Foundation is the most expensive makeup that you are going to buy for your bag of tricks. But perfecting skin tone and covering acne does not have to empty your wallet. Whether you have combination, dry or oily skin, there is a foundation for you in a price ranging from “save” to “splurge.” If you have special needs because your skin is sensitive or if you just need a 24/7 “blotting paper” to keep your matte look going strong, you can find a foundation that’s perfect for you. Here are the best of the best.

Foundation for Combination Skin: Affordable
Need to fix both a shiny T-zone and arid cheeks? Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Foundation Stick ($11) really will soak up excess oil from the T, but you’ll see a distinctively creamy finish on those troublesome dry spots such as cheeks.


Foundation for Combination Skin: Pricey
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation ($44) gives you hyaluronic acid to flood dry areas with moisture and mushroom extract to firm up pores. Your combo skins gets double bang for the buck.

Foundation for Sensitive Skin: Affordable
A lightweight foundation that won’t clog your sensitive pores yet provides the coverage you need should be oil-free and unscented, too, right? It is if you’re talking about the gentle .

Foundation for Sensitive Skin: Pricey
Should a simple mix of pigment and oil be free of irritating preservatives such as sulfates, parabens and phthalates? The answer is yes if the foundation is Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30 ($42). Plus, you get a hydrating formula that contains sunscreen.

Foundation for Normal Skin: Affordable
L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation ($12) will moisturize and even skin tone without weighing you down. Enjoy the enhanced glow!

Foundation for Normal Skin: Pricey
Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup ($40) perfects with a layer of color that is barely there.

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