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Cleanser, toner, serum, moisturizer – you match virtually every skincare product to your skin type, which begs the question: why should your makeup be any different? Foundations these days do so much more than just create a flawless finish, as they blend dermatological science with the latest cosmetic technology to help transform your skin from within. Whether you have oily, dry, sensitive, or acne-prone skin – or if you’re just looking for a makeup formula to help turn back time – you’ll find the best foundations for all skin types in this definitive guide, which just happens to be shoppable.

Blemish-Prone Skin

If you suffer from acne or problem skin, there are foundations that can actually help banish blemishes and promote clearer complexions without irritating or clogging pores. Infused with skin-saving ingredients that you’d expect to find in top treatments, the right foundation won’t only help hide imperfections, but will treat them too.

Top tip: Make sure you thoroughly clean your makeup brush or sponge regularly to avoid spreading bacteria and keep blemishes at bay.

Clinique 'Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup'
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Dry Skin

Dry skins need a brightening boost since dryness is one of the leading causes of dull complexions. Look for formulas that help the skin retain moisture without creating flakiness, which – we promise – isn’t as hard as it sounds.

Bobbi Brown 'Skin Foundation SPF 15'
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Oily Skin

Oily skins are subject to makeup separating and looking greasy, so you need a face-fixing foundation that absorbs excess oils – but without drying out skin in the process. You’ll also need one that doesn’t require blotting or touching up throughout the day. Yes, they really do exist, and these three are our picks.

Hourglass 'Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation'
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Aging Skin

Foundations that restore youthful radiance? Sign us up. Brimming with the latest anti-aging ingredients to treat skin from within while minimizing signs of aging, these high-tech formulas will give your fancy skincare products a run for their money.

Charlotte Tilbury 'Magic Foundation'
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Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skins need to be extra careful when it comes to the ingredients found in their foundations as common culprits (such as alcohol and fragrance) can cause irritation and flare-ups. Of course, you need to find out what triggers your specific sensitivity, but these foundations are a pretty safe place to start.

Ere Perez 'Oat Milk Foundation'
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