Understanding Your Skin Type

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Any artist will tell you, the surface on which they are creating a masterpiece dictates every technique and material selection that follows. Starting with a quality canvas is key. Regardless of whether you’re going for a simple, everyday look or a dramatic, evening effect, your skin plays an integral role in the techniques you apply and the products you use. No make-up solutions will ever substitute naturally beautiful and healthy skin. Therefore, before learning the methods for using make-up to design your perfect look, it’s essential to understand your skin type to produce the ideal base for your make-up.


Normal Skin Type – While the name implies that all other skin types are abnormal, normal skin is actually less common than many of the other skin types. Characteristics of normal skin are:

  • Few imperfections
  • Barely visible pores
  • No significant sensitivity
  • A radiant complexion

Women with a normal skin type have the most flexibility in their product choices, as they can be less concerned about moisture levels, sensitivity, and treatment for blemishes.

Dry Skin Type – Dry skin leaves a woman’s face with a taut feeling and somewhat flakey texture. If a woman were to lightly run her fingernail across dry skin, it would likely leave a white line or perhaps deposit skin cells under the fingernail. Characteristics of dry skin are:

  • Less elasticity
  • Almost invisible pores
  • Red patches and more visible lines
  • Dull or rough complexion

Women may have dry skin due to genetic factors or it may be a product of their environment. Regardless, special care should be taken to provide moisture and balance.

Oily Skin Type – Unlike dry skin, oily skin has no trouble with a lack of moisture. An oily face will be prone to breakouts as opposed to flakey spots and can leave a woman blotting her face throughout the day. Characteristics of oily skin are:

  • Enlarged pores
  • Blackheads, pimples, and other blemishes
  • Shiny or thick complexion

Women with oily skin may find that hormones, stress, heat, and humidity make their skin type more challenging. However, there are many products available to battle against oily skin and the resulting blemishes.

Combination Skin Type While very common, combination skin can be incredibly challenging because some areas of the face are dry and others are marked by an oily shine. Much of the time, a woman with combination skin finds her T-Zone (or the nose, forehead, and chin) oily, while dry spots dot her cheeks, jaw line, and eye areas. Characteristics of combination skin are:

  • Dry roughness and oily areas
  • Overly dilated pores
  • Blackheads and pimples
  • Shiny complexion with dull spots

Treating combination skin often requires a woman to use different skin care products for different areas of her face.

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