13 of the Best Foundations for Freckled Faces

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Here at Byrdie HQ, we're all about embracing your skin—whether that's visible wrinkles, breakouts, or freckles. But we know full well that not everybody agrees; that's precisely why the market is flooded with products aimed at covering those very things up or at least making them less visible to the public.

So while we can assure you that your freckles are beautiful and worthy of showing off, if you'd prefer to cover them up with a full-coverage foundation, we've got some great options for you. And if you'd like to keep them partly visible with a sheer option, we've got you covered (get it?) there too.

When choosing a foundation for freckled skin, you'll want to keep your skin type in mind, as well as your preferred product format. Ingredients that can save you from buying additional products and foundations that are buildable for different facial area cover needs are also key points to watch for. Keep reading for a list of the best foundations for freckles, all of which can help you tailor your desired look.

Best Overall

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint

Perfecting Skin Tint

 Courtesy og Glossier

What We Like
  • Very breathable

  • Refining

  • Vegan formula

  • Infused with diamond power for blurring effect

What We Don't Like
  • May cause breakouts for some

What do buyers say? 2,100+ Glossier reviewers rated this product 4 stars or higher.

To even out skin without hiding it, this sheer tint is the perfect combination of light coverage and breathability. Instead of covering skin, Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint blurs it out to give your skin a smoother, soft-focus effect.

Coverage: Thin/Sheer | Shade Range: 12; Fair to Deep Dark | Finish: Dewy | Size: 1.0 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No

Best Budget

L'Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Liquid Foundation

4.9
L'Oreal Paris Makeup True Match
What We Like
  • True-match colors

  • Oil-free

  • Applies evenly

  • Huge shade range

What We Don't Like
  • Not good for sensitive skin

“For an affordable option I love L’Oreal True Match,” says Monika Blunder, celebrity makeup artist and owner of Monika Blunder Beauty. The foundation comes in a variety of shades and undertones, making it easy to find one that matches skin perfectly. The medium coverage provides some coverage for freckles, but it’s easy to build or sheer out where needed.

Coverage: Medium | Shade Range: 42; Fair to Deep Dark | Finish: Natural | Size: 1.0 oz. | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No

Best Drugstore

e.l.f. Cosmetics Flawless Satin Foundation

e.l.f. Cosmetics Flawless Finish Foundation

Courtesy of Target

What We Like
  • Buildable and blendable

  • Weightless

  • Enriched with glycerin

What We Don't Like
  • Not a lot of staying power

For fuller coverage, this super affordable foundation will cover most freckles and give skin a blank-slate look. It also has SPF 15, so it will provide some sun protection (although we still suggest applying sunscreen!).

Coverage: Medium-to-Full | Shade Range: 26; Fairest Fair to Richest | Finish: Semi-Matte | Size: 0.68 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No

Best Splurge

Chantecaille Future Skin Oil-Free Gel Foundation

Chantecaille Future Skin Oil-Free Gel Foundation

Chantecaille

What We Like
  • Contains natural botanicals

  • Helps prevent environmentally caused oxidation

  • Soothing

What We Don't Like
  • More light than medium coverage to some

While pricier than other options on this list, the Chantecaille foundation offers a super unique gel texture that hydrates and soothes skin with aloe, chamomile, and arnica. Blunder likes its lightweight texture because it allows freckles to shine through while still providing coverage.

Coverage: Medium-to-Full | Shade Range: 15; Fair to Dark | Finish: Flawless | Size: 1.0 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No

Best Texture

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

4.6
Luminous Silk Foundation

Nordstrom

What We Like
  • Glides on

  • Large shade selection

  • Gives a very natural look

What We Don't Like
  • Smell is unappealing to some

This silky, liquid foundation makes it a favorite of makeup artists and celebs, and the medium coverage offers a good balance for freckled skin. The radiant glow it leaves behind makes it worth the high cost.

Coverage: Buildable Medium-to-Full | Shade Range: 40; Fair to Deep | Finish: Luminous | Size: 1.0 oz. | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No

armani beauty luminous silk foundation

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What Our Testers Say

"I wore the product around my house for the entire day and couldn’t help but get my camera out and take a few bomb selfies. My skin looked so smooth and flawless—you couldn’t tell me I wasn’t a model backstage at fashion week." — Khera Alexander, Product Tester

Best Sheer

Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint

Sephora

What We Like
  • Covers redness

  • Creates a glow

  • Hydrating

What We Don't Like
  • Might be cakey

For barely-there coverage that still magically transforms skin, you’ll love this skin tint from Fenty. The sheer application sticks around on skin—the long-wear formula is designed to stay put through sweat and humidity, and won’t transfer.

Coverage: Light | Shade Range: 25; Light to Deep | Finish: Natural | Size: 1.08 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No

Best Medium Coverage

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation

aqua-foundation

Courtesy of Sephora

What We Like
  • Sweat-resistant

  • Nourishing mineral-rich formula

  • Featherweight

What We Don't Like
  • Looks dull to some

“My favorite foundations tend to be buildable and cream-based. With freckles specifically, I like a formula you can sheer out in areas where you want your freckles to show through, and build up in areas where you want more coverage,” says Blunder. That’s why this Koh Gen Do foundation is one of her recommendations for freckles—the long-wearing formula stays all day, too.

Coverage: Medium | Shade Range: 10; Neutral to Warm | Finish: Natural | Size: 1.01 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No

Best Full Coverage

Juvia's Place I Am Magic Foundation

Juvia’s Place I Am Magic Velvety Matte Foundation

Ulta

What We Like
  • Over 40 shades

  • Creamy feel

  • Good coverage

What We Don't Like
  • Oily to some

With 36 shades, it’s easy to find the best match to completely cover skin. And despite the stellar coverage, the formula still looks natural. The soft matte finish covers blemishes and freckles alike and looks as good at the end of the day as it does when it’s first applied.

