9 Foundations That Won't Irritate Sensitive Skin, According To The Pros

Finding the right foundation is tricky no matter what — you have to consider the finish, the shade, the price, the SPF... — but it can be especially so for those with sensitive skin. If you're prone to redness, breakouts, and irritation, you also have to consider the ingredients in every formula you reach for. Who has the time?

That's why we turned to makeup artist and natural beauty expert Jessa Blades and dermatologist Vivian Bucay, MD, for the lowdown on the best foundations for high-maintenance skin. Both recommend looking for mineral-based foundations that contain safe, natural, non-comedogenic ingredients, but say it's important to consider all the other irritants that could be affecting your skin, like your food, shampoo, or face lotion.

Ahead, the pros share a few of their favorite options for every sensitivity level and price point.

Dr. Bucay suggests picking up Physicians Formula foundations if you're shopping at the drugstore. This one has its own sponge, so you won't have to worry about contamination from all the other things your Beautyblender touches.

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Liquid Foundation, $11.76, available at Amazon.
According to Blades, "[stores] like Target and Whole Foods have great selections for mineral foundations and concealers, like this one from W3ll People." It might seem a bit pricey for a powder, but a little goes a long way and keeps you matte for hours.

W3ll People Altruist Foundation, $24.99, available at Target.
Both Dr. Bucay and Blades recommend this pressed mineral powder for anyone willing to splurge. It's a cult favorite among fans of the brand for its gorgeous coverage and weightless feel.

Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation Refill, $42, available at Jane Iredale.
If your skin is hyper-sensitive, Blades suggests a formula that goes the extra mile, like this gluten-free option from Mineral Fusion. "It's important to avoid parabens, synthetic fragrance, PEG compounds, and phthalates," she says.

Mineral Fusion Liquid Mineral Foundation, $32.99, available at Mineral Fusion.
Incorporate the soothing effects of aloe vera into your foundation with this moisturizing formula from Ilia — Blades swears by it.

Ilia Vivid Foundation, $44, available at The Detox Market.
Looking for more variety in shade options? You really can't go wrong with this line."Neutrogena by nature is designed for sensitive or breakout-prone skin," Dr. Bucay says.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Mkeup SPF 20, $13.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
"It goes on very sheer and doesn't get oily or dry," Dr. Bucay says of this CC cream with a high SPF. "It's super-popular with my patients."

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+, $38, available at Sephora.
Blades loves this cream option, which you can dab on a thinly or build up for full coverage.

Honest Beauty Everything Cream Foundation, $30, available at Honest Beauty.
"It's tried and true and readily available," Dr. Bucay says of Clinique's formula. Its blendability can't be beat.

Clinique Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $28, available at Clinique.
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