The Best Foundation for Every Skin Tone

There’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all when it comes to foundation. We can help you find your just-right shade.

Best foundation for fair complexions

CoverGirl TruBlend Matte Made Foundation is the brand’s most inclusive foundation ever—there are 40 shades to choose from that range from fair porcelain to espresso. It has a matte finish that isn’t drying or cakey, and the formula is developed with flexi-hold technology that creates a flexible film on the skin for all-day comfort. To ensure a smooth base (cakey foundation is never cute), make sure to exfoliate before you apply your primer and foundation.

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Best foundation for fair complexions with neutral undertones

Look at the veins on the underside of your wrists. If they’re mostly blue or purple, you have cool undertones; if they’re more of a greenish yellow, you have warm undertones. If your veins look like a mix of green, blue, yellow, and purple, your undertones are neutral. Recognizing the undertones of your skin play a huge role in determining how natural a foundation looks on you. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation is a light-to-full-coverage formula with a natural-looking appearance that you can build up if you need more coverage. You can apply it directly to your skin (the sleek applicator makes it easy to take on the road for midday touch-ups) or use a damp sponge or stippling brush. The formula, which comes in 30 different shades, will counteract any redness on the surface of your skin. Plus, it’s made without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

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Best foundation for fair complexions with yellow undertones

Formulated with a built-in primer, FACE Atelier Ultra Foundation Pro is one of the best foundation options because it has an 18-shade line that’s age- and race-neutral; their “color adjusters” (Zero Minus, Zero Plus, Zero Plus Plus, Heat, and Blaze), which you purchase separately, will automatically lighten or darken a shade to match your complexion. The silicone-based formula gives a soft-focus finish, but if you need more coverage, you can easily build it up. It’s also moisture, heat, and oil resistant. These are the 10 makeup mistakes pros wish you’d stop making.

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Best foundation for fair to light complexions with red undertones

If you have red or pinkish undertones that you are trying to balance out, the best choice is a formula that provides seamless coverage but is zero percent noticeable. MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation is one of the best foundations for light complexions because it has 40 different shades to choose from (one of the most inclusive foundation ranges we’ve seen) and is designed to look good on camera. Your complexion will look flawless even through the most high-definition lenses.

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