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The Best L’Oréal Paris Foundations for Each Skin Type

Dry skin, oily skin or combo skin — we’ve got you covered.
September 20, 2023

Finding the right foundation is like finding your soulmate; there’s almost always a few bumps (or duds) along the way before you finally land on the right one. When it comes to picking a new foundation, we often spend so much time trying to find the perfect shade to match our skin tone and undertone that we often neglect to consider the best option for our unique skin needs. We’re talking about things like finish, formula and coverage. 


Since foundation is — well — the foundation of any great makeup look, it’s important to get all of these things just right. Take notes as we share how to find the best L’Oréal Paris foundation for your skin type to address your unique skin concerns.


The Best Foundation for Dry and Mature Skin 

When you have dry (and or mature) skin, look for formulas that include the words: glowy, hydrating, serum or dewy because this typically means they won’t make your skin look drier or dull.


L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Serum Foundation with SPF 50

Dry and mature skin can really benefit from this serum-foundation hybrid with lightweight coverage. Not only will the creamy consistency keep your skin looking and feeling healthy, but it will add radiance back into your complexion while offering sun protection à la SPF 50. Going with this kind of formula also ensures your foundation won’t emphasize any dry patches, fine lines or any other common dry skin concerns.


Editor’s tip: If you feel like you’re not getting enough hydration in your skin care routine, the L’Oréal Paris True Match Hyaluronic Tinted Serum may be the perfect foundation alternative for you. Infused with one percent hyaluronic acid, this tinted serum will hydrate your skin while providing medium coverage and a natural, radiant finish.


The Best Foundation for Oily Skin

If you have an oily skin type, matte foundation is going to be your best friend as it can minimize excess oils and mask oily skin concerns such as large pores


L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear Powder Foundation

opting for powder formulas like this TikTok favorite can be helpful because it resists water and sweat, lightly blurs the skin and provides a matte finish. The coverage lasts for up to 24 hours so you can apply your makeup in the morning without worrying about excess oils ruining your look a few hours later. 


The Best Foundation for Combination Skin

Cream makeup products are perfect for combination skin types because they won’t stick to areas of your skin that are dry, but they also won’t add excess shine to areas that are oily.


L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect 4-in-1 Tinted Face Balm Foundation

This tinted foundation balm contains a firming serum to address imperfections on the skin, so that you’ll have a smooth and flawless-looking complexion. One swipe melts into the skin for even coverage that looks and feels like skin.


Editor’s tip: Pairing cream foundation with a matte makeup primer, like the L’Oréal Paris Prime Lab Up to 24H Matte Setter, is a great way to address combination skin’s blend of concerns. This primer minimizes excess oils while extending your makeup wear time for up to 24 hours.


The Best Foundation for Sensitive Skin

When you have sensitive skin, keep things simple, and stick with formulas that are fragrance-free to avoid the potential risk for irritation. 


L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Makeup

This True Match foundation is free of oils and fragrance that can lead to irritation, and it won’t clog your pores. It’s lightweight, hydrating and available in 47 shades (organized by cool, neutral and warm undertones) and contains SPF 17. Overall, it’s a great choice for all skin types, especially those with sensitive skin. 


What Skin Type Is L’Oréal Paris Infallible Foundation For?

If you’re looking for a baseline foundation that can cover blemishes, even skin tone, boost radiance and last all day long for all skin types, look no further than the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation. This foundation is a great pick for almost everyone because the natural, lightweight finish and buildable coverage can suit skin concerns that those with oily skin have and skin concerns that those with dry skin have, plus everything in between. Available in 30 shades, it’s non-comedogenic and includes SPF 25, so you really can’t go wrong with this drugstore favorite. 


Next: The Correct Order to Apply Makeup


Photographer: Stephanie Price, Photo Assistant: Evan Mann, Digi Tech: Sergio Colon, Art Director: Hannah Packer, Creative Producers: Becca Solovay and Hannah Lee, Content Director: Shalwah Evans, Visual Designer: Sarah Duvivier, Makeup Artist: Jonet Williamson, Hair Stylist: Daniel Lutz, Wardrobe Stylist: Rika Watanabe, Wardrobe Assistant: Serena Orlando, Model: Dara Woo


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