As much as I love easy, breezy makeup and tinted moisturizers in summer, I always look forward to fuller coverage products, darker colors and matte textures each fall.
There’s a season for everything, and for me, fall means dressy, dramatic, and oh so much fun — like moody lipsticks, darker nail polishes, cozy fragrances and seductive smokey eyes.
Here are a few drugstore foundations to go with your fabulous formal makeup looks this fall.
1. L’Oréal Visible Lift Smooth Absolute Instant Age-Reversing Foundation SPF 17
Because it gets hotter here in summer than Ryan Gosling’s rippled abs, I usually wear sheer, lightweight makeup like tinted moisturizers and face tints, but when fall rolls around and the temperature drops, I like to switch to liquid, cream and powder foundations (and sometimes stick) for coverage from medium to full.
L’Oréal Visible Lift Smooth Absolute Instant Age-Reversing Foundation SPF 17 ($15.99; available in seven shades), one of my favorite drugstore liquid foundations, offers long-lasting, medium-to-full coverage that doesn’t look like cake, and I also think it photographs really well.
TIP: Because you can’t always test foundations at the drugstore, pale pretties might want to look for colors labeled beige or buff; gals with medium skin tones should opt for warm, medium or golden shades; and darker damsels should seek out colors labeled tan, sable or chestnut.
Sand Beige (left) and Sun Beige (right)
2. Revlon New Complexion One-Step Compact Makeup SPF 15
For dressy looks and dramatic nights on the town, cream foundations like Revlon New Complexion One-Step Compact Makeup SPF 15 ($12.99; available in nine shades) are another great way to go. Many of them provide medium-to-full coverage and work well if you’re trying to cover pimples and/or large pores.
I like Revlon’s New Complexion because of how easy it is for me to blend and apply. Plus, a little goes a long way.
I think it works better, though, for combo and dry skin types than it does for gals with super oily skin (where it may slip off), so if you have uber oily skin, you might want to go with a powder foundation instead.
TIP: Many cream foundations come with a sponge applicator, but I prefer to apply them with a foundation brush (I think they’re less apt to streak). I also think they tend to produce a more polished look.
3. Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Powder Foundation SPF 20
Powder foundations like Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Powder Foundation SPF 20 ($13.99; available in eight shades) generally offer medium coverage and work really well on oily skin. Finding the right shade can be tricky, though, particularly if you have very oily skin, as powders can appear to darken as the day wears on. If foundations tend to darken on your skin over time, consider going with a color one or two shades lighter than you normally would.
Apply them with either a sponge applicator for more coverage or a kabuki brush for less.
TIP: To find a good foundation match, stand near a window in the store to see how it looks in natural light (assuming you’re able to try it on).
Honey Beige (left) and Tan (right)
Swatches from the left: Neutrogena Minerals Sheers Powder Foundation in Honey Beige, Neutrogena Minerals Sheers Powder Foundation in Tan, Revlon New Complexion On-Step COmpact Makeup in Medium Beige, L’Oreal Visible Lift Smooth Absolu in Sand Beige and L’Oreal Visible Lift Smooth Absolu in Sun Beige
Do you tend to wear fuller coverage foundations in fall, or do you stick with the same face products year round?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
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