Skin care foundations: 7 stellar formulas we’ve found
Good skin AND good coverage
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Junior Beauty Writer / March 02 2021
As far as we can tell the future’s looking bright: 2020’s over for one, Trump’s almost out the door and now skin care ingredients are making their way into our makeup products. You definitely can’t tell but we’re cheering right now.
Keep scrolling for the foundation offerings that draw from your favourite skin-loving skin care formulas for base coverage that improves your complexion as you wear it.
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Skincaring Foundation
Medium coverage with a dewy finish sounds like heaven, but you know what sounds even better? The fact that this lightweight, long-wearing foundation is packed full of vitamins C and E as well as hyaluronic acid, meaning you can look forward to glowy, plump skin ALL DAY LONG. Plus, the extensive shade selection (40 in total to be precise) makes finding your perfect hue a snatch.
IT COSMETICS Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare
IT COSMETICS has always been lauded for their use of skin-improving ingredients and this offering is no exception. Hyaluronic acid, aloe vera extract, vitamins E & B5 and hepes acid are the stars of the show here, perfecting and treating skin, while the flawless and buildable waterlight formula creates a stunning medium-coverage base for your makeup. Natural radiant skin here we come!
bareMinerals Blemish Rescue Skin-Clearing Loose Powder Foundation
Blemish-prone skin getting you down? Not only does this loose powder foundation from bareMinerals perfect skin, but salicylic acid, kaolin clay, sulphur and zinc come together to fight breakouts at the source. Think breathable, lightweight full-coverage with a natural matte finish in just a few swipes of your powder brush. Too easy.
BITE BEAUTY Changemaker Supercharged Micellar Foundation
Love the skin purifying qualities of your micellar water? Then this supercharged foundation from BITE should be right up your alley. Antioxidant-rich superfood maqui berry is paired with micelles for a glow-boosting formula that’ll promise to impart skin with a natural, flawless finish that mimics your actual skin texture for undetectable coverage.
Westman Atelier Vital Skin Foundation Stick
Redness and irritation are no match for this hydration-boosting stick foundation. Not only will this creamy formula satisfy even the high-end of tastes but it will also satiate your skin, leaving it looking it’s absolute best with a radiant finish of buildable coverage. Melt it into your skin using your fingers or buff out with a brush into a flawless medium coverage. Sorted.
Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow Foundation
Glycerin and ginseng are the heroes of this glow-boosting, nourishing formulation from foundation OG Bobbi Brown. The formula is ideal for dry to normal skin types in need of a luminosity boost. Look forward to a natural-looking, luminous complexion with a pump or two of this creamy skin care inspired blend.
COVERGIRL Simply Ageless 3-in-1 Foundation
A hyaluronic complex, vitamin C and SPF 20 are the three major players in this skin care-makeup blend. Delivering plumped, refined and toned skin (plus the handy addition of sun-protection) it's also an absolute steal at just $25.95. It's our top pick for low cost, daily wear that doesn’t disappoint.
Briar was a Beauty Crew intern before she joined the crew full time in 2019 as a Beauty Assistant, and as a Junior Beauty Writer as of 2020. She is a self-professed skin care obsessive, always on the hunt for the perfect mascara, and can't go past a Fenty lipgloss.