Foundations That Dermatologists Love (and Actually Use!)

Finding the perfect foundation can be difficult, especially if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin. That’s why we asked the nation's top dermatologists (who know a thing or two about skin care) which foundations they use in order to keep their skin healthy and glowing.


NeoStrata Exuviance Skin Caring Foundation SPF 20 ($38)

“For years, I have had a problem with minor breakouts. I love this product because it’s oil free and SPF 15, and has great staying power, a matte finish, good color matching, and a very reasonable price.  It also contains polyhydroxy acids, which help your acne, and has anti-aging benefits.” –Beverly Hills, CA, dermatologist Rhonda Rand, MD


Urban Decay NAKED SKIN Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup ($40)

“It is lightweight, moisturizing, absorbs nicely (never cakes), and reflects light to make skin look luminous. This is best for normal or dry skin. Oily types should look for a dry or 'mattifying' option.” –New York dermatologist Jennifer MacGregor, MD


Dior Diorskin Nude Air Serum SPF 20 ($53)

“It gives me an incredibly natural glow, like I was just blessed with beautiful skin (which I am not!). Because it has hyper-oxygenated technology, the skin can breathe and not cause breakouts. I also really like that it doesn't contain talc, which can be pore-clogging.” –Manhattan Beach, CA, dermatologist Annie Chiu, MD


Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($62)

“I love it because it's breathable, but still gives full coverage. I also love the silky texture. It hydrates my skin without clogging pores.” –New York dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD


Colorescience Pressed Mineral Foundation Compact ($55)

“It’s a fine zinc powder that gives beautiful coverage and excellent sun protection. Also, zinc has anti-inflammatory properties, so it works to help reduce inflammation from my rosacea.” –Chevy Chase, MD, dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi, MD


Estée Lauder 'Invisible Fluid' Makeup ($37)

"I love it because it is very light, looks natural and blends well. It doesn't "cake up" or settle in the pores and it lasts all day. It gives [my skin] a sheer matte appearance with no irritation or breakouts." -- New York dermatologist Sandra Kopp, MD. 


MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer ($19)

“I don’t like the feeling of foundation on my skin. I get a BBL fotofacial laser on my skin to clear up any brown or red spots and then do not need foundation. I do use MAC concealer over any new red spots or pimples that appear on occasion. I love it because it is thick enough to stay where I put it, but the color is natural-looking enough that it just blends right into my skin." –New York dermatologist Jody Levine, MD