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2021 Best Long Lasting Foundations Guide

by Sandy Taylor

If you’re planning a day out, you would be crazy to not consider a long-lasting foundation. This type of makeup is designed to be worn all day and if chosen properly, they will do wonders for your skin. Ideally, you want to find one that controls your moisture (and oil) and doesn’t irritate your skin. Which long-lasting foundation is best for you? There are several things to consider before you buy which I will go over in this post.

Our Picks for the Best Long Lasting Foundations

MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

The Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation is one of the best long-lasting foundations for dry skin. It contains hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that helps your dry skin retain moisture and creates a plumping effect. It’s a medium to full coverage foundation that can last up to 24 hours with a natural finish.

One thing that separates this foundation from the crowd is that it’s specifically designed for photos and videos. It looks smooth on your skin even under 4K lenses. This is because it contains Make Up For Ever’s skin fusing technology, which makes the foundation blend seamlessly.

This is one of the best full coverage long-lasting foundations that feels lightweight. The foundation comes in 50 shades.

I would give this foundation a go if you are doing a lot of photos and videos, like at weddings or some other outdoor events. It will last you all day!

Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation

The Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation is one of the best long-lasting foundations for oily skin. This is a full coverage foundation with excellent oil control and a matte finish. It can last up to 24 hours.

It’s great for oil control because it’s water-based. This means that the foundation provides good hydration for your skin and helps to control sebum production. The matte finish helps to keep shine away throughout the day.

It’s also oil-free which means it won’t add extra weight to your skin, giving you natural weightless coverage. 

This foundation comes with a unique dropper applicator so you have better control of how much product to use.

It is cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free and alcohol-free. 

Best Drugstore Long-Lasting Foundations

L’Oreal Paris Cosmetics Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

If you are looking for a budget, drugstore foundation for everyday use, the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation is the best long-lasting drugstore foundation for oily skin. This foundation is water-based and oil-free. Which makes it ideal for oily skin. The foundation guarantees 24 hours of coverage. My clients have reported that they have it on for more than 16 hours (with a primer) without any issues. It’s very lightweight and is very easy to blend.

It would be nice if it also contains SPF. The foundation dries faster than you would expect so be sure to apply with a wet sponge. This foundation is wildly popular, look around and you will see rave reviews for this product. It’s also one that I would highly recommend to my clients.

Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Liquid Makeup

The Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Liquid Makeup is one of the best long-lasting foundations for older skin. This foundation can last up to 12 hours is formulated with Neutrogena’s Tone Correcting Complex – a nourishing formula that helps to slow down the effects of aging.

Neutrogena’s Tone Correcting Complex is a blend of antioxidants, soy, and vitamins A, C, E. These antioxidants help to fight against your body’s free radicals and help to slow down the effects of aging. 

This is a medium coverage foundation that is buildable to full coverage. It covers wrinkles well and it doesn’t settle into fine lines.

This foundation has added broad-spectrum protection (SPF 20)  that helps to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. 

There are 8 shades to choose from. 

BTW,  I have written a detailed guide on the best foundations for mature skin. Check it out if you have time.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation

The Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation is one of the best long-lasting foundations for combination skin. This foundation can last up to 25 hours and is formulated with Rimmel’s Comfort Serum which is a hydrating formula that moisturizes dry skin while controlling sebum production on oily skin.

This is a medium to full coverage foundation that is lightweight and waterproof and transfer-proof.

This foundation is formulated with SPF 20 sun protection so that you can stay out all day.

There are 5 shades to choose from.

Long-Lasting Foundations: What You Need To Know

Do Long-Lasting Foundations Damage Skin?

It is just the opposite. The perfect foundation for your complexion that is specifically designed to be “long-lasting,” not only evens your skin tone but also protects it. Consider the environment as one example. Pollution, harsh elements and varying temperatures can all do a number on your face and neck.

Applying a full-coverage liquid or cream foundation will serve you best and provides a healthy radiance and ideal base over your skin. Some of these foundations also include sunscreen, delivering a helpful SPF to keep sun damage away. In addition, a long-lasting foundation allows you to achieve the flawless, airbrushed look you are seeking because it offers excellent coverage over any imperfection.

Do Long-Lasting Foundations Clog Pores?

Yes, these kinds of “heavier” foundations feature amazing full coverage but can clog the pores if you become careless in your beauty routine. Even acne-prone women can enjoy the perfect appearance of long-lasting foundations, as long as they carefully remove their makeup at night, use proper cleansers, toners and any other skincare product that targets oilier or sensitive complexions.

I advise mixing long-lasting with lighter formulations to even up the amount of foundation you’re wearing and to only use the long-lasting makeup where you absolutely need it.

In the meantime, stop scrubbing your face and neck with facial sponges and brushes when trying to unclog pores. Instead, Dr. Bunting recommends, “Using a gentle non-foaming wash with a damp muslin cloth (no scrubbing) is fine.”

Are Long Lasting Foundations Good for Oily or Acne-Prone Skin?

Those women who are often challenged by pimples and other break-outs can still apply long-lasting foundation, as long as the product is made uniquely for their complexion type. The word “non-comedogenic ” should be visibly noticeable on the foundation bottle or tube, and it simply means that it will not clog your pores. Long-lasting foundations made for oily or acne-prone skin are often developed with lighter, water bases to avoid that caked on look and texture.

Mineral-based foundations are also terrific for these complexion types because the ingredients are naturally pure, look like powders but glide on like silky creams. Long-lasting mineral foundations also don’t seep into the pores but actually, sit on top of the skin and still deliver a breath-able makeup look.

How can I make my Foundation Last Longer?

That is the million-dollar question, but since everyone’s skin is unique and behaves differently during various occasions and weather climates, there is a solution. It’s called loose powder. This is the final step in your makeup routine and can allow your beautiful face to remain fully made up and fresh, without a hint of oiliness and staleness starting to creep in.

I always believe that “powder makes perfect. I recommended putting extra loose powder under the eyes when applying eye makeup. That way, any excess could be quickly swept away without leaving any marks under the eyes. If eye shadow was too intense, I would also use loose powder to tone down the shade and keep the color longer lasting.

Some professional makeup artists also advise lightly spritzing on a foundation finishing spray, rather than a loose powder. These sprays are made with a lightweight base and resist unwanted color fade, cracking, creasing, etc.

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