If you’re planning a day out, you would be crazy to not consider a long lasting foundation. This type of makeup is designed to be worn all day and if chosen properly, they will do wonders for your skin. Ideally, you want to find one that controls your moisture (and oil) and doesn’t irritate your skin. Which long lasting foundation is best for you? There are several things to consider before you buy.

Our Picks for the Best Long Lasting Foundations

FoundationNumber of Hours
Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte Plus Poreless Foundation Makeup12
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Liquid Foundation 25
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation24
MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation12+
Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Foundation 12

Do Long Lasting Foundations Damage Skin?

It is just the opposite. The perfect foundation for your complexion that is specifically designed to be “long lasting,” not only evens your skin tone but also protects it. Consider the environment as one example. Pollution, harsh elements and varying temperatures can all do a number on your face and neck.

Applying a full coverage liquid or cream foundation will serve you best and provides a healthy radiance and ideal base over your skin. Some of these foundations also include a sunscreen, delivering a helpful SPF to keep sun damage away. In addition, a long lasting foundation allows you to achieve the flawless, airbrushed look you are seeking, because it offers excellent coverage over any imperfection.

Famous celebrity makeup artist Sandy Linter tells BeautyTipToday, a little foundation is the “building block to makeup.” She prefers this method for the famous faces she works on:

“I usually apply a liquid or cream, and then throw a powder foundation in my bag for touch-ups. That’s also what I do with models, actresses, etc.”

Do Long Lasting Foundations Clog Pores?

Yes, these kinds of “heavier” foundations feature amazing full coverage but can clog the pores if you become careless in your beauty routine. Even acne-prone women can enjoy the perfect appearance of long lasting foundations, as long as they carefully remove their makeup at night, use proper cleansers, toners and any other skin care product that targets oilier or sensitive complexions.

Celebrity dermatologist Sam Bunting advises mixing long lasting with lighter formulations to even up the amount of foundation you’re wearing and to only use the long lasting makeup where you absolutely need it.

In the meantime, stop scrubbing your face and neck with facial sponges and brushes when trying to unclog pores. Instead, Dr. Bunting recommends, “Using a gentle non-foaming wash with a damp muslin cloth (no scrubbing) is fine.”

Are Long Lasting Foundations Good for Oily or Acne Prone Skin?

Those women who are often challenged by pimples and other break-outs can still apply long lasting foundation, as long as the product is made uniquely for their complexion type. The word “non-comedogenic ” should be visibly noticeable on the foundation bottle or tube, and it simply means that it will not clog your pores. Long lasting foundations made for oily or acne prone skin are often developed with lighter, water bases to avoid that caked on look and texture, according to SugarScape.

Mineral based foundations are also terrific for these complexion types, because the ingredients are naturally pure, look like powders but glide on like silky creams. Long lasting mineral foundations also don’t seep into the pores but actually sit on top of the skin and still deliver a breath-able makeup look.

How can I make my Foundation Last Longer?

That is the million dollar question, but since everyone’s skin is unique and behaves differently during various occasions and weather climates, there is a solution. It’s called loose powder. This is the final step in your makeup routine and can allow your beautiful face to remain fully made up and fresh, without a hint of oiliness and staleness starting to creep in.

The late and great celebrity makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin was brilliant at creating flawless faces. In the book “Kevyn Aucoin a Beautiful Life: The Success, Struggles, and Beauty Secrets of …”, he always used a loose powder to add a sealing effect. He made stunning faces like Jennifer Lopez, Cindy Crawford, Gwyneth Paltrow and Janet Jackson look even more spectacular with his makeup artistry.

He believed that “powder makes perfect” and lightly swept a loose powder across the face after finishing his look on a client. Kevyn Aucoin also recommended putting extra loose powder under the eyes when applying eye makeup. That way, any excess could be quickly swept away without leaving any marks under the eyes. If eye shadow was too intense, Kevyn Aucoin would also use loose powder to tone down the shade and keep the color longer lasting.

Some professional makeup artists also advise lightly spritzing on a foundation finishing spray, rather than a loose powder. These sprays are made with a lightweight base and resist unwanted color fade, cracking, creasing, etc.

If you prefer a natural setting spray, you can also make your own. YouTube’s Huda Beauty helps you make one with rose water. It smells heavenly and really works. Check out the video below:

Our Final Recommendations

L’Oreal Paris Cosmetics Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation
L'areal infallible foundation
If you are looking for a budget, drugstore foundation for everyday use, then this long lasting foundation from L’Oreal Paris will certainly do the trick! This foundation is water based and oil free. Which makes it ideal for oily skin. The foundation guarantees 24 hours of coverage. My clients have reported that they have it on for more than 16 hours (with a primer) without any issues. It’s very lightweight and is very easy to blend.

It would be nice if it also contains SPF. The foundation dries faster than you would expect so be sure to apply with a wet sponge. This foundation is wildy popular, look around and you will see rave reviews for this product. It’s also one that I would highly recommend to my clients.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

best long lasting foundationMake Up For Ever is no stranger in the cosmetics industry. The Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation is the company’s flagship product and there is good reason that it is. One thing that separates this foundation from the crowd is that it’s specifically designed for photos and videos. It looks smooth on your skin even under 4K lenses.

It’s a full coverage foundation but it feels light weight. It works for more than 12+ hours. I’ve tried it on for around 6 hours before oil comes through. However, I have a very oily T-Zone so it might be the same in your case. The foundation comes in 40 shades. It’s a great long-lasting foundation for oily, acne prone and rosacea skin.

When trying this foundation, one I advice that I can give you is to try it out with different concealers. I’ve found that concealers from MAC works well with this foundation. It is not very moisturizing but it’s also not too dry. It comes off easily at the end of the day. It is not fragrance-free.

I would give this foundation a go if you are doing a lot of photos and videos, like at weddings or some other outdoor events. It will last you all day!