Best Foundations for All Skin Types
I haven’t been wearing foundation long; it was probably one of the last categories of makeup I incorporated in my routine. I didn’t care as much about my skin, since I don’t have many skin issues to cover up, but, as with a lot of my makeup and beauty journey, the competitive nature of YouTube somewhat bullied me into using foundation. I’m not mad about it, though, because I really do believe foundation, or even just a tinted moisturizer, can amplify the rest of the makeup on the face. Plus, I personally feel a little more confident knowing my sunken-in eyes and old acne scars are a little less noticeable.
Since I’ve only been wearing foundation for about two or three years now, I’m just starting to figure out what products work well for me versus formulas I dislike. I used to just buy anything a beauty influencer recommended on her channel; now I’m much more selective and think about overall shade range, formula, and finish. I’ve discovered that my favorite foundations are lightweight, liquid foundations that have a satin-matte or natural finish to them. All of the foundations I have recommended here are all time favorites of mine that I’ll probably purchase time and time again, and they also have worked on my skin despite my skin changing from being an oil slick to being more normal-combination-dry. Let me know if you’ve tried any of the following or if you’d like in depth reviews of any specific foundation.
1. Ulta Demi Matte Foundation in “Warm Deep” ($14): Before we even get into the formula, can we please talk about this packaging? It’s hands-down my favorite packaging for a foundation ever, and I hope to see more brands come out with this form of packaging. It’s a squeeze tube and has a pump – the best of both worlds. The pump is obviously great for sanitation reasons, but pumps are especially integral to my life because I have the potential to make huge messes when I do my face makeup. I can pump this straight on my beauty blender or brush and go to town. The squeeze tube is great for when I’m nearing the end of the bottle (which hasn’t happened yet); I can squeeze every drop of foundation out of the bottle without needing spatulas, cottons swabs, or any other utensils.
The shade range isn’t the greatest, as there are only ten shades and I am the second to last in the line, but the formula is what makes me overlook the shade range. This is a “lightweight cream gel formula that absorbs oil and prevents shine” according to the Ulta website, and I have to say, that description is spot on. Since it’s a gel-like consistency, it’s not runny and doesn’t sheer out into nothingness when applied with a beauty sponge, but it’s also not thick and heavy on the skin. It has a semi-matte finish, but oils don’t permeate through the foundation throughout the day, even if I only lightly set it. I would say this has medium-buildable coverage, but again it’s so lightweight that it feels almost like wearing nothing. It also has SPF 20, which is perfect for spring and summertime. I do get wear out of this in the winter with no problems, but I’d say it’s my perfect summer foundation.
2. BareMinerals BarePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation in “Chai 26” ($34): Minus a few particulars, this foundation works and feels just about the same as the Ulta Demi Matte Foundation described above. This one is more of a traditional liquid foundation, though, and is quite runny, so using a brush is preferred over using a beauty sponge. Since it’s so liquid, I don’t dot this all over the face and then blend out; it will dry down before it can be completely blended. Instead, I dab my brush into the foundation and work in sections around the face. I know some people don’t like having to do specific steps, but this is often how I apply foundations (when I use a brush) anyway. This dries down to a semi-matte finish but isn’t drying on the skin, and it practically has zero transfer! I’ve rubbed on my boyfriend’s light pink tee-shirt while wearing this, and there were absolutely zero stains. Oils don’t permeate through this throughout the day, and again, it has SPF 20 – perfect for summer as well. This foundation does have a better shade range, with thirty different skin tones and undertones to choose from.
3. Physician’s Formula The Health Foundation in “DN3” ($12.99): I have an entire review up on this product on my blog, so I’ll link that here if you want to see the dedicated post.
4. Milani Cosmetics Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer in “11 Amber” and “12 Spiced Almond”($9.99): This foundation is the most different in terms of formula and finish than the other three mentioned here. Firstly, the shade range isn’t horrible, but I do have to mix shades to get a perfect match most of the time. “Amber” is my perfect winter shade, but too light and yellow for me during the rest of the year, and “Spiced Almond” fits me nearly perfectly in the dead middle of summer, but is too dark and neutral for the rest of the year. Together, though, they mix to make a great match. Since I purchased these, Milani has extended their shade range and there is now an “11A” shade that looks like the love child of these two shades, but I have yet to purchase it since I am still finishing up these two bottles.
This is not an “everyday wear” foundation for me. I honestly use it mostly when I’m going out on the town or taking serious pictures and want to have a really full coverage look without looking cakey or too done up. It’s a thick, high-medium to full coverage foundation, and while it doesn’t look heavy on the face, it’s not the most lightweight formula out there. This covers up everything though, which is why I’m including it here – it is my favorite full coverage base. It has a natural skin/dewy finish, which is why it doesn’t look too heavy. It does need setting since it’s not as transfer proof as the other foundations mentioned.
That’s all for today, lovelies! I’ve been a little demotivated with writing and posting on the website, but I’m hoping my motivation comes back once I’m finished with finals.
Write you little lovelies later,
XO Ky M.