The 17 Best Foundations Marie Claire Editors Swear By

And we take our foundations very seriously.

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Buying a foundation can be an incredibly frustrating experience. 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? And that's to say nothing of the steep price tag of applying all the different formulas to find the truly great ones. Le sigh. There's nothing worse than looking at an old photo of yourself, only to find out you were wearing the wrong shade. You don't need that kind of stress in your life, so we at Marie Claire broke down our all-time favorite foundations—and all the reasons why we love them. From drugstore foundations to worth-it investments and different formulas for every skin type, consider these foundations Marie Claire-approved. For best results, use with a great foundation brush.

Maya Allen
Former Beauty Editor

Maya Allen is the former Digital Beauty Editor at where she covered makeup, skincare, haircare, wellness, you name it! She has a 15-step skincare routine, owns over 200 red lipsticks, and enjoys testing the latest and greatest in beauty. On most weekends, you can find her at her happy place, which is her makeup vanity. There, she’s usually blasting her speakers while singing along to lyrics at the top of her lungs, and making sure her highlighter is on point.