In high school, I always feared hugging a friend or love interest would result in streaking their clothes or skin with foundation. Then, of course, the world would end, because it was high school. While I've become slightly less dramatic with age, I still don't want to go around getting my foundation on unsuspecting people (or clothing I'm trying on or my sunglasses or my phone).
Enter these transfer-resistant foundations. They provide long-lasting coverage that looks fresh all day and won't rub off all over the items your face comes into contact with. Keep scrolling for the best transfer-proof foundations that will stay put all day long.
KVD Vegan Beauty Lock-It Foundation
Only the teeniest drop of this foundation is needed for medium-to-full coverage. Once applied, it stays put until it's time to wash your face at the end of the day. With a matte finish and serious staying power, this formula is not for the faint-of-heart.
Fenty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
There is literally nothing Rihanna can't do. This matte foundation comes in a whopping 40 shades, and once it dries down, you better believe that it's not going anywhere. We highly recommend you use either a brush or a makeup sponge to apply it since using your fingers doesn't quite yield the same natural-looking results.
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
A ride-or-die foundation for the ages. This classic liquid foundation glides onto your face like a second skin, gently buffing away imperfections like a Snapchat filter IRL. The end result: a natural finish that won't transfer to your shirt collar.
Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation
Over 1500 five-star reviews on Sephora don't lie. This medium-coverage matte foundation is one of the best long-lasting, transfer-resistant formulas out there. Reviewers say that it helps control oil without feeling heavy and that it stays on all day.
Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation
This foundation does not come to play. It's full-coverage, waterproof, and super pigmented (read: you only need a tiny bit for an airbrushed look that lasts all day—or night). There are 24 shades that take undertones into account, so you should be able to find your perfect match.
Maybelline New York Super Stay Full Coverage Foundation
An oil-free foundation that gives natural-looking coverage. The formula is on the thicker side, so it takes a bit of blending, but once applied, you could try on hundreds of shirts without accidentally getting foundation smudges all over them.
Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Longwear Natural Matte Foundation
Can a foundation be sultry? Yes, if it's from YSL. The creamy, light formula is a dream to apply, and it also contains black tea.
Black tea is a type of tea that is more oxidized than other teas, thereby contributing to its darker color and stronger flavor. Black tea's high concentration of antioxidants and caffeine is believed to protect skin from environmental damage and make skin brighter, firmer, and less puffy.
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation
This foundation is infused with kaolinite clay, which helps soak up excess oil and keeps skin looking fresh all day. It also has over 1800 five-star reviews on Sephora to back up its long-wear claims. The oil-free formula makes this a nice pick for oily, acne-prone skin types.
Kaolin clay (aka China clay) is a naturally occurring clay mineral. It is gentler than other clay varieties, and when applied to the skin, is known to reduce oiliness, inflammation, and redness.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup
A lightweight foundation that lives up to its name. It simply does not budge. Once applied, it dries down to a matte—but not chalky—finish. Plus, it comes in over 55 shades.
Blk/Opl True Color Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation SPF 15
You don't have to spend the equivalent of six pumpkin spice lattes to get a long-lasting foundation. The proof: this $11 find from Blk/Opl. The stick formula dries down to a velvety finish that doesn't feel heavy and won't end up all over your phone screen. Blk/Opl's Shade ID technology ensures you'll find the perfect shade for your skin tone, while vitamins C and E nourish the skin.