How to Shop For Drugstore Foundation

Makeup artist Beau Nelson is the genius behind Kristen Stewart’s consistently fresh looking smoky eyes, but he’s also a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the science behind the products in his kit. So we asked him to swing by the office to help us navigate a sea of foundations available at drugstores.

Of all the products to snag on your weekly trip to CVS, foundation’s the hardest. You can’t test it on your skin, meaning you don’t know if the color matches or how the texture feels. So before you even start to look, Nelson suggests trying prestige foundations and then using one of the many foundation matrixes online, like Temptalia, to discover which color corresponds at the drugstore level (because you can easily test prestige foundations at a department store while you can’t even open the sealed bottles at a drugstore). The good news is, most cost less than $10 so there’s a little more wiggle room to, for example, buy two shades and mix them together for a custom blend.

Click through the above slideshow for the rest of Nelson’s helpful tips!