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Whether you’re rocking a face full of freckles or a just a few dots here and there, finding the perfect foundation doesn’t have to be tricky. And while we’re all about enhancing the look of your freckles, we totally understand the desire to cover them up, too. No matter your choice, there's a foundation out there waiting for you.
Here, find our favorite foundations for freckles, all of which can help you tailor your desired look.
Best Overall: Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint
Are you a big fan of your freckles? Great—so are we, which is why we love this ultra-sheer skin tint. Equal parts skincare and makeup, this weightless formula doesn’t deliver full coverage but still evens out your complexion. Concerns like discoloration, blemishes, and redness are effectively hidden while still keeping your face looking as natural as possible. Consider this your go-to for a no-makeup makeup look. Before applying, shake the bottle well and use your fingertips to blend throughout the face.
Best Budget: NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Skin Veil
Looking refreshed on a budget? It’s a thing now. This lightweight formula not only provides breathable coverage but moisturizes the skin for a soft, dewy finish. Though the texture feels creamy and flexible, it’s never heavy or cakey on the skin. Accentuate your freckles by using a small amount of product or amp up the coverage by building it on. Infused with aloe and cucumber extracts, it delivers hydration for up to eight hours with no grease in sight.
Best Drugstore: e.l.f. Cosmetics Flawless Finish Foundation
This oil-free formula does it all—covers up imperfections, provides a seamless semi-matte finish, and brightens your complexion. The best part: You can toggle between full coverage or sheer coverage, just by how heavy or light your hand is when applying. It’s also a great deal, so you can grab a backup or two for when you’re traveling.
Best Full Coverage: Juvia’s Place I Am Magic Foundation
You may recognize this bright bottle from YouTube—a slew of beauty heavy-hitters have raved about its coverage. Available in 42 shades, there’s a formula for everyone. Users love the formula for its long-lasting wear and consistency. If you’re looking to completely cover up your freckles (and any other marks), this formula is ideal. Fair warning: A little goes a long way, so start small and build up.
Best Medium Coverage: BECCA Skin Love Weightless Blur Foundation
Improve the look of your skin with this velvety medium coverage foundation, which is bound to get you a ton of skin compliments. Because this foundation is neither full coverage or sheer, it’s ideal for those who already love the look of their skin but need some extra blurring and brightening. The pigments work to diffuse the appearance of imperfections and blemishes, while avocado and melon quench dry skin.
Best Sheer: Prescriptives Traceless Skin Responsive Tint
Ready to rock those freckles? This sheer formula gives you that opportunity—and more. This foundation lives up to its name as it’s essentially a “veil,” lightly masking your skin to balance your complexion while still looking like your skin. One user loves this foundation for the same reasons we do: The gentle formula, ultra-light coverage, and major moisturizing benefits.
Best Texture: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
A silky-smooth texture is necessary when applying foundation to your face, and even more unconventional places like your chest and shoulders. This liquid formula glides over the skin easily, hugging every curve and delivering a second-skin finish that looks natural. The Micro-Fil technology brings high-impact pigments together in a weightless formula. For a seamless airbrushed look, apply with a very dense blending brush.
Best for Dry Skin: Gabriel Cosmetics Moisturizing Liquid Foundation
Made with evening primrose, jojoba, and sesame seed oils, this liquid foundation supplies much-needed hydration all day long. But don’t let the moisture fool you—there’s no slipping or sliding with this formula. It stays in place and provides a soft glow as well. Users find that the cooler (read: not yellow) shades accurately match their skin tones and that the formula is best applied with their fingers.
Best for Oily Skin: IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte
This best-selling CC cream is a favorite of ours. The oil-free formula is ideal for those who tend to be oilier or have acne-prone skin, though the inclusion of ingredients like collagen and peptides encourage youthful, firm skin that feels and looks smooth. Charcoal draws out excess sebum and impurities, detoxifying your complexion as you go about your day. All you need are one or two pumps to completely cover your skin.
Best Luxury: NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
We’re all about that glow—and so are fans of this foundation. Users love how effective the formula is at color correcting and balancing the skin tone. Bringing out your natural beauty is easy with vitamin C, for brightening the face, and turmeric, which evens out your complexion. Plus, the formula’s powerful antioxidants combat free radicals and environmental pollutants.
Best Long-Wear: Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation
Stay fresh and radiant all day with a foundation that lasts for up to 15 hours. The fine powders within the formula absorb excess oils, so remaining grease-free is a non-issue. Although it provides a matte finish, the finish itself is never dull or cakey, but rather smooth, silky, and believable. The product is best used after warming it up with your fingers—this makes it easier to spread and blend—and applied from the middle of the face outward.
Best for Body: Dermablend Leg and Body Makeup
Freckles can show up in areas other than your face. This can require a heavy-duty foundation that is not only buildable but blendable as well. This lightweight foundation ticks all those boxes. With up to 16 hours (!) of comfortable and flawless wear, consider this formula a body makeover in a tube. The smudge-proof and transfer-resistant formula means that you can go anywhere and wear anything knowing that your makeup will stay put. We also love that it has SPF 25.