Find Your Perfect Foundation Match

With countless options and no way to try them all — finding your perfect foundation match can be discouraging. It’s hard to know whether to start sorting by shade, finish, longterm benefits, and whatever else each claim. Who’s ready for foundation speed dating to find your perfect match?

Get ready, get set, GO!

  • Perfect Match 1 of 19

    Whether you've never worn foundation before or wear it every day, the following guide will help you see your skin in a whole new light. Click through for slides to show you more...


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  • Color IQ Technology 2 of 19

    A skin scanner that acts more like a crystal ball to tell you exactly what you need to know. Don't be mistaken, it's not a fortune — it's the truth. Leave it to Sephora's color IQ technology that scans your skin, delivers precision analysis of your skin's surface tone and undertones, to find your perfect foundation color match. The results are tied to a chart of colors that then match to recommended products. 


    Was it just me, or did you hear heavenly choirs singing? Miraculous!


    Visit any Sephora store to have your color IQ tested!

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  • Natural Finishes 3 of 19

    In case scanning your face is just a little too close for comfort, the following foundations are recommended for those with normal skin who want natural-looking results.


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  • HD Invisible Cover Foundation, $42 4 of 19

    Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation is light and natural with a flawlessly soft coverage that lasts all day. It's recommended to apply this foundation with a brush for best results. 


  • Tinted Moisturizer, $19.50 5 of 19

    Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer specializes in light, hydrating coverage that isn't too heavy. Its sheer, dewy results soften and reduce the appearance of fine lines. If you're looking for the "less is more" look with added health benefits, this one's worth a try.



  • Gel Foundation, $48 6 of 19

    Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation is from Marc Jacob's brand new makeup line. It prides itself on using Buoyancy Gel technology that creates flexible weightless coverage that never settles into fine lines. With little to heavy application, this foundation will provide anyone the coverage they're looking for with a radiant finish.  



  • Powder Foundation, $45 7 of 19

    NARS Powder Foundation SPF 12 offers flexible coverage with SPF protection. It applies as a powder with the finish of foundation. Use a brush for a lighter, more natural finish, or a sponge for heavier concealing. It can even be used as a finishing powder on top of liquid foundation for the ultimate flawless face.



  • Multi-Use Powder, $36 8 of 19

    Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation can be applied wet or dry. If applied dry, it gives you full coverage with a matte finish. Apply wet for a semi-sheer coverage with a satin finish. It's lightweight formula is incredibly easy to blend with your natural skintone and really lasts.


  • Matte Finishes 9 of 19

    If velvety soft is your aim, then matte foundations are your game. Matte finishes are great for those who want to control shine, or who have oily to combination skin.

  • Matte Foundation, $44 10 of 19

    NARS Sheer Matte Foundation is perfect for those who want sheer coverage that absorbs oil and keeps skin matte and fresh all day long!

  • Oil-Free Foundation, $23 11 of 19

    Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup is ideal for those who sweat or live in humid climates. It's been tested in 88-degree, 80-percent humidity weather without fading or streaks. Its minimalistic approach controls shine and oil for sensitive faces.


  • Pressed Powder, $34 12 of 19

    Kat Van D Lock-It Powder Foundation is perfect for those on the go. Don't worry about touching-up because this pressed powder foundation provides matte coverage 'round the clock (24 hours, in fact). 


  • Matte Mineral Powder, $27 13 of 19

    bareMinerals Matte Foundation uses natural minerals (only 5, in fact) to provide flawless coverage. It looks like a powder, feels like a cream, and has a silky finish. Having used this for years, I can attest it feels as if you're not wearing makeup at all.


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  • Shine Proof, $42 14 of 19

    Becca Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation minimizes fine lines, wrinkles, and pores while controlling shine with a matte finish.

  • Radiant Finishes 15 of 19

    A fresh, dewy glow that radiates luminosity are the perfect foundations for normal to dry skin.


  • Spray Foundation, $62 16 of 19

    Dior Airflash Spray Foundation mimics airbrush systems without the bulk of a machine. Its lightweight formula sprays foundation evenly for a luminous glow. It's perfect for using throughout the day for quick and easy touchups.  

  • Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, $42 17 of 19

    NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 delivers a semi-sheer coverage that helps diminish uneven skin tone, discoloration, and age spots in 4 weeks. It's light yet moisturizing enough to act as both a moisturizer and foundation.

  • Illuminating Foundation, $38 18 of 19

    Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation isn't heavy, chalky, or dull. It's a light- to medium-based coverage with a semi-matte finish to really showcase your skin's natural beauty.

  • Brightening Foundation, $36 19 of 19

    Benefit Cosmetics 'Hello Flawless!' Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation focuses on light-diffusing properties and high protection against UVA and UVB rays. This foundation is ideal for those looking for a natural, radiant finish.

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