How to Work Out Your Skin Type

Makeup brands are assholes. Well maybe not intentionally, but they can make choosing your makeup so hard.

It’s not enough that there are 15,000 different brands to choose from. They’ve all now gone and made different types of the one product to match each specific skin type.

That’s all well and good; but what if you don’t know what skin type you are?

Check out the list below to work it out so you can be sure you’re buying the right makeup for you.


The optimal skin type (i.e. the queen bitch of the group). Your makeup should go on smoothly and last the whole day if applied properly. In a nut shell your skin will:

  • Be in good condition.

  • Have a balance of oil and water.

  • Have no blemishes or pigment.

  • Feel smooth to the touch.


As far as friends go, this one does everything to excess. Oily skin can be a pain in the ass, because your makeup can wear off in patches when excess oil starts to seep through the skin. If you’ve got oily skin you might notice:

  • Large pores.

  • That you’re prone to breakouts.

  • Your whole face gets a shiny appearance.

  • Your skin can appear “thick”.

Poor Miley is shining bright, but not in a good way. Image: Pinterest


This is the friend that always says they are coming to the party but never shows – the flake! Makeup can go on OK, except for areas where there's extremely dry patches as it will clump around any flakes of skin. Dry skin will:

  • Have small pores.

  • Have a matte appearance over the whole face.

  • Have flaky bits of skin, especially on the nose.

  • Feel rough to the touch, and a little tight.

Dry skin my ass! But if you say so Chrissy. Image: Women's Health Mag


The one who gets offended at EVERYTHING. Makeup can be a real chore for those with sensitive skin as you need to be really careful about the ingredients in each product. Sensitive skin will:

  • Appear red in areas across the face.

  • Be prone to acne.

  • React to makeup products with flaking, itching or even burning.


We’ve all got that one friend who is wise beyond their years and as far as skin types go this is the one. Mature skin doesn’t just belong to your great Aunty Billy who lived through WW2 though.

While age plays a huge role, things like lifestyle, genes and not looking after your skin can age it quickly too. The key to good makeup for this skin type is less is more. Mature skin will:

  • Have fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Have a loss of elasticity.

  • Appear thin.

  • Be prone to pigmentation and “age spots”.

If I get a chance to use a pic of Betty White, I take it! Image: Movie Web


This is the friend who doesn’t know if she’s coming or going. Combination skin is basically a mix of any of the characteristics listed in the other skin types. You may need to use different products for different areas of the face to get long lasting makeup. Especially primers.

The most common is a mix of oily skin on the T zone (across forehead and down the nose) and dry cheeks and chin.

In a perfect world we’d all have a normal skin type. We’d never get pimples or dry patches and we sure as hell wouldn’t get wrinkles. But we don’t live in a Hollywood movie so we are all going to have a skin type unique to each of us.

But it’s really not a big deal. Once you know what type of skin you have you can buy products to match, which will help your makeup look better and last longer. And then you can live happily ever after.

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