10 Best Foundations for Combo Skin

Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup Foundation Review

Foundation is perhaps the most difficult makeup product out there to decide on. Everyone has a different skin tone, finish preferences, and skin concerns that make it almost impossible to find just one universal product that works for everyone. In this post, I’m trying to compose the list of the best foundations for pale skin. This list of top foundations will work the best for people with the combination skin type.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

If you are full-cover foundation lover, you will love this foundation! It’s one of the most long-lasting, effortlessly camouflaging, and matte-looking foundations I’ve ever tried and I continue repurchasing it despite the fact that I have a whole collection of other foundations. It’s my absolute holy grail product I can’t recommend it more!

Shop: $42 at EsteeLauder.com.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF 50+ 

For the days when I’m feeling like wearing light makeup, I prefer applying this CC Cream. Not only it evens out my skin tone, but also provides the most beautiful radiant finish so it looks just like advertised — your skin but better!

Shop: $38 at Ulta.com.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

This is one of the most underrated drugstore products out there and I believe that the quality of this foundation is better than many more expensive brands that I’ve tried. It provides flawless full-coverage matte finish and looks great even if you don’t set it with a powder.

Shop: $12.99 at Ulta.com.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation 

If you are planning on being on camera, this foundation is something that you will truly enjoy. I’m not sure how exactly it works, but every time I apply this foundation to record my YouTube videos, my skin looks like I’m using a photo filter. And who doesn’t like to make your skin look better on camera, right?

Shop: $43 at Sephora.com.

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup Octinoxate Sunscreen SPF 15 

I don’t really know why everyone is obsessed with Luminous Silk Foundation by the brand, but for my skin, there is nothing better than the Maestro formula. It’s your perfect silky and super smoothing everyday foundation that it easy to apply with fingertips. It looks natural but gives you the most beautiful and polished look ever.

Shop: $64 at Sephora.com.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup Foundation SPF 30 

If you are a fan of the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, definitely check out this new formula as it provides same long-lasting, but dewy coverage. In addition to the different formula, this new foundation also features SPF 30 which makes it a perfect summer foundation! In case you wonder, I wear the shade 1N1 Cool Bone.

Shop: $42 at EsteeLauder.com.

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

I was never a fan of stick foundations, but this product completely changed my opinion. When applied with a beauty blender, this stick foundation effortlessly melts into skin and provides beautiful, all day lasting coverage. From all the foundations in this list, this one is my favorite to use for photos and videos.

Shop: $46 at Sephora.com.

Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Foundation

If you prefer “my skin but better” kind of coverage, this lightweight foundation is a perfect match. The product provides a dewy coverage and ensures that all the imperfections are camouflaged. Since the foundation features SPF 20 protection, it’s a perfect product to use on a daily basis!

Shop: $36 at Ulta.com.

AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

Cushion foundations are the best for traveling and keeping in your bag throughout the day. This luxurious product provides much more than your typical leak-free cushion foundation packaging. Instead, it’s a skin perfecting product that protects from sun damage, provides flawless coverage, and delivers high-quality skincare grade ingredients.

Shop: $60 at AmorePacific.com.

Dior Diorskin Forever Perfect Matte Powder Foundation

This foundation is perfect for anyone with oily or too shiny skin as it provides a beautiful matte finish. While the product could be used as a mineral foundation, it’s also handy to have around for touch-ups throughout the day. With this luxuriously packaged product on hand, your skin will look flawless and super smooth!

Shop: $54 at Sephora.com.

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Understanding that it’s super hard to pick your ultimate perfect foundation I’d like to ask which one you are currently loving? Also, is there an all-time favorite, holy grail kind of foundation that you’ve been repurchasing for years?

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  1. Nina Simon wrote:

    Great list of recommendations for combination skin. Here’s a list of the best foundations for those with dry skin. http://bit.ly/2BqSQwH

    Posted 11.27.17
  2. Sonia Makosso wrote:

    Great picks, Makeup forever and Estee Lauder foundations are really good, I plan to try the Giorgio Armani this winter :)

    Posted 10.22.17
  3. Magda wrote:

    Love Estee Lauder Double Wear, since I discovered it last year I have not used any other foundation! Great post! :)


    Posted 10.21.17
  4. They are all so good. The Giorgio Armani Maestro sounds perfect. I would love to try it. xoxo Cris

    Posted 10.20.17
  5. Jeanne wrote:

    Awesome. I’ll have to try these products!


