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25 Best Foundations For Every Skin Type And Problem

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Self, Health And Wellness

Avoid feeling and looking cakey, and instead flawless and smooth.

With thousands of companies touting the best full coverage foundation on the market, how do we break through the noise and find the formula, shade, and finish that fits us best? With a beauty product that's so personalized, it's important to pick the product and brand that is right for you!

Below we've reviewed 25 of the best foundation choices out there, whether it's upscale or drugstore foundation. Read on as we review the nuances in each and why they may be the ideal choice for you and your skin. 

1. Born This Way by Too Faced

Winner of countless beauty awards, Too Faceds' Born This Way formula acts as a second skin. Light in consistency, you don't feel like your face is smoothered in product, but you're also receiving medium coverage. The perfect combination!

(Too Faced, $39) 

2. Fit Me Matte & Poreless by Maybelline 

As stated in their branding, this formula fits both tone and texture while minimizing pores — and they're not lying. Admittedly loved by beauty icons like Kim Kardasian, this is the perfect light coverage matte finish foundation that doesn't over dry the skin (as some matte formulas tend to do).

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3. Cover + Correct SPF Foundation by Beverly Hills M.D.

Yes, the price is a little high, but the outcome is worth it! Formulated by health care professionals, Cover + Correct SPF Foundation by Beverly Hills M.D. not only gives you ample coverage but diminish the appearance of aging and helps prevent against further aging with the quality SPF packed into the formula. 

(Beverly Hills M.D., $115) 

4. Face & Body Foundation by Dior

Dior overall is a wonderful beauty brand that makes some of the best foundation on the market. The new Face & Body Foundation by Dior is a makeup artist trick on the runway as it creates beautiful and buildable coverage. 

(Dior, $40) 

5. Luminous Silk Foundation by Armani Beauty

One of the most pronounced and notable benefits that come from Armani Beauty's Luminous Silk Foundation is the incredible glow and dewy look left from the formula. It's loved by supermodels, actresses, and beauty influencers as their must-have and go to when being captured on camera. 

(Sephora, $64) 

6. Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation by Estee Lauder

Loved by supermodel Kendall Jenner, Double Wear by Estee Lauder is a perfect foundation for those who want their foundation to last. Busy women, powering through a work day and not wanting to reapply before date night, should try considering this product. 

(Ulta, $42) 

7. Crystal Blur Illuminating Foundation by Pacifica

Enlarged pores are the worst when taking selfies or posing on camera, plus no one likes having them in general. What we like about Pacifica Beauty's Crystal Blur Illuminating Formula is that it has the ability to even out the skin tone to minimize the appearance of enlarged pores while simultaneously giving a hydrating glow finish. 

(Pacifica, $18) 

8. Liquid Fix Foundation from Kismet 

With Kismet, customers are allowed to try a variety of their foundation shades before committing to buying the entire bottle. This way you're guaranteeing you're picking the shade that is right for you. Additionally, the full coverage and flawless finish are the cherry on top... actually, no, the free included foundation brush is the cherry on top!

(Kismet, $42) 

9. No Makeup Foundation by Perricone MD

Truth be told, the natural look isn't very natural. It comes down to perfecting the art of the best foundation and picking the formula that provides coverage, all while giving off a natural glow without adding texture. But where does one find a miracle product like this? The No Makeup Foundation by Perricone MD. 

(Perricone MD, $60) 

10. Skin Drops by ISDINCEUTICS 

For those who don't like the feeling of having foundation on, these Skin Drops by ISIDIN are the perfect go to. With just a couple drops, they provide coverage to the entire face. Plus, they act as a top coat, reducing the appearance on fine lines and unwanted texture. 

(ISDIN, $52) 

11. Tinted Blur by NudeStix 

These tinted blur cream sticks by NUDESTIX are the ultimate must-have for any beauty junkie. Not only can this foundation stick provide great application all over and be perfect for on the go, but by going a shade lighter and darker, these make great contour and highlighting applicators. 

(NudeStix, $30) 

12. Truly Yours Liquid Foundation by JOAH Beauty

JOAH's Truly Yours Liquid Foundation applies flawlessly and gives a medium coverage all over the face. You'll be impressed with the lightweight feel and the luminous glow after application.

(JOAH, $8.99) 

13. Sheer Brilliance Soft Lifting Tint by Decortè

Fill in lines, wrinkles, pores, essentially any unwanted features or signs of aging with Decortè's Sheer Brilliance Soft Lighting Tint. Medium to high coverage, this formula creates a seamless coating over the skin with an even toned complexion. 

(Saks Fifth Avenue, $95) 

14. 4-in-1 Foundation Stick by PÜR Cosmetics 

For being a foundation formula in a stick, PÜR Cosmetic's 4-in-1 Liquid Foundation is incredibly creamy and extremely blendable. This makes it a great product for foundation, highlight, and contour. Additional bonus: the formula is extremely high coverage. 

