In case you were wondering—yes, foundation is the backbone of any and every makeup look. While we love a flawless palette to get creative on, picking the right foundation is a bit more complicated than we’d like to admit. There’s a multitude of options; matte, radiant, full-coverage, medium-coverage; the options are endless and quite exhausting if you’re not sure what you’re looking for. Fortunately, we’ve done the hard work for you and put the greatest foundations to the test.
Here, we listed the seven best foundations for every skin type, texture, and tone. Keep reading below to see which one is for you.
Best Radiant Foundation
The perfect glowing foundation does exist, and Laura Mercier created it. The weightless formula looks and feels like a second skin and provides 15 hours of powerful hydration. With ingredients that improve skin’s natural luminosity, it’s no wonder why it’s a fan-favorite for revealing brighter, clearer, and more even-toned skin.
Best Matte Foundation
It’s safe to say that there is always at least one MAC product in any makeup arsenal, and this season it’s the new cream-to-powder foundation. The transformative texture provides the ultimate buildable coverage with a natural matte finish. The formula is also sweat and humidity-free, meaning this is the ideal product for active lifestyles and warmer clients. Did we mention that this 12-hour wear foundation also comes in 42 shades? We’re sold.
Best Anti-Aging Foundation
Luxury is an understatement when it comes to Sisley Paris’ Le Teint foundation. By providing a youthful look, complexions will appear radiant for up to 8 hours allowing skin to look smoother and more luminous. The unique formula is created with anti-aging ingredients, including Persian Acacia extract, which helps diminish wrinkles and visible signs of aging.
Best Weightless Foundation
If you’re looking for 24-hour flawless and weightless coverage, then this is the perfect foundation for you. This ultra-lightweight foundation is oil-free, making it ideal for all skin types. Coming in 22 versatile shades, the full-coverage foundation is equipped with a unique “dot” applicator, ensuring the perfect amount of product used for each application.
Best Futuristic Foundation
This oil-free gel formula is the future of foundation. The refreshing, buildable, light-reflecting formula hides the appearance of imperfections leaving skin with a naturally futuristic and flawless finish. Chantecaille’s products are also vegan and cruelty-free, so you can rock this foundation without feeling guilty about how it is made.
Best Natural-Looking Foundation
Primer is absolutely not needed when using Hourglass’ Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation. The soft finish applies like a second skin while providing the coverage of your favorite concealer. With a versatile range of 28 shades, this foundation is designed to deliver instant full coverage with just half a pump—impressive.
Best Lightweight Foundation
Social media filters inspired this dynamically confidence-boosting foundation. This lightweight formula can be used as a tinted primer, highlighter, mixed with foundation, or used solely as a foundation. It visibly moisturizes skin for up to 24-hours, leaving it with a bright, radiant, and natural-looking finish.