The Best Foundations of All Time, According to Top Makeup Artists

July 23, 2020
Sarah Ferguson
By: Sarah Ferguson | by L'Oréal
5 Best Foundations Top Makeup Artists Swear By
Foundation is the — excuse the pun — foundation upon which an entire makeup look is built. With so many formulas to choose from, it can take a lot of trial and error to find the best one for you. Thankfully, pro makeup artists have done the legwork. We asked some major MUAs to share their favorite foundations that they always use on their high-profile clients. From a powder formula to a serum hybrid, read on for the best foundations, according to top makeup artists. 

Best Luminous, Full-Coverage Foundation, According to Sir John of L’Oréal Paris

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation
“I love it because it gives the skin that beautiful glow we all desire. The great thing about this foundation is that it’s super lightweight. It feels like a second skin and is easy to wear, as opposed to a more matte approach that requires more time to adjust to oil, finishing powder, etc. The dewy, glowy look is so hot right now.”




The Best Sheer, Buildable Foundation for Every Skin Type, According to Tim Quinn of Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
“This is my go-to foundation, as it always delivers. Formulated for any skin tone, any skin type, any age, the sheer, buildable coverage will take you from work to the red carpet.”





Best Powder Foundation, According to Erin Parsons of Maybelline New York

Maybelline New York Super Stay Powder Foundation
“If you know and love Super Stay liquid foundation, you know it’s great for when you want a full-coverage beat. But when you don’t want a full-coverage finish, this powder formula is something you can just throw on and walk out the door with. It’s very creamy and buttery — not like a cakey, dry product. This compact is incredible, and you don’t have to spend a ton of money for a really great finish.”





Best Pure Pigment Foundation, According to Andrew Velázquez of Dermablend

Dermablend Flawless Creator
“Right now, I’m obsessed with the Flawless Creator, and I compare it to a serum foundation because it’s pure pigment, 100% concentrated — there’s no fillers, or oils or waters, it’s literally just color — and melts into the skin.”





Best Non-Foundation Brightener, According to Tom Pecheux of YSL Beauty

YSL Beauty Touche Éclat Radiant Touch
“I use it where it is needed and when it is needed — it’s not designed to answer every makeup need, but for when the skin is a little sad or gray or you need a good illuminator with a little camoflauge, it is perfect. It is a very gentle way to highlight.” 




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