2018 Best of Beauty: Best Makeup Foundation

Best Makeup Foundation 2018

Best Makeup Foundation 2018

Best Makeup Foundation 2018

Picking the right foundation can be a daunting task. Thankfully, a lot of foundation brands have increased their shade range to be more inclusive. Check out the 2018 award-winning makeup foundations below (and check out the 2017 best foundation winners if you haven’t already)!

Here are the best makeup foundations of 2018 (in alphabetical order):


BareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15

bareMinerals Original Foundation

Award: Glamour Best Foundation (Designer)

Glamour‘s Best Designer Foundation is the mineral makeup that changed everything. BareMinerals ORIGINAL Loose Powder Foundation SPF 15 is a clean, 100% vegan formula made with only 5 ingredients — all minerals. This clean mineral makeup feels weightless, lasts all day, and won’t clog your pores or cause breakouts. The mineral pigments transform into a silky cream that blends seamlessly onto your skin, feels feather-light, and won’t settle into pores or fine lines. You’ll have a naturally luminous and healthy look, with the flawless finish of a liquid foundation and the feels-amazing breathability of a powder.

Chantecaille Future Skin

Chantecaille Future Skin

Award: Instyle Best Oil-Free Foundation

Instyle‘s best oil-free foundation is Chantecaille Future Skin. This oil-free gel foundation gives an ultra lightweight, refreshing texture. The buildable formula provides adjustable coverage while light-reflecting pigments ease the appearance of imperfections for a naturally flawless finish.

CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation

COVERGIRL Outlast All-Day Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation

Award: GoodHousekeeping Best Foundation

Good Housekeeping‘s award-winning foundation is COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation. This all-in-one foundation has a long-lasting formula that fuses primer, concealer, and foundation in one easy step! Save yourself time and energy with this smooth, blendable formula.


Dermablend Flawless Creator

Dermablend Flawless Creator

Award: Allure Best Foundation (Light Coverage)

Allure’s best foundation for light coverage is Dermablend Flawless Creator. This weightless foundation is blendable, buildable, and customizable. The lightweight foundation drops with 33% liquid makeup pigment and provides buildable and blendable coverage with a water-free, oil-free foundation formula. Use alone or mix with your favorite skin care for a custom foundation finish.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

Award: Allure Best Foundation (Longwear)

Allure‘s award-winner for the best long-wearing foundation is Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup. With 24-hour staying power, this long-lasting foundation feels lightweight and gives a flawless, natural, matte finish. It unifies uneven skintone and covers imperfections with buildable, medium-to-full coverage. This oil-free, waterproof, and transfer-resistant foundation stays color true and lasts in hot and humid weather. No touchups needed.


Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filtr

Award: Instyle Best Longwear Foundation

Instyle‘s best long wear foundation went to Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r. Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation gives skin an instantly smooth, pore-diffused, shine-free finish that easily builds to medium to full coverage. The oil-free matte foundation is made with climate-adaptive technology that’s resistant to sweat and humidity, and won’t clog pores so that wherever you are, it’s going to work on your skin. Best of all, this light-as-air, longwear foundation is undetectable on skin so you always look like you. 

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Liquid Foundation

Award: Instyle Best Foundation

Instyle‘s best foundation winner is Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk. Inspired by charmeuse silk, “The Fabric of Emperors,” this luminous foundation glides on weightlessly for a flawless lit-from-within glow. Using exclusive Micro–fil™ technology to sculpt and brighten, this buildable, medium coverage foundation improves texture and blurs imperfections. 

Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation

Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation

Award: Glamour Best Foundation

Glamour‘s award for best foundation went to Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation. To achieve perfect full coverage foundation, powerful pigments were selected and then shaped to obtain extremely fine pigment particles with quality of color beyond reproach. POWER FABRIC combines full coverage with an ultra-light formula. Upon application, the texture melts into the skin, effectively blurring imperfections with an incredibly lightweight matte veil that feels like you’re not wearing make-up at all. With a SPF 25 filter, power fabric offers effective daily UVA and UVB protection up to the promise of broad-spectrum SPF protection.


