As beauty writers and editors, our standards are high (sometimes unrealistically so) when it comes to foundation, as this one product can lay the groundwork for all other makeup. As much as we love a good no-makeup day, our skin doesn’t always agree. But not all foundations can get the job done without creasing, caking, or flaking — the marker of a great foundation is one you can’t really tell is there, after all. And while it’d be great if we could bathe ourselves in Giorgio Armani’s $64 Luminous Silk formulation, our wallets aren’t always as big of fans as we are.
You might be of the mentality that you get what you pay for with makeup, but that’s definitely not true — at least, not anymore. Throw away your preconceived notions about drugstore base makeup because it’s getting better by the day. Allow us to introduce tried-and-true (and expert-vetted) favorites, including some Best of Beauty inductees and more. Cheers to a shopping guide that won’t break the bank.
Below are the 21 best drugstore foundations, according to makeup artists and beauty editors.
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