The foundation of good skin – It sounds like a basic topic, right? But a lot of women (and men) are still clueless or confused on how to achieve that flawless skin. Here’s a rundown about skin types, what makeup to use, and cleansing tips.


Skin Types

To know what skincare or makeup to use, you should first figure out your skin type. If you’re not quite sure, one way to know is to wash your face first, then avoid applying products for about two hours. After which, decide on your skin type below:

  • Dry or sensitive skin: If your skin feels tight and has flaky or reddish areas
  • Oily skin: If your face looks shiny all over
  • Combination skin: If it feels oily on the T-zone, but feels normal or dry everywhere else
  • Normal skin: If there are no signs of oiliness or flakiness and your skin feels smooth
  • Sensitive skin: If your skin often gets irritated whenever you try out beauty products
  • Acne-prone skin: Usually has oily skin and is likely to develop blackheads, whiteheads, and zits

Using Makeup Depending On Skin Type

Okay, there are a lot of bases to choose from – primer, powder foundation, liquid foundation, bb cream, cc cream, and the list goes on and on. But what should you use?

A few weeks ago, Happy Skin held an intimate event to talk about this. If you’re familiar with the brand, Happy Skin has created different bases. But you don’t just pick one based on your feelings. Sorry ladies, hold on to those emotions. LOL! Each base caters to different skin types and contains ingredients that boost the skin on the surface and within. Allow me to walk you through Happy Skin’s bases.


Don’t Get Mad, Get Even Hydrating Liquid Foundation (Php 999)

From the name itself, this foundation delivers superb hydration. It has hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in skin and has the capacity to retain water and plump up the skin. This base is for you if you have dry skin or if you’re traveling to a cold destination. It has dewy, three-dimensional finish that makes the skin look younger. You can opt to use a foundation brush, a sponge, or a flat kabuki brush (for lighter coverage).

During the event, they showed the difference of the finish and coverage of Don’t Get Mad, Get Even Hydrating Liquid Foundation vs. Brand X. They applied the foundations on two eggs. The one on the left (facing the screen), which is Happy Skin’s liquid foundation, looks more dewy and even compared to the right.


Don’t Get Mad, Get Even Hydrating Powder Foundation (Php 1,399)

A hot-weather makeup essential is a compact powder. Happy Skin’s powder foundation has broad-spectrum SPF 20 to protect skin from both UVA and UVB rays. It uses micronized sunscreen, which means it won’t leave a white, chalky appearance on skin. Don’t Get Mad, Get Even Hydrating Powder Foundation is best for those with oily skin. To apply, you can use a face brush or if you prefer more coverage, use a sponge. Another trick taught to us during the event if you want heavier coverage is to spray a little water on your flat kabuki brush before picking up some product on your compact. I’ve been doing this on days I don’t feel like using a liquid foundation, but needs a little more coverage than usual.

InstaBeauty Blur Cream (PHP 1,299)

This is a primer foundation that can benefit oily to dry skin types. It helps makeup stay longer if you have oily skin and blurs imperfections, like wrinkles and fine lines, which are more evident if you have dry skin. Happy Skin’s primer also boasts retinol in the formula, which promotes exfoliation of old and damaged skin cells and stimulates collagen production – resulting to youthful-looking skin.

Here are two oranges – the one on the left has Brand X Primer, while the one on the right has InstaBeauty Blur Cream. Notice how the right orange looks smoother than the left one.


Second Skin Cream (PHP 1,199)

A silicone-free formula, which also means it doesn’t clog pores, prevents reactions. It’s like second skin since it’s breathable. You can even wear it while working out! This is the perfect base if you have sensitive skin. By the way, Second Skin Cream has broad-spectrum SPF 20 too.

Two bottles with small feathers inside were covered with a gauze, which they applied with SS cream (left) and a Brand X BB Cream (right). A hair dryer was placed on top of the gauze to prove how breathable SS cream is. Surprisingly, the feathers on the left bottle (with SS cream) were moving, while the feathers on the right bottle (Brand X) didn’t move at all.


Zit Zapper Cream (PHP 1,299)

Also a silicone-free formula, it’s made for acne-prone skin. It contains salicylic acid that dries up existing acne and prevents them by exfoliating pores. Zit Zapper Cream also has broad-spectrum SPF 20.

Cleansing Tips

Yes, there is makeup to give you that flawless skin, but one thing you should never forget is cleanliness, which is the foundation to good skin.

First and foremost, don’t forget to clean your makeup brushes and sponges at least once a week! No matter how much you clean your face, you’ll end up breaking out if you don’t clean your brushes!

Remove all traces of makeup before going to bed. Happy Skin has Make A Clean Sweep Revitalizing Micellar Remover (PHP 699), water-based cleanser that uses micelle technology, where micelle molecultes trap and remove dirt, oil, and makeup, cleansing the skin without drying it out. It’s infused with anti-inflammatory Japanese tea extract and antioxidant lotus seed extract that locks in moisture as you cleanse. This can be used by all skin types. Normally, you don’t have to wash your face after cleansing with Micellar water. But I’m really not used to it that I still do that extra step of cleaning my face using facial wash and water after makeup removal. (See my full review here:

And that’s it! I hope you learned something on the foundation to good skin! Thank you Happy Skin for sharing these tips to us!

From April 1 to 30, get a free mini SS Cream when you shop for a full-sized Happy Skin face base. This beauty treat is available in Happy Skin stores at 2/F Glorietta 3, 2/F Greenbelt 5, 2/F Power Plant Mall, and 3/F Trinoma; and

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