Home foundations can come in different styles depending upon your locale, so if you’re in need of a new foundation, consider the needs of your home. A new foundation can be expensive depending on the scope of the project. On average, a concrete foundation costs around $8,500. On the low-end, a foundation can cost around $6,000 and on the high end, a foundation will run close to $15,000. Total costs will vary depending upon permits, labor and the type of foundation.
With six different types of home foundations possible, cost estimates vary by design. Estimates are based on a 2,000-square foot house.
Monolithic concrete slab foundations are better known as slab-on-grade because they rest directly on the ground and typically get poured all at once. They’re usually cheaper to install and will last a long time. A con of a slab-on-grade foundation is that sewer and drainage pipes get installed before the foundation is poured, so should you have any plumbing problems, you’ll need to cut into the slab to fix it.
Stem wall slabs have a footer poured first and then blocks are laid to form a wall up to the finished slab elevation. It’s considered more stable but takes longer to construct.
Pier and beam foundations are typically found with older homes and elevate the home, which makes it less prone to flooding. But since it’s elevated, pests and critters can gain entry to the crawl space. They can cause damage to the beams over time.
A pier and beam foundation provides less support for floors than a concrete slab and they can suffer from water damage. They are also not as energy efficient as other foundations because warm and cold air can seep into the home.
Cinder block foundations aren’t as popular as poured concrete block walls. Cinder block foundations do have advantages, like being able to hold more weight on top of the foundation. It does require more money in labor costs. On the negative side, they can be more susceptible to bowing and buckling.
A basement foundation secures a house a floor below the ground. It can be unfinished or finished to add living space. Basement foundations tend to suffer from moisture problems and sometimes mold. A sump pump can help address moisture issues.
Adding a basement foundation comes with a significant cost and it can escalate should you choose to finish the basement. But a finished basement can increase living space and increase your home’s value so you’ll have to weigh the cost vs. reward.
An unfinished basement typically costs between $10 to $25 per square foot while that cost increases to $30 to $100 per square foot for a finished basement. A walkout basement will cost closer to $100 per square foot.
Concrete costs between $4.25 and $6.25 per square foot and the average size of a house is about 2,000 square feet. That can mean between $8,500 and $12,500 for concrete alone. Labor typically costs around $2.60 per square foot, which is about $5,200 for a 2,000-square foot house.
A pier and beam foundation can cost more because of the cost of the beams (around $1,000 to $5,000) and piers (you’ll need around eight to 10). Additional costs include:
Many factors go into the estimate for your foundation, but it’s essential to be aware of any additional costs you may encounter before you proceed.
Foundation inspections occur before you pour concrete and after the work is done to help to verify that the new foundation meets all code requirements and will support the weight of your home. They cost about $145 an hour, with most homeowners spending $150 to $1,300 in total.
To allow for proper airflow, prevent moisture or keep critters out, many homeowners will opt to add foundation insulation like skirting and vents around the crawl space or pier and beam foundation. Some will even add spray foam, foam board, or batts between or across the bottom of the joists to add more insulation under the floor. On average, foundation installation costs about $2,000.
Radiant heat is when all pipes need to be laid under the foundation, and the concrete is poured over them. Therefore, radiant heat needs to be completed when the foundation is installed. On average, radiant heat adds $3 per square foot, with most homeowners paying $4,800 to $10,000.
If you start to notice cracks along your foundation or suspect some sagging, you’ll likely want an engineer to come out for a structural report. The report typically costs around $500 and will pinpoint your foundation issues.
Foundation replacements can add up quickly, so expect to pay around $20,000 to $100,000 depending upon the scope of the project. If your home needs to be raised for foundation replacement, you will likely pay between $24,500 to $115,000 to raise and replace the foundation. Raising the house will run between $3,000 and $9,000 alone, then excavation can cost between $1,500 to $6,000.
Constructing a foundation is not a DIY project, though expert DIYers can likely lay down a concrete slab with some help from friends. Since the foundation is the structure that supports your house, the measurements need to be precise and cement placed in the proper position if you live in a climate where you have to pay attention to the frost line.
