11 Best Drug Store Foundations By Skin Type & Coverage

Choosing the right foundation for your skin type can be overwhelming. There are so many to choose from! The good news is, you don’t need to spend a small fortune to get a good base for your make-up. There are lots of easy tips to follow to get a foundation that suits your skin tone and type. It is important to get this part just right, so take your time and do your research. This article takes a look at some of the beauty advice to consider when picking a foundation, as well as range of highly recommended choices to consider, with their pros and cons, descriptions and links to reviews online. This should make the decision on which foundation to pick a little easier!

We suggest to you Best Drugstore Foundations by Skin Type : Dry,Oily , Acne Prone Skin  and combination skin type as well as by coverage and by long lasting

How to Choose the Right Foundation

Foundation Texture

Foundations of different Texture
Foundations of different Texture

Powder or cream is probably the first stumbling block when picking a good drug store foundation. Basically, powder foundations give a matte finish. As such these tend to be better for oily skin. Liquid foundations give a dewy finish and can be better for dry skin types. There are also mousse foundations which can act as a sort of second-skin, with a barely there finish and great for those who prefer minimal make-up or normal skin tones.


Different shades of foundations
Different shades of foundations

It is crucial to take some time to get the right shade for your skin tone. If you get it wrong, it can spoil the rest of your make-up look. The best way to do that is not by testing it on the back of your hand, as many think, but by applying a tester to the line between the face and neck or the chest area. Colour matching is important. Ask the shop assistant for help or test carefully yourself. Once you have the right shade, it can differ from brand to brand, but you will begin to feel more confident picking a foundation at the drug store or online if you have an idea of the sort of shade that suits you best. Don’t forget that your shade can change between Winter and Summer months so you might need to switch between products.

Skin type

Skin type
Skin type

The other consideration when picking a drug store foundation depends on your skin type. If you are prone to acne or spots, apply with a clean brush or sponge and medium to full cover to smooth out any bumps. At the same time you’ll want to pick a foundation that allows the skin to ‘breathe’ such as mineral make-up that do not clog pores, but also help absorb excess oils. For skin that is ageing opt for light liquid foundations or tinted moisturizers / primers that won’t settle in the fine lines or wrinkles on your face. If your skin is dry, look for a hydrating liquid foundation. Oily skin types will be best off with matt finish foundations and oil-free products. Normal skin types can have the pick of the bunch!


So now we’ve had a look at some of the things you’ll want to consider when choosing the right foundation for you, let’s look at some of the best reviews out there …

Best Drugstore Foundations For Oily Skin

  1. Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte Plus Poreless Foundation
  2. Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte Plus Poreless Foundation
    Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte Plus Poreless Foundation

    This foundation is described as ultra-lightweight. It is great for oily skin as it has micro powders that help absorb excess oil. It leaves a matte finish and covers up open pores for a smooth finish. This makes it especially useful if you suffer from open pores that can clog with dirt and cause spots. While it is great for oily skin types, it is best avoided for those with dry skin. It is best for normal to oily skin types. It is dermatologist tested and allergen free. The good news is that Maybelline offer lots of different products for different skin tones and in different formulas, such as mousse.


  1. Max Factor Panstik Foundation
  2. Max Factor Panstik Foundation
    Max Factor Panstik Foundation

    About the size of a lipstick, this foundation is fairly small but a little goes a long way. It covers blemishes and other skin perfections and offers a smooth matte finish. Ideal if you like matte look foundation but less so if you prefer creamy textures. As such it is better for oily skin than dry skin.


Best Drugstore Foundations For Dry Skin

  1. Rimmel Match Perfection BB Cream Foundation Original

    Rimmel Match Perfection BB Cream Foundation Original
    Rimmel Match Perfection BB Cream Foundation Original

    This foundation can be used as a primer (base) and good cover. It helps conceal blemishes, cover uneven skin tones, moisturise dry skin types and minimise enlarged pores. It has a mattifying effect and helps brightens the skin. It also protects the skin from the elements thanks to sun protection of Factor 25. Cream foundations are best for dry skin types and this is a lightweight look, also good for ageing skin as it leaves a flawless finish. The down side is that it is less effective for those with oily skin.


  1. bareMinerals Pure Serum Foundation

    bareMinerals Pure Serum Foundation
    bareMinerals Pure Serum Foundation

    One of the more expensive foundations on the market, so not ideal if you are looking after the pennies but a good choice if you like to splash the cash on make-up products with a good name and reputation. It has SPF 20 to protect the skin from sun damage, which is a high protection level. The serum consistency makes it a great choice for dry to normal skin, as it feels moisturising and hydrating.


  1. e.l.f. Studio flawless finish foundation

e.l.f. Studio flawless finish foundation
e.l.f. Studio flawless finish foundation

The design of the bottle is a pro point for this product, as it is sleek, small and perfect as a travel size foundation to pop in your handbag when you head out. It is also great value and won’t break the bank but is tested by make-up professionals for quality control. It also has a sun protector of Factor 15, slightly less than some but any is better than no SPF. The con is that it probably won’t last too long as it is a small bottle!


