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As anyone who’s ever worn makeup can attest, it can often take a significant amount of trial and error to find the foundation that’s right for you. There are many factors to evaluate–from the level of coverage to the finish to the choice between liquid and powder. And that’s not even factoring in the challenge of matching the shade to your unique skin tone (or tones, in the case of vitiligo skin). Cue decision overload, right?
If you’ve struggled to find a foundation that works for you, you’re not alone. In our annual Skin and Beauty Product Survey, we heard from over 80 women living with vitiligo about topics like foundation, tanner, sunscreen and more. The survey revealed that many readers actually use two or more shades of foundation or concealer to create an even skin tone. Others pointed to the balance between long-lasting coverage and color matching as the biggest challenge in choosing a foundation.
We also asked readers to share their tried-and-true foundation recommendations with us, and we’ve rounded all of those up here. This list is the perfect starting point if you’re searching for a reliable foundation and overwhelmed by all the options–as each of these products got a stamp of approval from multiple readers with vitiligo. Read on for reader comments about why each product is their go-to. Maybe you’ll find your perfect foundation, too.
Estée Lauder Double Wear
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup is a 24-hour liquid foundation with a matte finish that helps to unify uneven skin tone and control oil and shine. The foundation is available in more than 55 shades. Here’s what our readers had to say about this product:
“It covers great and it is also buildable for even more coverage. It lasts great also.” – Marsha
“Great shade range, buildable coverage, stays put all day. I have oily skin so it’s great.” – Rocio
“It is full coverage, breathable, does not break me out, and always has a smooth and flawless finish.” – Kristal
“It blends well.” – Jan
Estée Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover
Estée Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup for Face and Body SPF 15 is a liquid-crème makeup that is designed to camouflage skin imperfections. Available in 15 shades. Here’s what one reader had to say about this product:
“Looks the most natural with amazing coverage. Price is a little higher but worth it!” – Brandi
Revlon ColorStay Liquid Foundation
Revlon ColorStay Liquid Makeup delivers a matte finish for oily and combination skin with SPF 15. The foundation is available in 16 shades. Here’s what our readers had to say about this product:
“I’ve tried so many other high end foundations but this best matches my skin tone, has SPF, stays put, and builds beautifully where I need more coverage. I love that I can find it anywhere if I need it in a pinch.” – Brandy
“It really does last all day.” – Kris
Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Liquid Foundation
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Liquid Foundation is a matte longwear foundation with medium to full coverage. It is available in a range of 50 shades. Here’s what our readers had to say about this product:
“They have a variety of colors and the texture is amazing. The coverage is really good and I feel very confident when I wear it. It doesn’t transfer to my clothes and it stays perfect for the whole day.” – Myleen
“I use Instant Retouch Concealer, Profilt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, and Soft Matte Powder Foundation [by Fenty Beauty]. They are all great products, feel nearly weightless, and are super soft. I use the longwear foundation for all day formal events and it stays strong all day even in high heat. I use the concealer and powder on a daily basis. The concealer works great for areas of occasional redness.” – Anna
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is a lightweight tinted moisturizer that hydrates and smoothes skin, with Vitamin C and SPF 30. The tinted moisturizer is available in 16 shades. Here’s what our readers had to say about this product:
“Lots of color choices so you can find the one that really matches. Very soft and creamy, and amazing staying power, even when wearing a mask!” – Nathalie
“It provides medium coverage for me and it feels like a moisturizer which works for me since I do not like makeup!” – Zoë
Veil Cover Cream
Veil Cover Cream provides long-lasting full coverage to camouflage various skin conditions. Lightweight, natural-looking, and non-chalky, Veil Cover Cream is available in over 45 shades. Here’s what one reader had to say about this product:
“It goes on nicely. The extra pigment means it doesn’t turn orange with the extra acid in the vitiligo skin (whereas my Estée Lauder did) and it works well for oily/combination skin. It lasts all day.” – Lindsay
Milk Makeup Blur Liquid Matte Foundation
Milk Makeup Blur Liquid Matte Foundation offers full coverage, leaving a matte finish. It minimizes the appearance of pores and imperfections using blurring microspheres, tiny powder-filled spheres that diffuse the light to leave a soft focus effect. The foundation is available in 18 shades. Here’s what one reader had to say about this product:
“The color matches my skin tone and still leaves me feeling like myself. They offer a skin tint with SPF. Many other brands do not carry the right shade for me and I would need to mix two foundations.” – Makalah
ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40
ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 combines makeup, skincare, and SPF into one step. Non-nano zinc oxide shields skin from free radicals, blue light and pollution. Choose from 30 shades. Here’s what one reader had to say about this product:
“It smoothes out the harshness between areas of my face with/without pigment without *totally* concealing them, so I still feel like me. It’s also made with SPF and other skin-healthy ingredients.” – Alicia
MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation
MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation is a waterproof foundation that lasts for up to 36 hours with medium-to-full buildable coverage and a satin finish. It is available in 24 shades. Here’s what one reader had to say about this product:
“It covers well and doesn’t look too heavy. It’s waterproof and lasts all day.” – April
Beautycounter Skin Twin Featherweight Foundation
Beautycounter Skin Twin Featherweight foundation offers buildable coverage with hyaluronic acid to plump the skin. The foundation is available in 27 shades. Here’s what one reader had to say about this product:
“They have so many different shades, it’s easy to match, looks natural, and it’s buildable.” – Melissa
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer has a full coverage formula for 16 hours of wear. Its tape technology helps smooth and blur the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The concealer is available in 35 shades. Here’s what one reader had to say about this product:
“This concealer provides full coverage and lasts forever. It looks natural and doesn’t dry out my skin or crease.” – Laura
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Erika Page is the Founder and Editor of Living Dappled. After getting vitiligo at the age of seven, she lost 100% of her pigment to the condition and today lives with universal vitiligo.