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If you've ever wished you could take a peek into your favorite celebrity's medicine cabinet or makeup bag, we can relate. You're currently among people who pause, screenshot, and zoom in on Instagram posts and TikTok videos to see what products are lining a star's vanity. It's always fun to learn about a celeb's must-have products — the items they reach for constantly and actually buy for themselves. Already we know what a handful of celebrities smell like and the lip combos they re-create time and time again, but now, we're rounding up the foundations they use.
Many people are picky about their foundation; they have a go-to and stay loyal to it for years. That means shopping for a new option can be tricky, but if a product earns a celebrity's stamp of approval (organically, that is), that piques our interest. It's even better when a star is introduced to a foundation by their makeup artist, which is the case for Meghan Markle. That's how you know it's really worth a try.
These celebrity-approved foundations range in price, from $6 to $83, and the brands range from high-end companies like Dior to affordable drugstore heroes like Nyx Professional Makeup. Whether you're looking for something full coverage and matte or lightweight with a barely there finish, there's something for you on this list. If you're on the hunt for a new option or just curious about what stars use on their face, keep scrolling.
Foundations say they like transparency. This is more than a passing fad. They have extolled its virtues for 70 years — ever since Russell Leffingwill, then board chair of the Carnegie Corporation, told a 1952 congressional hearing scrutinizing philanthropy that “foundations should have glass pockets” to ease suspicions about their work and ensure their value to society was clearly understood.
Foundations champion transparency on the part of grantees as well, insisting on measures for effectiveness, program performance, financial management, and evidence that grant dollars are used efficiently.
They also push for transparency in government and business. Some, for instance, have called for greater transparency in the tech industry to weed out inequitable and discriminatory practices.
Most grant makers, however, fail to live up to their professed transparency standards. They strictly control data and narratives about their own performance in areas such as investment, staff, strategy, and allocation of funds. They generally do little more than the bare minimum required by the IRS and state charity regulators, which means making their latest tax returns, and sometimes their audited financial statements, available.
Compare this to public companies, with which foundations — especially the large ones — share ample public benefits, including favorable tax treatment, prestige, resources, and regulation that enhances their ability to raise funds.
For-profit public companies provide extensive data about their business and financial strategy, and performance on their 10-K report to the Securities and Exchange Commission — information necessary to make an informed decision about investing in the company. Foundations that both enjoy generous public benefits and insist on transparency from others should meet a similar standard.
How can grant makers stop flirting with transparency and embrace it? By providing the public with the equivalent of a foundation 10-K. They owe nothing less to their constituent investors: taxpayers, regulators, grantees, and fellow donors.
The foundation 10-K would disclose the workings and financial aspects of the entire operation, including obstacles standing in the way of achieving its mission. It would go beyond recitations of spending on grants and related administrative expenses and would include information about endowment investments, which produce most, if not all, of the foundation’s assets and income.
Most foundations provide no useful information about their investment portfolios, and the largest are the murkiest. According to Foundation Mark, which tracks foundations’ endowment performance, large foundations — those with more than $500 million in assets — typically invest about half of their endowment dollars in undisclosed private assets such as mortgage-backed securities, private-equity shares, and foreign stocks, making them especially opaque.
Full transparency would allow organizations such as Candid or the Center for Effective Philanthropy to provide robust analysis and comparisons to peer organizations. Investment strategies could be examined alongside giving to see if they square with the foundation’s mission, and grant makers would have a venue to explain their choices, strategies, and challenges. Reports on potential risks to achieving missions could include an analysis of whether the resources the foundation has put toward accomplishing its goals are adequate, how its resources complement those provided by government and other donors, and whether grant spending and endowment investing are working at cross purposes or adding power to one another’s approach.
Alongside such analysis could be what’s known as an MD&A, or management discussion and analysis, which adds context to financial audits or other quantitative reports. For foundations, this could cover how the organization is addressing potential challenges to its mission goals, investment policies and strategy, and progress on pledges in areas such as diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Sound like a lot? That’s just part of what public companies disclose in their 10-Ks. And it’s typical of the volume and nature of information provided by nonprofit grantees.
To establish this new transparency, foundations could start by reporting on a common form that builds on and goes beyond current IRS filings, audits, and annual reports. Using aspects of the 10-K would be possible, although the level of detail and frequency could be adjusted. Above all, the reports would honor the public pledges and rhetoric on the virtues of transparency touted by the field.
