The Best Foundation
Best Light-Coverage Foundation for Normal Skin
Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation SPF 15
“It made my skin glow,” said one tester. The liquid is weightless, gives the skin a subtle sheen, and contains the sunscreen ingredient titanium dioxide. In 18 shades.
To buy: $34, nordstrom.com.
Best Light-Coverage Foundation for Dry Skin
Trish McEvoy Even Skin Foundation
The deceptively thin formula contains silicone and glycerin to keep skin hydrated. Testers loved that it glided on easily and had a “sheer, veil-like finish.” In eight shades.
To buy: $62, nordstrom.com.
Best Light-Coverage Foundation for Oily Skin
Clinique Superbalanced Makeup
This foundation sops up skin’s oil with Biopol, a milk-derived protein. “My face stayed matte until evening,” said one tester. It contains chamomile extract to help reduce redness. In 24 shades.
To buy: $25, sephora.com.
Best Light-Coverage Foundation for Sensitive Skin
Bare Escentuals Original SPF 15 Foundation
Testers loved the natural look, the sun protection, and the lack of irritating ingredients. “It covered a rash without inflaming it,” said one. In 20 shades.
To buy: $28.50, bareescentuals.com.
Best Medium- to Full-Coverage Foundation for Sensitive Skin
Maybelline New Superstay Silky Foundation SPF 12
This fragrance-free base gives full coverage that doesn’t irritate. It’s paired with a silicone extender to help it stay in place all day. In 10 shades.
To buy: $15, amazon.com.
Best Light-Coverage Foundation for Mature Skin
Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich Foundation
The translucent finish was a hit with testers, as was the foundation’s ability to hydrate the skin. In 20 shades.
To buy: $35, bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
Best Medium- to Full-Coverage Foundation for Mature Skin
Cover Girl Advanced Radiance Restorative Cream Foundation SPF 10
“This gave my skin the moisture it needs and smoothed out my deep lines,” raved a tester. In 15 shades.
To buy: $9, amazon.com.