CWMALLS World’s Fashion Trends Sharing And Review Series — 10 Best Foundations You Need Right Now, According to Editors

“I’m not a foundation person,” is how a lot of us at ELLE preface our foundation picks. Blame BB creams, tinted moisturizers, and no-makeup makeup on the runway, but there’s a recent reluctance to come out as daily foundation wearers. But who doesn’t like a little make-believe? Let’s play pretend-perfect-skin with ELLE’s favorite foundations (and a few foundation-like BB creams that snuck in), ahead.

Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation



“If there’s one beauty product I can never give up, it’s foundation. I have a lot of scarring and redness leftover from the height of my acne days, so being able to fake an even, smooth complexion is a big confidence booster. This offering from NARS was one of the most hyped-up foundation launches I’ve ever seen—and rightfully so. The velvety formula is truly full coverage, the way I like it, so a little goes a long way. Plus, it lasts up to 16 hours (my typical work day TBH). It doesn’t develop that unwanted shine my oily skin usually gets and truly melts into skin so you can’t even tell I’m wearing anything. I also respect that this line has 33 shades for all skin tones (I wish all makeup brands did the same!)” — Kristina Rodulfo, Senior Beauty Editor

Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation



“I just graduated to using foundation as part of my regular makeup routine, last year. I’ve always been a skincare girl, so my goal was never to use foundation as a coverup. I really needed a formula that would act as a second skin—literally. Something lightweight, that made for a good base to layer on blush and contour, and still allowed my skin to shine through (I haven’t adopted an eight-step regime for nothing). When I discovered this formula—thanks to my friend, makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes—I was hooked! And the best part is that it’s packed with luminizers, so I’ve got a dewy glow, all year-round.” — Angel Lenise, Lead Video Producer

All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation



“I LITERALLY (like, literally, for real, not in an exaggerated, girly sort of way) get compliments each and every time I wear this foundation. It’s really lightweight, and unlike other brands. I never feel like my pores are clogged with a heavy, oily product. It just evens out my skin tone for a look that feels like a more polished version of my natural self.” — Nikki Ogunnaike, Style Director

Matte Loose Powder Mineral Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Bare Minerals


“I’ve been using BareMinerals products since high school—I had acne then, and it didn’t break out my skin. I still use it today because I love the solid coverage from a light powder. I switched to the matte version because my skin tends to be oily in the summer and this keeps the shine down. Truly a solid, essential product in my makeup kit that has held up for years.” — Alyssa Bailey, Associate News Editor

Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation



“The badgal dropped Fenty Beauty in 2017 and my world was forever shook. Shade 330 is a perfect match for my skintone and provides flawless matte coverage. I’m seconds away from leaving a formal review and joining the hilarious ranks of fellow Fenty Beauty super fans.” — Chloe Hall, Special Projects Editor and Producer

Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50

It Cosmetics


“I bought this after reading an article by a beauty writer who was a full-face-coverage foundation junkie looking to go lighter. Her research was exactly what I needed: something that gave me coverage and evened my skin for a pretty look, but wouldn’t feel like the heavy stuff my mother slathered on my face during childhood dance recitals. I actually notice a difference—my skin looks smoother and more uniform—but it never cakes or looks dry and flaky.” — Leah Melby Clinton, Director of Branded Content

BB Cream



“Bad skin days don’t exist with this foundation—well they do, but no one has to know. It glides on perfectly, and gives a dewy but not overly heavy coverage. I usually get ‘wow your skin looks great!’ when i wear it.” — Mia Feitel, Art Director

Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation



“ELLE editors love this foundation and I’m one of them. It’s the best for full coverage and creating a flawless complexion. I use this for nights out on the town when I want to impress.”—Justine Carrerron, Market Editor 

Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15

Bobbi Brown


“The hunt for the perfect foundation has left me disappointed, angry, and ashy until Bobbi Brown’s Longwear Foundation came into my life. With a face full of acne scars and hyperpigmentation, this gorgeous formula helps to hide my impurities while imparting a silky smooth, natural finish.” — Nerisha Penrose, Associate Editor 

Beauty Foundation Stick



“After years of bad acne, my skin has finally allowed me to use no-fuss foundation, and these sticks from flesh beauty are as easy as it gets. I just drag them across my face and use my fingers to blend, maybe f*ck around and use a beauty blender, and voila! Dewy, concealed skin.”— Ariana Yaptangco, Social Media Editor 


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