11 Best Foundations + How To Pick The Best Foundation For Your Skin

How To Pick The Best Foundation For Your Skin

By Courtney Leiva

Every beauty guru knows that a a perfect makeup look starts with a flawless face.

Sure, your skincare routine and diet (and genetics!) are the best ways to ensure an imperfection-free canvas, (Hello, The Recipe For Radiance!) but when you’re in a rush (or your hormones get the best of you), the best way to achieve that blemish-free look is by using a foundation.

Whether you hate foundation, get oily easily, or need makeup that will take you from day to night, we’ve tried and tested more foundations than we even knew existed to bring you this comprehensive list, highlighting the best of the best and helping you to pick the perfect one for you!

For A Flawless Base

If you have acne… Great for acne-prone and oily skin, the Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup ($27) wards off blemishes and minimizes redness for a radiant finish.

If you have dry skin… Covergirl + Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation ($13.99) combines the coverage of foundation with the hydration of a serum to conceal dry skin, fine lines, and wrinkles, while also helping to hydrate and improve skin tone over time.

If you hate foundation… If you think you hate foundation, use a sponge to apply Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation ($9.99), which gives you a flawless – and undetectable! – look instantly.

If you’re concerned about fine-lines and wrinkles… AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact ($60) will not only fill in micro lines and ensure that its color builds into fine, even layers, it also boasts superior antioxidant and sun protection with SPF 50 to both conceal fine-lines and wrinkles, and prevent new ones!

If you need makeup that lasts… When you need to go from day to night without reapplying your makeup, try Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Finish Fluide ($48), a light-weight but long-lasting formula that lasts for hours, while still giving you unbeatable coverage.

If you want buildable coverage… For truly buildable coverage, Carmindy & Co Game Changer Foundation ($26.25) gives you that dewy or professional finish without weighing down your skin. Start light and keep on going until you’re happy with the result.

If you get shiny easily… If you have very oily skin – or need a makeup that can withstand humid summer days and nights! – try La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur ($29.99). The cream mousse can absorb 3x its weight in oil for all-day matte skin, while also blurring the look of pores and covering blemishes.

If you want a dewy – not shiny! – finish… L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24 Hour Foundation ($14.99) is for you. The mattifying formula contains a high water content that keeps skin supple, yet oil- and sweat-free. The result is more like if you were to use a blotting paper than a powder.

If you prefer a dry powder… Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation ($34) is a lightweight powder can be used wet or dry for amazingly buildable coverage (start with wet, then go dry!) that really does leave you feeling naked! Plus, touch-ups are a breeze!

If you want something organic… Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation ($68) is cruelty-free, gluten-free, and certified organic, all without compromising the results. Its velveteen texture provides a poreless, porcelain finish whether you apply just a little for a translucent look, or layer more for opaque coverage.

If your under-eyes are your main concern… Cover dark circles and under-eye bags fast with the Perricone MD No Concealer Concealer ($35), which brightens and highlights upon application.