What’s our point? That of all the essential makeup products, foundation might be the most essential. It subtly covers flaws and creates a uniform complexion, and if you find a really great one, it might also function as a moisturizer, sunscreen, astringent, or base layer for additional cosmetics and makeup.
But finding a really great foundation isn’t an easy task. With hundreds of products on the shelves and even more online to choose from, it’s a challenge to determine which one will work with your skin type and beauty routine. Don’t stress, though, because we’re here to help with that.
How We Found The Best Foundations
Foundations are finicky. The wrong formula can lead to cake face, breakouts, or an oil slick on your t-zone. In order to avoid all of the above, we knew what we had to do: use our data-powered, unbiased algorithm to find and rank the internet’s best foundations. Factoring in social buzz, best-seller lists, user reviews, and more, this tool turned up the 10 best foundations out there. From Maybelline to Fenty, there’s a wide variety of beauty brands in the list below we think you’re going to love.
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Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: This liquid foundation is formulated to give you a flawless, natural-looking finish. Lightweight and waterproof, Dior’s Backstage Face and Body Foundation won’t look cakey or uneven, even if you’re hitting the gym or heading out for a hike.
WHO IT’S BEST FOR: According to Sephora, this foundation works best for a wide range of skin types including normal, dry, combination, and oily skin. Plus, it comes in 40 different shades, so there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find a perfect match for your skin tone.
Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Foundation
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Those of us who work long hours know how tedious it can be to have to refresh foundation halfway through a shift. Well, you may not have to anymore, because Charlotte Tilbury’s Beautiful Skin Foundation claims to offer 16 hours of smooth-looking skin.
WHO IT’S BEST FOR: This foundation contains hyaluronic acid, a skincare super-ingredient that’s known for its ability to retain moisture. Because of that, it works best for those with dry, normal, and combination skin types.
Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: This foundation’s formula includes a blend of raspberry, apple, and watermelon fruit extracts to help support your skin’s elasticity and provide a smooth, fade-resistant finish.
WHO IT’S BEST FOR: Sephora recommends Nars’s Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation for those with dry, combination, or normal skin. And because some reviewers describe the formula as oily, we wouldn’t recommend this for those with an oily skin type.
MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: We’re thrilled every time we find a foundation that includes SPF. But this one also claims to be fade- and streak-resistant for up to 24 hours of wear. And here’s a tip straight from MAC: try mixing this foundation with your favorite moisturizer to create a sheer, luminous finish.
WHO IT’S BEST FOR: This foundation has an oil-free formula, so while it works for all skin types, it’s especially great for those with oily skin.
Rare Beauty By Selena Gomez Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Selena Gomez is the mastermind behind Rare Beauty, and if you need any convincing of her credibility when it comes to skincare, here’s a fact: the Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation has over 2,000 5-star reviews on Sephora, and it’s only been around since 2020.
WHO IT’S BEST FOR: Best for oily, combination, and normal skin, a little goes a long way when it comes to this product. In fact, Sephora suggests using the doe-foot applicator to “dot” the face with small amounts of foundation and blend from there.
Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Ringing in at under $10, this is definitely the most affordable foundation on our list—but that doesn’t mean it’s any less effective than its company. Lightweight and breathable, Maybelline created this liquid foundation to absorb oil and control shine, all while giving you a smooth, clear complexion.
WHO IT’S BEST FOR: This is a foundation formulated for oily skin. It's free of oils and the ingredient list includes clay, so you can trust that it won’t cause breakouts or clog your pores.
Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: You probably don’t need us to remind you that Queen RiRi is the founder of Fenty Beauty, but consider this your refresher. And like everything else Rihanna has her hand in, Fenty is considered a smashing success. Here’s our evidence: the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation is both a Sephora community favorite and an Allure Best of Beauty award winner.
WHO IT’S BEST FOR: This foundation comes in 50 shades, which means most should be able to find their perfect skin tone match. Its oil-free formula is designed to give you an instantly-smooth, pore-diffused finish, making it a great option for those with normal, combination, or oily skin.
Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Perfect Glow Flawless Oil-Free Foundation
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: A foundation that’s inspired by silk? Now that’s luxury. Formulated with Micro–fil technology, Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation is meant to glide over your skin and leave you with an airbrushed, glowy look.
WHO IT’S BEST FOR: This oil-free foundation works best for normal, combination, and oily skin. And here’s a tip: if you’re not ready to commit to shelling out over $60 for a bottle of this foundation, it’s available in a more affordable mini size.
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: One reviewer puts it best: “Lasts all day with perfect coverage.” So, if you’re planning on partying all night long or you have an extra-long day of work to get through, you’re going to want this 24-hour foundation on your side.
WHO IT’S BEST FOR: If you have normal, combination, or oily skin, this foundation should leave you with an even, matte finish.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Estee Lauder describes their Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation as “makeup that keeps up with busy life.” So, what does that mean exactly? It means that this foundation will look smooth and well-blended even after 24 hours of wear in the heat and humidity—or just a normal day of work, chores, and taking care of the kids.
WHO IT’S BEST FOR: With 55 options to choose from, there should be a shade of this foundation for everyone. But because it’s made with an oil-free formula, it’s best for those with normal, combination, or oily skin types.