Best Drugstore Foundations For Acne Prone Skin

  1. L’Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Makeup

    L'Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Makeup
    L’Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Makeup

    This foundation is all about matching skin undertones. It helps to get rid of skin imperfection with its blendable and smooth formula. It is an oil-free formula, great for acne-prone skin types. It is also great for those sunny days as it has SPF 17 –a fairly good level of protection from harmful UV rays. The oil free formula means it is less beneficial for those with dry skin.


Best Drugstore Foundations For Combination Skin

  1. Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation Concealer

    Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation Concealer
    Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation Concealer

    A concealer and a foundation suitable for all skin types, making it a versatile choice. The Milani product is made especially to combine the qualities of a concealer (to hide imperfections such as skin redness and circles under the eyes) and a foundation (for smooth, flawless cover). The product is water-resistant. It is also made as a non-drip dispenser, meaning you’ll waste less and the product will last longer. Perfect! If you prefer to use a separate concealer as a base, this might not be the one for you.


  1. wet n wild Photo Focus Foundation

    wet n wild Photo Focus Foundation
    wet n wild Photo Focus Foundation

    This foundation is the one for you if you love a good selfie! It has been tested under seven different photo lighting conditions with the aim of creating a camera-ready complexion. With a wand applicator, it can be built up in layers but probably needs a little more foundation if you choose this way of applying so it won’t go as far. Despite its breakthrough formula, it is also pretty reasonable in price, which is always a bonus! This is best for those who like to have their picture taken as opposed to those who prefer light, minimal make-up and are camera shy!



  1. COVERGIRL and Olay Tonerehab 2-In-1 Foundation

    COVERGIRL and Olay Tonerehab 2-In-1 Foundation
    COVERGIRL and Olay Tonerehab 2-In-1 Foundation

    This one is a good choice for ageing skin as it covers fine lines and wrinkles, as well as any discolouration or age spots which helps with skin tone improvements if you use it regularly. If you struggle with sun damaged skin, early signs of ageing etc – this one is for you. Products for ageing skin can be hydrating, so it may not be as ideal a choice for very oily skin that is prone to spots.


Best Long Lasting Drugstore Foundations

  1. COVERGIRL Outlast All-Day Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation
    COVERGIRL Outlast All-Day Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation
    COVERGIRL Outlast All-Day Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation

    If you like matte coverage, this one is for you. It is made to offer long-lasting coverage that is light in consistency. If you prefer liquid coverage or heavier make-up, choose another! The foundation comes in 13 shades and offers a high SPF 20 to keep your skin safe from sun damage, which is a good high level of protection.


Best Full Coverage Drugstore Foundation

  1. TARTE Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation
    TARTE Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation
    TARTE Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation

    This foundation has 12 hours staying power and is waterproof and hypoallergenic. Great long-lasting coverage if you don’t get much chance to top up your make-up during the day and it means that a smaller amount lasts longer. It is also vegan friendly and gluten free. The description online offers lots of answers to commonly asked questions so is very informative if you want to know more about what you are putting on your face. It is a pricey pot of foundation, but high quality.



The above are just some examples of the wide range of products available on the market, with a link to their Amazon review so that you can read more and see other recommendations and opinions. What you choose depends on brand preference, ethics, skin tone and type and price. There are plenty to choose from and most brands offer a few variations of their products to cover different preferences and price ranges.

How to Apply your Foundation

Applying your Foundation
Applying your Foundation

Before you apply your foundation, get a good primer as a base. This helps reduce shine and helps with foundation application. You can choose a primer for your skin type. If your foundation does not contain SPF, then get a primer that does to help protect your skin from sun damage and early ageing. Most skin tone changes at various points throughout the year and it is a good idea to have a darker and lighter shade to prepare for this. These can also be used together … with the lighter foundation applied at the centre of the face and mix the darker and lighter foundations together for the cheeks and down to your neck. If the foundation appears chalky over the nose area, it is too light so you will need to go darker. The best way to see how colour blends is to test the jawline and neck/chest area. Most redness occurs around the nose area, so start applying foundation here first and work outwards. Leave under eye coverage for concealer instead of foundation. If you apply foundation with your fingers, press the formula in to your skin. If you use sponges or brushes, make sure they are clean and use rolling, circular motions. Once you’ve covered the face evenly and blended with your neck, you can experiment with contouring your cheeks and jawline with a darker shade. You can experiment by going darker and lighter with the mix at different seasons.

Foundations are an important decision as they provide the base to your make-up and overall look. A smooth, flawless cover is essential before you get working on the eyes, lips and cheeks. The tip is to shop around and read the reviews. Ask your friends and family for advice or people who have similar skin tones/types. The staff at drug stores are well placed to help with skin matching advice. There are plenty of foundations available in drug stores, multi-purpose stores and online. The above are a good mix to pick from, or research some alternative options.

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Rachel Argyle

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