How to pick the right foundation for your skin type

January 19, 2022

How to pick the right foundation for your skin type


We’ve all got our own set of skin goals. From flawless to fresh, sheer to sun-kissed, when our skin looks and feels great, so do we. But this quest for perfect skin comes with a caveat: it has to look natural. Finding a foundation that creates a dreamy complexion and meets your specific skin needs is no mean feat. With such a wide range of shades, finishes, and coverage levels available, picking the right foundation for your skin type is hard. Really hard. Unlike an award-winning eyeliner or mascara, there’s no one-size-fits-all with foundation. Quite the opposite, in fact. Which makes it one of the toughest makeup products to buy online. In fact, there’s a good chance you’re not wearing your ideal foundation right now. 

Luckily, Code8 has got your back. Here’s everything you need to know in order to create that flawless finish and bag the foundation of your dreams.


1. Get to know your skin better

We all have our own skin type and concerns, the secret is being honest with yourself and looking for products that will work with (not against) your skin. The main skin types are oily, dry and combination, with a whole host of variations in between. Next, you’ve got specific issues to consider – think acne flare-ups, sensitivity and dehydration. And don’t forget your skin’s undertones. These have nothing to do with your skin tone (how light or dark your complexion is), rather they describe the underlying colour of your skin. For example:

  •       Warm: Yellow, peach, or golden tones.
  •       Cool: Pink or blue tones.
  •       Neutral: A mix of warm and cool tones.


2. Foundation or BB cream?

Think you’ve just got to decide on the right foundation? Think again. There’s a whole host of complexion-perfecting products on the market: BB cream, CC cream, tinted moisturiser – you get the idea. But if you’re looking for the fullest coverage, there’s only one way to go: foundation. Focus your search on long-lasting, hydrating liquid products, such as Code8’sDay to Night Foundation. A medium to high coverage, long-wear foundation like this will refresh and hydrate the skin at the same time as giving you a flawless finish. It also lets you ‘build’ to achieve fuller coverage. Plus, with hyaluronic acid to keep the skin plump and reduce the appearance of fine lines and vitamin E to protect against free radicals, it will leave your skin looking rested and radiant from dawn to dusk. If you’re having a good skin day, you might want to opt for a more sheer coverage in the form of a BB cream. Lighter than foundation but thicker than a tinted moisturiser (leave that for a really good skin day), BB creams sit somewhere in the middle, gently evening out skin tone without feeling too heavy.

For a lightweight, nourishing BB cream, tryCode8’s Radiate Beauty Balm. With its fast-drying technology, it will leave your skin feeling like velvet and looking deliciously smooth. Packed full of all the good stuff, it could be just what your skin needs right now – pectin to moisturise and nourish, argan seed oil to protect and soothe, and SPF 15 to prevent sun damage and premature ageing. Radiate Beauty Balm comes in 11 shades to suit a range of skin tones and undertones. For example, the lightest (NC05) works well on fair complexions with neutral and cool undertones, while the darkest (C90) looks great on deep complexions with an undertone that’s cool. Or, if your skin has warmer undertones, there’s plenty more shades to choose from (five, to be precise).


3. It's all in the application 

Once you’ve found your perfect formula, your next step is perfecting the application. Why? Because the way you apply your foundation can seriously make or break the final look. The first step in the process is prepping your skin to create a good base. Complete your skincare routine (using cleanser, serum, and moisturiser) before even thinking about foundation, concealer or powder. Once that’s done, it’s time to apply. Advice about applying foundation can vary and different techniques offer different benefits. Applying with a brush gives you more coverage, with your fingers allows for greater speed and precision (just make sure you wash your hands first), while using a wet sponge will create a more sheer effect.

Code8’sDay to Night Foundation gives you the best of all worlds. Thanks to its unique wand applicator, you apply a small amount to the centre of your face and then blend outwards with either your fingers, a brush or a sponge. Whatever works best for you.

4. Complete the look

A layer of perfectly applied foundation might be all you need, but to achieve a truly flawless complexion, you’ll want to team it with a few other products. Concealer is a great way to banish those under-eye bags and any other blemishes. For a medium to full-coverage option, try Code8’sSeamless Cover Perfecting Concealer to lift, smooth, soften and protect the skin. This long-wearing, hydrating liquid formula blurs imperfections while reducing the appearance of wrinkles. And remember, a little goes a long way, so use sparingly and build for natural-looking coverage. The next product to consider is powder. Yes, the dewy look is fab, but there is such a thing as being too shiny. Keep your skin shine-free with a high-performance, sebum-absorbing compact face powder such as Code8’s Matte Velour Powder. Apply under your eyes and over your T-zone to create a silky matte finish that allows your skin to breathe. And for a final flourish, look no further thanCode8’s 5Secs Express Lip & Cheek Colour. This hydrating tint gives cheeks a hint of sheer colour and leaves lips intensely hydrated and subtly tinted.

Are you ready for your skin to look next-level amazing? Find your perfect-match foundation for a smooth and flawless finish at Code8 today.