Foundation is the key to ANY makeup look. Whether you are doing an intense smokey eye or something super simple, cakey, splotchy, runny or discolored foundation can be an instant look ruiner. Unfortunately for us, finding the perfect foundation can be a daunting, lifelong task. As with any beauty product, there are hundreds and hundreds of foundation options, all promising the same thing – flawless, pore less, youthful looking skin. A product that will wear all day without needing to be touched up, blah blah, blah. You know the advertisements. Yet product after product winds up returned, trashed or buried in the bottom of your makeup drawer never to be used again. I have fallen victim to the tortures of looking for the perfect foundation and after years and years of experimenting with more foundations than I can count, I feel that I can provide you with a comprehensive list of truly worthwhile foundations. If you are going to invest in a single high end product for your makeup bag, make it your foundation.
Estēe Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup is the best foundation I have EVER used. Period. It is full coverage, long wearing and stays in place all day. Oily skin is no match for this foundation. If you struggle with oily skin, I highly recommend this one. It is available in 30 different shades that are categorized by your skins natural undertones (cool, neutral and warm), so you are sure to find a color match. If you are looking for something with less coverage, the same formulation is also available in a BB cream. Retail $38.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is a fan favorite. This product gets rave reviews from most everyone – as it should! A great medium to full coverage, this foundation is suitable for everyday or special occasions. It has a luminous finish that makes your skin look bright and fresh throughout the day. It is the only luminous foundation that works well with all skin types. If you are oily, you will probably need a touch-up during the day, but that is the case with most any foundation. This foundation photographs beautifully, so it is a great choice if you know pictures will be taken. Retail $62.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation is the ultimate matte finish, long wearing foundation. While it is not a cream foundation, it has a much thicker consistency than a liquid, because of this I recommend using your fingers for application. Your fingers will warm up the product so that it can be smoothed evenly over the skin. This foundation will leave your skin looking velvety smooth all day long. Available in 25 shades. Retail $38.
YSL Fusion Ink Foundation is very unique in both design and wear. It is a medium coverage, weightless foundation designed to mimic your skin. The finish of this foundation will leave your skin looking enhanced, yet natural. The applicator that comes with this foundation helps you to apply the very thin formula without making a mess. To apply, dot the foundation with the applicator on your face and blend out with a brush. Retail $60.