For running errands, heading to virtual class, or a day at the office, a lightweight foundation may be all you need. But when you’re wearing a protective face mask, or you want to conceal breakouts, a full-coverage foundation might be in order. Since you never know when you might need a little extra coverage, it's a good idea to always keep a formula that can cover anything on hand. Rather than having to turn to Google in search of the best full-coverage foundation for oily skin, combination, and dry skin, read on—we’ve done the work for you. Ahead, find three of our favorite full-coverage options that won’t break the bank, plus tips on how to use them.
This super full-coverage option has a lightweight and natural feel, but easily covers dark spots, acne, skin discoloration and uneven texture. It comes in 13 shades, and won't’ crease, crack or slip throughout the day.
If you prefer a powder option, try this powder-to-cream formula that will give you up to 24 hours of wear. It has a breathable finish, but is completely waterproof and heatproof, not to mention, it absorbs oil throughout the day (so minimal touch-ups are required!).
For a liquid long-wear option try this must-have, which has buildable coverage that allows you to layer, concealing acne marks, scars, dark spots and more. This one will also stay in place and won’t transfer onto your face mask.
Editor’s Tip: Spritz the inside of your protective face mask with setting spray before you put it on for extra transfer-proof coverage.
How to Use 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 to learn how to use full-coverage foundation as part of your next makeup look.
Prime Your Skin
The first step of any makeup look should be to apply makeup primer. This will help create an even canvas for the rest of your makeup, as well as keep it from fading throughout the day (or night). Smooth on the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base to even out your skin texture. The lightweight formula glides onto skin and minimizes the look of pores and fine lines.
Apply Your Foundation
Bring out the full-coverage drugstore foundation! We recommend using a makeup blender, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender for liquid formulas.
How to Apply Foundation with a Sponge
Dot the lightweight formula onto your cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. Use a damp makeup sponge (be sure to wring it out!) to buff and blend it out using a soft bouncing motion. Hello, seamless skin!
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.