At a time when your phone is also your dinner deliveryman and personal car service, it’s not your fault for expecting everything you buy to multitask. In the beauty world, we have overnight masks that act as deeply hydrating moisturizers and color sticks that work on your eyelid, lips and cheeks. High- definition foundations, too, are becoming upgraded versions of themselves, doing more than covering up your flushed, uneven visage. Now they’re also an extension of your skincare routine, so your skin gets healthier as you wear it.
These four foundations not only conceal everything you want, but they also bathe your skin with hydrating, anti-aging and nourishing ingredients like vitamins, peptides and botanical oils. Hey, if you wear makeup you might as well make it healthy, right?
Medium to Full Coverage for All Skin Types
It’s hard to believe a medium- to full-coverage foundation can look like skin, especially after applying multiple layers, but Too Faced Born This Way Foundation has defied the laws of chemistry. Case in point: This reddit user got a bad sunburn on her face and used this foundation to conceal it. Instead of looking like a spackled wall, she looks as if she recently enjoyed a facial. This lightweight liquid is infused with coconut water and hyaluronic acid to replenish moisture and revitalize skin, while Alpine rose and tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, a powerful and stable form of vitamin C, brighten overall tone. Comes in 18 shades.
Medium to Full Coverage Perfect for Normal to Dry Skin Types
Fun fact: Cover FX was created when their founder was hired to put on makeup for hospital patients with skin damage, such as burns and severe redness. When she couldn’t find any foundations that not only covered everything, but was also nourishing for traumatized skin, she concocted her own. Cover FX’s Natural Finish Foundation contains squalane, which is found naturally in skin, making it a superb moisturizer. The formula is also boosted with tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (yes, that excellent vitamin C again) and peptides, which help stimulate collagen production. Comes in 40 shades.
Medium to Full Coverage With All-Natural Ingredients
You can call this a serum that’s also a foundation or a foundation that’s also a serum. Either way, this coverage-building formula glides on like silk, infusing protective and brightening vitamins C & E into your skin along with their “Age Defy Serum Technology,” which comprises resveratrol-rich grapeseed and fruit stem cells. And since dryness is the worst look under foundation, this serum-foundation also contains aloe vera juice and safflower seed oil to keep your epidermis plump and hydrated. (We also love the founder, Karen Behnke.)
Cream Foundation With Buildable Coverage and All-Natural Ingredients
Queen of natural makeup Rose-Marie Swift carries a line of minimalist products that celebrities, makeup artists and beauty enthusiasts obsess over. Uncover Up is her foundation slash concealer cream that’s packaged in a little jar (but don’t be shocked by the size — a dab goes a long, long way). The concoction, made with coconut oil, castor seed oil, beeswax, jojoba seed oil, cocoa seed butter and rosemary extract, is incredibly nourishing, while it minimizes the appearance of pores, redness and other stuff you don’t want seen. Unlike other cream foundations, this one seamlessly melts into skin, then turns into your skin (a perfected version of it, that is). It comes in 8 shades.
Bonus Tip: A gentle reminder from our editor-in-chief and celebrity makeup artist Kim: A good foundation is useless if you don’t apply it correctly. Use a damp beautyblender for the best finish!