The Best Foundation

For skin that looks and feels like yours (only better), these seven formulas cover all the bases.


Best Shade Range


Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid Foundation
Available in 40 (!) colors, from super light to super dark, this luminous liquid hides everything from spots to dark circles yet looks and feels nearly undetectable.

To buy: $43,

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Best Dewy Finish


Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation
This liquid blends seamlessly (no telltale neck lines) and gives your complexion an incandescent second skin. In 10 shades.

To buy: $42,

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Best Matte Finish


Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint
It contains vitamins C and E, plus rose fruit extract to control shine, for a matte finish "that doesn't look or feel dry," said a tester. In 12 shades.

To buy: $44,

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Best for Problem Skin


bareMinerals Matte Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Oily skin meets its match with this loose powder that absorbs shine and blurs pores. "Even at the end of the day, it didn't settle in my fine lines," said a tester. Its click-and-lock cap prevents makeup bag spills.

To buy: $28.50,

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Most Travel-Friendly


Cover FX Click Stick Cover Click
This petite dual-ended tube has a foundation stick on one end and a highlighter on the other. Push on one end to pop out the opposite stick. Swipe onto skin, then blend with fingers.

To buy: $44,

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Best Bargain


Maybelline New York Dream Velvet Foundation
Like an Instagram filter for your face, this whipped gel offers a soft, matte finish, and it's loaded with water, so skin gets a burst of hydration.

To buy: $11,

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Best Splurge


YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation
Yes, it costs a pretty penny, but this luxurious fluid glides onto skin, conceals nearly every flaw, fights free radicals, and leaves you glowing (thanks to golden pigments). One pump covers your full face. In 22 tones.

To buy: $58,

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