There are a million products on the market, each pitching you a dream of flawless, pore-less, radiant, dewy and plump skin. In actuality, many of them suck. Such is why I created this list.
The foundations I have listed below, in my experience, provide the most beautiful finishes.
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Foundation Hall of Fame Reviews & Tips
Ben Nye HD Matte Foundation
This will cover every flaw on your face, and if applied correctly, it will appear as though you have nothing on your face. If the color match is exact, it will look like an eraser gliding across the skin. It also provides an incredible soft matte glow. The finish is skin which looks like satin. The ARP is $6.00 a pot, which is insanely cheap. The color selection is the best. The drawback? Do not even consider wearing this foundation to bed because you may wake up with a face which resembles Mount Everest. It is not safe for the acne-prone.
This is not an “every day” foundation for school or work. However, it is ideal for special occasions, special events such as prom or weddings, photo shoots, etc. It photographs better than every other high definition foundation I have tried, and I have tried them all. It will make your skin look insanely beautiful, but please cleanse your skin thoroughly when you remove it.
If you have particularly acne-prone skin, it is in your best interest to skip this altogether. I am mild-to-moderately acne-prone, but this does not bother me as long as I thoroughly remove it within eight or so hours of each application.
Application & Tips: This foundation looks best when applied with the fingers. I’ve tried ever method from using a regular foundation brush, stippling brush, flat brush and of course my beauty blender. Simply use your fingers, and thank me later.
Also, gently wipe the top layer away with a tissue prior to each application. I cannot stress enough that this is not an “every day” type of foundation! It is far too heavy to be used daily. After a week of daily wear, your skin will likely look horrible, which defeats the purpose entirely.
Christian Dior Capture Totale HD Foundation:
This is a high definition foundation, which means it photographs beautifully and is perfect for photo shoots and brides. It is marketed as an age-defying foundation for mature skin, however during my brief time as a makeup artist for Dior, I often used it on teenage girls for prom. If you are oily, I recommend using a quality oil-controlling primer prior to application, and a setting powder to finish. Although it is suitable for drier skins and is said to have an anti-aging serum in it, I don’t find it to be excessively emollient at all.
The ARP is $82.00, making this foundation my most expensive recommendation. Christian Dior claims this foundation is a treatment product as well, providing a boost in collagen production. I cannot be sure if this is true, so I do not have an opinion one way or the other. I do feel, however, it plumps the skin and provides it with a lovely radiance. It appears to smooth fine lines. Although these benefits are likely only temporary, they are entirely worth the price attached to this product. If you desire flawless, radiant skin, you must put this on your foundation list of products to try.
Application & Tips: Use either a stippling brush or a dry beauty blender, and you will achieve a beautiful result every time. For sheer coverage, apply lightly with a damp beauty blender. Even though this foundation is marketed as anti-aging, it is only somewhat emollient. Unless you are oily, you will still need to use a moisturizer with this.
Christian Dior Diorskin Forever Flawless Foundation
My skin loves this foundation, and it is the one I reach for the most often. It provides a medium coverage (build-able to full), and the finish is natural. It never appears “caked on” the face, the wear is excellent and it does not oxidize/darken as the day progresses. It is oil-free and never contributes to breakouts whatsoever. However, it is neither drying nor oil-controlling. I have used this on myself and clients, and I simply love how it looks and wears. If you have especially dry or aged skin, you may want to consider the Capture Totale formula instead, however. This will not settle in fine lines, but it will not smooth deeper lines like some of the anti-aging foundations. It retails for $42.00
Application & Tips: The #1 best method of applying this foundation is using a stippling brush technique. If you don’t have a stippling brush handy, simply use your fingers. This foundation looks great whether I am in a hurry or have plenty of time to apply it carefully.
Cover Fx Total Cover Cream Foundation
This is, without any hesitation, my favorite foundation of all time. Why, do you ask?
#1 This foundation is FREE of:
animal by products
synethic dyes & fragrances
#2 The shade selection is superior. ANY woman can find her perfect match with ease.
#3 The finish, if applied correctly, is gorgeous. That actually may be an understatement. The finish is truly beautiful and flawless, even if your skin is not. It will not look cakey, it will not oxidize and it will not make you look like a clown. If you have lines or wrinkles, it will not make them appear more pronounced.
#4 I can wallow in it and still it will not, and I believe simply cannot, cause me to break out.
#5 It can be used as a concealer only.
Application & Tips: This foundation, although my favorite, is by far the most high-maintenance of them all. It is not flexible in terms of application, and is not appropriate for when in a hurry. I have experimented with this foundation for three years. When I first used it, I applied it with a traditional foundation brush, and it looked streaky on my oily skin. I then tried using my fingers, and I wasn’t thrilled with the result then either. I am happy I didn’t give up on it because it truly is in a league of its own. I achieve the best finish when I apply this foundation with a slightly damp beauty blender. Some foundations do not work best with a beauty blender, but most cream formulations, such as this, absolutely do.
You also must to use a primer with this foundation! Also, apply it in thin layers. You need a full five to eight minutes in order to achieve the optimal result. The only exception time-wise is when you are using it as a concealer only. I recommend applying a thin layer for light-medium coverage, then another if you desire medium-full coverage and then finally apply an additional veil of coverage wherever you may have hyperpigmentation and/or breakouts. If you have tried this and did not like it, I urge you to give it another shot using my suggestions. ARP: $42.00
Makeup Forever Mat Velvet
I love this foundation much more than MUF’s HD foundation, which is the one they are most famous for. This has a soft, satin matte finish and applies very smoothly. It provides a true flawless, matte type of finish reminiscent of the 1940s, so I always use it when I’m trying to achieve that type of look. Even though it is matte, it does not have a “stiff” appearance. The density is quite thick, so be careful not to use too much. The coverage is easily build-able to full. It wears quite well, is water-resistant, oil-free and never bothers my skin. ARP: $36.00
Application & Tips: Use a stippling brush with this foundation and apply in circular, sweeping motions all over the face. No other application method works as well! Also, make sure you quickly put the top back on the bottle & seal as soon as you have the desired amount of foundation for application. This foundation has a tendency to dry out fairly easily. Just keep it sealed, and you won’t need to worry. Color chart below: