The 15 Best Liquid Foundations to Add to Your Makeup Routine
Liquid foundations are a must-have for any makeup bag. Whether you're trying to obtain a radiant glow, a matte finish, or create an even complexion, liquid foundations can do it all.
“I think the number one benefit of using liquid foundation is that it usually looks the most natural and blends into the skin well,” says makeup artist Juliette Perreux. “You have the option to apply as much or as little foundation as you need and can control your coverage.”
Plus, there are so many liquid foundations available with benefits such as vitamins, antioxidants, skin-brightening and sun protection. When it comes to how you apply it, your method totally depends on the amount of coverage you want. “I like to use a brush or a sponge, but it’s all about your preference," says Perreux. "Sometimes, when I’m looking for more coverage, I’ll use a sponge to press in a full coverage foundation.”
Below, we rounded up 15 liquid foundations you should know about. From makeup artist favorites, to new releases and popular purchases, you’ll want to try these ones out.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation
Anyone who loves a good selfie will love this foundation for its no-flashback formula, which creates a soft-focus effect that does not oxidize. The radiance-boosting formula is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
To shop: $38; sephora.com
Armani Beauty Neo Nude Foundation
This ultra-lightweight foundation is a new release from Armani. Its water-based formula creates a natural-looking complexion that leaves you with an all-day glow. The liquid combines skincare properties with makeup results, composed of more than 50% water, hyaluronic acid, and a high content of glycerin, resulting in intense hydration throughout the day.
To shop: $40; sephora.com
BareMinerals BarePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation SPF20
This performance wear liquid foundation provides natural-looking full coverage, powered by technology that blends mineral pigments with lipids found in skin to lock in transfer-resistant coverage. The luxurious liquid contains bamboo stem extract, providing a natural matte finish, as well as papaya enzymes that help to improve the skin's texture over time. The formula is heat, humidity, water and sweat-resistant, and contains SPF 20 to help prevent premature aging.
To shop: $34; macys.com
BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation
Get full coverage that doesn’t feel heavy on the skin with this smooth foundation. Expertly developed with a balance of water and concentrated pigments to give a flexible natural finish, the range includes 42 shades with warm, cool, and neutral undertones.
To shop: $44; sephora.com
Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15
This mattifying foundation glides onto the skin to provide medium to full coverage in a breathable and light liquid. While many medium coverage foundations can feel mask-like and appear cakey and flat with extended wear, this silky formula features a potent combination of wear-extending ingredients, oil control actives, and true-to-skin pigments that deliver natural-looking coverage that stays smooth, crease-free, and color-true all day.
To shop: $49; macys.com
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Dior Airflash Spray Foundation
This unique feather-weight foundation comes in a spray can, allowing you to seamlessly and easily spray the foundation directly onto skin to create an airbrushed finish. Infused with light-diffusing pigments and a unique blend of oils, the water-resistant formula feels like a second skin and provides up to 12-hours of wear, with a lasting natural glow.
To shop: $62; sephora.com
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup
This cult-favorite is proven to deliver 24-hours of extended coverage with its oil-free, oil-controlling formula creating a flawless, matte, transfer-resistant finish. A perfect solution if you’re constantly on the go and don’t have time for midday touch-ups. Apply the foundation once and rest assured it will stay put until you're ready to take it off.
To shop: $43; nordstrom.com
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
If you’ve had trouble finding your foundation shade, look no further. This inclusive range of 50 shades, makes it a fan favorite. Long-wearing and pore-diffusing, an even application instantly makes the skin appear smoother with a matte finish. The oil-free formula is made with climate-adaptive technology, meaning it is resistant to sweat and humidity. Plus, it won't clog your pores.
To shop: $35; sephora.com
Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation
You’ll only need half a pump of this highly concentrated formula to deliver even, full coverage to your skin, and innovative coated pigments create a seamless, long-wearing application that won’t dry you out. Waterproof, transfer-proof and sweat-proof, this foundation effortlessly takes you from day to night.
To shop: $56; sephora.com
Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Full Coverage Matte Foundation
Packed with a high percentage of ultra-refined pigments, this liquid-matte formula masks blemishes, scars, hyperpigmentation and redness, while creating a natural, flawless, airbrushed look. The finish is matte but not chalky, thanks to the argan oil that has been combined into the formula, helping to produce a hint of luminosity.
To shop: $40; sephora.com
KVD Vegan Beauty True Portrait Medium Coverage Shake Foundation
Create the ideal canvas for any look with this vegan foundation, available in 40 shades. The innovative liquid-to-powder formula features the exclusive Elastic Essence Effect; a blend of powders with a flexible elastic core to help prevent cracking and caking.
To shop: $37; sephora.com
L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24-Hour Fresh Wear Foundation
Treat your skin to a healthy-looking complexion with this affordable cult-favorite. A light application blends seamlessly to reveal medium to full matte coverage that feels comfortable hour after hour.
To shop: $12; walmart.com
MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation
This light oil-free fluid formula has been proven to control shine for up to six hours, making it a favorite for those with oily skin. Complete with SPF 15, it builds and blends easily, allowing you to alternate between medium and full coverage without caking or clogging your pores.
To shop: $33; macys.com
NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation
If you’re sick of wearing foundations that seem to fade in color throughout the day, you’ll want to try this. The 16-hour fade-resistant liquid comes with staying power that is enhanced by technology that delivers a uniquely weightless texture and glowing radiance. Formulated to improve the skin hour by hour, the ingredients include a complex blend of raspberry, apple, and watermelon extracts to help support the skin's elastic fibers, smoothing and improving the skin's texture.
To shop: $49; sephora.com
Tom Ford Traceless Soft Matte Foundation
This hydrating foundation is enriched with lady’s thistle, hyaluronic acid, and a blend of peptides that help moisturize the skin. An active blend of antioxidants, vitamin C and caffeine treat your complexion, helping the skin to improve over time. It effortlessly erases imperfections and redness leaving a matte, flawless finish.
To shop: $88; neimanmarcus.com