Summer is a beautiful, wonderful thing, brimming with rosé, pool parties, and dining al fresco. What's not beautiful, as I'm sure we're all aware, is mascara forming wet raccoon smudges under your eyes and foundation leaving salty, oxidized streaks down your face from the sun and sweat.
To stave off these disasters, I spent the last several weeks putting a bunch of foundations and skin tints to the test—with hours spent in my steamed-up bathroom, sweating through workouts, and suffering toe-to-toe with other commuters on non-air conditioned subway cars. While it's nearly impossible (and more than a little unnatural) to look perfectly matte in 90 percent humidity, there's still a way to have dewy, smooth, flawless skin regardless of the temperature—and the following 10 foundations are proof.
This product has won multiple Allure Best of Beauty awards, and for good reason. It’s a matte natural finish foundation and comes in an impressive 40 shades—I’m typically the palest shade in most face makeup ranges, and the fairest offering in this lineup was considerably too pale for me (which is to say, be sure to try before you buy!). It’s impossibly smooth and lasted through a long, humid walk to a very stressful vet appointment and hours spent in a hot kitchen later in the day. If you’re looking for a medium-to-full coverage foundation that lasts all day and looks great in photos, this one might be for you.
Make Up For Ever, Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation, $43, available at Sephora.