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The Best Unclockable Foundations for Every Skin Type

Whether you love or hate foundation, having a reliable one in your kit is a makeup-must. After all, you never know when you might be in the mood to do a full face, or you may one day need something to help with some spontaneous breakouts. Of course, no one wants to look cakey, though, so whether you have dry skin, oily skin, or a mix of both, here’s a list of all the best foundations on the market for that natural, skin-like finish.

Dry Skin: Flower Beauty Light Illusion

If your skin could rival the Sahara in dryness, then maybe it’s time to take a look at Drew Barrymore’s beauty line. This foundation has a beautiful, radiant finish that will make your skin look like it’s drenched in moisture, and it’s only $14! Drew Barrymore truly can do no wrong—except, of course, put together a decent shade range. If this foundation’s limited shade range doesn’t include you, then don’t fret! The next product on this list will definitely have you covered. 

Combo (Leaning Dry): Nars Sheer Glow

This cult classic is a must-have for anyone who needs some extra dew and glow in their skin. It can be worn as a sheer tint or built into a medium-coverage foundation. It also has Vitamin C to help brighten your complexion, and comes in 40 shades! When it comes to complexion products, Nars always delivers. 

Normal: Bobbi Brown Skin

With light to medium coverage and a satin finish, this foundation truly mimics the look of your skin. Plus, it feels totally weightless on your skin, so if you hate the feeling of having product suffocating your face, then maybe this is the one for you. It can also work super well for any skin type and is a personal favorite of mine. It even remained as pretty as ever after a five-hour flight!

Combo (Leaning Oily): L’Oreal Infallible 24 HR Fresh Wear

This recent addition to L’Oreal’s beloved Infallible line has been an absolute hit among all makeup lovers, whether dry or oily-skinned. Because of that, I’d say this is a pretty universal foundation, but the inclusion of alcohol in its ingredients list and the 24-hour wear claim led to it being in this category. If the fact that it does have a high amount of denatured alcohol doesn’t bother you, then definitely give this one a try! 

Oily: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r

For the longest time, Estée Lauder’s Double Wear was the holy grail for oily-skinned makeup lovers. Then came Fenty. With a cheaper price tag, a much more skin-like finish, and an actual pump on the bottle, Rihanna’s Pro Filt’r foundation definitely gives the cult classic a run for its money.

Foundation doesn’t have to look cakey, and with summer approaching, don’t we all want to look like we have naturally perfect skin?

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Charlie Ough is a junior at CAS studying English. Aside from writing, his interests include makeup, skincare, and Mariah Carey.
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