There’s a lot that’s up for debate when it comes to Instagram makeup: Is the heavy brow finally out? In what real-life situation is that level of contouring really appropriate? How do you wear a matte liquid lipstick all day without drying out your lips? But there is one truth that is more or less accepted by everyone: When it comes to foundations that cover up everything and create a flawless canvas, Instagram stars are not using anything less than the best. Below, we round up the exact foundations top Instagram stars rely on for the base of their varied beauty looks. The proof is in the before-and-afters.
Estée Lauder Double Wear ($40)
While makeup model Rachel Etters already has a naturally gorgeous complexion, this classic foundation creates that poreless, airbrushed finish we all covet.
Beauty bloggers have a little bit of redness and splotchiness like most women, but an an application of this high-pigment, matte foundation covers it all immediately.
Too Faced Born This Way ($39)
All signs of acne and blemishes are erased with a layer of this oil-free foundation that also contains hyaluronic acid and coconut water to keep the finish radiant and skin moisturized.
Dior Nude Air ($53)
To cover up any skin pigmentation for a finish that’s not too mask-like, beauty vlogger Mari Maria puts a thin layer of Dior Nude Air over concealer for a finish that’s full-coverage yet still natural.
When combined with a few drops of essence, this long-wear foundation stick gives a seamless finish that makes every pore look invisible.
For a finish that covers any redness and pigmentation while still looking light on the skin, vlogger Amadea Muse uses this water-based foundation to create a soft and smooth canvas.