8 Best Brand-Name Foundations

Cover, Conceal, and Care for Your Skin with the Best Foundations from Your Favorite Top Brands

Top Modern Foundations

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Makeup foundation is notoriously hard to shop for, especially with so many products and formulas to choose from. Getting the right product into your routine can truly make all the difference, and some of the biggest brands are creating makeup lines that work with individual skin needs, not against them. Luckily, we started the research for you! Say so long to cakey, heavy makeup that breaks out your skin, and hello to these eight foundations that nourish your skin and help you put your freshest face forward. 

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup, $40

Tons of brands brag about the “staying power” of their foundation, some promising up to 24 hours of wear. But the one product that is continuously top-rated for actually staying in place is Estée Lauder’s Double Wear. Seriously—it doesn’t move. The full-coverage foundation comes in a wide range of colors, blends and builds nicely and feels lightweight on the skin to boot. However, it’s best when paired with a primer and moisturizer underneath, especially if you try to test the 15-hour wear time it boasts. 

 Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick, $46

Foundation in a stick, who would’ve thought? Now you can easily apply smooth, buttery foundation just like lipstick or concealer, blend with a brush or sponge, and get on with your day. No more messy liquid means your hands won’t get covered in foundation and you can take this anywhere with no spills in your purse! Take that, travel size. The stick is formulated for all skin types and directly targets oily areas of the face while also moisturizing with shea butter and olive extract for smooth and healthy skin. It builds well for additional coverage and comes in 31 different shades, so you’re sure to find the one that matches perfectly. 

Dior Diorskin Forever

Dior Diorskin Forever, $50

Dior never disappoints. Diorskin Forever is a medium-to-full coverage foundation that minimizes pores, evens skin tone and lasts up to 16 hours. Some of its features seem a little contradictory, like its luminous matte finish or shine control plus SPF 35, but fear not, Diorskin pulls it off. The foundation removes the oily look from skin while retaining that healthy, dewy glow, but also protects with high SPF sunscreen in the formula.