With fall here and winter coming, foundation that feels more like glue than makeup is no longer a necessity in our summer-ready routines. Instead, options that feel more like a second skin—and that deliver a glow, de-slick and treat your skin as you wear it—are making an appearance. Here, 11 of our newest favorites that are absolutely worth a try.
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So airy you might mistake it for a mousse, this foundation-meets-serum evens tone and finally lets your skin breathe while treating it with peptides, caviar extract, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid and vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B5, B7, B9 and CoQ10. (No, this is not a drill.)
The term “Performance Wear” slapped on the front of a foundation bottle can turn away anyone looking for a fresh-faced finish, but this water-like fluid is so buildable that it can be worn either way, and for hours on end (in fact, the brand promises 24).
Anything with beauty master Huda Kattan’s name on it is destined to be a cult-favorite, and this foundation is no different. It’s available in 30 shades, makes your skin look like it has its own Instagram filter thanks to ultra-refined pigments and—do we really have to keep going after that?
The built-in brush makes this option a must for a girl constantly on the go. Just click the button on the bottom and swipe it on. The reflective particles within the formula will make you look so glowy, no one will know you just walked off a red eye.
Like the original Double Wear foundation (except much more breathable, plus the addition of a hyaluronic acid blend for increased moisture and plumped fine lines) one drop delivers a flawless, even-toned complexion no one will know started at a makeup counter.
Two products in one make the steep price tag easier to swallow, but the airbrushed, poreless finish this tube leaves behind makes it 100-percent priceless.
If you’re not a fan of getting more foundation on your vanity and fingers than on your actual face when applying it (not sure who would be), this one’s for you. The dispenser at the top houses a matching concealer and lets you dip your sponge or brush into the product without making a mess.
High coverage meets a comfortable texture that feels light as air in the first full-coverage foundation from the brand that keeps dewy, fresh-faced skin at the top of its priority list. As the name promises, each application blurs pores and imperfections for a soft-focus effect minus any silicones or oils.
Laura Mercier’s newest foundation offers 15-hour wear and full coverage in a super lightweight, oil-free formula that feels great and looks natural on the skin. The matte finish helps to control oil throughout the day yet never looks dry, dull or flaky. The collection is available in 20 shades, separate into cool, warm and neutral undertones to ensure a perfect match for a wide range of skin colors.
Cle de Peau The Foundation ($250)
Basically the grand cru of foundations, this complexion-perfecting jar of magic doesn’t come cheap, but you definitely get what you pay for. It combines key skin care ingredients to retexturize skin, lock in moisture and help defend against visible signs of aging, while the gel-oil texture provides a beautifully smooth and light finish that enhances the natural beauty of skin while covering imperfections.
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