My Five Favorite Foundations

THE BEST FOUNDATIONS FOR THE EVERY DAY WOMAN

Skin is EVERYTHING, in my opinion. I mentioned in my AM and PM Skincare posts how important it is to invest in your skin, and that’s why I love buying and trying out new foundations! You can get so many different looks just by changing out your foundation – from light to full coverage – matte to dewy finish – you can truly personalize your makeup based on the foundation you choose. I’ve spent SO many years testing cult-favorites, and I know how much of a headache it can be to try and find your perfect match. Some of what I’ve tried have been complete duds, but I’ve also found my tried and true products that never fail me! So today I’m breaking down my TOP 5 FAVORITE FOUNDATIONS, and I’m giving you all the details from coverage to finish to price to what I use to apply it and so much more!

Note: I have fairly dry skin, especially in the winter months. BUT I’ve listed a range of options from matte to dewy and medium to full coverage. I hope you find something you LOVE!

IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER…

#1 – MAYBELLINE FIT ME MATTE + PORELESS – $5.39

Coverage: Medium to Full // Finish: Natural/Matte // Application: Damp Beauty Sponge

This is the most inexpensive yet high quality foundation I have EVER tried. The name is “Matte and Poreless”, but I truly feel like it’s more of a natural satin finish than a full blown matte. This stuff is truly pore-erasing… It blurs your skin, it doesn’t feel too heavy, and the finish is BEAUTIFUL. Since my skin is on the drier side in the winter, I tend to only use this in the summer. The only downside I can think of is that it doesn’t have a pump. But other than that I HIGHLY recommend! Especially for any combo/oily gals! My summer shade is 228 – Soft Tan.

#2 – L’OREAL INFALLIBLE FRESH WEAR 24HR – $11.99

Coverage: Medium to Full // Finish: Natural/Satin // Application: Damp Beauty Sponge

If you’ve watched my Instagram stories you know I featured this in a Sunday Spotlight recently. I’ve tried SO many high end foundations, and this one beats the majority of them. When they say 24 hour, they MEAN 24 hour. I apply this in the mornings before work and it looks the exact same when I take it off at night. The coverage is the perfect amount for an everyday foundation, and the finish is beautiful – not matte but not dewy! I feel like this one is truly suitable for ALL skin types. My winter shade is 425 and my summer shade is 455.

#3 – MAKE UP FOR EVER ULTRA HD INVISIBLE COVERAGE COVER STICK – $43

Coverage: Medium to Full (Very Buildable) // Finish: Natural/Satin // Application: Morphe Brush then a Sponge

I was so afraid to try foundation sticks, but the moment I did I wondered WHY it took me so long! Foundation sticks are PERFECT for building coverage. You can use them for a daytime or nighttime look. This one specifically is BEAUTIFUL. Creamy, blendable, super long-lasting, and it has great coverage! The best part is that it looks like your skin! When I wear this, I don’t ever feel cakey. If you’re oily, I think you’d love this with a loose powder on top! I use the shade Y365.

#4 – GIORGIO ARMANI LUMINOUS SILK – $64

Coverage: Medium (But Buildable) // Finish: Luminous/Dewy // Application: Damp Beauty Sponge

This one is the most expensive out of the bunch, but for good reason! This is a bride’s DREAM foundation. It has a beautiful silky finish, great coverage without looking cakey, and it truly looks luxurious on the skin. I feel like my skin radiates when I wear this. I splurged on it several years ago, and I’m now on my THIRD bottle. That’s how I know a foundation is good! I wear the shade 5.75.

#5 – HOURGLASS VANISH SEAMLESS FINISH STICK – $46

Coverage: Full // Finish: Natural/Satin/Seamless // Application: Morphe Brush then a Sponge

Alright, I said these were in no particular order but I did save the best for last. This is my ALL-TIME favorite foundation. It’s flawless in every way. This stuff is waterproof, long-wearing, full coverage, but NATURAL. I don’t know how Hourglass made it happen, but I love my skin every single time I wear this. Again, this is a stick foundation – so I typically draw it onto my skin, buff it out with my Morphe brush, then go over that with a dampened sponge to soak up any excess product. It’s beautiful, you guys. PLEASE test this one out and let me know what you think! My winter shade is Warm Ivory and my summer shade is Beige!

HONORABLE MENTION – L’OREAL INFALLIBLE PRO-GLOW – $10.59

Coverage: Medium // Finish: Luminous/Dewy // Application: Damp Beauty Sponge

Alright I couldn’t narrow it down to 5, so I added in an honorable mention. I love this foundation and use it so often! I shared it with you guys in my Everyday Makeup Routine post because I love using it for the daytime. This is definitely in my list of favorite foundations, but it’s extremely dewy! If you love to glow like I do, I think you’d love this one. I wear shades 204 and 205.

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If you’re on the hunt for a new foundation, I hope this post helps you find something to try! Have the best valentines day, my beautiful friends!
XOXO, KATIE

Wife. Daughter. Sister. Friend. Lover of sushi, Prosecco, and the Tennessee mountains.

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