Makeup artists and beauty editors go through a lot of makeup products. With complexion makeup like foundation, most of them would agree to splurge on the best. However, a $60 dollar luxury foundation is not on everyone's budget. Many would also prefer splurging on skincare products for long-term results. While we're not wearing a lot of makeup these days, there are still times when you need a good foundation for Zoom or those unavoidable face to face meetings. You'll love these foundations under $20 as recommended by Allure, Women's Health, The Cut and Who What Wear.
For foundations under $20, this drugstore gem is a hit on everyone's list. Fit Me! Matte & Poreless Foundation has 40 shades to choose from and the consistency is velvety, smooth, and never cakey. If your skin in on the oily side, this will be a great choice for a natural finish. For dry skin, you can dry the Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation which has 24 shades.
For those who prefer powder formulations, you can't go wrong with Burt's Bees Mattifying Powder Foundation. It's non-comedogenic so it's great for acne-prone skin. It's also 100% natural, cruelty-free and has no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and synthetic fragrance so it's safe for sensitive skin. Available in six shades. If you like this brand, but prefer liquid foundation, try their Goodness Glows Liquid Foundation.
For women of color, look no further than BLK/OPL which offers high-quality makeup and skincare products under $20. Their best-selling True Color Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation SPF 15 has 19 shades that offer full coverage with a velvet finish. It also features Shade IDTM technology that adjusts to your skin tone and blurs imperfections. In addition, it offers the skincare benefits of antioxidants, vitamins C and E, and SPF 15 to care for your skin. Lastly, it's hypoallergenic, fragrance free, paraben-free and cruelty free.
Another clean option, No7 Airbrush Away Foundation has 12 shades that has optical blurring powders to give you an airbrushed look. It's hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic as well.
The lengthy name says it all. This oil absorbing CoverGirl foundation offers full coverage with a matte finish. Despite only having 20 shades, this foundation actually has a wide range options for olive and deep skin tones. CoverGirl has also been certified as cruelty-free since last year.
Revlon's Colorstay Makeup line has two options for different skin types: Normal/Dry and Combination/Oily. The formula is lightweight but buildable. It also offers sun protection and lasts very long. Beauty editors even say that it looks better the longer it sits on your skin. For best results, use a BeautyBlender to apply this product.
If you have perpetually dry skin, Neutrogena blends makeup and skincare with the Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint. It has hyaluronic acid to moisturize and plump up skin and is oil-free and non-comedogenic. Available in 10 light to deep shades.
If you love cult skincare brand The Ordinary, try their complexion products. The Ordinary has two types of foundation - a sheer and buildable serum formula and a full-coverage one. They also have 21 shades from light to deep.
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