The Most Natural-Looking Foundations for Daytime Wear, According to a Makeup Artist

There are so many foundations out there—each one promising something new and different. There's Laura Mercier's Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation ($48), which has a serum-like consistency and offers lit-from-within benefits. Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Foundation ($44) is thicker, but it also boasts transformative color-correcting and coverage. Not to mention, all the BB, CC, and DD formulas that have are mainstay on our shelves. Though the massive number of products we’re inundated with may seem overwhelming, there are a few varieties that are worth investigating—and applying—to your heart’s content. All you need is an expert makeup artist to explain when to use each one… But guess what? We did that for you.

Keep scrolling for the right foundation to use at each time during the day and night.