation brushes designed to blend your foundation effortlessly. These brushes are like magic wands for your makeup, ensuring a seamless application that leaves you looking fabulous. So, whether you prefer the precision of a brush or the bounce of a sponge, MAC has the tools to help you achieve your desired look. Say goodbye to streaks and hello to flawless perfection!