Top 10 Foundations

Be honest, how many foundations have you gone through in your life in your quest to find that perfect formula that matches your skin tone and gives you a healthy glow or a polished, sophisticated look?

As a cosmetologist that focuses on strictly hair and makeup, I am pretty sure I have tried every foundation known to women. I have put on make-up on the run, in the car and at work. I have gone through much trial and error to discover which foundations work and which don’t.

I am confident when I say I know foundations. After all, that is why I steered away from traditional makeup and switched to airbrush makeup.  However, I know that the vast majority of women still prefer more traditional makeup. As a result, I have created a list of the Top 10 Foundations, which is a mix between traditional and modern makeup.

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A good foundation has to supply buildable coverage that looks great, does not clog your pores or create lines, wears well on a range of skin types and lasts throughout the day.

A great foundation will also come in a large variety of shades to match a variety of complexions. In my years of testing, I have actually discovered my favorites, and narrowing them down was actually quite simple due to the fact that there are few outstanding foundations that meet my high expectations.

As I’ve pointed out, every one of these top 10 makeup foundations are appropriate for every single skin type. Even though a lot of them are liquid foundations, I do have a couple of powder foundations that are extraordinary, which is why they made the top 10 foundations list. These foundations also range in cost to fit your personal budget. You will find a drugstore foundation among my top foundations as well as department store foundations, and foundations that are found specialized make up stores like Sephora and Ulta.

Here is my top foundations list. For your convenience, I have made the name of the product clickable, so you can purchase the foundation right away. Happy shopping!

top 10 foundations in 2017

Here are the Top 10 Foundations for every skin type.

1.  Lancôme Dual Finish Versatile Multi-tasking Powder and Foundation Makeup

This versatile powder foundation has been a trusted foundation for decades. It is multifaceted, as you can use the powder just for a touch up, as a concealer, for contouring or as a full-coverage foundation. The key to this makeup is that you can apply it both wet and dry to calibrate for fuller or lighter face coverage. When you apply it wet, the special ingredients within the powder allows the powder formula to function just like a liquid foundation. Wet or dry, the foundation will give you a shine-free, matte polish, without using unwanted, harmful ingredients such as phthalates, parabens or sulfates.

2. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Do you desire a foundation that glides on your skin, stays firmly on your face during your busy day and makes you glow? Then Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is the foundation for you. This silky foundation blends into your skin and gives you a natural, luminous finish. The foundation contains Micro-Fil technology, which makes it a low density foundation that gives you lots of pigments while lifting and firming your skin’s surface. You get all these benefits without the weight of a heavy formula. This foundation comes in almost 30 shades, so you can be certain that you will find the foundation most suited for you.

giorgio armani luminous silk foundation

3. MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation

If you have combination skin, then you’re going to love this foundation. Allure Magazine named it a Reader’s Choice Award Winner in 2017. Make Up For Ever has a reputation for having some of the most professional make up products on the market, and it definitely extends to this amazing foundation. It is formulated to look natural, hold shine in the T-zone area at bay and it is one of the longest lasting foundations on the market today. Plus, it will give you a matte finish and won’t cause break-outs. What else could you ask for if you have combination skin?

make up for ever foundation

4. NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation

I am a big fan of powder foundations. When you are on the run, as I often am, you want to have a good foundation in your purse that won’t run the risk of running out into your purse. You also want a foundation that will ensure you look professional during the day and sexy in the evening. Enter Nars All Day Luminous Powder foundation. This powder employs wet/dry technology, so if you want a more natural and luminous look during the day, you apply it dry. For a polished look for the evening, you apply it wet. It will also help smooth and balance your complexion and it won’t damage your skin as it is alcohol and paraben free.

Nars foundation

5. COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation

Our next foundation won’t break the bank but it’ll still ensure you’ll look, as the name says, fabulous. Covergirl’s Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation can be found in drugstores and retails from between $8 to $13. It is a long lasting foundation that will keep you looking fantastic, because a primer and a concealer are built right into the product. Plus, it contains an SPF of 20, so not only will your skin look great, but you will help protect your skin from sunburn.

covergirl outlast all day foundation

6. Urban Decay NAKED Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

My next choice for the top 10 foundations list is a foundation that is weightless and blends into your skin so well, people won’t even know you’re wearing foundation! Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup conceals imperfections through its light-diffusion spheres, which gives you a beautiful, demi-matte result. Best of all? It’s a cruelty free, fragrance-free, oil-free, paraben-free formula, which uses Litchiderm to keep your skin from drying out. Thanks to its anti-wrinkle peptides, it also prevents your skin from aging faster while giving you a youthful glow. The foundation is also cost-effective, as you only need a little bit of it to give you full coverage.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

7. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation

The next foundation is one that your skin will whole-heartedly embrace, because it contains vitamins and moisturizers. This foundation contains vitamin C, vitamin E, shea butter and glycerin, which help moisturize your skin and hydrate it throughout the day. It is an oil-free formula that is long-wearing and will leave your skin looking natural and refreshed, even in humid weather. It also contains SPF 15, which will help protect your skin from those damaging UVA and UVB rays while preventing wrinkle formation.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation

8. Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

This foundation is a makeup lover’s favorite! It stays on your skin for an amazing 24 hours and will stay on even the oiliest skin. It’s oil-free, so it’s not heavy or greasy, it’s non-acnegenic, so it won’t clog your pores and it’s water-proof. You heard right, it’s water-proof, which means this amazing foundation will stay on your skin in even the most hot and humid weather. It will give you a flawless, matte and natural look and the foundation comes in 58 shades, so it can and will match any skin type. What more could you ask for?

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation

9. MAC Pro Longwear Foundation

For a medium-coverage foundation that lasts up to 15 hours, look no further. You can also build this foundation up for full-coverage and it will never feel heavy. This light and creamy formula applies softly and blends effortlessly into your skin. This is a product professional make-up artists use and with good reason, it gives you a flawless, matte, polished finish for a camera-ready look.

MAC Pro Longwear spf 10 FOUNDATION


This is the crème de la crème of foundations. It is a refreshing gel foundation by one of the top fashion houses in world.  This high-end foundation contains Kalanchoe extract, which will protect your skin from environmental hazards and the SPF 25/PA++ sunscreen will protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. This amazing foundation also contains hyaluronic acid derivative, which is an acid that plays a major role in would healing and in this foundation, it functions as a moisturizer, giving you that dewy, hydrated look. The acid also works to prevent wrinkles and it increases skin elasticity. Once you put on this foundation, you will have fresh, glowing skin that is protected throughout the day.

About the Author Tricia

Hi I'm Tricia. Like many women I love to find and try new beauty products, trends, and tips. I work hard at being an Beautician and Cosmetologist to help bring you the latest makeup & hair advice from a PRO ;). The product reviews here will help you make a smarter and more informed decision about what you should and should not purchase. Thanks for stopping bye