    Posted 10.20.17
  6. Love Double Wear too!

    xo, Jennifer

    Posted 10.20.17
  7. Oh I love the Estee Lauder Double Wear! It’s my favorite.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    Posted 10.19.17
  8. Shauna C wrote:

    I actually just bought that CC cream after hearing so many great things about it! I’m excited to finally use it this weekend!



    Posted 10.19.17
  9. Great timing with this post, Katya!!
    Can you believe I’ve been still searching for my favorite lately. I used to use Laura Mercier, and it worked great. But my skin must have changed lately, and I don’t love it as much anymore.
    I’ll have to check a couple of these out!

    Posted 10.19.17
  10. Nati wrote:

    The YSL Fusion Ink is my holy grail. Except for the price. It retails for 70 USD here in Switzerland (ouch). So I fell for Catrice HD Liquid Coverage which is the ONLY matte foundation that works for my dry skin and covers my melasma issues. I’m super happy because it’s only 9.99 LOL
    I tend to get along with liquidy formulations, so, I also love MAC waterweigh.
    Before my pregnancies I used to swear for MAC face and body, but now I have melasma (dark pigmentation) due to hormones and I need more coverage! But I’m always in the quest of the next holy grail because I’m a curious cat LOL. Thank you for this great post!
    Nati | Polished Polyglot

    Posted 10.19.17
  11. Love your selection and yours tips! :-)
    Have a good evening,
    Olivia <3

    Posted 10.19.17
  12. By the way, Make Up For Ever is very buildable – perhaps, try applying two layers? Also, if you skip the primer it will apply heavier!

    Posted 10.19.17
  13. Yes! It’s such a good one! I love all Double Wear Foundations and the Nude version is perfect for everyday!

    Posted 10.19.17
  14. Thank you for reading! I’m dying to learn what are some of your favorite foundations! What’s #1 on your list?

    Posted 10.19.17
  15. I actually prefer CC creams as they work better on my skin discolorations. So yes – I highly recommend the one by IT Cosmetics!

    I hope you love Armani foundation – the formula is so perfect!

    Posted 10.19.17
  16. Yes! It’s such a great one – especially for taking photos!

    Posted 10.19.17
  17. I really recommend the Make Up For Ever foundation – I used 2 or 3 full bottles and I absolutely adore it!

    CC cream by IT Cosmetics is the best! Even though it’s a CC cream, it actually covers all imperfections like a real foundation!

    Posted 10.19.17
  18. Allie Mackin wrote:

    I generally prefer CC creams and the one from IT cosmetics sounds excellent. Their eye shadows are great and so inexpensive. Go one well and last. And that Makeup For foundation sounds really good!! I think I may have to check that out.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

    Posted 10.19.17
  19. Loving the double wear one. Wishing you a great day. xx


    Posted 10.19.17
  20. Denise wrote:

    I like more wearing a BB or CC cream, and you have selected IT, so I want to try it… and the Armani one, everyone says it’s excellent, so I am eager to try it too! Hope you have a nice day!

    Posted 10.19.17
  21. Nati wrote:

    WOW, the foundation with 50SPF sounds really tempting! I have my own holy grails, but I’m always testing new ones. I haven’t test any of the foundations on your top list, but I would definitely put the IT cosmetics cc cream and the Estée lauder double wear nude :) thanks for these tips!

    Posted 10.19.17
  22. I need to try the estee lauder nude for sure. I recently got the makeup HD but I don’t quite love it yet. The finish is so natural and it melts on your skin but I like a little bit more coverage
    The Color Palette

    Posted 10.18.17
  23. It’s the absolutely best! Highly recommend it!

    Posted 10.18.17
  24. It’s such a good one! Highly recommend it!

    Posted 10.18.17
  25. I agree! So amazing!

    Posted 10.18.17
  26. Shireen wrote:

    Hell yes to IT Cosmetics CC cream, it’s hands down one of the best!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    Posted 10.18.17
  27. Thank you for the suggestions! I really want to try IT Cosmetics

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    Posted 10.18.17
  28. I really want to try the IT cosmetics CC cream! x

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty

    Posted 10.18.17


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