The Guide to Getting Foundation Right

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Choosing face makeup that both suits your skin and meets your beauty goals can be intimidating, which is why we’re here to help with our foundation guide. Whether you want subtle coverage or an airbrushed finish, discover a just-right solution for you.

Before diving into the Best Foundations of 2023, it’s crucial to brush up on the basics. For a gut check on your most flattering shade, check out our Foundation Shade Finder. Confused about coverage levels? No problem. Whether your skin is oily, dry, or a combination of the two, our foundation guide breaks down the key differences between full-, medium-, and light-coverage products to give you the clarity you need to shop with confidence.

The best choice when you want to cover it all, our full-coverage favorites will help you stay photo-ready for any occasion. A seamless-finish foundation stick makes on-the-go application easy, while a liquid matte foundation delivers a flawless finish fast. If you need long-lasting wear, you’ll love the way our humidity-proof and transfer-resistant foundations stay in place from morning to night. For affordable foundation options, check out our full-coverage Sephora Collection stick and liquid foundations, $20 and under.

If you’re looking for a versatile way to keep it light while concealing problem areas, check out our medium-coverage picks. These formulas provide buildable coverage to minimize dark spots and blemishes while allowing your skin to naturally peek through.

Want something subtle? Try one of our light-coverage foundations—they’re basically the next best thing to going makeup-free. You’ll find revitalizing formulas that boost your natural color, moisturize with plenty of breathability, and provide skincare benefits in our best foundation picks of 2023.