13 Best Liquid Foundations For Every Single Skin Type

And all of them look natural, I swear.
13 Best Liquid Foundations For Every Single Skin Type

Contrary to the fake beauty news floating around the internet, liquid foundation isn't just for people who want a full-coverage look and/or have dry skin. My oily skin prefers a sheer, natural finish and I wear liquid foundation every damn day, TYVM. The trick? You just have to find the right liquid foundation for your skin type and makeup goals. So to save you a lot of testing and inevitable foundation fails, I've rounded up the 13 best liquid foundations, below. You're welcome.

1. Best long-lasting liquid foundation

Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

Approx Dhs180

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If the thought of touching up or reapplying your foundation mid-day sounds awful (umm same), then you should def try this long-lasting liquid foundation. Not only does it last for hours, it's buildable and super lightweight too, so it won't feel thick or heavy on your face.

2. Best hydrating liquid foundation

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Approx Dhs158

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If you want a full-coverage face beat, but you also don't want to dry your skin TF out, go with this hydrating liquid foundation. It's packed with hyaluronic acid, a humectant that keeps your skin hydrated by pulling moisture from the air into your skin. Plus, it also contains silica powders, which blur the appearance of pores. It's like having an Instagram filter IRL.

3. Best matte liquid foundation

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Approx Dhs128

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After wearing this liquid foundation all weekend long, I can now say it's my new go-to for a night out. It'll last through any dance party—trust. And don't let the word 'matte' scare you—the oil-free formula gives me a natural, full-coverage look without drying out my skin.

4. Best lightweight liquid foundation

Dior Diorskin Forever Undercover 24-Hour Full Coverage Liquid Foundation

Approx Dhs191

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If you're like me and believe that there is no worse feeling than cake-y or heavy foundation, pls allow me to introduce you to this lightweight liquid foundation. The water-based formula is so light, it'll feel like you're not even wearing makeup.

5. Best liquid foundation for medium coverage

Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation

Approx Dhs154

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This liquid foundation is somewhere between full-coverage face makeup and a BB cream. A few pumps give medium coverage and leave your skin with a glowy, yet natural finish. PS—this is one of Meghan Markle's favorite foundations. Sold yet?

6. Best liquid foundation for sheer coverage

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

Approx Dhs169

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This liquid foundation is sheer, so it gives you light coverage with a little bit of shine (and I'm talking about the good shine, like the kind of glow you get from a highlighter). Plus, it's super hydrating (shout out to glycerin) and easy to build and layer, too.

7. Best liquid foundation for oily skin

Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation

Approx Dhs206

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If your foundation turns into a shiny, greasy mess by noon, swap it for this oil-free liquid foundation. The liquid-to-powder formula contains kaolinite clay to help absorb oil and keep your skin looking perfectly matte during the day.

8. Best liquid foundation for dry skin

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation

Approx Dhs143

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Finding the perfect foundation for dry skin is kind of like finding the perfect movie to watch on Netflix during a night in—it's hard. You need something that's long-lasting, moisturizing, and won't cause your skin to flake either. Well, look no further. Thanks to plant extracts and vitamin E in the formula, this liquid foundation for dry skin does all of the above.

9. Best liquid foundation for acne-prone skin

Neutrogena SkinClearing Oil-Free Foundation

Approx Dhs59

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This oil-free liquid foundation doesn't just cover your breakouts, it actually helps prevent and clear them up too. How? It contains salicylic acid, an acne-fighting ingredient that dissolves the dead skin cells and sebum that clog your pores and lead to pimples.

10. Best liquid foundation for combination skin

Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15

Approx Dhs173

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If your skin is like mine and parts of your face get oily (hello, forehead) and other parts stay super dry, then you're going to need a liquid foundation that's designed for combination skin. This one is formulated with natural mineral powders to help keep shine on the low, plus glycerin to deliver a boost of hydration to dry patches.

11. Best drugstore liquid foundation

NYX Professional Makeup Can't Stop Won't Stop Foundation

Approx Dhs55

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If you've been looking for a good liquid foundation that you can get at the drugstore, I've got the answer to your prayers. This one from NYX is lightweight, waterproof, and leaves you with a matte finish that won't suck all of the moisture from your skin. Oh, and it's vegan. What more could you ask for?

12. Best waterproof liquid foundation

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Foundation

Approx Dhs154

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If your day involves a hot and humid commute (hi, I can relate), then you don't want to leave home in the a.m. without putting on this waterproof foundation. The oil-free liquid formula is sweat-proof, transfer-resistant, and 100 percent stays on your face all day long.

13. Best skin-brightening liquid foundation

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

Approx Dhs173

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This liquid foundation comes with major skincare benefits. It's packed with both vitamin C and turmeric, two brighteners that can help even out your skin tone. Just dab a pump or two on your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin; then blend outward using a brush, your fingers, or a sponge.

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