Women have come a long way in the past 30 years, and so has full-coverage foundation. Thank goodness the days of caked-on, acne-building, shiny-faced days your mom had to endure are gone!
Today, the best foundation formulas are made to be breathable, non-clogging, and skin-enriching for a fresh, natural look all day.
Here are our top five best-for-you foundation picks, arranged by cost:
As an all-matte formula, this starts out as a medium coverage but can build up to full coverage, without feeling heavy or caked. Tested to be transfer-resistant and easy to blend, this 2016 award-winning formula offers 36 shades that will likely guarantee a perfect match for your skin tone.
Provides 12 hours of skin-perfecting, flawless coverage. With an SPF of 15, this formula will help protect your skin from harmful rays while keeping you beautiful, masking almost all imperfections like scarring, acne, age spots, birthmarks, etc. without ever feeling heavy or cake-y. Works best with a beauty blender, and a little goes a long way.
For full-matte coverage that's heavy duty, blends well, yet feels air-light on your skin, this is a winner. This all-vegan and cruelty-free foundation, combined with the Lock-It Tattoo Concealer, is formulated to completely hide tattoos without fading away during the day, so you know you can trust it to cover up serious blemishes and pigmentation issues with confidence.
Formulated for the medium to darker skin tones, this is one of the best drugstore offerings with 19 generous shades, expressly for women of color. The satin-finish foundation goes on soft, blends well, and continues to moisturize and nourish the skin throughout the day.
As one of the newest players in cosmetics, C.Y.O. is a cruelty-free brand that launched in 2017 exclusively at Walgreens and now has plans to expand into the U.K. market. C.Y.O. caters to a more trendy crowd, but is serious when it comes to providing a high-quality product. Their Lifeproof Long Lasting Foundation lives up to its name in providing consistent coverage throughout the day. There are 15 different shades that are formulated primarily for light-to-medium skin tones, and it offers a medium to full smooth, satin coverage.
The best foundation will nourish and protect your skin, while looking flawless all day. Remember that your foundation has a lifespan of its own, and should be replaced every six months to ensure that it stays fresh and free from harming your skin.
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