Here, find the 12 best drugstore foundations you can buy. Plus, keep reading for some more expert advice from makeup artists.
BEST FOR ENLARGED PORES Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation
This foundation is a classic for all the right reasons. It dries down into a matte finish that blurs pores and lets the skin look healthy and natural. It’s a great option for oily skin, since it uses clay to absorb excess oils.
BEST FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN L’Oreal Makeup Infallible 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation
Normally, breakouts and makeup don’t go well together. But this foundation uses ingredients that won’t clog your pores. Plus, this foundation is super long-wearing, thanks to its oil-absorbing properties that make sweat and rain non-issues.
BEST FOR LIGHTWEIGHT FULL COVERAGE e.l.f. cosmetics Flawless Finish Foundation
If you want a full coverage foundation that doesn’t look too cakey, this is a great option. The formula is incredibly lightweight, but will give you an even complexion that still looks natural.
BEST FOR DRY SKIN L’Oreal True Match Nude Hyaluronic Tinted Serum Foundation
The latest TikTok viral product, this lightweight, serum foundation is ideal for anyone who wants to achieve glowing, hydrating skin without packing on too much product. This foundation uses hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate the skin.
BEST FOR GLOWING SKIN Covergirl Clean Liquid Foundation
For a full coverage foundation that still lets the skin look dewy and fresh, look no further. This foundation won’t clog your pores, but is so creamy and hydrating that it makes blending an absolute dream.
BEST FOR FINE LINES Covergirl Simply Ageless 3-in-1 Liquid Foundation
This isn’t just a foundation, it’s a skincare product. Designed for aging skin, Olay and Covergirl collaborated to create this creamy foundation infused with hyaluronic acid and vitamin C to make sure the skin is looking hydrated and glowing, with or without makeup.
BEST FOR SELFIES Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation
This foundation was designed so that everyone’s skin can look camera-ready. Whether you’re on set of a photoshoot or taking a selfie on the way to work, this creamy, lightweight foundation will make sure you look your best.
BEST FOR OILY SKIN Revlon ColorStay Matte Finish Foundation
For oily skin types that are on the hunt for a long-wear, matte foundation, look no further. This product controls oils and creates an even complexion that is protected with SPF15.
BEST FOR BUILDABLE COVERAGE L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Liquid Foundation
Looking for a foundation that blends in with your skin perfectly? Not only does this product contain no pore-clogging oils, but it’s also incredibly versatile. It layers beautifully, so you can create either a sheer finish look, or build up to full coverage if you so desire.
BEST FOR SMOOTH SKIN Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation
If you want to feel poreless and smooth like a bay seal, this foundation can get the job done. It dries down to a satiny matte finish, leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth. Plus, for only $2, you can gift one to every person you’ve ever met.
BEST FOR FULL COVERAGE Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer
This foundation is so full coverage that you won’t even need to add concealer. And with over 40 shades, you can definitely find one that suits you. If you’re not a full coverage person, you can also use this product as a jumbo-sized concealer.
BEST FOR WRINKLES Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfector
Don’t be fooled by the tint, this product is more about the skin than it is about makeup. With retinol and SPF 2o, this product targets signs of aging like dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles to give your skin a youthful glow.
What makes a great foundation?
“Something that everyone can agree on is that they want their foundation to make their skin look its best and last as long as possible,” says Tricome. “You achieve great skin with a variety of finishes, whether that is more matte or more of a dewy finish. I think more dewy, glowy foundation finishes are currently more popular with consumers. Everyone is very into skin looking like skin and having a radiant finish as opposed to super matte.”
Are there any tricks to making foundation look its best?
“Skin prep is the MVP here,” says Moore. “Freshly washed face with a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid daily works wonders. While applying foundation, I warm the foundation up on the back of my hand. I use a dampened Beautyblender so the foundation applies more smoothly.” Using a primer can also help, adds Tricome. “If you are using a primer, like skincare, you want to make sure it is fully settled into the skin and interacts well with your foundation. If you are using a water-based foundation, a silicone-based primer is not going to work in combination with that product.”
When buying a drugstore foundation, are there any tricks to shade match?
“Know your undertones, this can make all the difference when choose a shade,” says Moore. “Also, make sure you match your face and not your hand. If you can swatch on the side of your cheek or jawline this is best, but if you’re not able to, try holding the bottle to your face. And if you get it wrong you can always exchange for another shade!”