This post was a long time coming because something people always ask me for are my foundation recommendations.
I have some favorites that I’ve readily recommended in the past and still love (Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Coverage, $42, and Mehron Celebré HD Pro Cream Foundations, $9, which I wrote about before here), but these 5 have won my heart lately. Depending on my need or occasion, I’ll use one or the other, but I really can’t stop raving about them and here’s why:
1. Physicians Formula Youthful Wear Youth-Boosting Foundation ($15) – I was a little skeptical that this would serve my needs at first because of its limited color range (it only comes in fair, medium and light), but this lightweight foundation is velvety smooth and camouflages so well with my skin color. It’s also a cosmeceutical, claiming to reverse visible signs of aging over time by restoring firmness and elasticity over time (in their studies, 100% saw less deep wrinkles and; fine lines instantly and 94% saw lifted and firmer-looking skin after 3 weeks). Plus it has zinc oxide for sun protection (SPF 15). PF products, in my experience, always come through with their claims and still maintain such an affordable price. The brush that it comes with (not pictured) is also perfect to get into trick corners. So good, my mom has since stolen it from me! I use it in Medium.
2. Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow, $34. THIS foundation is easily one of my new favorites that truly, truly got me through Fashion Week a couple months ago. FW is basically one of the most exciting, but exhausting, weeks in my career and I tend to start looking a bit zombie-ish by day two. This foundation has an incredible light-diffusing (read: brightening) property that “wakes” my face right up. And it’s buildable, so you can get light-to-heavier coverage without looking cakey at all. My skin loves its oil-free formula too — I never broke out from it (knock on wood), and my it doesn’t feel like there’s a lot on (my skin can breathe — hence the OXYGEN). It’s Benefit’s very first liquid foundation, and the wait was well worth it. I use it in Beige and TIP: use it with their POREfessional PRO balm for a truly flawless finish.
3. CoverGirl & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation Base, $14. This to me is in between a tinted moisturizer and a full-coverage foundation, and a perfect “if you’re going to only wear one thing before you leave the house, wear this” product. It has Olay’s serum to fight fine lines and wrinkles and actually improve skin tone over time. I’m just the type of person who normally can’t wear any makeup unless I use a dollop of moisturizer on first, but this is one product that I can wear right after washing my face because my skin drinks the creamy texture up. An awesome complexion-perfecting product. I feel like it gives a tiny bit less coverage than a proper foundation so I’ll go over any spots with a concealer if needed (read here for my favorite concealers). I use it in Soft Honey.
4. Laura Mercier Oil Free Suprême Foundation, $42. Makeup artist Laura Mercier is known to create flawless faces for a reason. This foundation is money and the newest addition to Mercier’s line. Just a little goes a long way for a airbrush-esque finish. Plus, it contains all sorts of antioxidants like green leaf tea extract and moisturizing vitamin E. When I know I’m going to have a long day, I’ll reach for this foundation. It has an 8-hour wear and feels so light on my skin. I use it in Honey Beige.
5. Babor Deluxe Foundation, $42. This was one of those serendipitious finds for me. I had a sample of this from another makeup order, but just one application and I was sold. It has the most creamy texture and a little goes a LONG way. The coverage is amazing, and definitely the heaviest of all the foundations here. That’s also why I reserve this strictly for weddings or bigger events. Even though it covers so well, it doesn’t look cakey at all. Plus it lasts through the night. It’s one of my absolute favorites that I wish I found earlier. I love that it has amazing hydrating properties with its wheat protein and cell-regenerating lupines oil (if you already have oily skin, it’s probably not for you since it’s clearly not oil-free but if you need a little more coverage for imperfections, try this one!). I use it in Almond Beige.