Barring the IRS changing its rules and demanding more of this type of information from foundations, this would be voluntary for now and would likely need to be coordinated by a group such as Candid. But if more large and prominent grant makers sign on in a very public and, yes, transparent way, peer pressure could lead many more to follow.
The reasons for full transparency are clear: Openness improves performance. Without such openness, foundations are unable to credibly assess their own value and are stuck in an unproductive narrative loop about their worthiness and effectiveness.
To be sure, transparency and the scrutiny it brings can be threatening. I learned that years ago when I served as CEO of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, a community development financial institution. The CDFI world came up with a system for comparing the organizations’ operations, impact, financial data, and efficiency called CDFIs Side-by-Side. We did this, of course, with grants from several large foundations.
My peers and I had to accommodate — and then embrace — this unwelcome transparency. We not only survived, but greatly benefited from the new level of accountability. By learning about the operations of others, we discovered how our own work could be improved. We were able to see opportunities for cooperation that transcended program divisions and competition. The field grew in stature. It was a tonic.
Similarly, when the Heron Foundation, an antipoverty grant maker I led, looked closely at its endowment portfolio, we were forced to confront some uncomfortable surprises. We learned, for example, that we had a stake in the Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private prison owner and operator in the United States, now rebranded as Core Civic. Prison time is disproportionately served by people with low incomes and reliably destroys future wealth-building and job opportunities. This was hardly a good investment for a foundation whose mission is “helping people and communities help themselves out of poverty.”
We decided to be fully transparent about our discovery, along with our portfolio. We wrote about the investment on our website and eventually sold our stake in the company. We also embraced a strategy of investing in companies we thought made a larger net contribution to our mission. To ignore that deep contradiction, we thought, would undermine the work of Heron’s grantees. Core Civic’s lobbying budget, for example, exceeded grant dollars available to some grantees many times over.
The rewards that can come through such transparency are, for now at least, largely in the hands of individual foundations. Foundation Mark uses publicly available data to compare the investment performance of different foundations. The Center for Effective Philanthropy compares the grant making of foundations who sign up for an audit to that of their peers based on their own criteria. But since the reports are typically undisclosed and are funded by foundations, the organization rarely functions as a full-throated critic.
Despite the best of intentions, Candid’s Glasspockets project — its very name reflecting Russell Leffingwell’s aspirations for the field — has made little progress in its 12 years of operation. Even if the universe of foundations is reduced from the approximately 83,000 large enough to file with the IRS to the some 8,300 with websites, only about 100, or 1.2 percent, have provided the information necessary to receive a rating. And Glasspocket’s list of what’s needed to merit a check mark for transparency includes such low-bar items as “contact information,” “mission statement,” and “board of directors list.”
Candid and Glasspockets deserve applause for trying, but the participation rate and quality is a barometer of the indifference, even hostility, of its constituents toward such endeavors and one more indicator that foundations’ embrace of transparency doesn’t extend to themselves.
At a time when the internet and social media have made vast supplies of information (and misinformation) readily available, there is no excuse for philanthropy to continue constructing walls around its own operations. Foundations can gain in stature and credibility by revealing themselves to the world as public companies do. And large grant makers have a special responsibility to lead the way.
When foundations crack open their protective, closed world — even just a little —the fresh air will do them and the whole field a world of good.
Dr. Gregory Stebbins is the Founder and Master Coach at PeopleSavvy. He is a member of the American Psychological Association.
Wisdom, it seems, is inherently individualized. Leaders differ in situations, obligations, mental abilities, talents and personality types. A decision, or a value, that may be wise for one person might be a foolish choice for another. According to the University of Chicago Center for Practical Wisdom, “Leadership wisdom is the combined use of awareness, experience, and insight to set direction, empower people, ensure well-being, and guide activity to achieve lasting results.”
On many occasions, our perceptions tell us we are seeing one thing when something different is going on. During these occasions, our perceptions sit behind a veil of our beliefs about the situation or circumstances. Instead of a clear vision, we only see our projected beliefs. And yet, we often determine that what we are seeing is accurate. We’re missing the essence of the situation or circumstances.
Many leaders genuinely think that they can differentiate their settings with absolute precision. In reality, our perceptions are distorted by our projections. We see our world not as it is but through our projections.
