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Top Foundations That are Perfect for Sensitive Skin

Calling all sensitive skin types! We’ve created a list of our favorite foundations for sensitive skin, from liquid to cream, full-coverage and more.

Updated March 29, 2021 by Amanda Dixon

Top Foundations That are Perfect for Sensitive Skin

For those who struggle with sensitive skin, finding the right makeup products can be challenging. Having ‘sensitive skin’ isn’t a medical diagnosis, it’s actually a term used to describe skin that is more prone to inflammation or adverse reactions. It’s also incredibly common! Millions of people have physical reactions to chemicals, dyes, fragrances, and other irritants in products that come in contact with skin. For makeup wearers, finding a foundation that performs without causing flare-ups can be a tricky balance. Luckily, we’re here to help! Read on for our favorite foundations for sensitive skin types.

Best Overall: Kosas Tinted Face Oil

Kosas is known for combining clean, skin-loving ingredients and expert color pigmentation. This unique face-oil-meets-foundation imparts sheer, buildable coverage with a velvety smooth finish. The lightweight formula blends effortlessly onto the skin imparting flawless medium coverage that lasts all day. Avocado oil and meadowfoam oil moisturize and plump skin, while soothing jojoba oil and green tea calm skin for lasting comfort. Camellia seed oil and rosehip seed oil help to balance and brighten for a radiant complexion.

Kosas Tinted Face Oil

Why We Love It

This ultra-unique Tinted Face Oil truly feels like skincare while delivering gorgeous, natural-looking coverage that lasts hour after hour. The lightweight, buildable formula feels like a serum and features six active botanicals, including rosehip seed oil, green tea, and jojoba oil to nourish, soothe, and hydrate for a calm, comforted complexion. It provides a smooth finish that looks so natural and feels so breathable; it could pass as your skin.

Best Full-Coverage Foundation: Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation

This silky, weightless cream foundation feels ultra-soft on skin and blends seamlessly for a flawless, full-coverage finish. Hydrating jojoba seed oil and coconut oil provide essential moisture that lasts, while sweet almond seed oil strengthens and boosts the skin's elasticity. The versatile formula works great as a foundation or concealer to fully hide and blur imperfections. Even better? This one-of-a-kind foundation is certified organic and comes in Kjaer Weis’ signature refillable compact.

Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation

Why We Love It

Sensitive skin or not, this might be the best full-coverage foundation we’ve ever tried. Fortunately, those with skin sensitivities will absolutely love this feather-light, soothing formula. The almost whipped texture delivers optimal coverage to camouflage imperfections, redness, and blemishes. Nourishing ingredients pack a 1-2-punch hydrating skin while strengthening and improving skin texture. The semi-matte finish looks incredibly natural and goes on effortlessly with this must-have Kjaer Weis Blush-Foundation Brush.

Best Powder Foundation: IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation® Illumination

It’s no secret that powder foundations can be problematic for sensitive skin types. This formulation in particular can cause dryness and irritation. Enter IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation® Illumination. This full-coverage powder foundation is infused with skin soothing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and silk to hydrate and nourish skin. Niacinamide and aloe comfort and soothe skin, reducing redness and irritation. Illuminating pigments create a flawless, natural look with a touch of radiance.

IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination

Why We Love It

A good powder foundation can leave skin looking natural and radiant. This is that foundation! This ultra-fine, highly-pigmented powder imparts full coverage with just a touch of radiance for a flawless, glowing finish. The lightweight formula is chock full of ingredients recommended for those with sensitive skin, including soothing niacinamide and hyaluronic acid (yes, in a powder!). Skin is left feeling comforted and looking radiant—never chalky or dry.

Best Liquid Foundation: Kjaer Weis Invisible Touch Liquid Foundation

Kjaer Weis is a trailblazer in the field of natural cosmetics merging both luxury and organic ingredients without compromise. And this Invisible Touch Liquid Foundation is no exception. This liquid foundation provides buildable coverage in 24 skin-matching shades that blend seamlessly to give skin a natural looking luminous finish. Hyaluronic acid, rosehip seed oil, and chamomile water help to hydrate, nourish, and soothe skin with every application.

Kjaer Weis Invisible Touch Liquid Foundation

Why We Love It

Kjaer Weis does it again! This organic, vegan friendly liquid foundation effortlessly camouflages imperfections while keeping sensitive skin soothed. A combination of natural oils and flower extracts work together to calm, moisturize, and create a protective barrier on the skin to seal hydration. This next generation foundation that is natural, adaptable, and rooted in skincare radiance. And with so many shades to choose from, you’re sure to find your perfect match.

Best Cream Foundation: RMS Beauty "un"cover-up cream foundation

This organic cream foundation delivers natural looking, medium coverage with a youthful, dewy finish. Perfect for sensitive skin type, this silky cream formula features natural ingredients that actively work to soothe and nourish skin. Moisturizing jojoba seed and buriti oils hydrate skin for lasting comfort and smoothness. Antioxidant-rich ashwagandha helps to detoxify skin and repair damage from free radicals and environmental stressors. The buildable cream foundation leaves skin looking and feeling healthy with each use.

RMS Beauty

Why We Love It

We love a youthful, radiant, natural looking finish—and this cream foundation delivers on this and so much more. From the nourishing organic ingredients, to the ultra-flattering assortment of shades, this luxurious cream foundation leaves skin looking better with every use. Adaptogenic ashwagandha reverses damage and promotes healthy, stronger skin. Soothing botanicals work to keep skin calm and soothed while keeping skin hydrated and comfortable all day long. For sensitive skin, this cream foundation checks all our boxes.

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