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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.

SEPHORA COLLECTION10 Hour Wear Perfection Foundation

Size: 0.84 ozITEM: 1751775

Color: 13 Pink Porcelaine (P) - for light skin with pink undertones

4K Reviews


This product is alright not the best. Its has low coverage. but will be perfect for a beginner. ...My first time wearing foundation an i love it. I鈥檓 a beginner in the makeup world. ...For Beginners Foundation

What it is: A weightless foundation with medium, buildable coverage that blurs imperfections and conceals blemishes with a smooth, natural finish.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Natural

Formulation Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Hyaluronic Acid: Hydrates and improves the look of aging skin.
- Vitamin E: Protects the skin from external stressors.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens and mineral oil.

What Else You Need to Know: This oil-free foundation acts like a second skin, adapting to the natural movements of your face—without settling into fine lines or wrinkles. Designed to last for up to 10 hours, the f

MAKE UP FOR EVERUltra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation

Size: 0.44 oz/ 12.5 gITEM: 1713221

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

2.8K Reviews


the best foundation...One of my all time favorite foundations. Leaves a satin finish, blends effortlessly, and leaves that photo finish seamless look on your skin....Best Foundation Ever!...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.

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 gITEM: 1787902

Color: 68 Deep Mocha

1.3K 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.

SmashboxStudio Skin 24 Hour Full Coverage Waterproof Foundation

ITEM: 2252088

Color: 0.1 - skin tone: very fair, undertone: neutral

2.6K Reviews


By no means am I a makeup novice either, but this product has a learning curve!...Beautiful airbrushed matte long lasting foundation...The coverage of this foundation is amazing. It is matte but more of a Demi-matte which I love.

What it is: A weightless foundation that absorbs oil and shine and provides a blurring effect.

Coverage: Full

Finish: Matte

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. This product is vegan and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This foundation is waterproof, sweat-resistant, won‘t look cakey, and won‘t cause breakouts. It provides up to 24 hours of full-coverage wear.

Westman AtelierVital Skin Full Coverage Foundation and Concealer Stick

Size: 0.31oz / 9gITEM: 2434306

Color: Atelier VI - honey, golden undertone

765 Reviews


I loveee this foundation. I鈥檓 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: A clean, high-performance cream foundation and concealer stick packed with nourishing ingredients for a 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 gITEM: 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鈥檚 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.

Gucci脡ternit茅 De Beaut茅 24 Hour Full Coverage Luminous Matte Finish Foundation

Size: 1 oz / 30 mlITEM: 2638633

Color: 170W - fair with warm undertones

478 Reviews


I would highly recommend this foundation to anyone! If you鈥檙e a makeup novice like me or a person who doesn鈥檛 walk the dog without a fully dressed face, I believe you鈥檒l love the coverage you get with this foundation! ...I love how matte the foundation is for starters, it doesn鈥檛 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.

bareMineralsBAREPRO 16-HR Skin-Perfecting Powder Foundation

Size: 0.2 oz/ 8gITEM: 2517001

Color: Deep 50 Cool - for dark cool skin with a red hue

428 Reviews


I am not a novice at foundations, as someone who鈥檚 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

HUDA BEAUTY#FauxFilter Luminous Matte Foundation

Size: 1.18 oz/ 35 mlITEM: 2425411

Color: 300N Latte - warmer light-medium skin with neutral undertone

966 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鈥檛 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鈥檛 let you down.

bareMineralsMatte Loose Powder Mineral Foundation SPF 15聽

Size: 0.2 oz/ 6 gITEM: 1195288

Color: Fair 01 - for very fair cool skin with pink undertones

7.9K Reviews


Perfect for Beginners...I bought this matte foundation for the starter kit sold be Sephora for my mom. ...the lady at the store said this color was perfect for me... i really like it. it's better than those starter sets... i think they need a starter set that has this color. that would be an awesome deal...!

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.

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