Best Foundations for Sheer to Full Coverage


What do we want? Even toned skin and a blinding glow without the heavy, unnatural makeup look!

When do we want it? Now!

Flawless foundation is every makeup enthusiast’s dream, and one of the most important factors in determining whether your dreams will come true is the type of foundation you use.

Owning at least one sheer foundation product is the key to achieving the flawless, glowing, and natural full coverage look without any hassle. Never mind if you’re not sure how to apply it. You’ll learn that in this article.

You’ll also find a list of the holy grail sheer foundation products many make-up artists swear by, to help you get the ultimate look you desire.

Ready? Let’s go!

How Do I Make Sheer Foundation Full Coverage?

The best foundation finishing is when it looks like a second skin. If you’ll take a light look over heavier looks, especially during the summer, then sheer foundation is the way to go.

Sheer foundation is a light, silky foundation formula that is weightless on the skin. Its light nature gives you a natural look, although one coat may not give you full coverage (acne and freckles may still be a little visible.)

But this also means that you can apply several coats on your skin without looking cakey if you want to achieve full coverage.

To apply sheer foundation as full coverage, these are the steps to follow:

  • Prep your skin first in readiness for the foundation. You can use a primer that’s suitable for your skin, depending on your skin type.
  • Apply a thin layer of light foundation over your entire face, up to your neck.
  • You can blend in with a foundation brush, a makeup blender, your hands, or a sponge, depending on the type of foundation you have (stick, compact, liquid, etc.)
  • Blend in thoroughly, leave no congealed parts on your skin to avoid looking unnatural.
  • If the layer of foundation you applied does not offer enough coverage, dab on a little more on the spots you would like to cover up, and then blend in adequately to fit the previous layer.
  • When you’re done with your entire makeup routine, apply a few sprays of makeup setting spray to ensure your makeup stays in place for as long as possible.

What Is the Number 1 Full Coverage Foundation?

Some sheer foundation products are great, others are really great, but the overall best, based on popular ratings by top makeup review sites, is Becca Cosmetics Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation.

We love this product because it is long-wearing, a whopping 24-hour long coverage. It also gives one of the smoothest matte finishes you can ask for. It’s perfect for layering, whether you’ve used other products already or not.

With this sheer foundation, you get a natural, light finish that’s great for summertime and anytime you need a light foundation look. It’s available in 42 shades, so everybody gets something for their skin!

4 Other Most Popular Foundations Make-Up Artists Use

If you’ve always wanted to look like stunning Hollywood stars with their glam yet natural, glowing faces, then you must get your hands on any of the sheer foundations their makeup artists use.

1.    Westman Atelier Vital Skin Foundation

If you want a blendable, super-creamy foundation, then Westman Atelier’s is what you’ll like. This is the product stars like Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

This foundation is developed with phytosphingosine to help lock in moisture, keeping your skin supple all day long. It’s a stick foundation that keeps your skin free of fine lines, clean and fresh.

2.    Dior Forever

Emily Blunt’s looks are often achieved using this high-perfection, ultra-hydrating foundation that gives the best complexion look you would love. It comes in two finishes; velvet matte and luminous glow.

It’s versatile and smoothens out your face, so you don’t have to worry about fine lines. It’s loaded with fruit extracts that are quite beneficial to your place.  

3.    Chanel Ultra Le Teint

This is a liquid foundation that’s long-lasting and quite light. You could spot it on Rachel Weisz and Saoirse Ronan during the Golden Globes awards. Applying this foundation is quite easy too. Just place a few drops on your palm and rub it together. Rub the foundation over your face upwards and then outwards to achieve a subtle, silky finish.

4.    BeautyCounter Skin Tint Hydration Foundation

The hyaluronic acid in this foundation seals in moisture so that your skin never looks dry. It’s great for layering, and you can blend it in easily for full coverage. Christy Coleman, Connie Briton’s makeup artist for the Golden Globes, describes this product as leaving your skin looking like skin. We love it for the even finish it gives, no matter the type of coverage you choose.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a smooth, clear, and even foundation look, these foundations will give you what you need! Follow the application process we’ve shared above and get the best foundation looks every time!


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