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There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to foundation. Everyone has different concerns and needs, which explains why there are so many formulas to choose from. (And it’s a tad overwhelming, we know.) Here, your cheat sheet to the very best foundations for every skin type. May your face always look flawless and your photos, endlessly flattering.
The lighter, the better. You only need enough coverage to help even things out. Diorskin Nude Air Serum softly diffuses any shadows and splotches without masking your already-smooth skin.
Contrary to what we’ve all heard, skip the powders. Sure, they’re effective at tackling shine, but they also sap skin of life. Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation absorbs excess grease while retaining some moisture to keep your complexion from looking flat.
Reach for a liquid or cream—they are easier to apply and give you even coverage without clinging to dry patches. Laura Mercier Silk Créme Foundation has hydrating ingredients such as glycerin and shea butter to help smooth things over.
Opt for creamy (but oil-free) formulas. Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + both tackles shine along your T-zone and keeps parched areas (like under the eyes and on your cheeks) feeling smooth.
Choose a mineral-based formula that’s made without any potentially irritating preservatives or fragrances. BareMinerals Original Foundation is consistently a top seller because it delivers an impressive amount of coverage without causing flare-ups.
Stick to liquid formulas and apply them with a light hand. Anything too powdery or heavy will settle into fine lines and accentuate them further. Lancôme Rénergie Lift is super lightweight and contains vitamin E to impart a subtle glow.
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