Diary / Beauty / Apr 22, 2024

What's the Best Foundation for Combination Skin?

Written by: Jones Road Beauty

Photography by: Ben Ritter & Jon Paterson

Jones Road Beauty model with the foundation

Discovering the perfect foundation for combination skin can feel like navigating a beauty maze. With areas of both oiliness and dryness, this skin type requires a versatile solution that both balances and hydrates. 

At Jones Road Beauty, we understand the unique challenges and needs of combination skin. Our approach? To provide you with insights and products that meet these demands and enhance your skin's natural beauty. 

This guide is your comprehensive roadmap to finding the best foundation for your combination skin, ensuring a flawless, comfortable finish that lasts all day.

What Is Combination Skin?

Combination skin is exactly as it sounds: a complexion that combines two distinct skin types. It’s oily in some spots and drier in the others. Usually that means it's characterized by an oily T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) alongside areas such as the cheeks that don’t hold onto moisture as well. 

Key signs of combination skin include:

  • -Shiny T-Zone: This is the forehead, nose, and chin, which, together, often exhibit excess oil and shine.
  • -Dry Patches: Cheeks and other areas may feel tight, flaky, or visibly dry.
  • -Variable Pore Size: Enlarged pores are common in the oily T-zone, while pores in dry areas may appear smaller or less visible.
  • -Breakouts and Blackheads: Prone to occur in the oily zones, especially around the nose and forehead.

What Causes Combination Skin?

Understanding the root causes of combination skin is crucial for effective care and management. 

Several factors contribute to this complex skin type:

  • -Genetics: As with most characteristics, your genes play a significant role. If combination skin runs in your family, you're more likely to experience it, too.
  • -Hormonal Fluctuations: Changes in hormone levels can increase oil production in certain areas of the face, particularly during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause.
  • -Environmental Factors: Climate and weather changes, such as humidity and temperature shifts, can affect the oiliness and dryness of your skin.
  • -Incorrect Skincare Products: Using products that are too harsh for dry areas or too rich for oily zones can set off or exacerbate an imbalance, leading to increased oiliness and dryness.
  • -Lifestyle Choices: Diet, stress, and sleep patterns can also influence your complexion

Finding the Right Foundation for Combination Skin

Navigating the foundation aisle for combination skin can be daunting. It’s ultimately about finding a not too heavy, not too light foundation that you can control.

Here are some things to consider when searching for that perfect foundation:

Lightweight, Buildable Coverage

Opt for foundations that you can layer to reach the amount of coverage you want. This allows you to apply more product on areas that need extra attention without weighing down your skin or causing a cakey appearance.

Hydrating Ingredients

Look for foundations infused with hydrating ingredients that moisturize dry areas without exacerbating oiliness. Ingredients like sodium hyaluronate (found in our very own What The Foundation) and glycerin can provide moisture to help avoid clogging pores.

Natural, Skin-Like Finish

The goal for combination skin is to achieve a balanced, natural look. Foundations that meld seamlessly with your skin can provide hydration without an overly dewy appearance.

Jones Road Beauty foundation

Our Top Foundation Pick for Combination Skin

When catering to the intricate demands of combination skin, Jones Road Beauty has meticulously crafted a solution that stands out from the rest: What The Foundation (WTF for short). This innovative product seamlessly bridges the gap between skincare and makeup, offering a host of benefits that make it our top pick for those with combination skin. 

Here’s why What The Foundation is a game-changer:

  • -Hybrid Formula: WTF is not just a foundation; it's a tinted moisture balm that combines the hydration of a moisturizer with the coverage of a foundation. Its unique blend ensures that dry spots are moisturized, and since it’s ultra-buildable, you can easily control, and minimize, the amount you layer on oilier areas. 
  • -Buildable Coverage: With its buildable formula, WTF allows for customizable coverage. Apply a light layer for a sheer, natural finish, or build it up in areas that require more attention, all without the risk of caking or heaviness.
  • -Nourishing Ingredients: Enriched with skin-loving ingredients like jojoba oil and sodium hyaluronate, WTF enhances your complexion and nurtures it. Jojoba oil mimics the skin’s natural oils, known to provide moisture without clogging pores, while sodium hyaluronate ensures deep hydration and a plump, smooth appearance.
  • -Versatile Application: Whether you prefer using your fingers, a brush, or a sponge, WTF is designed for easy and flexible application. This adaptability makes it perfect for addressing the varied needs of combination skin, allowing you to target different areas with different techniques.
  • -Wide Shade Range: Catering to all skin tones, WTF is available in 12 shades, ensuring a perfect match for every complexion. This range allows for precise color matching, which is critical for achieving a seamless, undetectable finish on combination skin.

Incorporating What The Foundation into your routine promises a flawless finish and contributes to the overall health and balance of your combination skin, making it the ideal choice for anyone looking to enhance their natural beauty with confidence and ease.

Jones Road Beauty model

How Do I Apply Foundation on Combination Skin?

Achieving a flawless foundation application on combination skin requires a nuanced approach. It's about understanding how to work with both the oily and dry areas of your face to create a harmonious, radiant complexion. 

Here are some advanced tips for applying foundation on combination skin, ensuring a perfect finish every time:

Use an Oil Cleanser

The right oil cleanser sops up signs of grease and nourishes dry patches. It’s a perfect first step to balancing out your combination skin. (We love The Cleansing Stick for this reason, among many others.)

Apply a Light Moisturizer

Before applying foundation, spot-treat any particularly dry areas with a light, hydrating moisturizer like our Light Moisture Cream. This prevents the foundation from clinging to dry patches, ensuring a smooth application. If your skin is particularly scaly or patchy, consider using a deeply moisturizing product, like Miracle Cream—but sparingly. Only in affected areas and maybe even only as a nourishing treatment overnight.

Layer Wisely

Apply a thin layer of What The Foundation across your entire face (if you’re opting for a more full-coverage moment) using The Skin Brush for an even, lightweight base. Then, build coverage only where needed, focusing on areas with more pronounced discoloration or imperfections. This technique avoids a heavy, cakey look, keeping the skin looking fresh and natural.

Set Strategically

Instead of powdering your entire face, use our Tinted Face Powder to set only the areas prone to oiliness. Leave drier areas untouched to maintain a luminous finish.

Touch-Up With The Face Pencil

For midday touch-ups, use The Face Pencil to conceal any areas where your foundation has worn away. Its precise application allows for targeted coverage without disturbing the rest of your makeup.

Highlight Judiciously

Use a subtle highlighter, like our Shimmer Face Oil or even The Oil Stick, to add radiance to the high points of your face. Apply sparingly to avoid excessive shine, focusing on areas like the cheekbones, brow bone, and cupid's bow.

Practice Skin Care

Remember, the best foundation application starts with well-cared-for skin. Regularly exfoliate (gently, of course) to remove dead skin cells and use products tailored to combination skin to balance oil production and hydration levels.

A Final Word

Jones Road Beauty is your dedicated partner in your journey to radiant, balanced skin. With our foundation at the helm, we offer a solution that transcends the traditional boundaries of makeup, treating and enhancing your skin. 

Embrace these tips and our top foundation pick to navigate the complexities of combination skin with ease and confidence. Here's to a flawless, enduring look that celebrates the true essence of your natural beauty, day in and day out.

Shop the article:


What The Foundation

Oil-Free Moisturizer

The Oil Stick

Light Moisture Cream

Diary / Beauty / Apr 22, 2024

More on justBobbi