Coverage: Light | Shade Range: 42; Very Very Light to Deepest Darkest | Finish: Velvet Matte | Size: 1.0 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No

Best Buildable

Monika Blunder Blunder Cover

BLUNDER COVER
What We Like
  • Works as a concealer and foundation

  • Skin-like finish

  • Full of only natural ingredients

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey for its size

Blunder recommends her own product, Blunder Cover, for its ability to play well with freckles. The formula can be used as both a concealer and a foundation and can be sheered out or built up depending on what kind of coverage you’re looking for.

Coverage: Medium-to-Full | Shade Range: 20; Fair to Deep Dark | Finish: Natural | Size: 0.62 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Best for Oily Skin

IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

4.3
IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

Macy's

What We Like
  • Provides broad-spectrum UV protection

  • Goes beyond color-correcting

  • Also works as an anti-aging serum

What We Don't Like
  • Feels heavy to some

As someone whose skin can get pretty oily, I found the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ to work perfectly with my skin type. It covers well and stays on throughout the day, and the benefits of sun protection and skin-beneficial ingredients make it a good multitasker.

Coverage: Full | Shade Range: 12; Very Fair to Deep | Finish: Natural | Size: 1.08 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No

Best for Acne-Prone Skin

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

 Courtesy of Sephora

What We Like
  • Glides on weightlessly

  • 16-hour coverage

  • Humidity-resistant

What We Don't Like
  • Very watery consistency

Those with acne-prone skin who are looking for more coverage will like this foundation from Nars. It’s oil-free, gives a natural matte finish (despite the name), and really does feel weightless on the skin—which is a must when skin is prone to breakouts. The medium to full coverage will cover most freckles, but it can be applied lightly to allow some to peek through.

Coverage: Full | Shade Range: 14; Fair to Dark | Finish: Satin, Luminous | Size: 1.08 oz. | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No

Best for Dry Skin

ColourPop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Tinted Moisturizer

4.1
ColourPop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Acid Tinted Moisturizer

 Courtesy of Ulta

What We Like
  • Evens skin tone

  • Contains hyaluronic acid

  • Leaves skin feeling hydrated

What We Don't Like
  • May be sticky

Formulated with hyaluronic acid and coconut water to give skin a hydration boost, this tinted moisturizer provides lightweight coverage to let freckles show through while still blurring imperfections you want to hide.

Coverage: Lightweight | Shade Range: 20; Fair to Deep Dark | Finish: Natural | Size: 1.45 oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No

Best Multipurpose

Honest Beauty CCC Clean Corrective with Vitamin C Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

5
Honest Beauty CCC Clean Corrective with Vitamin C Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

Amazon

What We Like
  • Mineral-based sunscreen and blue light defense

  • Skin-perfecting

  • Dermatologist-tested

What We Don't Like
  • Can be flaky

For coverage, sun protection, and skincare, turn to this tinted moisturizer, which is a favorite of Blunders. Vitamin C helps even out your natural skin tone, and it offers light to medium coverage and a dewy finish.

Coverage: Light-to-Medium | Shade Range: 9; Fair to Rich | Finish: Luminous, Dewy | Size: 1.08 oz. | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: Yes

Final Verdict

Keep a few foundations in your bag so you have options, whether you want to show off your freckles or cover them up. For everyday use we recommend the imperfection blurring Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, but when you want full coverage, turn to Juvia's Place I Am Magic Foundation to cover freckles and blemishes without worrying about a cakey finish.

What to Look For in a Foundation

Find your perfect formula

“Find a formula that layers well, so you can touch up mid-day if needed,” suggests Blunder. For her, that formula is cream foundations. “You have the ability to blend it out if it moves or creases, and you’re on with your day!” she says.


Buildable options give you more control

For the best of both worlds, look for foundations that let you build where needed. This lets you cover dark circles, blemishes, and dark spots while giving you the option to sheer out the formula over freckles.

Consider your skin type

You may love the look of a foundation in photos, but if it isn't the best choice for your skin type, you'll find yourself disappointed with the results. If you get pimples easily, choosing a product designed for acne-prone skin will save you from dealing with a breakout. Whereas if you have oily skin, a heavily moisturizing foundation can make you appear greasy.

Complementary ingredients can save you money

We all occasionally get caught in the trap of buying too many skincare products, so choosing a foundation that offers additional benefits like hyaluronic acid or vitamin C can save you from having to purchase those separately.

FAQ
  • Should you wear foundation if you have freckles?

    Freckled skin can be treated just like skin that doesn't have freckles when it comes to foundation. If you want your freckles to still be visible through your foundation, choose a lighter coverage formula that won't cover them completely.

  • What color cancels out freckles?

    If you're looking to minimize the appearance of your freckles, it's best to choose a foundation that offers full and/or buildable coverage. Yellow or orange pigments will contrast freckles to help further minimize their appearance if you need an additional boost beyond foundation alone.

  • How do you hide freckles with foundation?

    A strong, full coverage foundation should drastically reduce the appearance of your freckles. Your foundation should completely match your skin tone. Adding a powder after your foundation will conceal them even further. Provided you care properly for your freckled skin, you may be able to prevent them from getting any darker.

Why Trust Byrdie?

Joline Buscemi is a Byrdie contributor and beauty writer for several publications. After testing more foundations that she can keep track of, she knows what makes for the best application no matter your skin type.

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