Choose the best foundations for your skin type from my collection of light, medium, and full-coverage foundations that are formulated to look gorgeous on all skin textures.

Darlings, the foundation you choose can make or break a look! The success of your foundation look largely depends on whether the formula is suitable for your skin type. Some foundations will wear beautifully on dry skin but can cause problems for oily or combination skin and vice versa, so knowing your skin type is the secret to choosing the best foundation for you and avoiding any foundation creasing, caking, or separating.

In this guide, I’m sharing my tips and tricks on choosing the perfect foundation for normal, dry, oily, and combination skin types. I’ll also introduce you to my magical foundation collection and give some tips and tricks on which one I think you’ll love the most!

Tilbury Tip: Not sure what skin type you have, darling? Discover my guide to skin types, here!

How To Choose Foundation for Skin Type

My Best Foundations for Every Skin Type

Charlotte's Foundation Collection

Creating my foundation formulas has been a labour of love, darlings. I’ve formulated each of my foundations to look gorgeous on every skin type, blending colour and science to create formulas that were born to take over the runway and the world!

In my collection, you’ll find sheer, light, medium, and full-coverage options, including my NEW! skin tint, [Unreal Skin Sheer Glow Tint hydrating foundation stick!] Each of my foundations are special, but if you want to find the formula that perfectly complements your skin type, discover my guide to choosing the best foundation for your skin and learn foundation tips and tricks for dry, oily, combination and normal skin types, below.

Discover more about my foundations in my guide to foundation finishes


Dry skin types are prone to dry patches, skin redness, and flaking. This can cause problems when applying foundation as skin texture can become rough and chapped which prevents foundation from gliding on smoothly.

Gemma dry skin

What does dry skin need from a foundation?

Hydrating ingredients to rehydrate skin and create a smoother-looking skin texture

Cream or liquid formulas that are emollient and won’t cling to dry patches

Glowy or radiant finishes that illuminate dull-looking skin

Best Dry Skin Foundation

Dry skin is prone to dry patches and flaking, so it’s important to use a hydrating foundation that helps to quench skin with moisture. Using a foundation that’s enriched with hydrating skincare ingredients helps dry skin to look and feel smooth and supple while creating a beautiful base for the rest of your makeup. I like to use dewy and glowy foundations like my Unreal Skin Sheer Glow Tint hydrating foundation stick on dry skin types because they hydrate the complexion while creating a luminous finish that helps dry, sullen skin to look healthy and full of life.

Charlotte’s Best Foundation for Dry Skin: NEW! Unreal Skin Sheer Glow Tint light-coverage stick foundation

Best foundation for dry skin

Unreal Skin Sheer Glow Tint hydrating foundation stick is a perfect foundation for dry skin. It’s an emollient-rich stick foundation that glides on to create a super-natural, no-makeup look. Powered by a skin barrier defence-boosting matrix of hyaluronic acid, Daikon radish seed oil, and vitamin E, Unreal Skin Sheer Glow Tint helps skin to retain more moisture while delivering a soft-focused, ring light-effect glow that lights up the look of even dry and dehydrated skin.

Tilbury Tip: If you have dry skin but are looking for more coverage, discover my medium-coverage foundation Charlotte's Beautiful Skin Foundation; it bathes skin in brightening rose complex and hydrating hyaluronic acid for a beautiful, radiant finish. For a full-coverage option, choose AIRbrush Flawless Foundation with youth-boosting REPLEXIUM™, and always remember to prep your skin with Charlotte’s Magic Cream before applying for a rush of hydration – it’s my immediate skin revival moisturiser that leaves skin feeling instantly 2x more hydrated!*