Have you ever spent a little too much on a promising foundation that just did not live up to expectations? More times than not, this happens because the product’s formula is not made to work with your specific skin type. So how can you know which foundations will pair perfectly with your skin? Well, we’ve rounded up 12 of the best face products, from BB and CC creams to ultra full-coverage products for each skin type. Whether you’re working with oily, dry, combination or mature skin, these are the foundations that will give you the flawless face you’re hoping for.
Find your perfect foundation for a flawless face! Image: Manu Camargo
Finding the right foundation for accentuating youthful skin while combating excess oil can seem impossible. If a product is too liquidy, it seems to slip and slide throughout the day, and an overly dewy formula will only exacerbate the issue. So, we’ve found the top creamy, long-lasting foundations ideal for the natural beauty, the full-coverage queen and the girl right in the middle.
If you like a sheer to medium-coverage foundation, this BB tinted moisturizer by Tarte cosmetics is ideal. Made with skin-balancing Amazonian clay and chamomile, this product brightens, treats and protects skin while evening skin tone and brightening complexion. This, by Tarte Cosmetics, is $36. Details here. Image: Sephora
For more substantial coverage, this Make Up For Ever Ultra HD foundation is a beauty industry favorite. It was developed specifically for the harshest of TV and film lighting to ensure a flawless, natural finish both on and off camera. It also has an ultra-lightweight texture and melts into skin to create a natural, radiant finish. This, by Make Up For Ever, is $43. Details here. Image: Sephora
Or, if you’re in the market for long-lasting, full-coverage foundation, this All Nighter foundation by Urban Decay is a leading product. It will provide a flawless matte coverage without looking cakey. It stays in place for even the oiliest of complexions. Plus it’s waterproof and surprisingly comfortable. SB TIP: This foundation oxidizes (can shift to a deeper tone once applied to the face) so we suggest opting for a lighter shade! This, by Urban Decay, is $40. Details here. Image: Sephora
On the other hand, dry skin can cause foundation frustrations when products stick to dry patches and bring attention to skin that often looks dull. In this case, we suggest any illuminating product, which will give you your preferred level of coverage while brightening skin and creating a radiant, glowing finish.
When finding a foundation for dry skin, especially a BB or CC cream, it is important to focus on illuminating and brightening products. This product by IT Cosmetics is made with the “your skin, but better” mentality, meaning it delivers flawless coverage, protection from harmful UV light, enhances skin brightness and provides intense hydration. It is the dry skin girl’s BFF! This, by IT Cosmetics, is $38. Details here. Image: Sephora
For medium coverage with a radiant finish, this Becca Aqua Luminous Skin Perfecting Foundation is unparalleled. It is a flexible liquid foundation made with pigments that blur and perfect your complexion while remaining ultra-lightweight, buildable and hydrating. This, by Becca, is $44. Details here. Image: Sephora
And for the ultimate full coverage, we suggest cult favorite NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation. It’s all in the name — this product provides a flawless, glowing finish that will last throughout the day and night without accentuating dryness on the skin. It is lightweight, buildable, fade-resistant and made to last over 16 hours. Yes, please! This, by NARS, is $49. Details here. Image: NARS
If your skin is somewhere right in the middle of dry and oily, these are the products for you. They will again provide the preferred amount of coverage while combating the oily parts of skin and hydrating potential dry spots. These formulas are also built to last throughout the day and night, resulting in a worry-free application. Kiss those foundation frustrations goodbye!
This multitasking tinted hydrating gel cream from Bare Minerals is made with hydrating skincare benefits to create a radiant, even finish. It combines the best of a BB cream, CC cream and tinted moisturizer to provide intense hydration and a healthy glow while evening out the complexion. This product also won Allure Best of Beauty Best Tinted Moisturizer and Allure‘s Reader’s Choice Award. You really can’t go wrong with this product. This, by Bare Minerals, is $30. Details here. Image: Allure.com
If you follow cosmetic and makeup trends, we’re sure you’ve heard of this Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. It quickly became a skincare sensation due to its Micro-Fil technology, which pairs high-impact pigments with weightless texture to create a silky, radiant and long-lasting finish. This, by Giorgio Armani, is $42-$64. Details here. Image: Giorgio Armani
Estée Lauder has absolutely proven itself to be a trusted beauty resource, and this Double Wear foundation does not disappoint. The 24-hour flawless foundation delivers long-lasting staying power through heat, humidity and activity. It will keep you looking fresh with its lightweight, buildable and oil-free formula while providing a natural-looking, carefree coverage. This, by Estée Lauder, is $42. Details here. Image: Wojooh
Lastly, if you’re having trouble finding the right products to highlight beautiful, mature skin, we’ve got the solution! Tinted moisturizer is a great option for the ladies looking for sheer coverage as it will both hydrate skin and even complexion, while these fuller-coverage foundations include ingredients like hyaluronic acid, which works to make fine lines and wrinkles disappear by maximizing skin’s collagen levels. Overall, these will give you that naturally flawless finish we all strive for.
For mature skin, a tinted moisturizer is a fantastic foundation option. This one, by Laura Mercier, is lightweight, buildable and provides a sheer amount of coverage while hydrating skin and illuminating complexion. It also contains a fragrance-free SPF 20 for protection against harmful sun damage. This, by Laura Mercier, is $44. Details here. Image: Makeup Alley
This IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines foundation was made with mature skin in mind. The product was developed by plastic surgeons as a hydrating anti-aging serum. It is infused with pure color pigments that conceal the look of lines, wrinkles and imperfections while providing a youthful glow. It also includes anti-aging products such as hyaluronic acid, argan oil and optical blurring technology. Finally, a sheer- to medium-coverage foundation will bring out glowing, youthful skin! This, by IT Cosmetics, is $38. Details here. Image: Ulta
For the ladies looking for a full-coverage foundation, Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation is absolutely one of the best on the market. It boosts collagen to reduce the appearance of age spots and acne, protects skin from the sun, tightens pores, moisturizes and firms skin with a concentrated mushroom extract. It is ideal for flawless coverage. This, by Charlotte Tilbury, is $44. Details here. Image: Charlotte Tilbury
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