Figuring Out Your Makeup Match: Finding Your Skin Type

Chances are, at some point in your life, you’ve bought a beauty or skincare product that didn’t quite just live up to the hype.

You don’t understand, though? EVERYONE is raving about this foundation or this moisturizer, but on you, it just didn’t seem to work. How is that even POSSIBLE?

Well, consider this: it’s not the product. No, we’re not saying it’s you either. But what we’re saying is… what if the reason the product didn’t work for you is because you’re likely using the wrong products for your skin type.

Say what? Skin type? Yep, we’re talking about oily skin vs dry skin.

In Trinidad, it’s hot, and we sweat, so we must all have oily skin, right? Wrong.

There’s a method to the madness of figuring out exactly what type of skin you have – whether it’s dry, oily, or a combination of the two – and your skin type affects how certain products sit on your face.

That bears the question: how can we figure out which products to use if we don’t even really know what type of skin we have. Well, you can’t. So we’re going to help you find out.

And it comes down to one simple, three-step test. It’s called the blotting test, and it’ll help you figure out exactly what type of skin you have once and for all – so you can stop wasting your money on beauty products that just don’t fit.


Let’s start by washing your face with a gentle cleanser and water – nothing too fancy, or with plenty chemicals.

Avoid using a scrubbing brush or pad during this step, all you need is your two hands to clean your face. You don’t want to scrub too hard or cause any skin irritation, as it’ll throw off your results.


After washing your face, dry it lightly with a towel. Once again, no scrubbing or rough play. Now, you’re going to leave your skin alone for an hour.

That means no touching your face, and no products, even moisturizers or serums. For one hours, go completely and totally bare-faced.


After the hour, it’s time to assess your face. If your face feels tight, then you have dry skin.

If not, grab a piece of tissue paper and let’s figure out the rest. After you blot your skin with tissue paper, and you find you have oil on your T-zone area, meaning your forehead, nose and chin, but not your cheeks, then you have combination skin.

If you do the same blotting test, and find that you see an oily shine on both your T-zone and your cheeks, then you have oily skin.

Last, but not least, if you find your skin looks blotchy or irritated, and feels tingly, then you definitely have sensitive skin.

Dark-skinned ladies, if you find you’re oilier than your friends with lighter skin, there’s a reason for that. Your skin has a higher level of melanin, which gives you the beautiful dark colour, but also gives you a higher amount of sebaceous glands that can make your skin oilier.

Now that you know what skin type you are, it’ll be much easier to shop for beauty and skincare products to suit your skin.

For those with oily skin, opt for mattifying products, or make sure to set makeup with a proper finishing spray and setting powder. Those with dry skin need to use dewier products to give them that glow, and to avoid the cakey, cracked face look.

Combo skin ladies, work with your products to find a regime that works for you. But most importantly, if you’ve found you have sensitive skin, be sure to use the best of the best products and to ensure you know what you’re putting on your skin. Trial and error is key!

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