The last thing a busy bride has time for is trying to match her skin to the perfect shade of foundation. But alas, foundation is the base of your makeup and finding the right one is pretty much essential for creating your bridal beauty look. Even the most minimal brides opt for a bit of foundation to perfect their complexions, and whether you go for a sheer or full coverage, you want your foundation to outlast hours of dancing and photos. But most important, you want it to match your skin tone.
Using the wrong foundation shade or a formula with the wrong undertone can leave you with an orange or white cast, or a face that doesn’t match the rest of your body—which isn’t what you want to notice when looking back at your wedding photos!
The right shade of foundation can be hard to find, especially when you factor in formulas, finishes, and of course, price. But don’t fret! We rounded up all of our favorite foundations with the best range of shades (some with over 40 options) at every price point. All you have to do is decide which one is your perfect fit.
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
Rihanna practically broke the internet when she launched Fenty Beauty last year, featuring 40 shades of her long-wear foundation. The lightweight formula provides buildable medium to full coverage with a natural finish, thanks to the shades' three undertones—warm, cool, and neutral. It’s basically your favorite Instagram filter in a bottle! While Fenty is suited for all skin types, fans with combination and oily skin highly recommend it in the reviews.
SHOP NOW: Sephora, $34
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation
Foundations don’t have to break the bank to be great. Case in point? This drugstore foundation by Maybelline clocks in at just under $10 and comes in 40 shades. Formulated for those with oily skin, this matte foundation blurs pores and keeps skin shine-free all day—perfect for those wedding photos!
SHOP NOW: Ulta, $7.99
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup
Estée Lauder's matte, buildable foundation features 42 shades and promises 24 hours of wear. (Yep, 24 hours!) It’s also waterproof, smudge-proof, and shine-free, meaning your makeup will last from your walk down the aisle to the very last dance.
SHOP NOW: Sephora, $42
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Liquid 24H Longwear SPF 15 Foundation
This foundation totes 40 shades and nearly a thousand five-star reviews, and it's easy to see why. With SPF 15, it promises 24 hours of velvety smooth, matte skin. Additionally, the full coverage formula is surprisingly lightweight, perfect for brides who want a full face that still looks and feels natural—because the only cake you want on your big day is wedding cake!
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $47
MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15
MAC's Studio Fix Fluid was practically made with brides in mind. Photo-friendly? Check. Long-wearing? Check. Oil and shine-free? Check and check. The formula is also suited for all skin types and the shade range (42 shades total) is suited for all skin tones.
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $30
Covergirl Trublend Matte Made Liquid Foundation
Covergirl is the latest brand to expand their foundation range, resulting in a total of 40 shades. For under $10, the comfort matte formula is lightweight and blurs pores, all while controlling oil and shine.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $8.49
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
Make Up For Ever’s Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation was made to look amazing under even the most hi-def cameras, so you know you’ll look flawless in all your wedding photos. The formula comes in 40 shades that look natural and feel fresh and moisturizing.
SHOP NOW: Sephora, $43
L’Oréal True Match Super Blendable Makeup
Another drugstore gem, this oil-free foundation by L’Oréal comes in 32 shades and takes the guesswork out of selecting the right color by featuring the undertone on the label. This light-but-buildable foundation also features vitamin A, vitamin C, and SPF in certain shades. Not bad for just over $10!
SHOP NOW: Ulta, $11