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The Best Foundation for Every Skin Type, According to Beauty Experts

Reader's Digest Logo By Bethany Heitman of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 22: Foundation is a key component of any look. After all, if you want to ace your makeup, you've got to start with a good base, so it's worth your time and energy to find the best foundation for you. While you'll want to nail the right shade to achieve a more natural makeup look, you also need to pay attention to the type of formula that will work best for your skin type. For example, perhaps you need a foundation for oily skin or want sweatproof makeup; if so, a matte finish would be good for you. On the flip side, if you have dry skin, you should reach for a hydrating formula. There are even foundations created specifically for mature skin and acne-prone skin. How we found the best foundations With so many choices on the market, how can you possibly choose the best one? That's what this list is for, of course! We consulted top makeup artists, who regularly work with people of all skin types, to get their favorites—from full-coverage wonders to sheer formulas that double as skin care. (Bonus: They also shared tips for how to apply foundation properly, the importance of prepping products like moisturizer and primer, and how to blend with different concealers.) We also sorted through hundreds of products to find the ones with tons of five-star ratings and glowing user reviews. Scroll to find your best fit, then decide which setting powder will keep your look locked in place.  Best for all skin types: Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation Best for normal to dry skin: Ilia Beauty Super Serum Best for dry skin: Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation Best for combination skin: Fenty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation Best for oily skin: Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Best for acne-prone skin: Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup Best for mature skin: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Perfect Glow Foundation Best for sensitive skin: Anastasia Beverly Hills Foundation Stick Best options for darker skin tones: Uoma Beauty Say What?! Foundation Best full coverage: Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation Best lightweight formula: Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation Serum Best matte foundation: Nars Soft Matte Complete Foundation Best dewy foundation: Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter Foundation Best long-lasting foundation: NYX Professional Makeup Can't Stop Won't Stop Foundation Best pore minimizer: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare Best for SPF: It Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ Best stick foundation: Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Skin Finish Buildable Foundation Stick Best powder foundation: L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24HR Fresh Wear Powder Foundation Best foundation-concealer combo: Trinny London Just a Touch Foundation-Concealer Best drugstore foundation: Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation Best splurge: Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Cream Foundation

A flawless look starts with foundation

Foundation is a key component of any look. After all, if you want to ace your makeup, you've got to start with a good base, so it's worth your time and energy to find the best foundation for you. While you'll want to nail the right shade to achieve a more natural makeup look, you also need to pay attention to the type of formula that will work best for your skin type. For example, perhaps you need a foundation for oily skin or want sweatproof makeup; if so, a matte finish would be good for you. On the flip side, if you have dry skin, you should reach for a hydrating formula. There are even foundations created specifically for mature skin and acne-prone skin.

How we found the best foundations

With so many choices on the market, how can you possibly choose the best one? That's what this list is for, of course! We consulted top makeup artists, who regularly work with people of all skin types, to get their favorites—from full-coverage wonders to sheer formulas that double as skin care. (Bonus: They also shared tips for how to apply foundation properly, the importance of prepping products like moisturizer and primer, and how to blend with different concealers.) We also sorted through hundreds of products to find the ones with tons of five-star ratings and glowing user reviews. Scroll to find your best fit, then decide which setting powder will keep your look locked in place.

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