Haven’t found “the one” for your unique needs? These winners (from 30 foundations tested) will help you make the perfect match—and fall in love with your skin all over again.

By Lisa DeSantis
Updated October 26, 2018

Sometimes it can feel impossible to find a foundation that not only is the right shade, but gives you just the right amount of coverage and is in a formula that works with your routine. Well, get ready to call off the search because in this group of six game-changing foundations, you’re bound to meet your match. These foundations give you the option of everything from powder to liquid or even a stick component. And when it comes to wearability, the options are endless–you can choose from a lightweight CC cream to a buildable foundation that offers up to 24 hours of coverage and everything in between. Still don’t believe us? Several of these all-stars offer up to 40 shades in their range, making it, well almost too good to be true.


Best Powder: Wander Beauty Wanderlust Powder Foundation

Powders have come a long way, people. This convenient mirrored compact houses an ultrafine pressed powder that lets you build coverage without looking cakey (whoop!). We love that it's talc-free, absorbs oil, and blurs fine lines. Bonus: Its antimicrobial sponge applicator makes touch-ups (at the office, in the car) feel cleaner.

To buy: $40; sephora.com.


Most Portable: Flesh Firm Flesh Thickstick Foundation

Available in 40 shades with medium coverage, this creamy stick can be used all over as a foundation, on spots as a concealer, or on cheekbones as a highlighter.

To buy: $18; ulta.com.


Best Long-Wear: Smashbox Studio Skin Hydrating Foundation

Some long-wear bases leave skin looking mask-like, but not this oil-free liquid, which covers without settling into lines.

To buy: $36; sephora.com.


Best Liquid: L’Oréal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup

This serum-esque base has brightening grapefruit extract and comes in an extensive range of undertones so you can nail your shade.

To buy: $6; target.com.


Best CC Cream: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte With SPF 40


Best Natural: Lawless Woke Up Like This Flawless Finish Foundation

This medium-coverage, filler-free formula has antioxidant-rich oils (like camellia seed) that lock in moisture, giving you a glow.

To buy: $46; sephora.com.