The Best Foundations For Sensitive Skin

There are many things to consider when searching for your next foundation (undertone, texture, finish…) and for those with sensitive skin, flare-up-free formulas are usually top of the list. But why do certain foundations cause said flare ups in the first place? Well, the fact is, many foundations are formulated with preservatives, dyes, and chemicals which can wreak havoc on sensitive skin, resulting in breakouts, redness, and irritation.

All is not lost however, and there are a variety of foundations on the market that are packed with skin loving ingredients, created specifically with sensitive skin in mind. We’ve narrowed down our top seven favourites below to help you find your next perfect match. Enjoy.  

ZOEVA Authentik Skin Foundation

ZOEVA Authentik Skin Foundation is enriched with rose hip oil, a natural anti-inflammatory which helps to protect the skin’s surface and deeply nourish the complexion without causing irritation. With a natural finish, lightweight formula, and forty-four shades to choose from, you’re sure to find ‘The One’. 

Stila New Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer

Fragrance in makeup and skincare is one of the most common irritants for sensitive skin types, so opting for a fragrance-free formula like Stila New Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer is a good idea. Packed with vitamins, this hydrating multitasker delivers an ultra-smooth, healthy dewy finish that stays put until you’re ready to remove your makeup.

Artdeco Rich Treatment Foundation

If uneven skin is a concern of yours, give Artdeco Rich Treatment Foundation a go. Working to even out texture whilst blurring imperfections and smoothing the appearance of fine lines, this game-changing foundation is also water resistant and offers stay-all-day coverage. It also protects against environmental aggressors, making it the perfect foundation for those living or working in urban environments.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation SPF15

Foundations that contain oil can be a culprit for causing sensitive skin types to breakout. The Ordinary Serum Foundation SPF15 is not only oil-free, it also protects against harmful UV rays that can damage the skin and accelerate the ageing process.

Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer

You may expect to find honey and jojaba oil in your skincare ingredients, but what about your foundation? Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer contains both, making it the ideal 2-in-1 product. The honey balances out bacteria whilst the jojoba soothes, moisturises, and prevents the skin from producing excess sebum which can cause clogging and irritation, especially for sensitive skin types. The result? A flawless, fresh-faced, and even finish that leaves you looking and feeling your best. What’s not to love?

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Foundation

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Foundation is another oil-free foundation to add to your wishlist. Offering lightweight yet buildable coverage, the creamy formula is also vegan, cruelty-free, and comes in a variety of forty-nine hues.

Cover FX Power Play Foundation

Talc is another controversial ingredient in the beauty world and although most complexions can tolerate talc without any issues, it can cause very sensitive skin types to react. Play it safe by choosing a foundation which is talc-free, like Cover FX Power Play Foundation. Weightless and waterproof, this fill coverage foundation is also fragrance, paraben, and gluten free – so it pretty much ticks all the boxes.