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Which Estée Lauder Foundation Should You Use?

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Estée Lauder foundations have enjoyed cult-favorite status all around the world for decades—and for good reason: they are perfectly formulated to flatter a wide range of skin types and tones. Currently, Estée Lauder has four foundation lines on Dermstore, each offering different finishes and coverages and catering to different preferences and lifestyles. With so many options to choose from, the question now is, which foundation formula is right for you? To answer this question—and give us the lowdown on what makes each line of foundation unique—we sat down with Estée Lauder National Pro Makeup Artist, Jocelyn Biga.

Dermstore: What makes Estée Lauder foundations a cult favorite?

Jocelyn Biga: Estée Lauder features one of the largest foundation-shade ranges on the market today—our Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup collection consists of 56 shades across all skin tones and ethnicities. Our foundation formulas are available in a variety of finishes and are suitable for all skin types.

D: What are the factors to consider when choosing a foundation?

JB: Always start by asking the following question: What do I wish for in my foundation? You should consider finish (matte, semi-matte, glow, satin) and coverage (sheer, medium or full). You should also have a wardrobe of foundations depending on your activities and mood. Think about your lifestyle—weekends vs. work days, and seasonal (your summer foundation shade will likely be different from your winter shade), and you may not want full coverage in the summer vs. winter months.

D: Any tips on how to apply foundation for even, long-lasting coverage?

JB: A foundation brush is always the best bet: less waste, less streaking, less cleanup. And a more flawless and longer-lasting finish. Use a translucent powder in the areas where more sweat and natural oils are released throughout the day like the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead to help your foundation last longer.

Ready to try Estée Lauder foundations? Let us help! Here we asked Jocelyn to help us decode each foundation line, as well as share her tips on how to use them for best results.

  1. Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup
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    Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

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    What it is: Flawless, natural and matte. It evens out skin tone, covers imperfections, and is waterproof—it won’t run, rub off or smudge even in hot and humid weather. Available in cool, neutral and warm undertones.
    Coverage: Medium-to-full (buildable coverage)
    Finish: Matte
    For What Skin Type: All skin types
    Longevity: 24-hour wear
    Sun Protection Factor: None
    Best to use when: Outdoor events, weddings and even workouts!
    Pro Tip: Apply this foundation with a flat foundation brush. Start at the center of the face and work your way out. Pat and press in areas where you need additional coverage.

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  2. Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup for Face and Body SPF 15
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    Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup for Face and Body SPF 15

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    What it is: Long-wear, full-coverage concealing makeup. This soothing liquid-creme makeup is designed to camouflage all skin imperfections, including surgical and acne scars, tattoos, birthmarks, sun spots and varicose veins. Helps protect with SPF 15.
    Coverage: Full
    Finish: Matte
    For What Skin Type: All skin types
    Longevity: 12-hour wear
    Sun Protection Factor: SPF 15
    Best to use when: Outdoor or anytime you need waterproof makeup
    Pro Tip: This formula looks best when applied with a makeup sponge. Be sure the skin is moisturized before you apply for the best results.

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  3. Double Wear Light Soft Matte Hydra Makeup
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    Double Wear Light Soft Matte Hydra Makeup

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    What it is: This life-proof formula is workout-, sweat-, humidity-, weather- and water-resistant. It blurs and reduces the look of pores and imperfections for a photo-ready finish. Lightweight and nondrying, it is infused with concentrated hyaluronic acid to help skin feel fresh, comfortable and shine-free—it’s also oil-free so it won’t clog your pores. Available in cool, neutral and warm undertones and stays color true.
    Coverage: Sheer-to-medium
    Finish: Matte
    For What Skin Type: All skin types
    Longevity: 24-hour wear
    Sun Protection Factor: None
    Best to use when: Work, weekends, weddings
    Pro Tip: Apply this foundation with a flat foundation brush. Start at the center of the face and work your way out. Pat and press in areas where you need additional coverage.

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  4. Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup SPF 30

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    What it is: Waterlight. This fluid, long-wear makeup feels like you have nothing on. It moves comfortably with your skin and leaves it looking fresh, natural, healthy and even-toned. It also offers SPF 30 and antioxidants, defending your skin against environmental damage from UV rays and pollution.
    Coverage: Light-to-medium
    Finish: Real skin, satin finish
    For What Skin Type: All skin types
    Longevity: 24-hour wear
    Sun Protection Factor: SPF 30
    Best to use when: Work, weekends, weddings, travel, gym
    Pro Tip: Apply this formula with your fingers for the best results. Start applying at the center of the face and work your way out. Press or pat the foundation in areas where you may need more coverage.

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Managing Editor, Dermstore Blog

Gracee Tolentino

Gracee Tolentino is the former managing editor of the Dermstore Blog. After spending 10 years of her writing and editing career working in the travel and food industries, she finally found her true calling: beauty, health and wellness. In her spare time she enjoys trying out new beauty products, reading creative non-fictions, creative writing and exploring the world. Her number-one beauty rule: Never leave the house without applying sunscreen.