I finally rounded up my favorite foundations to use! This is based on my skin type, what I want the finish to look like and what I have worn for consecutive months/years.
I have oily combination skin, oily in the T-zone (forehead, nose, chin) and dryness on the cheeks. I also have some skin allergies so if a product has a sunscreen mixed in, I have to check the ingredients. So far, all of these work for my skin type and concerns.
I prefer my look to be more on the matte side, however I do love a dewy foundation. It depends on the weather which foundation I think will work best. If it is colder outside, I might prefer something more moisturizing, rather in the summer I want a matte finish to deter the oil production in my skin. Regardless of the finish, my skin produces oil, even with matte foundations, so I try not to let that be my main concern.
My main concern is if the color matches my true undertone, if it covers enough of my imperfections, and if it does NOT crease! Creasing is hard to prevent, but I have found some primer combinations that I really like and a few tips on how to prevent the creasing from being too noticeable.
At the end of the day, makeup is a foreign body on the skin and it is going to move around! I make sure to touch my face as least as possible throughout the day. This is a good habit because it also prevents breakouts from the oil and bacteria on your fingers. If I am sneezing and blowing my nose, I pretty much just accept the fact that my makeup might not be as flawless as the first application, so I just deal with it. I don’t act like my foundation IS my skin. I think of it as more of a palette cleanser, to reduce redness and discoloration in my skin so the eyeshadows, blush, and highlighter can shine through beautifully.
If you have a different skin type than me, or prefer your skin finish to be different, then I encourage you to try out as much as you can! This is not a MUST BUY list. These are just my favorites that I have been using for a long time.
I am going to start with the highest priced foundation I own. This was painfully expensive but I kept telling myself – it’s Pat McGrath, she’s a legend, this has to be fantastic and if I hate it, I will just return it… but I must try! Pat McGrath’s Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Foundation is absolutely exquisite if you love a light, natural finish that blends perfectly with skin. I read somewhere that it is best applied with fingers or a brush. You can use a sponge but I found that it soaked up too much product and nothing was happening on my skin. I highly suggest to use your clean fingers for application. It is the perfect finish! Once rubbed in, I use a buffing brush to blend out any corners, or spots you couldn’t get to with your fingers.
The next foundation is one I have been wearing for quite a long time now. The Dior Forever 24hr Wear High Perfection Skin-Caring Matte Foundation – this also comes in a Glow version – is definitely a mouthful to say but it is such a lovely foundation! It is matte but the finish is not dry at all! I can continue to layer my other products and powder and my skin will not feel dry or taught. This wears beautifully throughout the day and does not move around. I use this foundation on a daily basis and I find that it covers everything I need and continues to leave me radiant day after day. It is definitely one of my most used!
High Priced Foundations [$52+]
Pat McGrath Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Foundation
Dior Forever 24 hr Wear High Perfection Skin-Caring Matte Foundation
For medium priced foundations, I love the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation – there is also a Moisturizing version. There are mixed review for this foundation because some people found it to be too dry. For me, I am oily and I did not find it to be dry at all. HOWEVER, I was using the foundation with the Fenty Beauty Instant Retouch Primer. Anytime a foundation comes out with an adjacent primer, you should probably use the two together because they are formulated to compliment each other. So I had no issues with dryness whatsoever. This foundation is my exact match for my skin tone and undertone, like EXACT, and continues to be the only foundation with my correct undertone. Everything else is either a bit too yellow, pink, or grey, but I make them work with concealer and powder. This foundation? I do not need help with that, it is absolutely perfect!
I also really love the Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation for a natural, no makeup makeup look. It is more on the moisturizing side, but stays on my skin quite nicely throughout the day.
Medium Priced Foundations [$34 – $48]
Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Long wear Foundation (I am currently out of this foundation but will repurchase soon!)
I only have one drugstore or affordable foundation that I recommend and that is the Revlon Photoready Candid Natural Finish Foundation. It has a similar effect to that of the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation, where is definitely matte and it matches my skin tone pretty well. The ingredients in this foundation are so nice and really protect the skin from more pollution and blue light. It does not crease and is light enough to not feel very dry or heavy.
Affordable Foundation [$10 – $30]
Revlon Photoready Candid Natural Finish Foundation
I used to wear a lot of Mac Cosmetics foundations and Maybelline Mousse foundation back in the day. I no longer use these because the tones were not very accurate to my undertone, I was always too yellow or too pink.
The older I get, my taste changes for foundation so I will continue to update this list. You can definitely see where I “glowed up” and started using better foundations, especially ones that actually fit my skin type and skin tone!
If there are any other makeup categories I should go into more depth about, let me know!
Photos taken by Sophia Kountakis.