The Best Makeup for Sensitive Skin


Having sensitive skin means taking special care to notice the ingredients in anything you use on your face. Using the wrong cleanser, moisturizer, toner, or foundation on sensitive skin can lead to breakouts, redness, and flakiness. Picking the right products from start to finish can help keep your skin clear and healthy looking.

Picking a Foundation for Sensitive Skin

For those of us who deal with sensitive skin, picking a foundation can be difficult. Many foundations are loaded with harsh ingredients that do more harm than good. Opting for a more natural formula can help you to avoid these ingredients and keep your skin looking flawless. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best natural and acne-fighting foundations on the market, with options for every budget (all prices listed are for US only, other countries may vary).

Foundation for Sensitive Skin

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La Prairie Cellular Treatment Foundation

This pressed powder formula provides the coverage of a liquid with the lightweight feel of a powder foundation. The powder covers redness and imperfections while plant extracts and antioxidants provide long term benefits to the skin. The convenient compact comes with a sponge for easy, on-the-go application or touch ups.

La Prairie Cellular Treatment Foundation, $95 at La Prairie.

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Zelens Youth Glow Foundation

This oil-free formula features short and long term skin benefits. This foundation provides a true “your skin but better” finish with a naturally luminous glow, while antioxidants protect skin from harsh environmental stress. The light-to-medium, luminous coverage of this foundation helps skin to look even and youthful.

Zelens Youth Glow Foundation, $98 at Barneys New York.

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Nu Skin’s Advanced Liquid Finish foundation covers imperfections for even, youthful looking skin. This lightweight formula provides matte coverage and reduces the appearance of pores. The Nu Skin Advanced Liquid Finish foundation provides all of the short term benefits, while being formulated to help improve the look of long term aging concerns, of some of its pricier counterparts, and at $32.50, you get a lot of quality for what you pay.

Nu Skin Advanced Liquid Finish Foundation, $32.50 at Nu Skin.

Foundation for Acne-prone Skin

When skin is uneven in texture as the result of acne and breakouts, it can be difficult to cover up without clogging pores and ultimately making the problem worse. As a solution, several beauty companies have developed foundations with ingredients to cover while helping to fight existing acne. If you struggle with acne-prone skin, check out some of our favorite acne-fighting formulas.

Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 12.35.16 PMClinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup

Clinique is renowned for its makeup and skincare products. This oil-free foundation contains acne-fighting salicylic acid to combat breakouts while providing flawless coverage. It is a buildable medium-coverage foundation with a slightly dewy finish to leave your skin look glowing and healthy.

Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup, $27 at Sephora.

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BareMinerals is one of the forerunners in natural mineral makeup. If you prefer powder makeup, try their Blemish Ready Acne-Clearing Foundation. This powder foundation is formulated with acne-fighting ingredients to provide buildable coverage while fighting breakouts. Its powder formula feels ultra-light on the skin, never cakey or heavy.

BareMinerals Blemish Ready Acne-Clearing Foundation, $28 at Sephora.

e.l.f. Acne Fighting Foundation

Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 12.36.57 PMIf you’re looking for an acne-control foundation on a budget, check out e.l.f.’s Acne Fighting Foundation. This is a great drugstore dupe for Clinique’s acne-fighting foundation, with similar acne-fighting ingredients and a beautiful full coverage finish. Salicylic acid, witch hazel, and aloe combine in this formula to fight acne while soothing sensitive skin.

e.l.f. Acne Fighting Foundation, $6 at e.l.f. Cosmetics.

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