Best Drugstore Foundations: Look Good Without the Hefty Price Tag

Posted by March 31, 2014 4:30 pm

We found the best drugstore foundations so you don't have to search high and low. 

 

For an anti-aging makeup that's got you covered in the SPF department, go with this Smart Shade foundation from Almay that matches your skin tone once it's applied to your face. 

Almay Smart Shade [...]

 

For an anti-aging makeup that's got you covered in the SPF department, go with this Smart Shade foundation from Almay that matches your skin tone once it's applied to your face. 

Almay Smart Shade Anti-Aging Makeup with SPFF 20, $13.99, Drugstore.com

 

Specifically formulated for oily skin, the oil-absorbing formula in this BB cream helps to mattify skin with light coverage, controlling shine all day long. 

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream, [...]

 

Specifically formulated for oily skin, the oil-absorbing formula in this BB cream helps to mattify skin with light coverage, controlling shine all day long. 

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream, $12.99, Drugstore.com

 

Easy to apply and available in every skin tone shade imaginable, L'Oreal's True Match makeup is a classic top-seller for a reason. It lasts as long as you need it too, plus it's got SPF, so you're [...]

 

Easy to apply and available in every skin tone shade imaginable, L'Oreal's True Match makeup is a classic top-seller for a reason. It lasts as long as you need it too, plus it's got SPF, so you're covered from every angle. 

L'Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Makeup, $8.59, Drugstore.com

 

There's nothing worse than a liquid foundation that makes your face feel like you've got makeup piled on, which is why this option from Maybelline is so phenomenal. It's lightweight and feels like it's [...]

 

There's nothing worse than a liquid foundation that makes your face feel like you've got makeup piled on, which is why this option from Maybelline is so phenomenal. It's lightweight and feels like it's not even on you, yet it gives you the perfect amount of coverage to look flawless. 

Maybelline Fit Me! Liquid Foundation, $6.99, Drugstore.com

 

Considering matching your skin tone to a drugstore foundation is close to impossible, we love that this mineral foundation set from e.l.f. comes with three separate shades so that you can mix your [...]

 

Considering matching your skin tone to a drugstore foundation is close to impossible, we love that this mineral foundation set from e.l.f. comes with three separate shades so that you can mix your perfect match. Plus, you can use the lighter and darker shades to add a little bit of contouring to your look. 

e.l.f. Mineral Foundation Set, $10, Soap.com

 

For a lightweight mineral veil of coverage without the dry, cakey feeling of some other foundations, go with this product from Neutrogena. It's formula is non-irritating and it's got SPF so you know [...]

 

For a lightweight mineral veil of coverage without the dry, cakey feeling of some other foundations, go with this product from Neutrogena. It's formula is non-irritating and it's got SPF so you know you're treating your skin well. 

Neutrogena Cosmetics Mineral Foundation, $14.19, Soap.com

 

Considering the quality of both CoverGirl and Olay products, it only makes sense that their joint foundation would be incredible. Go for this 2-in-1 product for a foundation that's got an anti-aging [...]

 

Considering the quality of both CoverGirl and Olay products, it only makes sense that their joint foundation would be incredible. Go for this 2-in-1 product for a foundation that's got an anti-aging serum built in so that your skin looks good every day and looks better over time. It's a win-win. 

CoverGirl and Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation, $13.99, Drugstore.com

 

A whipped, creamy foundation, this product from Revlon has a gel-like texture that goes on smooth for wearable, long-lasting coverage. 

Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Makeup $13.99, Drugstore.com

 

Considering that foundation is, quite literally, the beginning of a gorgeous look, it’s of the utmost importance to use the best foundation possible. If you start out with a chalky, cakey or oily foundation, the rest of your look will likely crumble. But, just because you’re searching for the best foundation doesn’t mean you have to pay a hefty price. In fact, when it comes down to it, the best drugstore foundations are some of the best foundations period.

Besides the fact that they’re inexpensive and completely accessible, drugstore foundations come in an incredibly wide range of color options for every skin tone, so you’re likely to find your perfect match while you’re in the aisle. Plus, because you’re not forking over half your rent paying for the makeup, you can afford to try a few different shades — or even combine shades to make a customized look.

Trying to decide whether you want to go for a liquid or powder foundation? Keep in mind that ladies will oily skin will find powder foundation to work well, mattifying the skin and absorbing any excess oil. Just remember to clean your foundation brush about once a week so that you’re not putting the oil from your skin into the foundation, then back onto your face, which can cause breakouts. For girls with dry skin, using a liquid foundation may be the best way to go, hydrating as it covers. Use your fingers or a makeup sponge to apply liquid foundation for a smooth, blended look.

To help you get the best possible look that won’t leave your wallet staring at you with sad, puppy dog eyes, we’ve put together a list of the best drugstore foundations out there. Whether you’ve got oily skin, you’re looking for your perfect color match or you need some SPF in your makeup (because everyone should be), we found a drugstore foundation that’ll be perfect for you, above.

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