Every woman deserves to feel beautiful in her own skin, so why mask it with heavy foundations? Enhance your natural beauty with one of our top five foundation picks, suitable for any budget.
Burberry Sheer Luminous Fluid Foundation: I fell in love with the light rose scent from this creamy formula. Not only was I left with a sublime dewy finish, but the coverage lasted around six hours. No need for a touch-up!
TIP: Apply foundation with a damp Beautyblender for a smooth, natural finish. In a hurry? Don’t be afraid to use your fingertips to blend quickly as well.
YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat: I love the range of color in this collection---it was so easy to find my perfect shade! A little goes a long way with this formula, so use sparingly.
TIP: Apply a finishing spray post-application to make your makeup last longer.
Urban Decay Naked Foundation: This velvety formula contains Japanese Green Tea and Vitamin E, which hydrates, soothes and calms the skin. This formula was so lightweight, I almost forgot I had it on.
TIP: When choosing a foundation from this line, keep in mind that shades ending in .5 are neutral/cool and shades ending in .0 are golden/warm. This is very helpful when choosing the best coverage.
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation: The medium coverage was opaque enough to hide imperfections, but still allowed my own skin's natural appeal to shine through.
TIP: Although you should be wearing SPF daily, for evening wear chose one without. It will help you avoid an unsightly “white” cast in photographs.
Maybelline FIT Me Foundation: For a drugstore price, this foundation has a high-end feel! It offered medium coverage without suffocating my skin.
TIP: Create your own tinted moisturizer by mixing your foundation with your favorite facial lotion for a lighter coverage.
--- Mariah Reed