As much as we’d like to be the person who rolls out of bed flaw-free with no need for foundation, we’re just not—and granted, those people are few and far between. For the rest of us, foundation is key, and with the bevy of options on the market, we’ve certainly got a lot to choose from. If the selection’s got you feeling flummoxed, have no fear: we’ve rounded up the best foundations for your skin type… and, okay, everyone else’s, too. Regardless of whether you’re oily, combination, super sensitive, or dry like the Sahara, there’s an amazing foundation out there for you.
For Dry Skin
Even very dry skin will find a fit in NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, a radiance-enhancing, antioxidant-rich formula that blends like a dream for softer, smoother skin and buildable coverage. This classic is your ticket to skin that glows like never before—"luminous" would be the word.
For Oily Skin
The innovative formula of Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide uses rich pigments and "reflective waters" to create a humidity-proof, sweat-proof finish that never looks makeup-y or caked on. The light coverage evens out and perfects tone, and the oil-free formula defends against shiny breakthrough all day long.
For Acne-Prone Skin
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation is pretty much the be-all, end-all for acneic skin, thanks to a totally unique composition that includes kaolin clay to absorb oil and fight blemishes. It goes on like a liquid and dries down into a creamy powder for a velvety finish that treats while it conceals.
For Sensitive Skin
There's still nothing better than bareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 for sensitive and reactive skin types—this mineral powder offers truly seamless coverage that allows the skin to breathe. In fact, it's clinically proven to promote clearer, healthier-looking skin, and once you see the gorgeous finish it imparts, you'll believe it.
For Dull Skin
For skin that's looking lackluster, Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup will make a dull, blah complexion a thing of the past. It gives a weightless airbrushed finish that looks flawless but feels like you have nothing on. The light-diffusing spheres give skin a coveted candlelit effect that also looks like you woke up that way. Nobody will be the wiser.