Some things in life are completely outside our realm of control. For example, the changing of the seasons. And while we're not exactly thrilled to pack away our swimsuits and sun-bleached bottles of SPF, we'll never turn down a perfectly legitimate excuse to give our skincare and makeup routines a seasonal overhaul. Like it or not, fall is coming, and the dark, drafty days typically require something more potent than summer's tints and balms.
However, that's not to say that this fall you have to layer your face with heavy, pore-congesting formulas. In fact, each and every year, makeup brands become increasingly adept in delivering what we truly want in our fall foundation: a complexion-perfecting formula that actually feels like our skin. This fall's crop of brand-new foundations definitely did not disappoint.
So out with the old and in with the new. According to our editors, these are the foundations that deliver the flawless skin you never thought you could get from a bottle. Keep scrolling for our list of the best new foundations for fall.
If you didn't think a compact foundation could deliver medium to full coverage and an impressive 12 hours of wear, think again. This new and innovative cushion formula from Dior is already making waves, brilliantly taking on pores, redness, and oil in one fell swoop.
Any foundation that practically promises youth in a bottle leaves us very much intrigued and admittedly a bit skeptical. However, after careful analysis, this foundation from It Cosmetics is the real deal. Oh, and it's one of the best in anticipation for fall. In terms of skin-saving ingredients, it has everything but the kitchen sink (caviar, collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamins, and a strategic blend of hydrating oils, to name just a few). Plus, it was developed by plastic surgeons, which, truth be told, is exciting just in itself.
Byrdie HQ can't stop raving about this medium-to-full-coverage matte foundation that leaves a soft, buffed effect while still letting your skin's natural radiance shine through. And since it's available in 40 shades of varying undertones, you're practically guaranteed to find your perfect match.
Though the original Double Wear formula certainly wasn't broken (FYI, it's a beauty industry and Team Byrdie favorite), there's never any harm in striving for improvement. Case in point: Estée Lauder's brand-new version of the iconic formula promises a healthier complexion thanks to an added dose of SPF and a quick hit of rejuvenating antioxidants.
If you're one of those people who struggles to crawl out of bed in the morning (especially once the days start getting shorter), consider this opulent foundation from Clé de Peau Beauté the ultimate beacon of light—literally. Not only is the packaging gorgeously radiant, but your face will be too, thanks to the formula's scientific Illuminating Complex EX, which yields luminous, soft-to-the-touch results. Oh, and it's a favorite of Byrdie Editorial Director Faith Xue.
Sure, a foundation can promise impeccable wear and even better coverage, but if the color is off? Forget it. With 35 (amazing) shades to choose from, this game-changing foundation from BareMinerals has the just-right shade for just about every skin tone. Additionally, it's formulated with SPF 20 (sorry, you'll still need your normal SPF too) and promises an impressive 24 hours of coverage.
Thoughtfully developed without parabens, phthalates, or fragrances, this glow-getting foundation from Burt's Bees has been generating a significant buzz throughout Byrdie HQ. Made with responsibly sourced meadow foam-seed oil (yes, apparently that's a thing), it yields the radiant, natural, and hydrating results comparable to its pricier counterparts.
If you're one of those people who's perpetually late, listen up: Run (don't walk) to score this new on-the-go-ready stick foundation from NARS. Not only does the foolproof stick come in clutch for en-route application, but the ingenious blender tip on the opposite side also ensures you'll never show up to work mismatched or streaky.
If the term "skin-fusion technology" doesn't prick your ears, we're not sure what will. Of course, there's always "15-hour wear" or "oil-free and transfer-resistant." Luckily, with this new-for-fall foundation from Laura Mercier, you don't have to choose. The matte, magnificently weightless texture is all yours. All you have to do is apply.
If you want to maintain a dewy and fresh complexion well into the fall months, this new one from celebrity makeup artist Gucci Westman acts as a second skin with moisturizing components like camellia seed oil, coconut oil, and squalane. It's super light, perfect for those who just want a bit of coverage. We recommend applying with a foundation brush to lightly buff it on.
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