Foundations are the make-or-break product when it comes to your cosmetic arsenal. A great foundation can mean the difference between a flawless and effortless complexion and a streaky, heavy, runny catastrophe. Picking out just the right foundation for your skin type is something that’s come down to a science, so we’ve compiled a list of our favorites.
1. Chanel Perfection Lumiere, $57.00 – This foundation is great for oily skin because it provides a perfect matte finish. Its light to medium coverage is perfect for this upcoming summer season.
2. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, $45.00 – This foundation is extra light, easily blendable and long-lasting. This foundation offers sheer and natural coverage with the added bonus of an SPF 15.
3. Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse, $10.00 – DMM is perfect for oily or combination skin. It provides full coverage without looking cakey or weighing you down—great for summer since its light and airy but stays in place.
4. Revlon Colorstay Foundation, $13.00 – This foundation is great if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to MAC foundations; it stays in place similarly to MAC, provides full coverage, and has several shades to choose from. This foundation is best for dry to normal skin.
5. Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat, $57.00 – If you have dry or dull skin then this is definitely for you. The illuminating technology within the foundation’s formula allows your entire complexion to radiate! It’s lightweight and natural finish is perfect summer. For liquid foundations, this provides light coverage with an SPF of 19.
6. MAC Face & Body Foundation, $45.00 – This lightweight foundation is perfect for dry to normal skin. It evens out skin tones with long-lasting wear power.
7. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $62.00 – This buildable, perfectly blendable foundation does a fantastic job of perfecting your skin tone. Its natural, light coverage sits perfectly on your skin without looking cakey or streaky. Finish with your favorite powder to create the perfect complexion.
8. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation $45.00; While this foundation isn’t “sheer”, it’s perfectly matte and provides full coverage. Nars’ wide variety of colors makes this foundation perfect for ladies of all backgrounds.
9. Makeup Forever HD Foundation, $42.00 – This is an oil-free foundation that will make you look your best even in the harshest light. This is a medium coverage foundation that gives a “soft focus” effect to the skin and can be built up into a full coverage if wanted. This feels light on the skin and will last all day without budging, and it never feels heavy when wearing it. It doesn’t appear oily through the day and is great for on a day when you are going to be in photos. The pump function on the bottle makes it extremely accessible and easy to use.
10. Terrybly Densiliss by Terry Foundation, $115.00 – This foundation is a hybrid of an ‘absolute density’ fluid foundation with a ‘wrinkle control’ serum. This formula offers long-term anti-ageing benefits along with immediate correcting effects for a flawless complexion – today and in the future. The patented Mimetic Factor in the advanced mineral correction complex evens out skin tone, adding a youthful radiance with a beautifully natural, matte finish.
11. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick, $44.00 – It’s easily buildable to full coverage illuminates your skin without looking cakey. This foundation is perfect for travel because you can even use it also as a canceler: it has amazing coverage. This stick is moist so it absorbs right into your skin without sticking to your otherwise “invisible” face hairs and giving you a beige beard! It doesn’t feel in the least bit oily, and once it absorbs into your skin it doesn’t feel nearly as sticky or gross as other foundations when you touch your face! The coverage is perfect for light blemishes, mild rosacea, etc. It’s buildable in a non-obvious way.
12. MAC Matchmaster Foundation, $33.00 – This is a great foundation when mixed with MAC’s Face & Body Foundation. It gives the skin a dewy finish without looking too oily. It also provides a healthy radiant glow which is the perfect look for any season.