Top 5 Foundations That Look Like Skin

Now that the masks have come off, makeup is back in full swing.

Seamless and skinlike: these are the foundations that you have to try for gorgeous lit-from-within results.

Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation

Chantecaille is a go-to brand for mature ladies who want to enhance their natural beauty without all the fuss. All their products are specially designed to hydrate, plump and smooth textures on the face, eyes and lips. However, it doesn’t mean that you have to be of a certain age to use Chantecaille. Because of the extra attention to detail in their formulas, Chantecaille looks all the more seamless on those who are younger and perfect for dry skin sufferers who need the extra TLC. In particular, the Future Skin foundation is one of the best formulas on the market.

The consistency is that of a gel cream hybrid that is as light as air. This foundation contains 60% charged water and seaweed for deep hydration that will plump and replenish the skin with nutrients. Aloe is also a key ingredient that keeps this foundation super lightweight. As a result, the Future Skin foundation boasts an incredibly buildable and customisable formula that is flexible to suit any occasion.

Oftentimes, foundation formulas that are specifically designed for mature skin can be tacky in texture with a gleam that looks more greasy than glowy. What you’ll be pleased to discover is that the hydrating factors of this foundation doesn’t leave a sticky or excessively shiny finish on the skin. Instead, the skin soaks up all the nutrients while leaving a traceless layer of coverage that is surprisingly long lasting. Although you can use powder to dab any unwanted shine throughout the day, a simple finger tap rearranges the texture into a super skin like effect!

Skincare infused foundations have been a massive hit in 2022, but none have been quite as unique as the Rose Inc Skin Enhance Luminous Tinted Serum.

Pigment spheres are suspended within the skincare base of sodium hyaluronate, antioxidants, peptides and squalane. As you pump the product out onto your hands or clean surface, you will notice that there are two visible formulas. All you need to do is mix them together and apply to your skin as you usually would a foundation.

Unlike some of the other foundations within this edit, the Rose Inc tinted serum is much more skincare focused. Subsequently, there is much less coverage in this product. However, if all you are looking for is a veil of coverage that is highly hydrating and refreshing, this is the product to opt for.

According to consumer studies, people have noticed that the Rose Inc tinted serum had brightened and smoothened their skin while improving their skin barrier. Traceless, sheer and nourishing, the Rose Inc tinted serum is a true skin-oriented makeup range that delivers beautiful formulas without compromising on the efficacy of their skincare goals.

The It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream is an OG cult favourite. While 2-3 pumps can create a genuinely flawless full-coverage finish, 1-2 pumps result in the most wonderfully sheer and glowy your-skin-but-better effect.

Developed with plastic surgeons, the It Cosmetics CC+ boasts an impressive SPF 50 which is perfect for women on the go. This is a multi-tasking product that is packed with other skincare ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, salicylic acid and peptides.

Buff into the skin with a brush or push into the complexion with a damp beauty blender for the best results. This is the perfect seamless foundation for those who still need a little more attention in terms of coverage. If you suffer from rosacea or other skin concerns and you want to find a foundation that is effortless with a bump of coverage, the It Cosmetics CC+ is the way to go. You can also build upon this product as a concealer under the eyes or to conceal pesky spots.

I am usually quite sceptical of high price tags in the beauty industry. However, I have found that the Sisley Phyto Teint Nude Foundation has exceeded my expectations and crushed the detailed criteria for skin-like seamless foundations.

Featuring a powerful cocktail of hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, konjac glucomannan and microspheres, the Sisley Phyto Teint is deeply nourishing upon application. Due to its natural finish, this will be the perfect option for those who do not subscribe to the glazed doughnut club.

Once you give this product a good shake, carefully deposit the product onto your chosen surface. You will notice that the formula is rather fluid. Because of this reason, I did not expect the product to have such a substantial texture that sticks to the skin and provides beautiful light-medium coverage.

Unlike most second-skin foundations, the Sisley Phyto Teint has a subtle satin finish that is designed for normal to combination skin types. However, it also is suitable for those with dry skin types who are looking for a satin finish that is comfortable on the skin. If you suffer from intense dryness or flaky skin, the Chantecaille Future Skin or Rose Inc Tinted Serum may be a better option for you.

The Rare Beauty Liquid Touch Foundation is a recent discovery that has rocked my world. It claims to be an innovative formula that is breathable and weightless with a buildable medium coverage. As you apply this foundation, you will notice the ultra light serum texture that is incredibly moisturising. I find that I can use my fingers to apply this product within 30 seconds, paint on some cream blush and be out the door in no time.

I especially love the Rare Beauty Liquid Touch due to its blurring effects that glaze over my pores with a natural finish that isn’t obnoxiously glowy. If you have normal to oily skin, however, I highly recommend using a mattifying primer or powder to protect the integrity of this product. It is an oil based formula so it is best for dry to combination skin in terms of staying power. However, if you do suffer from oily skin, it is recommended that you opt for oil based base products as it is much less likely to separate throughout the day.

