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The Best Mattifying Foundations, Tinted Moisturizers, and BB Creams for a Filter-Like Finish

Becca Skin Love Weightless Foundation

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Packed with good-for-your-skin ingredients like brightening vitamin C and anti-inflammatory ginger, this soft matte formula is easily buildable, allowing you to customize the amount of coverage you need with every application. 

(Related: The Best Vitamin C Products for Brighter, Younger-Looking Skin)

buy it, $44

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Burt's Bees Mattifying Powder Foundation

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This 100 percent natural drugstore buy earns top marks for oil absorption and for on-the-fly touch-ups. Not only is it buildable and blendable, but it's also infused with bamboo to blur imperfections and leave you with a smooth, even complexion. Some fans even swear by its ability to dupe as a setting powder, too. 

buy it, $17

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Clinique Fit Workout Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 40

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If you've ever wanted to test the athleisure makeup waters, this is a great place to start. Offering medium coverage and natural yet matte finish, the sweat-proof and waterproof formula is packed with protective SPF, making it ideal for short runs, long walks, or anything in between.

buy it, $30

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Col-lab Meet Your Matte Foundation

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This smooth-as-silk liquid leaves a weightless veil over your complexion. While the finish is totally matte, this foundation also imparts light-reflecting particles that leave you with an incredible glow minus any shine. ($15;

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

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Famed British makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury's line is near perfect, as she spent seasons backstage during Fashion Weeks for years creating signature looks for fashion houses in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. Infused with moisturizing hyaluronic acid and protective antioxidants, this formula imparts demi-matte coverage that just happens to be chock full of actives, too.

(Related: Hyaluronic Acid Is the Easiest Way to Transform Your Skin Instantly)

buy it, $44

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Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Foundation

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Fenty Beauty's Pro Filt'r Soft Matte foundation has gone viral 10 times over with good reason, revolutionizing the way the makeup industry thought about skin tone. With 40 shades that have earned a rabid following, this impossibly lightweight formula provides soft matte coverage that's better than any Insta filter. ($34;

(Related: The Makeup Industry Is Now More Skin Shade–Inclusive Than Ever)

buy it, $34

Nyx Cosmetics Can't Stop Won't Stop Full Coverage Foundation

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Available in an impressive 45 shades, this drugstore buy is worth its weight in gold: The creamy matte formula seamlessly glides onto skin, doesn't transfer, and can stay put for a reported 24 hours. 

buy it, $15

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

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Cruelty-free beauty brand Hourglass may be known for their near-psychedelic highlighting powders, but their stick foundation is top-notch, too. It has the ease of a concealer, the coverage of a foundation, and the weightlessness of a powder, which all provide serious staying power. 

buy it, $46

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The Ordinary Coverage Foundation

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Although The Ordinary's foundation has the look and feel of a weightless tinted moisturizer, it actually provides full-coverage pigmentation without ever looking chalky or cakey. ($5;

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation

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This liquid foundation, with its velvet matte texture, is arguably better than Facetune—after all, it was created by the OG of Instagram beauty, Huda Kattan. It's infused with hydrating argan oil and Centella asiatica, a buzzy ingredient also known as cica, that's known for its anti-inflammatory properties for a Stories-ready finish.

buy it, $40

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IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte With SPF 40

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This CC cream has been a cult-favorite for a while, but until this summer was only available in a regular or illuminating finish. Now also in matte, the formula offers the benefits of an antioxidant serum, moisturizer, foundation, and sunscreen in one tube.

buy it, $38

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Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation

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This drugstore formula—which the brand tested, appropriately, under seven different photo lights—imparts incredible coverage while also leaving behind just the right amount of a lit-from-within-looking glow. 

buy it, $6

Sephora Collection Make No Mistake Foundation Stick

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This budge-proof foundation offers a ton of precision when you work to cover zits or dark spots. It's also great for midday touch-ups as it requires zero beauty tools for application—and is small enough to fit in any makeup case, too. 

buy it, $20


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