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Foundation: Top Picks for Every Skin Type

Foundations for oily skin, dry skin & more


Finding the best foundation for your complexion can be tricky. Your best friend's minderal foundation may not work for you, while your favorite formulation may cause her to break out. Your best bet is to go to a store like Sephora and try out a variety of products in your shade range. In the meantime, here's a rundown of my favorite tried-and-true foundations.

Not sure your skin type? Find out what it is in my article, How to Tell What Type of Skin You Have.

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Best Tinted Moisturizer for All Skin Types: Laura Mercier

I have used Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer for years and it's a beauty editor and beauty artist all-time favorite. It's lighter than foundation which makes it perfect for warmer days or for women who don't like heavy product on their faces. There are a bunch of shades to choose from, so I suggest heading to a department store and trying them out. You can use oil-free if you have oily skin or regular if you have dry or mature skin.

Makeup artist Genevieve Herr explains on the awesome Website, xojane, how she uses it, "I usually apply with a wedge sponge that has been wet. I squeeze the water out so the sponge is damp -- so it goes on to the skin smoothly."

Read more about these foundation types in What is Tinted Moisturizer?.

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Best Foundation for Oily Skin: Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Liquid

Hands down one of the best foundations for oily skin. Laura Mercier's foundation gets high praise from beauty editors (myself included) and the reviewers on Makeupalley.com.

Read more about these foundation types in What is Matte (Also Known as "Oil-free") Foundation?.

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Best Pricey Foundation: Chanel Teint Innocence Foundation

Flawless. Chanel products go on smooth and aren't drying (but they also don't add oil to your already oily skin). A plus is most come with an SPF of at least 15 -- a big bonus in moisturizers. We suggest trying out the different versions at the Chanel counter.

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A Great Drugstore Buy: L'Oréal Paris True Match

True Match has made it on Allure's "Best Beauty Buys" list for the category "inexpensive foundation" a whopping 8 years in a row. This foundation comes in a 33 colors and has "microfine pearls to diffuse imperfections," according to Allure.
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Best Inexpensive Foundation: Revlon ColorStay Foundation

If you're going to spend money on beauty products, we usually suggest saving it up for a good foundation. But this inexpensive product is worth a try. If you have oily skin, you might want to skip this product, however. Best for women with dry skin.

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Best Drugstore Foundation: CoverGirl NatureLuxe Foundation

 When the hottest makeup artist in the world (Pat McGrath) carts a drugstore foundation around to all the Fashion Week shows in New York leaving a host of perfect dewy faces in her wake, you know the beauty world will take notice. This is exactly what happened in February 2011 and that drugstore foundation McGrath went ga-ga for (as did the blogosphere) is CoverGirl NatureLuxe Foundation. <p>

Available in 14 shades, this light foundation provides full coverage with a perfect dewy finish. What's more, it is made of a slew of botanical ingredients including jojoba, rose hip extracts and cucumber water.

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Best Foundation Stick: Bobbi Brown

Foundation sticks are great for covering blotchy skin and were made for women on the run who need a quick fix. They provide on-the-spot coverage in a flash and there's no better product than Bobbi Brown. Make sure you blend in product after applying.

Read more about these foundation types in What is Stick Foundation?.

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Best Mineral Foundation: BareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation

Personally, I am not a fan of mineral makeup. I find it settles into my fine lines and looks weird with my large pores. But what doesn't work for me, works for thousands of women since Bare Minerals is a cult classic and Sephora favorite. It's also a 5-time Glamour Magazine "best foundation" winner and an Allure Magazine Readers Choice Award winner. Users love "BareMins" because it goes on featherlight and it won't budge, smudge or melt away. Women also love the way it looks on their skin. Because mineral makeup is a love or hate thing, I strongly suggest you try it out first and if you hate it, return it.

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Best Inexpensive Foundation: e.l.f. Minerals Starter Kit

You can't find a better makeup deal than e.l.f. Not only do you get mineral concealer, you get foundation, blush, an all-over brush and a blush brush, all in a canvas tote. Price: Just $20 for all of it.

There are several shades. Pick the one that best fits the color of your skin:

Best Pricey Foundation Powder: Laura Mercier

Powder foundation tends to be more matte than sheer or satin, so it's great for women with oily skin. This product blends well & has great staying power throughout the day mainly because it comes in powder form, which is great for bringing along in your purse.

Read more about these foundation types in What is Powder (or Compact) Foundation?.

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