The right foundation can take skin from freakout to flawless, but the wrong foundation can do the exact opposite. Because of this, it’s important to seek out formulas with full coverage but a light feel, which is a feat that’s much harder to do than many realize. So, we decided to round up the newest foundations that blend on like a second skin, giving all those who wear it an instant, IRL filter on their face.
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Mimic the effects of app filters with a foundation like this one that uses high-definition filter technology to transform light as it hits your face to create a soft-focused look. As a bonus, this foundation comes with a built-in blender so you throw it in your purse and use it on the go.
With a unique ingredient blend of peppermint, ginseng and caffeine, this foundation refreshes tired, dull skin, while also perfecting texture and tone for a seamless look. The bouncy-gel formula also uses a network of polymers that mimic the skin’s natural movement, so imperfections are blurred without appearing as if there’s a film covering the skin.
Create a “no-makeup makeup” look while achieving a velvety smooth glow with this oil-free foundation. Good-for-your-skin ingredients like hyaluronic acid combined with antioxidants protect the skin from free radicals and pollution while also offering SPF 23 to prevent sun damage.
Bali Body BB Cream ($30)
While this is technically a BB cream and not a full-coverage foundation, we can’t help but love its ability to give a natural coverage and dewy glow without masking our skin’s natural beauty. Plus, it’s 100-percent vegan friendly and offers SPF 15—talk about a win-win!
With 40 shades available on shelves, this affordable foundation is perfect for anyone, regardless of skin tone. Blur pores, control oil production and create a flawless finish that lasts for hours with just a single application.
Although this product isn’t technically a full-coverage foundation, it will create a filtered look no matter what products you use it with. Here’s how it works: The hybrid complexion booster can be mixed with any foundation—regardless of color or texture—to create an Instagram filter appearance (hence it’s name) on the skin. It can also be simply worn on top of foundation or on its own for a similar effect. Unsurprisingly, the makeup photographs beautifully, blurs imperfections and offers a understated shimmer for a glowy finish.
For those who don’t live liquid foundations, this cream-to-powder stick formula is a godsend. The multitasking product offers soft-matte coverage with shade-adjusting pigments to blend with real skin tone for the most natural-looking finish you’ll ever wear.
To imitate the perfect skin that influencers are so frequently seen sporting on social media, give this medium-to-full coverage foundation a try. A cross between skin care and makeup, this formula evens out the complexion while also soothing sensitive skin with ingredients like Canadian willowherb and northern truffle extract.
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