Nothing in the world has any meaning except the meaning we give to it. It's not what is going on but how we perceive what is going on. It's our relationship to it that counts. To be more effective, we must consider our relationship with everyone we interact with. Our relationship to them determines how we perceive the meanings we assign to places, people, institutions and everyday events.
Wise leaders can see the big picture, knowing that everything is contextual. They observe every situation from many different angles. Avoiding simplistic black-and-white thinking allows the leader to put concerns in perspective And, since wise leaders tend to have quiet egos that are not attached to their current views, their descriptive words change when they get new data or shift to a new perspective. Wise leaders have developed skills in managing any negative emotions they may have. Having well-developed empathy and compassion distinguishes them in personal relationships.
The core of authenticity is described as “being yourself.” Which self is that? As a human being, you have multiple dimensions of awareness. The self could be your emotional, mental, physical or perhaps a combination. For example, maybe one part of you is a jerk at work. Another part might be focused on mystical experiences. Who shows up more frequently?
Is your leadership style compatible with who you perceive yourself to be, or is it an imitation of someone else? Are you being pushed to act in ways that are consistent with the organizational culture? It’s not always easy being a leader at work. For example, what obstacles do you encounter that deter you from being open and vulnerable?
Deeply knowing yourself is only part of the wisdom equation. Leading from who you are may change as you deepen your self-understanding. Being authentic with what you know about yourself is only a single step. Regardless of the situation and circumstances, be open and vulnerable about who you are, allowing your freedom to extend to others. Ernst & Young conducted several studies on engagement teams globally. When employees were supported “to be fully themselves” in their work environment, the beneficial byproducts were greater client satisfaction ratings and stronger client retention.
This journey takes time to process the many awarenesses you will have. While each step builds on previous steps, this journey isn’t linear. Repeating previous steps allows you to gain richer awareness and insight. The deeper you go into your understanding of self, the more you may realize how little you know.
Wise leaders learn to be patient with the journey. Sometimes the wisdom journey requires you to do something a second, third or more times. Reflect and review the essence of your choices. Wisdom is rarely a smooth road. Mistaken turns onto the muddy paths of life become treasured because they enable leaders to grow their character.
The wisdom development process benefits us in extending compassion and empathy to our unfoldment, the growth of our organization and our team. Character development and humility are outcomes of developing patience.
One of the most difficult aspects of developing wisdom is leading through change. This is especially true when we are the object of change. Facing our resistance when it’s easier to stay in our comfort zone requires courage.
The root of the word courage is “cor,” which is Latin for "heart." According to Brené Brown, its original meaning is “to speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” Courage is about leading ourselves with empathy and compassion, which leads to personal growth and positive change.
Being courageous requires us to embrace uncertainty. With uncertainty comes risk. By increasing our awareness of our internal worlds and understanding how our awareness shapes our perceptions, we afford ourselves the prospect of taking courageous action.
Courage links to perception, authenticity and patience. Many companies have established a culture of being nice. Sometimes, a wise leader needs to openly disagree with the potential of creating internal stress. When combining courage with perception, authenticity and patience, our internal evolution includes the growth of compassion, deeper engagement and greater personal well-being.
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There’s nothing like finding the best foundation for mature skin—one that matches your skin tone just right, has the perfect amount of coverage (and that won’t sink into fine lines and wrinkles), and has a comfortable and luxe texture. Cosmetic companies already tout hydrating foundations for those with dry skin, foundations for acne-prone skin, and even options for those with oily skin. But, If you’re interested in aging gracefully, and in whatever way that makes you feel good, finding the best foundation for mature skin is key.
“Mature skin responds best to products that help hydrate and plump the skin,” explains Roberta Del Campo, M.D., medical advisor for BABOR and founder of Del Campo Dermatology & Laser Institute. Formulas that contain skin-loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides, or active ingredients commonly found in anti-aging serums like vitamin C, are effective at not only smoothing the skin, but keeping it healthy too.
The best part about the beauty world is that there are so many amazing products to choose from, making it so there’s truly something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a dewy or natural finish or something high-coverage and long-lasting, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for the best foundations for mature skin experts recommend most, plus how to choose the best one for you.
