I’m a recovering “full coverage foundation every single day” makeup user. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a full coverage foundation on days I know I’m going to be photographed or if I’m attending a more formal event, but for every day wear I am much more likely to wear a medium coverage foundation.
I’ve tried a few different medium coverage foundations recently, from matte to radiant finishes, and I’m going to break down the pro’s and con’s of each in this post!
Whenever I talk about foundations I get questions about how to determine the right foundation color. If you want to do it yourself, go into a beauty store and apply a swipe of foundation along your jawline. You should look for something that blends in as best as possible. You can refer to this post for more details that may help!
Medium Coverage Foundations, in order based on my personal preferences:
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation. I’ve been using this foundation for years. I absolutely love the finish, and it’s the easiest to use if you need to build it up to fuller coverage. If I want light coverage, I’ll apply it with my fingers. If I want more full coverage, I’ll apply it with a foundation brush. It doesn’t settle into lines, it looks natural and radiant on the skin, and it would easily be my top choice of foundation if I had to choose only one to use for the rest of my life. That being said, I’m between shades so I use a pump of 4.00 and 4.75 in order to get the right color for my skin! In the summer I can usually just use the slightly darker shade, but otherwise mixing the two together is easy and gives me the best result.
Dior Forever Skin Glow 24hr Wear Radiant Perfection Skin-Caring Foundation. This is newer to my line-up and I am thrilled with it. It’s a radiant, natural, skin-like finish. It wears like a true medium coverage but could easily be built up to create a fuller coverage. It allows freckles to shine through but still evens out my face. It lasts all day, which is vital for a medium coverage foundation and glides on the face easily.
Urban Decay Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation. This is a beautiful option for a matte finish. The coverage is absolutely perfect for a medium foundation, and the matte nature of the finish means it easily lasts all day looking just as good as it did when you first applied it. I don’t love a matte finish for myself, but I’ve found that using this foundation and finishing it with a bit of the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder in Glow creates a really beautiful look on the skin.
Anastasia Luminous Foundation. This is a nice foundation but I could live without it. It’s on the lighter end of a medium coverage foundation and does look very luminous on the skin. If you love to glow, you may love this foundation!
Bobbi Brown Skin Longwear Weightless Foundation. This was my least favorite of the new foundations I’ve tried. I can’t really put my finger on why other than I felt like I need to apply a lot of the product to get decent coverage. In my opinion, this is a great sheer foundation, but not an ideal choice for those of you that are looking for true medium coverage!