(PÜR Cosmetics, $34) 

15. True Color Flawless Liquid Foundation by AVON

Avon's Invisiblend technology ensures skin matching and invisible coverage after application. Along with having SPF 15, this foundation is great for coverage throughout the day and if spending time outside. This will help avoid any additional aging and uneven skin complexion. 

(AVON, $12) 


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16. Mineral Face SPF 30 Rōsilliance Tinted Organic BB+ Cream by COOLA

Imagine a daily moisturizer with a hint of tint to add color to your complexion. With COOLA's Mineral Face SPF 30 Rōsilliance Tinted Organic BB+ Cream, the formula supplies organic mineral SPF 30 with moisturizers, potent antioxidants, rose stem cells, and BB cream coverage.

(COOLA, $52) 

17. The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 by La Mer

Everything we love about the miracle of La Mer creams and skincare has made its way to foundation. This formula intensifies hydration in the skin, while the technology refines pores and skin's imperfection. 

(Le Mer, $120) 

18. True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation by L'Orèal Paris 

Sometimes we need to touch up and reapply during the day, and this is difficult to do with foundation. Well, L'Oréal has taken their number one foundation, LUMI, and turned it into a compact cushion foundation. It can fit in your purse, and can be applied anywhere!

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19. Even Better Foundation by Clinique 

With over 56 shades, Clinique's Even Better Foundation is a great option to finding the shade that perfectly matches your skin. The formula is dermatologist-developed known to be perfect, all while improving discolorations, dark spots and uneven skin tone.

(Ulta, $29) 

20. Ultra HD Foundation by Make Up For Ever 

A formula loved by all the transformational beauty influencers. Make Up For Ever's Ultra HD foundation is so high coverage, it can cover up blemishes, discoloration, and even tattoos. 

(Make Up For Ever, $43) 

21. Performance Wear Satin Foundation by Osmosis

Comparing your skin's finish to that of satin silk is an end look we all aspire for! Luckily, with Osmosis' Performance Wear Satin Foundation, you can achieve just that. The formula features calming chamomile which promotes anti-aging as well as hydration to smooth and plump the skin.

(Osmosis, $48) 

22. Cake Mix Foundation by Beauty Bakerie 

Have your cake and it eat it too with this wonderful formula from Beauty Bakerie. Noted as Cake Mix foundation, it's as fun as it sounds. Particularly meant for those with oily skin, it will help transform your skin into a demi-matte finish with medium to full coverage. 

(Beauty Bakerie, $28) 

23. Tint Du Soleil SPF 30 Whipped Foundation by ColoreScience

What we love most about the Tint Du Soleil SPF 30 Whipped Foundation by Colorescience is it's inclusion of Peptides (which help the look of tone and texture), Multi-Vitamin Complex (a healthy abundance of vitamins help fight against damaging free radicals), ceramides and milk lipids (these ingredients hydrate and illuminate the skin).

(Colorescience, $55) 

24. Liquid Foundation by Dr. Hauschka

Dr. Hauschka's foundation formula combines both mineral pigments with nourishing botanical ingredients (like: pomegranate, macadamia nut oil and coconut oil) which help hydrate and protect skin.

(Dr. Hauschka, $35) 

25. Beautifully Flawless Foundation by CRUNCHI

In addition to the sleek and modern packaging, it's safe to say we can judge a book by it's cover, because the product is as good as it looks! Full of healthy nutrients for the skin, this formula is lightweight and builds coverage with application.  

(CRUNCHI, $48) 

Primers

So, you've spent your time looking through the best foundation for your skin. After going through all this trouble to pick a fit right for you, make sure you thoroughly make it look impeccable.

This cannot be achieved unless using primer before applying. This helps smooth out the skin's texture and promote long wear. Below we've outlined three of our favorite primers on the market!

1. Pure Vitamin C Primer by Kismet 

We like Kismet's primer because not only does it leave the skin as a wonderful canvas for foundation application, it conditions the skin with the use of vitamins C, E, and JoJoba Esters (leaving it baby soft).

(Kismet, $22)

2. Under the Sun Vitamin Serum by Goddess Garden  

Providing ample amount of SPF coverage (30), Under The Sun Vitamin Serum is not only meant to be worn under foundation to help prime and firm the skin, it should be worn everyday (even bare face). Bonus: the vitamin packed nutrients are all provided by plants that help soften the skin. 

(Goddess Garden, $19.99) 

3. Backlight Primer by Becca

Becca's Backlight Primer creates a true lit-from-within look and gives off an extremely flattering and beautiful luminous and dewy (fresh faced) look. Along with keeping your foundation locked in place all day. 


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Elizabeth Blasi is a New Yorker. A lifestyle & travel writer, who is often seen with a suitcase in hand, jetsetting to her next location. But as a true Digital Nomad, her love of writing and romance novels means her laptop is always beside her.

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