The Absolute Best Foundations, According to Our Editors

And we take our foundations *very* seriously.

Buying a foundation can be one of the more frustrating experiences (will it actually match your skin tone? will it last more that a few hours? will it blend with your bronzer?), and because you don't need that stress in your life, we're sharing the best foundations that our editors *actually* use.

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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% naked, but not mask-y either. Plus it means I'm good on sunscreen before I walk out the door."

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, looks natural. Ideal!"

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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 that stays put) in the smallest of clutches."

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 Web 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 (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 'cakey.'"

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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 2pm. Plus, when I use it with primer it stays on the whole day–perfect matte finish and all."

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