The 15 Best Foundations for Acne-Prone Skin in 2022

Breakouts? What breakouts?

collage of the best foundations for acne prone skin including estee lauder and fenty beauty foundation
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So, you have acne. Welcome to the club—breakouts are 100 percent normal, and something that the majority of the population experiences. While there’s no need to cover up your acne or blast it with acne spot treatments (you do you), we’re happy to report that the best foundations for acne-prone skin will disguise redness, blur over texture, and look like an extension of your skin—not like a mask. 

Perhaps the most important factor when picking a foundation for acne is a non-comedogenic formula. “It’s not necessarily right to say that all foundations are bad [for acne],” says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali. “I’d just recommend looking for ones that are non-comedogenic and don’t have any ingredients that can clog pores or lead to breakouts.”

Once you have your trusty formula in hand, it’s time to whip out your go-to brush or beauty blender—expert application is key for a flawless finish. “It’s all about patience and targeting,” says makeup artist Ehlie Luna. “Don’t treat your entire face like the more acne-prone spots. The skin will always look fresher if you keep things on the more sheer side wherever you can and go in a little more where you need more coverage.” 

With these tips from the pros in mind, keep scrolling to shop the all-time best foundations for acne. From lightweight liquids that pack surprising coverage to heavy duty complexion products that won’t let redness peek through, here are our tried-and-true favorites. 

Best Foundations for Acne-Prone Skin

Samantha Holender
Beauty Editor

Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and keeps up with the latest trends in the beauty space. She has previously written for Us Weekly, Popsugar,,, and Philadelphia Wedding. Follow her on Instagram @samholender.