best foundation for beginners

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The foundation is arguably the most important step in your makeup routine. It's what gives your face its color, texture, and even shape. The right foundation will give you a smooth, even look that lasts all day.

MAKE UP FOR EVERUltra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation

Size: 0.44 oz/ 12.5 g·ITEM: 1713221

Color: R370 - Medium Beige - for medium skin with slightly red undertones

2.8K Reviews


At the age of 45, I have tried many foundations over the past 30ish years. However, this foundation is the best I have ever tried, hands down. ...You can be a complete beginner with makeup and get a great result from this foundation. ...The only foundation you will ever need again...Best Foundation Ever!

What it is: A creamy, blendable foundation stick with long-lasting, buildable coverage that glides on like a second skin.

Coverage: Full

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Stick

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

What Else You Need to Know: Boasting all the benefits of the award-winning Ultra HD Liquid Foundation, the Ultra HD stick is a medium-to-full-coverage foundation that provides a natural, satin finish. Available in 20 shades, this comfortable, long-wearing foundation is best suited for normal to dry skin types.

SEPHORA COLLECTIONMatte Perfection Powder Foundation

Size: 0.264 oz/ 7.5 g·ITEM: 1787902

Color: 68 Deep Mocha

1.5K Reviews


Makes me look poreless, and super easy to apply and use! Great for beginners, but I love it!...I didn't want to spend so much money on a powder foundation since I am a beginner with makeup.

What it is: A creamy, medium coverage powder foundation with a lightweight, buildable formula and a natural, matte finish.

Coverage: Medium


Pressed Powder

What Else You Need to Know: The FlexMatte technology in this formula creates medium buildable, weightless coverage that moves with your skin and doesn't crack, cake, or clog your pores. Not tested on animals and complies with international product safety requirements.

Westman AtelierVital Skin Full Coverage Foundation and Concealer Stick

Size: 0.31oz / 9g·ITEM: 2434215

Color: Atelier XIV - mahogany, warm undertone

827 Reviews


I loveee this foundation. I’m a makeup novice and this is super easily to use and has a very natural finish. ...Better description for those who are novice in the makeup game

What it is: Clean, high performance cream foundation and concealer stick packed with nourishing ingredients for a radiant, second skin, natural finish.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Stick

Highlighted Ingredients:

- Vegetable-Derived Squalane: Helps prevent moisture loss.

- Phytosphingosine: Skin-soothing and calming properties.

- Berryflux Vita: Hydration-boosting and youth-preserving properties.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

Bobbi BrownSkin Foundation Stick

Size: 0.31 oz/ 9 g·ITEM: 1582279

Color: Warm Beige (W-046) - light medium beige with yellow undertones; for light to medium skin

1.2K Reviews


I used this foundation stick YEARS ago and liked it. I read all the reviews before making the purchase, and the description says a "perfect starter foundation"....what does starter mean? ...I'm in my 40s but a makeup novice. This matches my skin tone perfectly and goes on super smooth.

What it is: A foundation formulated with a unique transparent base and that’s expertly calibrated to your undertone to even out and correct the complexion.

Coverage: Full

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Stick

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, and phthalates. This product is also gluten-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Featuring a blend of emollients like olive extract and shea butter, the formula moisturizes wherever skin is dry. It delivers medium to full coverage and is water-, sweat-, and humidity-resistant.

GlossierStretch Fluid Foundation for Buildable Coverage

Size: 1 oz / 30 ml·ITEM: 2702363

Color: Deep 3 - peach undertone

240 Reviews


The best foundation...I will continue to use this foundation! I would recommend to anyone!...Beginner friendly...When I say it’s easy to use and looks just like my skin please believe me I Honestly love it and think it’s great for beginners and novice who have little to none experience in makeup

What it is: A hydrating gel-cream foundation that nourishes skin—for buildable, light-to-medium coverage with a natural-to-you finish.

Coverage: Medium


Highlighted Ingredients:
- Squalane and Glycerin: Hydrate and nourish skin’s moisture barrier.
- Wild Rose Berry and Plankton Extract: Visibly balance shine and maintain hydration.
- Amino Acid-Coated Pigments: Fuse with skin for flexible coverage and a natural-to-you finish.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan, and contains less than one percent syntheti

bareMineralsBAREPRO 16-HR Skin-Perfecting Powder Foundation

Size: 0.2 oz/ 8g·ITEM: 2516920

Color: Medium 35 Cool - for medium-tan cool skin with a rosy hue

482 Reviews


I am not a novice at foundations, as someone who’s suffered from hormonal acne for over 20 years. ...Great foundation...This product last all day lessens shine and is great perfect starter make up for teens but can also provide pretty good coverage for us older ladies perfect for a every day look

What it is: A talc-free, natural-matte foundation that provides up to 16 hours of breathable full coverage, while visibly evening skin tone and texture over time.


