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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
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.
Best Budget: L'Oréal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup
“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.
Best Drugstore: e.l.f. Cosmetics Flawless Finish Foundation
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!).
Best Splurge: Chantecaille Future Skin
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.
Best Texture: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
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.
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 by Rihanna Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint
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.
Best Medium Coverage: Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation
“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.
Best Full Coverage: Juvia’s Place I Am Magic Foundation
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.
Best Buildable: Monika Blunder Beauty Blunder Cover
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.
Best for Oily Skin: IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+
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.
Best for Acne-Prone Skin: NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
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.
Best for Dry Skin: ColourPop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Tinted Moisturizer
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.
Best Multipurpose: Honest Beauty CCC Clean Corrective With Vitamin C Tinted Moisturizer
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.
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.
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?
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.