5 Affordable Foundations for Beginners

Affordable Foundations for Brown Skin

New to makeup? Don’t worry! Choosing a good foundation can be hard but I’m here to make things simple for you. There’s thousands of brands and formulas out there to choose from. Overwhelming, I know! That’s why I’ve put together this simple, handy guide to help you choose an affordable foundation so you can slay without breaking the bank. Here’s my top 5 picks:

Affordable Foundations for Beginners: Maybelline Fit Me Matte Poreless Foundation

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation ($8)

Maybelline Fit Me has been a cult classic of years! This creamy oil-free formula offers buildable light to medium coverage. Plus, comes in 2 formulas to suit all skin types. Normal to dry skin will appreciate the Dewy + Smooth formula. Dewy + Smooth is lightly hydrating and adds a radiant finish that never looks dull or cakey. The Matte + Poreless formula is best suited for normal to oily skin (or those with large pores). It’s designed to absorb and control oil and minimize shine as well as blur pores while providing a natural, demi-matte finish. The Maybelline Fit Me foundation is best suited for anyone looking for a natural, lightweight everyday foundation that’s easily accessible. You can find the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation (in both formulas) at your local Ulta, Target, Wal-Mart or drugstore.

Affordable Foundations for Beginners: Milani Conceal Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation Concealer

Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer ($10)

The Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer is quite impressive! This oil free formula offers bullet-proof full coverage that even doubles as a concealer. The Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer is suitable for all skin types and delivers a natural semi-matte finish. This is a great option if you need a little extra coverage to hide blemishes, acne scars, redness or dark spots. Or if you’re looking for a long-lasting, full coverage foundation for a special event or night out. The Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer is also a wonderful drugstore option for women of color too as it has a decent shade range. You can find the Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer at your local Wal-Mart, Target or drugstore.

Affordable Foundations for Beginners: Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation Concealer

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer ($28)

Struggle with sensitive skin? Then it’s best to spend a few extra bucks! Thankfully, Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer isn’t expensive. The formula is dermatologist and allergy tested to prevent breakouts and reactions. Making it ideal for sensitive and blemish prone skin. Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer is an oil-free formula with full coverage and a natural satin finish. The formula is creamy and hydrating yet still lightweight. So it’s great for all skin types from normal to oily. Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer is best suited for someone looking to really conceal without irritation. You can find the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer at your local Ulta, Sephora or department store.

Affordable Foundations for Beginners: Black Opal True Color Foundation Stick

Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation ($10)

This drugstore foundation has been a makeup artist staple for years! The Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation is a lightweight cream formula with buildable medium to full coverage and a natural velvet matte finish. No foundation is a “one size fits all” kind of deal. However, the True Color Stick Foundation is one of the most versatile formulas on the market! It’s suitable for all skin types and can be used as a foundation, concealer and contour. The Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation always gets the job done! You can find the Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation at your local Wal-Mart, Target or drugstore.

Affordable Foundations for Beginners: NYX Total Control Drop Foundation

NYX Total Control Drop Foundation ($14)

The NYX Total Control Drop Foundation has taken the beauty world by storm thanks to its impressive formula! The NYX Total Control Drop Foundation is extremely versatile offering customizable sheer to full coverage. The Total Control Drop Foundation is suitable for all skin types with a natural demi-matte finish. You can use 1-3 drops for sheer to light coverage. Or add more for medium to full coverage. The choice is yours! The NYX Total Control Drop Foundation is a great option for all makeup beginners as you choose your level of coverage. You can even mix it into your moisturizer for a quick and easy application with your fingers! You can find the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation at your local UltaCVS or Target.

Take your pick!

I’m an avid fan of all of these foundations! I rotate them regularly and often use them on my clients, too. Choosing my top picks was easy because they’re all great affordable foundations. You’d enjoy trying one or several!