"I love it when my makeup smears and gets on my collar," said no one ever.
This is *precisely* Zendaya's beauty aesthetic, which is to say withstand-a-hurricane bulletproof. (Not a bad thing if you're a courteous shopper who's got some heavy-duty making out to do after.) Twenty-four-hour wear is a lot to promise, but the paraben-free formula keeps everything matte and velvety.
Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation, $34, .
Good for: oily/combination skins that still want a silky sheen. Bad for: People who find joy in ruining others' potential purchases with foundation stains.
NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation, $48, .
Now one for drier skin. "Absorbs quickly," "amazing coverage," and "Holy Grail"—all descriptors reviewers use.
Shu Uemura Lightbulb Foundation, $55, .
So magical—it kind of suspends over the surface of the skin—you can apply moisturizer first without things getting too slippery. Dries down to a satiny finish.
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15, $50, .
It's been called the best foundation there is, *plus* the brand is a favorite at Carte-Mere HQ, so you know it's quality. This one's also got that special micro-fill technology that smoothes any crevices and stretches over your face like those webby graphics they always use in commercials.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $66, .
Some relevant backstory: This super professional, high-tech blend is what the makeup artist who helped me try to make the world a better place one untarnished Zara top at a time recommends.
Make Up Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation, $50, .
Does. Not. Smudge. Ever. This is the kind of foundation you try once and keep repurchasing for the next 30 years.
Diorskin Nude Natural Glowing Makeup SPF 10, $50, .
Full "investigative" report here, but the bottom line: The foundation itself is kind of watery for easy dispensing, but I swear all the patting you have to do with the included sponge evens and helps the formula absorb.
Laneige BB Cushion, $34, .
A classic that holds up even in tropical climates.
MAC Pro Longwear, $33, .
It's all in the application to get the most out of its weightless, full-coverage reputation. Moisturize, then buff, buff, buff with a kabuki brush.
Estée Lauder Double Wear, $38, .
Julia Stegner = you.