The 17 Best Foundations of 2022

No matter how you answered those questions, the best foundations below offer a little something for everyone.

Nothing against eye shadow or lipstick, but it’s really foundation that is the backbone of any makeup look—whether you’re going for subtle and natural or for high-impact drama. And finding the right one , both your favorite formula and best shade match, is an invaluable skill to master. The only tricky part is finding said foundation. There are a lot of choices to make. Do you like sticks or powders, liquids or cream ? How much coverage do you want? Do you prefer a radiant or matte finish?

Best Drugstore: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation Courtesy of Target View On Amazon View On Ulta View On Walmart There are plenty of pricey foundations out there, but you don’t have to shell out the big bucks to find a standout option. Case in point: This budget-friendly drugstore staple. The hydrating formula is ideal for normal to dry skin, imparting a subtle luminosity (and delivering SPF 15 to boot). The texture is fairly thin, making it easy to build up from medium to full coverage, and those with oily skin will appreciate that it also comes in a matte variant, too. Price at time of publish: $7 The 18 Best Drugstore Foundations of 2022 That Rival Expensive Formulas

Best Long-Wear: Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Foundation 4.7 Sephora View On Sephora View On View On When you really need your base to stay in place, try this pick. Unique polymers help keep it in place and keep the formula ultra-smooth. It also uses a unique diamond core powder technology, which essentially translates to a soft-focus finish that blurs away the look of pores, wrinkles, and other imperfections. It also comes in an inclusive range of shades with varying undertones. Price at time of publish: $68

Best With SPF: MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Fluid Foundation with SPF 15 4 Courtesy of Nordstrom View On Amazon View On Nordstrom View On Ulta MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Fluid Foundation with SPF 15 Review Byrdie’s Commerce Editorial Director Jessica Mahgerefteh reaches for this on the regular, a choice for those looking to add a little extra SPF to their routine. To be fair, this isn’t enough SPF to use in place of sunscreen, but used on top of ‘screen it’s great as an extra layer of protection. Not to mention that it’s super breathable and non-cakey, and lasts for a full 24 hours, too. Price at time of publish: $39 What Our Testers Say “It’s so lightweight that it literally went on like a second skin, and the color matched my skin tone so well that I kept having to do a double take to make sure I had makeup on.” — Donecia Pea, Product Tester

Best Radiant Finish: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 4.8 View On Amazon View On Nordstrom View On Nordstrom While technically this falls into the tinted moisturizer category, we think it offers enough coverage to be called a foundation. It’s sheer for sure but is pigmented enough to even out skin tone and conceal imperfections, all while leaving skin look healthy, glowy, and naturally lit from within. We also appreciate the SPF 30, higher than you get in many foundation products, and the fact that it’s non-comedogenic and dermatologist-tested. Price at time of publish: $46

Best Matte: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation 4.9 View On Sephora View On For those who prefer their foundation have a matte finish, this can’t be beaten. Despite the texture, it never comes across as flat or dry—it just leaves skin shine-free and looking completely smooth and flawless. Not only is it oil-free and long-wearing, but it also boasts a special climate-adaptive technology that’s sweat- and humidity-resistant, making this particularly choice on hot summer days. And we’d be remiss not to mention that it comes in an insane line-up of 50 different shades. Price at time of publish: $39 Found: Oil-Free Foundations That Won't Clog Your Pores

Best Natural: Bite Beauty Changemaker Supercharged Micellar Foundation Courtesy of Sephora AU View On Amazon View On Sephora The brand known for an incredible array of lip products also does great things in the complexion category. This liquid formula is great for all skin types, with protective antioxidants and micellar technology that works to mimic the natural texture of your complexion. Translation? A completely natural look, and a nice and clean ingredient list, too. Price at time of publish: $16 11 Natural Foundations for Complexion Perfection

Best Powder: BareMinerals Original Loose Powder Foundation SPF 15 4.5 Courtesy View On Amazon View On Nordstrom View On Sephora BareMinerals Original Loose Powder Foundation SPF 15 Review There’s no denying that this is the reigning champion among all powder foundations out there, hands down. Unlike many other powders, there’s never a risk of it ending up chalky, thanks to the natural luminosity from the minerals. It’s also a top choice for those with sensitive skin; containing only five ingredients, it’s highly unlikely to cause irritation. Price at time of publish: $35 What Our Testers Say “The price is on par with a ton of other products out there, but what’s cool about the Original Loose Powder Foundation is that you can use it as foundation or as a setting powder.” — Khera Alexander, Product Tester

Best Sheer Coverage: Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint Courtesy og Glossier View On Amazon View On This is so featherweight and undetectable, you’ll be hard-pressed to remember that you’re wearing any makeup on your skin at all. It’s only when you realize just how darn good it looks that you’ll recall you used this complexion perfector. Glycerin makes it nice and moisturizing, while diamond powder brightens the skin. It does only come in 12 shades, but they do blend in fairly well, even if it doesn’t seem like you can find an exact match. Price at time of publish: $26

