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Sometimes, we want to go full glam with our makeup looks. There's something almost therapeutic about sitting down in front of the mirror and going all out. After all, what's wrong with a little high-key makeup? We're so over the notion that in order for your makeup to look good, it has to be undetectable. Don't misunderstand us; we love a good no-makeup makeup look from time to time, but we also enjoy making the extra time and taking the extra effort sometimes to achieve a truly flawless (and iron-strong!) finish.
That brings us to full-coverage makeup products. They're a must for a full glam look, and we turn to them when we want to conceal pesky breakouts or an uneven skin tone. That said, there are so many formulas out there that it can feel impossible to choose one. But don't worry. We've done the hard work for you and compiled a list of the best full-coverage makeup options well worth your hard-earned dollars.
Keep reading to find the perfect one for you.
Best Overall: Revlon ColorStay Full Cover Foundation
Our senior editor, Lindsey, is such a fan of this foundation that she wore it for her wedding day. This full-coverage version of the original formula promises total matte coverage that won't crease or look cakey throughout the day. Plus, it's made with water instead of oil so you'll stay shine-free throughout the day.
Best Budget: NYX Professional Makeup Can't Stop Won't Stop Foundation
First of all, this foundation comes in 45 shades, which we're totally here for. The brand boasts that it "hustles as hard you do" by providing a matte finish that lasts up to 24 hours and doesn't transfer onto clothing. It's also noncomedogenic, so you don't have to compromise coverage for clogged pores.
Best Drugstore: Maybelline SuperStay Full Coverage Foundation
This full-coverage formula from Maybelline was voted the number one drugstore foundation, and we're honestly not surprised. The oil-free formula evens out the complexion while camouflaging imperfections seamlessly.
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Best Dewy: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream
Everyone is loving the dewy look these days and the Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel from bareMinerals can let you get in on the trend. It gives great coverage and will conceal and hydrate at the same time. It’s also chemical-free, so you can keep your glowing look without harming your sensitive skin. The SPF 30 will also help block the sun’s rays and keep your face looking fresh all day long.
Best for Dry Skin: Tarte Water Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15
When you have flaky, dry skin, the last thing you want is for your makeup to quit on you. Thanks to Tarte, you don’t have to worry about flaking foundation if you buy their Water Foundation in the Rainforest of the Sea Collection. Best suited for dry-skinned individuals, Tarte’s water foundation is full coverage and promises to last for up to 12 hours.
Best for Acne-Prone Skin: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
Rihanna has done it again. The singer-turned-beauty-mogul is receiving acclaim from all over the world for her Fenty Beauty line, and people dealing with acne are loving her Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation to help conceal blemishes without irritation. Because it’s oil-free, those with acne-prone skin can trust that it won’t cause another dreaded breakout. Available in more than 30 shades, you’re bound to find the match for your skin tone.
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Best Matte: Mac Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15
Ever taken a photo and shuddered at your shiny forehead or nose? It might be time to switch to makeup products that dry to a clean, matte finish. MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid foundation, complete with skin-protecting SPF 15, is the ultimate foundation for this smooth, effortless style. The brand promises you’ll stay shine-free for an impressive 24 hours.
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Best Mineral: EVXO Organic Liquid Mineral Foundation
Avoid adding harsh ingredients to your skin with a mineral makeup that works, like EVXO’s Natural Coverage Liquid Mineral Foundation Makeup. It's available in seven different shades, making it easy to find one that will match your skin tone.
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Best Stick: Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick
We love a good stick foundation. It's fast and easy to apply, and this one from Hourglass is no exception. It also happens to be formulated without mineral oil or parabens, so you can feel good about putting it on your skin. A pro tip? You can also invest in multiple shades to use for highlighting and contouring.
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Best Serum Texture: Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation
This high-coverage formula comes recommended by our senior editor, Hallie. It has a light, serum-like feel that doesn't weigh the skin down and lasts up to 24 hours.
Best CC Cream: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream With SPF 50+
This color-correcting cream offers full-coverage while providing the skin with collagen, peptides, and antioxidants that work together to improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines. It's also enriched with niacin, which promotes a more even skin tone and fights hyperpigmentation. As if that weren't enough, its SPF 50 protects against UVA and UVA damage.
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Best Cream: Cover FX Total Cream Cover Foundation
Enriched with emollients and vitamin C and E, this foundation-and-concealer-in-one provides benefits to the skin in addition to its great coverage. Its antioxidants protect against free-radical damage and soften the skin, while the creamy formula gives off a radiant glow. The brand adds that it's a great base for contouring because it's super blendable.
Best for Acne Scars: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15
Amazonian clay, vitamin E, and mineral pigments come together to soothe and soften the skin in this formula from Tarte. It offers non-caking, matte coverage that lasts up to 12 hours. We've found it to be one of the best foundations for covering acne scars thanks to its buildable, blendable coverage.
Best Vegan: Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation
According to the brand, this foundation is waterproof, sweatproof, and transfer-resistant for up to 24 hours. But that's not all. Apparently, it's full-coverage enough to even cover tattoos. And we love the fact that it's vegan and cruelty-free.
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