The Best Foundations For Every Skin Type

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When it comes to foundation, trial and error is something you want to avoid. If you’re covering your face in something—well, even if you’re just spot concealing with the stuff—you want to make sure it’s going to wear well, not going to break you out, and maybe even fix any so-called “problem areas.”

Which is why we’ve put together our most comprehensive list of the best foundations!

Best for everyday foundation users:

Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation

This is a revolutionary, SPF 15-infused foundation that provides skin-perfecting, lightweight coverage.
Achieve a no makeup feel while achieving foundation coverage that locks into place. Inspired by the thinnest fabric in the world, super organza, Maestro Fusion makeup is a waterless suspension of volatile oils and pigments to allow ultimate comfort and weightless coverage.

Featuring an ultra-thin texture and oil-pigment suspension that supports perfecting the complexion, this makeup hydrates the skin while adapting to the skin’s texture and tone.
Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup is an Allure Best Breakthrough Beauty Award Winner.
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Best buildable coverage

Lancôme Miracle Cushion

A color-true, liquid foundation in a unique cushion sponge that seamlessly delivers light to medium coverage while hydrating the skin.
This oil-free Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact creates a dewy finish for a polished glow. Its innovative cushion sponge contains over 800,000 pores to transfer the ideal amount of product for an effortless makeup application.

This multitasking formula is infused with skin care actives that give skin a boost of intense hydration, delivering a cooling sensation while brightening the appearance of skin. Miracle Cushion provides the benefits of a BB/CC cream while offering the benefits of light to medium coverage found in a liquid foundation. Simply give this foundation compact an easy tap for light coverage, and then give it a heavier tap for more coverage. Suspended in a cushion sponge, the liquid is enclosed in an air-tight compact for convenient portability.

“If you want a more precise application, I think it’s really useful just to fold the applicator in half and use that for those tricky-to-reach areas: so around the sides of your nose, under your nose, around the edge of your face, or underneath your eyes. And if you do find that you need extra coverage, use your concealer on top. It will blend really easily on top of your Cushion.”—Lisa Eldridge, Lancôme Makeup Global Creative Director
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Best foundation with skincare benefits

Chanel Vitalumière

This foundations is a true source of youth and light, and it works all day to revive tired, dull complexions.
Its fluid texture, containing moisturisers, ensures maximum comfort for the skin, with ingredients such as liquorice extract for a more even and luminous complexion, hyaluronic acid derivative for a moisturising effect and walnut extract to revitalise and protect the skin the result is luminous, healthy skin.

The light texture of VITALUMIÈRE fluid gives a slightly satin finish, for a radiant, natural, youthful-looking makeup.
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Best for acne-prone skin

Laura Mercier Silk Crème Oil Free Photo Edition

This is a long-wear, oil-free foundation for a photo-ready, natural-looking matte finish. Featuring the same great formula with revamped packaging and a broader shade range, Silk Crème Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation features a 12-hour wear, highly-pigmented formula that blends seamlessly onto skin, hiding even hard-to-cover imperfections.

It leaves a flawless finish, making it ideal for video, photography, and special events. Infused with a silk powder blend, it absorbs oil and balances moisture for normal to oily skin. It delivers smooth skin that visibly evens the look of skin tone.
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Best 2-in-1

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

This oil-free foundation and concealer in one that achieves a flawless look that lasts all day, it is moisturising with full coverage without clogging pores. This 12-hour wear, breathable formula is ideal for very dry to combination and oily skin types, its special polymer formula forms a flexible film that moves with the skin for lasting wear, and it dries slowly for easy blending.

It has amazing lasting coverage that gives skin a perfected look that stays put, even through sweat and humidity. 

 Just one dip of the wand gives you a full-face application, and it can be used to spot-conceal, too. Due to the rich pigment level that enhances this flawless coverage makeup, shades may appear deeper when first applied. Once blended completely and allowed to dry, Beyond Perfecting Makeup will blend into your skin for a Beyond Perfected flawless look—a little goes a long way.
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Best lightweight formula

Diorskin Nude Air Serum De Teint

 A weightless, ultra-fluid foundation serum that creates a nude makeup look. Formulated with SPF 25, it offers sun protection and the fresh-faced beauty of a natural-looking glow.

Infused with Oxygen Activ™ technology, an innovative blend of a hyper-oxygenated oil, cranberry oil, vitamin, and minerals, this serum’s high-precision dropper deposits an undetectable film of makeup onto the skin, while its soft-focus agents and glazed pigments instantly produce an even-looking complexion that achieves the right amount of coverage for a radiant, sheer finish.

Beauty Tip: 
Create an even more radiant, youthful-looking appearance by pairing withDior Capture Totale Dreamskin.
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Best Brightening

BareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation 

This breakthrough tone-correcting mineral foundation and skin care serum in one, was created with exceptional purity in mind, this ultra-thin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish, and the look and feel of beautiful skin while delivering a noticeably brighter, more youthful appearance—it’s like nothing you’ve ever felt before.

This product contains Lilac plant stem cells which are recognised for their exceptional healing abilities and are known to provide powerful antioxidant protection. BareMinerals extracts these cells, fortifies them with their unique mineral complex, and infuses them into their formula to improve the appearance of skin and help defend against environmental stressors. This formula is hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, dermatologist tested, and ophthalmologist tested. It is formulated without silicone, fragrance, water, and oil.
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Easiest to apply

Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation

The Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation’s weightless, serum-like formula goes on the complexion for a ‘no makeup’ feel. It’s infused with pigmento perfetto, a powerful marine based algae extract known to fight the production of progerin, a protein known to accelerate aging, encouraging loss of firmness, elasticity, and wrinkles.

The foundation glides on seamlessly, providing smooth, luminous-looking skin with buildable coverage.
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