The 5 Drugstore Foundations Celeb Makeup Artists Actually Use

What do you get when you give a celebrity makeup artist 100 drugstore foundations to test? Besides a lot of dirty makeup wipes, a hell of a lot of tips for finding the best in the bunch. Because who doesn't want to save some dough on the makeup product that you run out of the fastest?

Here's how it all went down: In-demand makeup artist Jamie Greenberg took a break from her celebrity clientele (she works with Rashida Jones, Kaley Cuoco, and many more) and YouTube beauty channel to take part in our massive foundation experiment. The challenge was simple: Try over 100 formulas and colors from 16 mass brands, then pick her top five.

Watch her break down the best of the best — all of which are under $16 — ahead.

Hit play to watch Greenberg share her top five drugstore foundation picks, then keep clicking to shop the winners.
"This is good for someone with oily skin or acne," Greenberg explains. "It has a lot of pigment and gives a great glow. [It's] mattifying, but it's not drying."

Almay 4 in 1 Clear Complexion Blemish Healing Liquid Makeup, $14.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
This next pick is great for combination skin. "When it sets, you have a not-too-dewy, but not-too-dry finish," Greenberg explains. Bonus: The sponge applicator is perfect for on-the-go touch-ups.

Maybelline Dream Cushion Fresh Liquid Foundation, $15.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
Tend to get shiny through the day? "This is great for really oily skin," Greenberg says, noting that it's buildable, but not overly matte.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow 24 Hr Foundation, $11.99, available at Target.
"Great for normal-to-dry skin, it's light coverage that you can add to your moisturizer," Greenberg says about Nyx's new formula. The fluid is also great on its own — and is totally buildable, too.

Nyx Cosmetics Total Control Drop Foundation, $14, available at Nyx Cosmetics.
For those looking for something light — almost bordering on tinted moisturizer — may we present Greenberg's final pick. It comes out thick but it blends out to a sheer finish, Greenberg notes. "It's like the training bra of foundations," she laughs.

Catrice Cosmetics All Matt Plus Shine Control Make Up, $8.99, available at Catrice Cosmetics.
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