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The Best Full-Coverage Foundations for a Flawless Face

These picks offer full coverage with no cakiness or creasing.
October 12, 2022


Whether you’re running errands or heading to class or a day at the office, a lightweight foundation may be all you need. But when you’re heading to an event or want to conceal any breakouts or spots, a full-coverage foundation may be in order. 

Rather than having to turn to Google in search of the best full-coverage foundation for oily, combination, and dry skin, read on — we’ve done the work for you. Ahead, find four of our favorite full-coverage options that won’t break the bank, plus tips on how to use them.

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L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation

For a liquid long-wear option try this must-have, which has buildable coverage that allows you to conceal acne marks, scars, dark spots and more. It’s also formulated with SPF and won’t transfer onto your clothes.


L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear in a Powder Foundation

If you prefer a powder option, try this formula that will give you up to 24 hours of wear. It has a breathable finish andis waterproof and heatproof, not to mention, it absorbs oil throughout the day, so minimal touch-ups are required.

L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Makeup

For those who prefer a hydrating foundation, this pick is formulated with pro-vitamin B5 and vitamin E for a radiant, moisturizing look and feel. It comes in 45 shades that have a natural finish, and it’ll match both your skin tone and undertone for a true color match.

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup Radiant Serum Foundation with SPF 50

This full-coverage option has a lightweight and natural feel, but easily evens tone while prioritizing mature skin. There’s also no need to worry about reapplying midday, as it won't crease, crack or settle into fine lines.

How to Apply Full Coverage Foundation

Now that you know about our secret weapons for instantly flawless skin, you may be ready to put them to use. Follow the steps below for how to apply full-coverage foundation as part of your next makeup look.

How to Apply Foundation with a Sponge

Dot the lightweight formula onto your cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. Run a makeup blender,  like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, under water and squeeze any excess water out, leaving it damp. Then use the damp makeup sponge LOréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender to buff and blend it out your foundation with  soft bouncing motions. 

How to Apply Foundation with a Brush

If you prefer to use a brush, opt for one with a dome-shaped tip and soft bristles. Work the foundation into the skin with a light hand and be sure not to bend your bristles into the skin, which can result in a cakey application. Move from the center of your face outward for a flawless finish.

How to Apply Foundation with Your Fingers

To apply foundation with your fingers, squeeze out a few pumps onto the back of your hand and warm up the product with your forefinger. Then pick up the foundation, dot it all over your face, and blend it out with your fourth finger in an outward, circular motion (which has the least capability to move around) for a smooth finish.

Next: 3 Pro Tips for Pairing Foundation and Concealer With Different Formulas

Edited by: Témi Adebowale, Photo Design: Sarah Duvivier

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