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These Skin-Care Brand Foundations Cut Your Beauty Routine in Half

Zoe Weiner

Zoe WeinerSeptember 8, 2020

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Over the last few years, the line between “skin-care” and “makeup” has become increasingly blurred. These days, color cosmetics do a whole lot more than amp up your eyes or cover your blemishes—between SPF eyeshadows and concealers that actually treat your zits, paring down your beauty routine has never been easier. With all of this in mind, it’s no wonder that skin-care brands have decided to get into the game, with many of them launching good-for-skin foundations of their own.

While the idea of your favorite serum and moisturizer makers launching makeup is nothing new—Perricone MD and La Mer have had their hats in the foundation ring for years, for example—these products are getting more and more affordable. Case in point? On Tuesday, The Ordinary just brought its $7 foundation serum to the U.S. for the first time. Scroll through for some of the best skin-care brand foundations (at all price points) worth slathering all over your face, if nothing more than for the sake of cutting your beauty routine in half.

Look no further for makeup that is good for your skin

1. The Ordinary Serum Foundation, $7

The Ordinary made a name for itself by offering affordable skin-care products, and now it’s doing the same for foundation. This new-to-the-U.S. product (previously, it was only available in the UK), comes in 21 shades built to match your undertones, and is made with spreadable pigments that will never cake or crease.

Shop now: The Ordinary Serum Foundation, $7

2. Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, $26

Glossier’s “skin first” mantra extends to its makeup offerings, and this “skin perfecting tint’ is a perfect example. It’s ultra-sheer and breathable, but pigmented enough that it will even your skin tone and diminish the appearance of fine lines and pores.

Shop now: Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, $26

3. Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation Serum Broad Spectrum SPF 20, $60

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For makeup that feels like skin care, look no further than Perricone MD’s foundation serum. It’s made with wrinkle-minimizing neuropeptides, skin-tone-evening daisy flower extract, and antioxidant-packed bisabolo.

Shop now: Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation Serum Broad Spectrum SPF 20, $60

4. Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation, $45

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Lovers of facial oil will fall hard for this foundation serum, which is made with 100-percent argan oil for a tinted, dewy finish. The line only offers three shades, but the “chameleon pigments” blend to match nearly any skin tone.

Shop now: Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation, $45

5. La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20, $125

Photo: La Mer

When a product has “La Mer” on the label, you know it’s going to be good. The brand’s foundation is lauded for its long-wear properties, and works to visibly plump skin while hydrating it from the inside out.

Shop now: La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20, $125

6. Origins Pretty in Bloom™ SPF 20 Flower-Infused Long-Wear Foundation, $38

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Packed with 12 different floral ingredients, this foundation offers SPF 20 and promises to stay on all day. It’s resistant to sweat and humidity, and the product’s hydrating properties will keep skin happy from morning until night.

Shop now: Origins Pretty in Bloom™ SPF 20 Flower-Infused Long-Wear Foundation, $38

Here’s a closer look at a dermatologist’s daily skin-care routine:

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