Harsh office lighting, a dimly lit dive bar, or dark under eye circles the morning after a late night, there's an Instagram filter you can use to hide that. When you're offline, a foundation with a light-diffusing, soft-focus is your alternative. Because let's face it: Although we all want a clear, perfect complexion 24/7, very few of us were actually born with good skin genes, or follow the healthy lifestyle that's needed to keep our complexions flawless.
These pore-blurring, imperfection-masking, smoothing foundations are the equivalent of editing your photos with your favorite filter—except, instead of asking what app you used, everyone will want to know the secrets of your skincare routine.
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1. Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation
Powder often gets the blame for causing "ghostface" in photos, but this creamy foundation smooths over discoloration, uneven texture, and blemishes without adding any flashback. Basically, every snap you take on nights out when you're wearing this foundation will be 'gram-worthy.
Smashbox | $42
2. NYX Professional Makeup HD Foundation
Whether you're on or off camera, this light-diffusing foundation leaves skin with a silky smooth finish.
NYX | $9
3. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
While Rihanna's perfect complexion can only be credited to extremely good genes, she's blessed the rest of us with the next best thing: 40 shades of Fenty Beauty's Pro Filt'r Foundation. The soft-focus finish blurs pores, fine lines, blemishes, and redness and has a water-resistant formula that doesn't clog pores.
Fenty Beauty | $34
4. Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effect Makeup
A buildable, natural matte finish and $15 price tag make this Revlon bottle a staple you'll always stock up on during drugstore runs.
Revlon | $15
5. Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation
We're convinced that Instagram's infamous "pretty" Stories filter was inspired by the natural radiance Laura Mercier's lightweight foundations adds to complexions. The formula is spiked with a luxe blend of oils that nourish, balance, and leave skin glowing.
Laura Mercier | $48
6. NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick
This stick foundation glides on like velvet and leaves skin looking just as soft and smooth. The built-in sponge applicator comes in handy for an even allover application or buffing out any hard lines.
Nars | $45
7. Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation
Don't believe the hype surrounding Huda Beauty's velvety, imperfection-blurring foundation? Just ask one of the 5000+ people who joined the waitlist of one of its 30 shades before it dropped at Sephora.
Huda Beauty | $40
8. Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation
Wet n Wild tested their foundation infused with a shine-free light-adjusting complex under seven different lighting conditions to insure that wherever you're spontaneously taking a photo, your complexion is going to look *perfect.*
Wet 'n' Wild | $6