Best Full Coverage: IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ 4.3 Macy's View On Amazon View On Nordstrom View On Sephora We know, we know—full coverage from a CC cream? Believe it. This guy packs enough pigment to rival the fullest of the full coverage foundations out there, but with the added benefit of all the extra goodies you get from a CC. We’re talking hydration, a litany of anti-aging ingredients, plus sun protection. It’s no wonder it’s been the best-selling CC cream in the U.S. for three years running. Price at time of publish: $44

Best Stick: Hourglass Cosmetics Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick 4.8 Nordstrom View On Amazon View On Nordstrom View On Sephora There are so many things we adore about stick foundations, it’s hard to keep track. For starters, there’s the ease of application, no tools or mirrors required—all you have to do is swipe it on with your fingertips and go. We’re especially partial to this one, with its waterproof and long-wearing formula. Also noteworthy: The fact that it adjusts to your body temperature for seamless blending, and a unique triangular tip that makes it easy to apply on even those hard-to-reach spots. Price at time of publish: $48 13 Stick Foundations for Every Skin Type and Makeup Aesthetic

Best Gel: Chantecaille Future Skin Oil-Free Gel Foundation Chantecaille View On Amazon View On Nordstrom View On This is a go-to for Byrdie’s Senior Social Media Manager Kelly Gallagher and boasts the unique distinction of being one of the only gel formulas out there. Like gel moisturizer, it’s packed with water, 60% to be exact, which makes for a lightweight, refreshing texture we love especially on hot days. Apply it with fingertips or a brush, and layer it for more coverage. The only drawback? It doesn’t come in a particularly wide range of colors, so here’s hoping that changes soon. Price at time of publish: $82

Best Multi-Purpose: Gee Beauty Foundation Multi-Stick Courtesy of Gee Beauty View On We’re all about multi-tasking complexion products, and this one, in particular, is a top pick. Another favorite of Gallagher’s, you can absolutely use it as a foundation, though the buildable formula also works great dabbed onto only strategic spots as a concealer. And/or, try using any of the deeper tones as a contour stick to create the appearance of a more sculpted jawline or slimmer nose. Price at time of publish: $39

Best Airbrush Dupe: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation Make Up For Ever View On Nordstrom View On There’s no denying that airbrush foundations make for a completely flawless complexion, but if you don’t want to go through the hassle of buying and using an airbrush tool, this is equally as good (and much easier). The featherweight formula boasts hydrating hyaluronic acid spheres and creates a second-skin finish that covers everything you want to be covered without looking mask-like. Not to mention that it comes in an impressive range of 50 shades. Price at time of publish: $43

Best Shade Range: Flesh Firm Flesh Thickstick Foundation Courtesy of Flesh Beauty View On It’s not only the quantity of the 40 shades that we appreciate here but the quality of them, too. More specifically, the fact that there’s an excellent amount of options for those with deeper complexions that also have various undertones, no small feat in the beauty world. Hallie Gould, Byrdie’s Senior Editor, is a fan of the stick, which also has the added benefit of coming in a perfectly portable size and works well as a concealer and contour, too. Shades for Days: 12 of the Best Foundations for Dark Skin

Best for Large Pores: BLK/OPL True Color Pore Perfecting Liquid Foundation Courtesy of Walmart View On Amazon View On Walmart Those dealing with perpetually slick skin can often have trouble finding a base that will both stay put and tamp down excess sheen, but this one gets the job done. Lightweight and oil-free, it also has the added benefit of containing lentil extract to blur the appearance of prominent pores, plus multi-colored pigments that adjust to match your skin tone perfectly. Price at time of publish: $12

Best foundation for all skin types 2022

Choosing the best foundation can be tricky, it's important to find the right formula for your skin, whether it's oily, dry, or acne-prone, but it's not always easy. There's a lot of makeup out there, from sheer to full coverage foundations, high end to drugstore, matte to dewy-finish... It's a beauty minefield.

Well, we're determined to make things easier by bringing you an edit of the very best foundations according to our Beauty Editors. Finally, the struggle to find a long-lasting formula (yes, one that won't disappear come 3pm) with beautiful coverage is over.

We've reviewed the crème de la crème of the makeup world, from the famous MAC Face & Body Foundation, which offers a lightweight, glowy finish that's perfect if you want to steer clear of heavy formulas (but don't want to sacrifice on coverage). To Estée Lauder's Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup, which remains one of the most popular foundations in the UK, thanks to it's unbeatable coverage.

Oh and if you're looking for a drugstore option, we've got you covered (literally), with Maybelline's Fit Me Foundation, that offers velvety matte coverage for only £7.99.

Yep, from NYX Cosmetics to Fenty Beauty and NARS to Giorgio Armani, we can safely say these are the best foundations in the UK (maybe even the world

Maryan Barbara
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