The Absolute Best Foundations Ever, According to Our Editors

And we take our foundations *very* seriously.

Buying a foundation can be one of the most frustrating shopping experiences (will it actually match your skin tone? Will it last more than a few hours? Will it make you look like a cake-y mess?), which is not to mention the steep price tag of testing out allllll the different formulas to find the truly great ones. You don't need that kind of stress in your life, so we've laid out our favorites for you.

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Marc Jacobs Foundation Concentrate

Jessica Pels, Site Director: Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate, $55


"I love it because a *tiny* amount gives you tons of super lightweight coverage–I'm shocked every time I use it that three little dots will cover my entire face. Stays in place all day and looks natural. Ideal!"

Estee Lauder Double Wear

Lauren Valenti, Associate Web Editor: Estee Lauder Double Wear Makeup To Go, $45


"After being a powder devotee for years, I recently made the switch to liquid foundation, having discovered so many lightweight, natural-looking formulas. The only downside was not being able to do touch-ups on the go. Then, Estée Lauder ingeniously dreamed up this liquid compact, which meant I could fit their magical 'Double Wear' elixir (with its not-too-heavy matte finish) in the smallest of clutches."

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Skinceuticals UV Defense Sunscreen

Erin Flaherty, Beauty & Health Director: Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50, $34


"I wear Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50 as my foundation. The texture has a nice, silky slip to it and it's ever-so-slightly tinted so that I don't feel 100 percent naked, but not mask-y either. Plus it means I'm good on sunscreen before I walk out the door."

Black-Up Matifying Fluid Foundation

Simedar Jackson, Writer: Black-Up Matifying Fluid Foundation, $42


"Finding foundation is another beauty hangup that many women of color struggle with. Many brands don't make a wide variety of darker shades to complement the various undertones and colors present in the world. Right now, I'm in love with this liquid foundation. Black-Up is a makeup brand founded in Paris which works to match ANY skin type to the perfect foundation. It's a little too much coverage for NYC in the summer but as the weather drops I'll be back to beating my face with it!"

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Artistry Ideal Radiance CC Cream

Lori Keong, Assistant Digital Editor: Artistry Ideal Radiance Illuminating CC Cream, $47


"I'm not a huge foundation person, so basically any low-maintenance liquid formula that will give me flawless coverage is what I'm here for. I love how easily this CC cream (with SPF 50 sun protection!) smooths over imperfections in the morning—whether that means post-shower redness or blotchy skin—and makes me feel like a glowy, poreless angel." 

Diorskin Nude Air Serum

Jennifer Goldstein, Executive Beauty & Health Editor: Dior Diorskin Nude Air Serum, $53


"Foundation is like Spanx: You don't want to look like you're wearing it or trying too hard, but you do kind of want the benefits. And that's why I like Dior Diorskin Nude Air Serum. It's a sheer veil of pigment that evens my skin tone, but doesn't take a ton of effort to apply and has a barely-there feel."

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Glossier Skin Tint

Chelsea Peng, Assistant Digital Editor: Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, $26


"No *foundation* foundation for me ever, but most days I wear Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint around my nose/between my eyebrows/on any other red areas. The diamond powder gives great glisten-y alien effects (my aesthetic), plus it's fun to splodge on the liquid-y formula with your fingers, then blend until it seeps in and magically evens everything out."

CK One All Day Perfection Face Makeup

Claire Fontanetta, Beauty Assistant: CK One All Day Perfection Face Makeup, $30


"I'm obsessed with CK One's All Day Perfection Face Makeup. It gives me just the right amount of coverage and dries down to a matte texture without looking cake-y.'"

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Urban Decay Naked Skin

Samantha Leal, Senior Editor: Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Makeup, $40


"It's the best for people who *hate* wearing foundation, but aren't born with perfect skin. It's seriously weightless and does a good job at covering and evening out skin tone while giving you a glow, but you won't feel like you just straight up covered your face with paint."

Eve Lom Sheer Radiance Foundation

Alanna Greco, Assistant Editor: Eve Lom Sheer Radiance Oil Free Foundation, $50


"I have combination skin, and this is the first liquid foundation I have ever used that doesn't leave my face oily by 2 p.m. Plus, when I use it with primer it stays on the whole day–perfect matte finish and all."

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