Trying to find the best foundation can often feel more like a chore than a walk through Sephora. There’s a lot of guesswork involved, and what looks great on in the store can quickly become a different story four hours later. But as with running a marathon or doing your laundry, the work is worth it. So we put ourselves to the task. What we came up with: 11 stellar recommendations from our staffers (some makeup veterans, others who hadn’t worn the stuff in years) on the best natural-looking foundations. As they’ll tell you below, once you find the perfect base—something light enough to actually look like your skin but strong enough to hide redness or even out dark spots—it changes everything. Scroll on to shop our picks.