Foundation is to fall beauty as a pair of blue jeans is to fall fashion. It’s a staple, ya know?
And whether you prefer powder, liquid, or just plain love a tint, we’ve got you covered. This season’s new formulas not only deliver extraordinary coverage—full, medium, light, and even in-between—but they’re also packed with perks. Weightless? Check. SPF? Check, check!
Scroll down below to see five of our all-time favorites.
1. True Botanicals Everyday Sheer Coverage
A special shout-out to my colleague Roxanne who told me about this new release from True Botanicals. At that moment, I was going through a mini skin crisis where I thought nothing would even out my skin tone, and basically, I just wanted to cry every day. We've all been there, right?
I often crave a super light finish—like barely-there—and this did the trick. It gave my skin a glowy illumination, while covering up spots I was uncomfortable with and providing physical protection from the sun.
2. bareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation
If you're already a fan of bareMinerals foundation products (the tinted gel moisturizer did amazing things for my life), you should listen up! The brand launched a new range of powder matte-finish foundation, complete with 30 different shades. It's really rather light and has a reported wear of about 12 hours. Long day at the office? Got ya covered.
Bare Minerals | $30
3. Estée Lauder Double Wear Cushion Stick
Basically my gym bag savior, Estée Lauder's Double Wear Cushion Compact Foundation disperses JUST the right amount of product that you can then easily blend with the tiny sponge at the top of the tube. No brush needed.
I personally think the coverage falls more on the natural or light end of the spectrum, but I've used it as concealer on the days where my dark circles aren't that bad. So clearly I'm talking about Saturday, but still.
4. Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15
I was living for a dewy finish this summer, so I'm excited to start incorporating more matte products into my routine. This new foundation from Clinique has silk in its name, and that's exactly how it feels when you're applying it.
A little goes a VERY long way, and it blends flawlessly with a beautyblender. Bonus: It's available in 20 different shades.
Pair it with a matte red lip and a bold brow and you're set.
5. Wander Beauty Wanderlust Powder Foundation
I'll preface this by saying I don't usually use powder foundation. Liquid was the first formula I've ever tried, and I've pretty much stuck with it since high school. But when I tried Wander Beauty's new formula, I was actually blown away. It really shouldn't have surprised me, considering this is one of my personal favorite brands and they spend some serious time acing their products.
This powder is so incredibly light (like legit feels like nothing) and blends within seconds. It gives a good amount of coverage, but your own skin still comes through.