Light To Medium Coverage:
Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation
Shine free, no cakey appearance, minimal coverage, good wear.
bareMinerals Matte Foundation
SPF 15, vegan, doesn’t clog pores, extremely light, and available in 30 shades.
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Perfector Skin Tint Foundation
This is a great take-along foundation to keep in your purse or at work for those quickie makeup applications. There’s a good shade range with this, which is uncommon in a tint, and it has SPF to boot.
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation
Doesn’t give that “made up” look, light-weight, feels more like a tinted moisturizer.
NARS All Day Luminous Weightless
Very lightweight, doesn’t clog pores, evens out skin tone.
Clinique Even Better Glow (Oily Skin, Acne-Prone Skin)
Smooth and even application, doesn’t feel heavy, buildable, SPF 15, contains Vitamin C to improve the appearance of skin.
Stila Illuminating Liquid
Silky, lightweight, easy to apply, gives an airbrushed appearance.
Marc Jacobs Shameless Youthful-Look 24 Hour Foundation SPF 25
If you like a good tinted moisturizer or light coverage, this foundation is a good pick for you. It’s just a touch above in terms of coverage, but handles the day like a coverage foundation. It moisturizes well and has a soft finish.
Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting
Like a second skin, lightweight, leaves skin glowing, great for those who have a focus on skin care as opposed to heavy makeup.
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream
Evens skin tone, smooth finish, never gets cakey.
Note BB Cream
Smooth application, light, dewy coverage.
Best Full-Coverage Foundation:
Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Full Coverage Foundation
For you full coverage lovers, this foundation has been said to be the “holy grail” of foundations and a perfect dupe for the far more expensive Huda Beauty Faux Filter foundation, which boasts an Instagram-like flawless finish and minimizes pores.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
Pump, excellent shade range (40 colors), buildable, medium to full coverage, shine free, smooth, lightweight, gives photo filter appearance.
Satin Finish (Dry Skin)
NARS Natural Radiant Longwear
A little goes a long way, up to 16 hour wear time, shine-free, doesn’t give the feeling you’re wearing makeup.
Dermablend Flawless Creator Foundation Drops
Easy application with good blendability. Although full coverage, it still gives a very natural look. Isn’t heavy, clumpy, and no issues with creasing.
Now that we’ve determined the best foundation type for your skin, you need to choose the correct shade. Do NOT test on your hand, wrist, or arm. You wear foundation on your face, so that is clearly the best place to test it.
When you go foundation shopping, go WITHOUT makeup on. Test three different foundation shades by making vertical lines from the bottom of your cheek, over your jawline, and onto your upper neck area.
Next, go outside or stand by a window to test the shades in natural light. Yellow or harsh lighting gives an artificial effect to the skin and causes many foundation shade errors.
Whichever shade seems to melt or fade into your skin is the one to keep because it will seamlessly blend with the undertones of your neck and face. The perfect foundation will make your skin look healthy and radiant while hiding imperfections. Keep testing three at a time until you find the flawless blend.
If you are a person of color, be sure to use a loose or pressed powder with a burnt orange undertone over the foundation to bring out the brightness in your ebony complexion.
For more foundation tips, tricks, and recommendations, check out my foundation playlist on YouTube.