As you know, I am a huge skincare junkie, and one of the rules I swear by is matching my moisturiser to my foundation – if your base doesn’t last, is going shiny, or is looking dull – this could be why.

Using myself as an example…

Skin Type:

Dry/Combination. Dehydrated cheeks with a comfortable T zone.

Desired Finish:

Fresh and Glowy

How to create:

Option One – If using a stick foundation with a natural finish, stick foundations don’t tend to be the most hydrating, so I use a richer face cream underneath to give me all the moisturise I need to create a fresh and glowy base and allow the stick to glide onto the skin comfortably.

Option Two – If I’m using a liquid foundation which has a dewy finish I will do the complete opposite. I will avoid any rich creams first and go for something either oil free or super lightweight. This gives me the balance I need for my skin type.

Things to consider when matching your formulas

If you have a combination skin type like me its all about the balance of oil and water. If using an oil free foundation, use a moisturiser that isn’t oil free, focusing on your drier areas (cheeks usually) for extra nourishment.

Oilier skin – Oil free formulas are great! But sometimes if you go for everything oil free your base can look dull. The majority of oilier skin types are dehydrated so an oil free moisturiser followed by an oil free foundation can work wonders on your t zone but look dull on your dehydrated cheeks. Opt for a cream blush to rectify this or add a little hyaluronic acid serum pressed onto your dehydrated areas pre moisturiser.

Drier skin – Rich everything! A rich moisturiser, a comforting foundation cream – both perfect for dry skin however together could create way too much oil on the surface of the skin meaning your base can wear off as quickly as you applied it. Less is more when it comes to these textures. For dry skin you have to prep your skin with a rich cream first to soften any dry patches and nourish pre makeup but then I love to use a stick. Stick foundation glides on perfectly over a rich cream giving you the perfect base.

I hardly ever use a primer, and believe if you get the perfect balance between your moisturiser and makeup, you won’t need one.

Whats your favourite moisturiser/foundation duo?

Ashley x



  1. Julia
    24th May 2020 / 7:47 pm

    What would be your go to moisturiser to pair with the bare minerals stick foundation?

  2. ashley
    30th May 2020 / 10:44 am

    I love to just use a lightweight lotion cream. La Roche Posay Ultra Creme is great or I personally use a Hyaluronic Acid serum product and then SPF with the stick on top not using a proper moisturiser as that stick is so hydrating x

  3. Karen
    11th June 2020 / 12:45 pm

    Love this so much Ashley.
    Thanks for Sharing.

  4. ashley
    11th June 2020 / 12:57 pm

    Ahh glad you found it useful!! Thanks for the feedback x

  5. Jess
    11th June 2020 / 2:52 pm

    This is great and I think it is highly over looked (I never thought about it until recently!)

    I just have “Normal” skin – does that mean I can use anything? Thanks x

  6. ashley
    12th June 2020 / 1:32 pm

    Hi Jess, totally agree it is most definitely over looked. You have similar to my skin so follow the combination skin recommendations finding the balance of water and oil content x

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