The Best Fall Foundations to Buy Now, According to W‘s Editors

Photographer: Emma Summerton Stylist: Giovanna Battaglia

As the fall season officially starts and we begin to stow away our summer makeup bag, it’s time to switch over to your favorite fall beauty essentials. And while a change in weather doesn’t mean skin has to be weighed down with heavy formulas, take it from these W editors who prove that even the most lightweight foundations can offer premium coverage. From Hourglass’ oil-free formula to NARS velvet matte finish all in the convenience of a stick and Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty long-wear and build-able coverage, having the right foundation there’s something for everyone, whether you prefer a tinted moisturizer or a traditional foundation. Here, W‘s editors reveal the best foundations. for the season.


“It was always hard for me to find a foundation that has my color; having to mix foundations and live with looking too light, too dark, or too cakey. Fenty Beauty finally offered the perfect shade, that also has light to medium coverage so it doesn’t cover up my freckles and looks completely natural. It lasts a full day without creasing, and can last even longer with the Retouch Primer!” – Alyssa Pena, Fashion Credits Editor

Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, $34,


“This foundation offers a little bit more coverage than the tinted moisturizer I use over the summer, but feels just as lightweight.” – Sarah Leon, Digital Editorial Director

Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup Oil Free Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $60,


“I don’t use foundation as it feels too heavy for every day, instead I use Clarins Instant Conclear in the places I need coverage and tap away until it sets and is traceless.” – Sarah Zendejas, Fashion Market Editor

Clarins Instant Concealer, $32,


“I’m a big fan of a tinted moisturizer. As a girl with a face full of freckles, I hate covering up the obvious. As the weather gets colder I lightly cover up the red areas on my face with Nars Tinted Moisturizer, mixed with some Haloscope from Glossier and that does trick. Conceals with a glow.” – Courtney Costello, Fashion Market Assistant

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $45,


“I love the Double Wear Foundation from Estée Lauder—it allows my skin to breathe while giving me coverage all day and into the night. I am always recommending this foundation to my friends when they are searching for a product that isn’t heavy on their skin.” – Christy Key, Fashion Assistant

Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup, $42,


“I love this foundation because it’s super lightweight, but covers up so well giving me a flawless complexion!” – Chrystin Bunion, Executive Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief

NARS Velvet Matte Stick Foundation, $45,


“This foundation builds for more coverage, or works as a light layer.” – Nada Abouarrage, Beauty Assistant

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $64,


“I am not a fan of foundation, but when my skin needs a little pick-me-up I reach for bareMinerals Complexion Rescue. I mix this tinted gel with my daily moisturizer and sunscreen for a subtle sheen.” – Kristin Auble, Research Director

Bareminerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, $30,