L’Oreal Paris True Match

L'Oreal Paris True Match

Award: Instyle Best Inexpensive Foundation

Instyle‘s winner for best inexpensive foundation is L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Makeup. The formula is super-hydrating, provides medium coverage, and has a natural finish. True Match goes beyond matching skin tone, to matching skin’s undertone; light to dark and warm, neutral and cool undertones for a true-to-skin result. Formulated with Pro-Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E, Titanium Dioxide Broad Spectrum SPF 17, True Match Liquid Foundation helps to keep skin looking radiant and healthy. It’s free of oils, fragrances and won’t clog pores.

 Make Up For Ever Pro Finish

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish

Award: Instyle Best Powder Foundation

Instyle‘s best powder foundation is Make Up For Ever Pro Finish. PRO FINISH is the 1st multi-use powder foundation that allows you to fully customize your finish and coverage level. Formulated with exclusive bio-mimetic coated pigments, its breakthrough formula can be used wet or dry. Apply it wet for a sheer semi-matte perfection or dry for a full coverage, matte result. Its texture is long lasting, has buildable coverage with no chalky effect and easily blends for a perfect professional result in just minutes. Enriched with hydrating ingredients, PRO FINISH corrects and evens the complexion without drying our the skin.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Youthful-Look 24-H Foundation

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Youthful-Look 24-H Foundation

Award: Allure Best Foundation (Medium Coverage)

Allure‘s best foundation for medium coverage is Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Youthful-Look 24-H Foundation. It contains SPF that is visibly undetectable, resulting in no flashback in photos and no ashy grey undertones in the formula. This weightless oil-free foundation provides medium coverage that contains super-fine pigments that result in the most natural-looking, self-setting finish. Shameless Liquid Foundation also beautifies from the inside out with skincare benefits, including phenomenal hydration. The formula also alleviates the dulling effects of pollution. Your skin will look hydrated, plumped and more youthful.

Maybelline New York Fit Me! Matte + Poreless


Award: Glamour Best Drugstore Foundation

Glamour‘s winner for best drugstore foundation is Fit Me® Matte + Poreless Foundation face makeup. This lightweight foundation mattifies and refines pores and leaves a natural, seamless finish. Ideal for normal to oily skin, this exclusive matte foundation formula features micro-powders to control shine and blur pores. 

Maybelline New York SuperStay 24HR Full Coverage Foundation

Maybelline New York SuperStay 24HR Full Coverage FoundationAward: Allure Best Foundation (Full Coverage)

Winner of Allure‘s Best Full Coverage Foundation, the Maybelline Super Stay® Full Coverage Foundation Makeup delivers 24-hour wear for concentrated coverage and a flawless finish that doesn’t fade or shift all day. Saturated color pigments provide an ultra-transforming effect in this long-lasting foundation. The lightweight, yet high-impact coverage formula glides onto the skin for a flawless makeup finish that lasts all day. Oil-free and doesn’t clog pores.

No7 Lift & Luminate Foundation SPF 15

No7 Lift Luminate Foundation SPF 15

Award: GoodHousekeeping Best Foundation

A luminating foundation which has been formulated with a polymer to help appear to visibly lift and give firmer feeling skin. This Pro-retinol complex containing Lipopeptides boosts and maintains elasticity. It also contains a brightening complex to give skin a long term boost for even skin tone. Powerful antioxidants, Vitamins C and E, and SPF 15 help protect against the aging effects of free radicals. Minimizes the appearance of age spots, pores and pigmentation.

No7’s Lift & Luminate foundation is formulated to lift, firm and brighten your skin. By evening out your skin tone and disguising lines and wrinkles, it gives you a flawless look that lasts all day. Suitable for normal to very dry skin, Lift & Luminate foundation contains SPF 15 broad-spectrum sunscreen to guard against sun damage.

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