Cover Up: The Best Foundation According to W Editors

From BB creams to full-coverage bases, 15 editors share how they put on a good face.


“I use Les Beiges when my skin isn’t doing me any favors. Compliments follow.” —Mia Adorante, Beauty and Health Editor

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow, $60,


“I went to an apotek in Stockholm and picked up BB cream from this Swedish brand, ACO. I’m allergic to titanium dioxide, which is in every BB cream, but it is absent in this product (my theory is that Sweden barely gets sunlight so they don’t need intense SPF). It’s been a year, and I’m obsessed, so I’ve been ordering online in bulk with the help of Google translate.” —Jacqueline Sir, Video Producer

ACO Face Soft BB Cream, $14,


“My skin feel like I have nothing on it, and looks like it’s glowing.” —Kristin Auble, Research Editor

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, $30,


“It’s not glittery or oily, and does not make me breakout.” —Gabriella de Givenchy, Fashion Market Assistant

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $64,


“Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer feels like a light moisturizer, but evens out my skin tone with a bit of coverage.” —Tiffanie Graham, Photo Research Editor

Laura Mercier Tinted Mositurizer, $44,


“I know, it’s a primer. But I use it alone most days and I am primed for the day thanks to the luminous finish.” —Minha Khan, Associate Photo Editor

Tom Ford Complexion Enhancing Primer, $74,


“I love a good all-in-one product. And the anti-aging serum is the best part.” —Natasha Clark, Editorial Fashion Credits Manager

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream, $15,


“I have freckles and am very picky about what I do and don’t want covered. Glossier’s Skin Tint balances my complexion and hides blemishes, while still looking natural.” —Courtney Costello, Fashion Market Assistant

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, $26,


“This powder is perfect for when I’m on the run. It’s not messy, doesn’t require another brush, and leaves a subtle matte finish so my skin still looks bare.” —Gillian Sagansky, Contributing Writer

Chantecaille Compact Makeup, $70,


“When our beauty department gave me this, I knew it would be the answer to my “I-need-every-day-coverage” prayers. It’s lightweight, non-greasy…basically, it’s the good stuff.” —Sharlyn Pierre, Researcher

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation, $43,


“So far it’s knocked out all my breakouts.” —Emilia Petrarca, Associate Feature Editor

Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream, $37,


“I love how almost imperceptible it is on the face, and that it has SPF in it too.” —Rickie De Sole, Fashion Market and Accessories Director,

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, $45,


“Though technically not a foundation, this sunscreen fluid leaves a delicate sheen—perfect for protecting combination skin and adding an even, gleaming finish.” —Vanessa Lawrence, Senior Features Writer

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinited Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid, $34,


“I’ve been a dedicated user for over a decade now. It offers a range of coverage, SPF protection, and doesn’t clog pores. I like the original formula in varying shades throughout the seasons, right now, I’m all about fairly light.” —Sarah Leon, Digital Editorial Director

BareMinerals Foundation, $29,


“I only need a drop, for good coverage and a healthy glow.” —Nada Abouarrage, Beauty Assistant

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, $47,