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The true measure of good makeup lies in how well it will sit on skin hours after the application. This is especially true where creating a base is concerned. When putting together makeup looks, your goal will always be a foundation of smooth, flawless and radiant-looking skin. This is the ideal canvas that will allow lipsticks, blush, bronzers, eye palettes and other makeup to shine through and do the job of actually enhancing your features.
Now, a few lucky ones require little or no coverage; just a few dabs of concealer and perhaps a swipe of translucent powder to keep shine at bay. For the rest of us mortals, however, getting glammed up requires camouflaging blemishes, spots, discoloration and other imperfections.
Hours after application, however, makeup tends to look dull. Colors and shades lose their luster and intensity. Skin begins to look tired with creases or cake-y patches. During hot and humid conditions, it may even run. Touch-ups are always a good idea if you have the time, patience and commitment to step away every few hours. So what you want is a reliable long-wear foundation that not only stays on, but also keeps skin looking healthy, fresh and nourished.
Here are the best long-lasting foundations for everyday use:
Urban Decay’s All Nighter Liquid Foundation gives full coverage without it looking flat or This matte-finish formula works best for a long night out that requires you to look glam from early evening to the early morning. It also works well for daywear as it creates a soft, diffused finish. A little product goes a long way because of this high intensity pigmentation. The All Nighter Liquid Foundation is water-proof, making it ideal especially during humid weather conditions.
This favorite of beauty editors glides on with ease yet gives skin the coverage it needs. This weightless formulation was specifically created to work with the skin’s undertones so the imperfections are covered without creating a gray or cement-like cast. Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup leaves a beautiful, shine-free finish. It is also waterproof and does not transfer on other surfaces easily.
Laura Mercier’s Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Foundation is so lightweight that it almost feels like second skin. An industry favorite, this beauty essential works well with all skin types and offers a wide range of shades to suit any skin tone. A long-wearing formula allows pigments to last for up to 15 hours. It leaves a fresh, matte finish that does not cake or create unwanted lines and creases.
This ultra-lightweight foundation gives full coverage for up to 16 hours. This lightweight formula was concocted with flexible polymers that adjust and move with the natural contours of the face. Formulated for all skin types, All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is ideal for addressing skin concerns like redness, dull complexion or uneven skin tone.
Shiseido’s Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation offers 13 amazing shades formulated to create a radiant, matte finish. This lightweight formula sets on skin like silk and stays on for hours with creasing or leaving a cake-y surface. It also provides skin with broad spectrum SPF 20.
This cult favorite gives skin the kind of full coverage that can survive practically anything—a little sweat, a sudden downpour or, yes, even a river of tears. The full-coverage formulation features intense color pigments that leave natural, high definition finish. Huda’s #FauxFilter Foundation is so hardcore about coverage that it can actually camouflage scars, tattoos and nasty bruises.
La Mer’s Soft Liquid Long Wear Foundation combines coverage and skincare in one weightless formula. The light-to-medium liquid consistency works best for uneven skin tone, blemishes and unsightly patches of discoloration. This luxurious long-wear foundation creates an overall look that’s fresh even hours after application—sweat, humidity and all. There are 28 shades from this range to suit all skin tones.
As its name implies, Dior Forever 24h Wear High Perfection Skin Caring Foundation Matte promises flawless skin for a full day. It’s a tall order, but the French maison is up to the task. The medium-to-full coverage leaves a lush velvety finish that also creates the appearance of smaller pores. This makeup gem comes packed with rosehip extracts as well as SPF 35.