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14 Foundations For Acne-Prone Skin That Won't Exacerbate Breakouts

Jun 3 2021 - 11:30am

If you love wearing makeup, you know that having a good base can be a make or break for your look. Whether you have oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, or a combination of it all, a good foundation [1] is a must. If you have acne-prone skin [2], there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you'll want to find base makeup that covers up nicely, but you don't want it to feel heavy or exacerbate breakouts [3].

To help you find the right formula for you, we've rounded up the best foundations for acne-prone skin [4] that will work with your skin rather than against it. From lightweight and breathable [5] creams to full-coverage liquids, these foundations will have you covered. (Just make sure to properly and thoroughly cleanse your face at night.)

Clinique Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15

The Clinique Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15 [7] ($31) is a great option for those who deal with dark spots on top of acne. It has moderate coverage with a natural, skin-like finish. Not only does it come in 52 shades, but it's also sweat- and humidity-resistant.

Dermablend Flawless Creator Liquid Foundation Drops

If you're looking for coverage, the Dermablend Flawless Creator Liquid Foundation Drops [8] ($40) are a must. They're lightweight, noncomedogenic, great for sensitive skin, yet very pigmented. You can use the product on its own or add a few drops to your go-to moisturizer or SPF and create your own tinted moisturizer.

Uoma Beauty Say What?! Foundation

Get that flawless airbrushed look with the Uoma Beauty Say What?! Foundation [9] ($39). It comes in 51 shades that are formulated specifically for your skin tone. It's weightless and long-lasting with buildable coverage and a matte yet hydrating formula.

Mineral Fusion Liquid Foundation

The Mineral Fusion Liquid Foundation [10] ($30) is a clean formula that works great for sensitive or reactive skin types. It contains green tea, vitamin C, peptides, licorice root, and aloe vera. It has a demimatte finish with buildable coverage.

Pacifica Alight Clean Foundation

With a satin finish, the Pacifica Alight Clean Foundation [11] ($16) is noncomedogenic and great for those with dry skin. It comes in 30 oil-free yet hydrating shades.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Oil Free Foundation

If you have concerns with oil control, the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Oil Free Foundation [12] ($7) is a tried-and-true favorite that leaves your skin looking matte with buildable coverage. It's also noncomedogenic.

Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation

Let your skin breathe with the Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation [13] ($48). It's a lightweight, dewy tinted coverage that is perfect for the daytime. It contains niacinamide, which helps control and prevent breakouts, and squalane and hyaluronic acid to help keep your skin hydrated.

LYS Beauty Triple Fix Clean Foundation With Hyaluronic Acid

The LYS Beauty Triple Fix Clean Foundation With Hyaluronic Acid [14] ($22) is a hydrating yet lightweight formula that has buildable light-to-medium coverage. It has a natural, skin-like finish and contains skin-loving ingredients such as ashwagandha, turmeric, and hyaluronic acid.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation

For a full-coverage yet flexible formula that moves with your skin, the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation [15] ($43) is a beloved choice. It's free of fragrance and great for those who have oily or combination skin types.

BareMinerals Original Loose Powder Mineral Foundation SPF 15

If you want to keep it lightweight, you can't go wrong with the BareMinerals Original Loose Powder Mineral Foundation SPF 15 [16] ($32). It's great for all skin types and buildable with a natural, demimatte finish. It's great for the "no-makeup makeup" look.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

If you have oily skin, get the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation [17] ($36). It has a soft-matte finish with a lightweight feel, so your skin will look flawless all day long. It's even sweat- and humidity-resistant.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free Natural Skin Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 20

The Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free Natural Skin Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 20 [18] ($47) is a great option for oily skin types. It is lightweight and has light yet buildable coverage for that your-skin-but-better look. It contains oil-absorbing powders to keep your skin shine-free all day and licorice-root extract to help soothe and nourish skin.

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare

Containing hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, vitamin E and B5, and gentle exfoliators, the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare [19] ($40) will improve your skin while you wear it. It's a great choice for those who need a boost of hydration in their skin. It has a radiant finish with medium coverage.

e.l.f. Camo CC Cream

If you want medium to full coverage but a lightweight feel, go for this e.l.f. Camo CC Cream [20] ($14). It comes in 20 shades.


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