Finish: Matte

Formulation: Pressed Powder

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Gucci24 Hour Full Coverage Luminous Matte Finish Foundation

Size: 1 oz / 30 ml·ITEM: 2638583

Color: 120N - fair with neutral undertones

565 Reviews


Perfect for a novice...I’m a makeup newbie but this foundation took the guesswork out of my routine. It made me look absolutely stunning and I received lots of compliments *means a lot when you don’t know what you’re doing*. ...I love how matte the foundation is for starters, it doesn’t budge nor does it transfer ((on me)).

What it is: An up to 24-hour foundation with a luminous matte finish and full coverage in one drop.

Coverage: Full



Highlighted Ingredients:
- Hyaluronic Acid and Black Rose Oil: Boost and maintain skin hydration.
- Bamboo Powder: Absorbs shine all day long.

What Else You Need to Know: Combining high-affinity skin powders and coated pigments with a high-performance polymer technology that lets the skin breathe and delivers up to 24-hour wear, this foundation stays on all day without budging or fading. It’s also mask-proof and sweatproof.

bareMineralsMatte Loose Powder Mineral Foundation SPF 15 

Size: 0.2 oz/ 6 g·ITEM: 1195445

Color: Deepest Deep 30 - for very deep cool skin with red undertones

7.9K Reviews


Perfect for Beginners...I bought this matte foundation for the starter kit sold be Sephora for my mom. ...beautiful foundation...I love BareMinerals and this new matte foundation is a great improvement. I wish they would add it to their starter kits too.

What it is: A clean, loose mineral foundation that delivers buildable sheer-to-full coverage with a matte finish while helping to control excess oil.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Matte

Formulation: Loose Powder

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

SPF: SPF 30 and Under

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide: Provides mineral-based SPF protection.
- Silica/Calcium Silicate and Lauroyl Lysine: Provide a matte finish with a silky, soft-skin feel and helps controls oil.
- Iron Oxides: Provides clean, mineral-based pigments for natural-looking color and coverage.

HUDA BEAUTY#FauxFilter Luminous Matte Foundation

Size: 1.18 oz/ 35 ml·ITEM: 2425544

Color: 110N Angel Food - very fair with neutral undertone

1.1K Reviews


Best foundation that I have ever used....Best coverage. Lasts all day. Love. Very few foundations match my cool undertones. of both worlds!...I have the original faux filter and the new one and I must say I love this one more. For starters I like how there is no fragrance smell. But what really made love it was that new formulation gives you the perfect balance between matte and a glow which is something I haven’t seen in other matte foundations.

What it is: A cult-favorite, fragrance-free foundation with full coverage, up to 24 hours of weightless wear, and a non-drying luminous matte finish.

Coverage: Full

Finish: Matte

Formulation: Liquid

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This blendable, full-coverage formula is fragrance-free, transfer-proof, waterproof, fade-proof, and sweat- and humidity-proof and offers up to 24 hours of wear. Essentially, this foundation is your new BFF. No matter the weather, occasion, or situation, #FauxFilter Luminous Matte won’t let you down.

Fenty Beauty by RihannaEaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint

Size: 1.08 oz/ 32 mL·ITEM: 2431963

Color: 11 - medium with neutral undertones

2.1K Reviews


Perfect for beginners!...This is a great skin tint for beginners:)...Beginner friendly & buildable!!!...It’s not thick, sticky, or patchy. I am a beginner when it comes to full face & this was so easy to work with.

What it is: A lightweight, buildable light-to-medium coverage skin tint that leaves skin looking blurred and smoothed – in flexible shades for all.

Coverage: Light



Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens and phthalates. It is also vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know:This is a an easy-to-apply, flexible skin tint Rihanna wanted to create. It quickly and visibly evens out your complexion with a blurred effect. The HydraBlend complex and humidity-, sweat-, and transfer-resistant formula has a smooth texture that layers well with primer and skincare.

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