Q: My question is regarding foundations. I would like to find a decent foundation that isn't oily and applies well...what is your recommendation under $20? Also how do I go about purchasing foundation online if that is the only place I can purchase a certain product from?
A: You are in luck- there are so many great foundations available at the drugstore (or online at sites like drugstore.com- which has a 100% color guarantee return policy on makeup, so you don't have to stress about selecting the wrong shade.) Based on your criteria- something that isn't oily and applies well- here are a few that I would suggest, depending on the amount of coverage you are hoping for:
1- Full/Medium Coverage: Covergirl/Olay Simply Ageless Foundation & L'Oreal Paris True Match Roller Foundation are my 2 favorites right now because they are easy to apply precisely and can be layered to achieve the level of coverage desired on any given day. Plus, if you want to use the foundation as a concealer, you can just dip your fingertip or a concealer brush in and one product does doubly duty.
An added bonus with the L'Oreal Paris option is that the roller applicator is very easy on the skin- you don't have to pull or tug, which in the long run is better for your skin. Also, it makes it easy to get into those easy-to-miss spots (like the sides of the nose or fine lines that may occur around the eyes) so you are truly left with an even canvas on which to sprinkle bronzer, blush, highlighter- whatever you wish.
2- Sheer Coverage: Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30 is new and so great- it rivals the more expensive tinted formulas that are beloved from prestige brands. I was very impressed, I must say. I recommend applying over a primer if you want to guarantee a nice, even coverage- but for a quick weekend "no-makeup-but-still-pretty-damn-good" face, this is perfect.