These Foundations Actually Double As Skin Care
by Summer Arlexis

It doesn't take a makeup addict to realize multitasking beauty products are a dream come true. Whether it's sunscreen that functions as a makeup primer or a color stick that acts as a lip and cheek tint, getting a two-for-one special is always worthwhile. Foundations that double as other things hit the jackpot on double duty beauty, streamlining your regimen and potentially saving you big bucks in the long run.

Your makeup doesn't have to just mask skin "imperfections"; It can actually help cure your skin care woes. Working overtime, the right foundation can hydrate your skin, plump fine lines and wrinkles, or even ward off zits, all while giving you picture-perfect coverage. Of course, you shouldn't completely abandon your skincare regimen in favor of a multitasking foundation. Just know that when your skin craves a little extra attention, there are options for keeping your facade in check all day.

For those no good, terrible days when you just can't be bothered with skin that won't behave, do damage control without adding an extra moisturizer or serum to your morning routine. Multipurpose makeup products that outperform traditional foundations, these 13 bases address skin care concerns as well as providing excellent coverage.


IT Cosmetics Confidence In A Compact

Confidence in a Compact, $38, Ulta

When IT Cosmetics transformed their Confidence in a Cream moisturizer into a foundation, the result was this full coverage, solid serum base. Complete with SPF 50+, it features hyaluronic acid to hydrate, hydrolyzed collagen to restore elasticity, and an anti-aging concentrate to keep skin looking as youthful as ever.


Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum

No Foundation Foundation Serum, $60, Ulta

The name says it all because this treatment foundation really delivers "your skin, but better" results. Its semi-matte suede formula doesn't just blur imperfections, but also softens them, using neuropeptides to minimize fine lines, wrinkles, and pores.


First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Triple Protection Skin Tint

Hello Fab Triple Protection Skin Tint, $34, First Aid Beauty

A fluid foundation with buildable coverage, this pigment offers solutions for many skincare woes. Zinc oxide provides a filter for harmful UV rays, superfood goji berry improves uneven skin tone, and other powerful antioxidants protect against environmental stressors.


Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation

Total Radiance Foundation, $90, Shiseido

Shiseido's Total Radiance Foundation is your makeup and anti-aging skincare in one. Its ingredients plumps fine lines, reduces dark spots, and firms for smoother, radiant skin.


BareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation, $30, Ulta

This serum foundation actually treats an uneven tone, rather than just cover it temporarily. It uses lilac plant stem cells and vitamin C to reveal a brighter, more even-toned complexion.


Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation

The Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation, $65, Kevyn Aucoin

Oil-free and lightweight, Kevyn Aucoin's Sensual Skin Fluid is infused with pigmento perfetto, a powerful marine based algae known to firm, improve elasticity, and minimize wrinkles.


Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Serum Makeup

Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Serum Makeup, $48, Sephora

Another serum foundation, this complexion perfecter does it all: brightens, firms, and hydrates. With a satin finish, it's sure to glide on beautifully.


Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup

Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup, $28, Sephora

Breakouts be gone! This acne fighting foundation features medicated ingredients like salicylic acid to reduce redness, treat existing breakouts, and keep them from coming back.


Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup

Veil Fluid Makeup, $60, Sephora

An oil-free, long wear foundation that uses a Matrix Regeneration Complex to stimulate the skin, this base reduces visible signs of aging. It smooths fine lines and minimizes wrinkles to create radiant, youthful-looking skin.


Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation

Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation, $42, Josie Maran

It's your foundation and moisturizer blended together for one quick and easy product. Infused with 100 percent pure argan oil, it hydrates and balances skin without clogging pores.


IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Treatment Concealer

Bye Bye Breakout, $28, Ulta

Okay, so it's technically a concealer. But this complexion product conceals blemishes while also targeting acne, redness, and other discoloration. Witch hazel, tea tree, and zinc oxide are some of the powerful ingredients at work that make it a skin-clearing miracle.


Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

Custom Cover Drops, $44, Sephora

Use these custom drops beyond your foundation. Added to your favorite hydrator, it converts any face cream into a tinted moisturizer. Or, mix it with your go-to oil or serum to give your skincare coverage. When it comes to this multitasking gem, it's really up to you how it fits into your beauty regimen.


Exuviance Skin Caring Foundation

Skin Caring Foundation, $38, Ulta

Perfect for mature skin, this anti-aging, light to medium makeup features mineral sunscreen protection, plenty of antioxidants, and polyhydroxy acid to reveal younger-looking skin.


Your foundation doesn't have to serve just one purpose. Choose the right formula and you can transform your skin with every application.