Whether you prefer something matte, dewy, full-coverage, or sheer, foundation is—literally—the foundation of every great beauty look. That is why it's so important to choose the right one, and sadly, that's no easy task. Foundation shopping often brings up a number of questions: Will this actually match your skin tone? Will it last through a full day at the office? Will it cover up those pesky blemishes without caking or creasing? Bringing home a brand new foundation only to find that it's not a good fit is one of the biggest annoyances. So to save you from that stress and regret, we've rounded up the Top 10 foundations according to the self-proclaimed experts who know beauty best—Sephora shoppers. Whether your skin is oily, acne-prone, or dry, the list that follows features a foundation for every skin type and desirable finish. Scroll below to see which formulas are constantly selling out and receiving 5-star reviews from everyone’s beloved beauty retailer! Opening image: @sephora
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June 25, 2019
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Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
BEST FOR: Rain, sweat, tears, swimming—you name it. This stuff will not budge.
FUN FACT: Make Up For Ever's Ultra HD formula was made to flawlessly blur imperfections in front of even the most unforgiving cameras—and it still manages to look natural.
Dior Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation
USERS SAID: "Made my skin look FLAWLESS. I have a few small scars from acne around my chin, larger pores across my cheeks, and an oily t-zone, but this took care of all of that. Also, my makeup still looked exactly the same 12 hours later! I could not believe it. It’s definitely one of the pricier foundations I've bought, but it’s so worth it."
COMPLETE THE LOOK: After application, lock in your look and give your skin a little glow with the Airflash Radiance Mist Primer & Setting Spray.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
WHAT IT DOES: This multitasker provides the skin with a soft wash of color to enhance it without hiding it so you can still let your best features shine through.
USERS SAID: "I never thought that I could find something more perfect for my skin complexion! I have some minor blemishes on my skin and I hate wearing full foundation because it's often heavy and takes so much time to put on. This tinted moisturizer is super easy to apply with your hands (don't forget to wash after you apply) in a minute! It's also so lightweight that I forget that I have it on. If I add this with a bit of powder foundation powder I feel like a goddess :)"
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation
BEST FOR: This pick is perfect for oily skin. It'll flawlessly cover existing blemishes, prevent new ones from forming, and keep oil at bay for hours.
LOVED FOR: Lancôme made this formula for those ultra-long days where makeup touchups aren't an option. It provides 24 hours of cake-free, crease-free, transfer-resistant color.
bareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15
LOVED FOR: This buildable foundation looks natural no matter how much you apply.
USERS SAID: “I've been using this foundation for five years and I love it! It's light, but provides full coverage and always makes me look refreshed and put together. It's also done wonderful things for my skin! I have combination skin with a tendency toward acne, and this has helped to clear it up so that I don't break out as often or as badly.”
Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation
USERS SAID: "Using Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk for the first time was like falling in love at first sight. The formula is creamy, light, and most importantly, buildable. It's the most versatile foundation I own, meaning I can use it during the daytime and mix it with moisturizer on a good-skin day, or go for a more full-coverage finish with my Beautyblender on a night out."
WHAT IT DOES: Formulated with Micro-Fil technology, this foundation combines high-impact pigments with weightless texture to leave the skin with a silky—yet breathable—finish
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+
WHY YOU NEED IT: Talk about double duty. This best-selling full-coverage cream delivers anti-aging skincare technology and SPF 50+ physical sunscreen for makeup that helps you glow during and after wear.
USERS SAID: "I love this product and I'm on my second tube. It's moisturizing, refreshing, and just makes your skin look bright without making it look oily. It also smells SO GOOD! I think it has improved my skin since I've been using it."
Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
USERS SAID: "The hype is real! I've been using Smashbox for five years, but this Fenty Beauty foundation really takes the cake! I use less, and it gives me flawless coverage that lasts all day! I have the most sensitive skin, and this did not break me out!"
FUN FACT: Made with climate-adaptive technology, this formula is resistant to sweat and humidity—meaning you can comfortably rock it on the hottest of summer days.
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