We consulted Dr. Del Campo, Marisa Garshick, M.D., a leading board-certified dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery and advisor of BioRepublic, Kierra Lanice, celebrity makeup artist and beauty expert, and Jamie Greenberg, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Blighlighter and Bloss, sifted through countless customer reviews, and conducted our own research to find the best foundations for mature skin available.
Optics, the study of light, is one of the oldest fields in physics and has never ceased to surprise researchers. Although the classical description of light as a wave phenomenon is rarely questioned, the physical origins of some optical effects are. A team of researchers at Tampere University have brought the discussion on one fundamental wave effect, the debate around the anomalous behavior of focused light waves, to the quantum domain.
The researchers have been able to show that quantum waves behave significantly differently from their classical counterparts and can be used to increase the precision of distance measurements. Their findings also add to the discussion on physical origin of the anomalous focusing behavior. The results are now published in Nature Photonics.
"Interestingly, we started with an idea based on our earlier results and set out to structure quantum light for enhanced measurement precision. However, we then realized that the underlying physics of this application also contributes to the long debate about the origins of the Gouy phase anomaly of focused light fields," explains Robert Fickler, group leader of the Experimental Quantum Optics group at Tampere University.
Quantum waves behave differently but point to the same origin
Over the last decades, methods for structuring light fields down on the single photon level have vastly matured and led to a myriad of novel findings. In addition, a better of optics' foundations has been achieved. However, the physical origin of why light behaves in such an unexpected way when going through a focus, the so-called Gouy phase anomaly, is still often debated. This is despite its widespread use and importance in optical systems. The novelty of the current study is now to put the effect into the quantum domain.
"When developing the theory to describe our experimental results, we realized (after a long debate) that the Gouy phase for quantum light is not only different than the standard one, but its origin can be linked to another quantum effect. This is just like what was speculated in an earlier work," adds Doctoral researcher Markus Hiekkamäki, leading author of the study.
In the quantum domain, the anomalous behavior is sped up when compared to classical light. As the Gouy phase behavior can be used to determine the distance a beam of light has propagated, the speed up of the quantum Gouy phase could allow for an improvement in the precision of measuring distances.
With this new understanding at hand, the researchers are planning to develop novel techniques to enhance their measurement abilities such that it will be possible to measure more complex beams of structured photons. The team expects that this will help them push forward the application of the observed effect, and potentially bring to light more differences between quantum and classical light fields.
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Embracing your look as you age means adjusting your skin care and makeup regimens to best suit your ever-evolving skin. With that comes a new focus on finding the best foundation for mature skin. To veil anything from dark spots to fine lines, the right complexion products make all the difference.
As you would with your skin care salves of choice, experts recommend picking a foundation with multifunctional, skin-loving properties. “I look for a foundation that targets the concerns of mature skin, such as loss of radiance, uneven skin tone, and moisture balance,” explains celebrity makeup artist Carolina Dalí-Trites. The right level of hydration ensures that the formula melts into skin without caking or creasing. With this in mind, read on to discover the best foundations for mature skin that pair immaculate coverage with a natural finish.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation Hydration and Longwear
Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Soft Radiance Foundation SPF 50
Merit The Minimalist Perfecting Complexion Stick
Shiseido Synchro Skin Radiant Lifting Foundation SPF 30
Clé de Peau Radiant Fluid Foundation
Ilia True Skin Serum Foundation
Sisley Sisleya Le Teint Anti-Aging Foundation
Dior Forever Matte Foundation SPF 15
Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation
Saie Slip Tint
So you’ve discovered your favorite foundation above, but you’re still a bit unsure how to apply it. If we’ve learned anything in exact years, it’s that your technique makes all the difference.
“A key to looking youthful as we age is avoiding heavy or cakey makeup; less is definitely more here,” says Baraf. “You can use thin layers of product to build in places if need be. Most important is layering your gorgeous skin care underneath your foundation to ensure your foundation melts into your skin and looks fresh.”
To make your foundation look like a second skin, the right moisturizer, primer, and perhaps a glow-boosting serum can be helpful even before applying the foundation. Next, Dalí-Trites says to “mist your foundation brush or sponge with a hydrating face mist; this will help add an extra layer of hydration, allowing the foundation to best glide onto the skin and blend seamlessly.” From there, you can go in with concealer to the undereyes (or wherever else) before applying a light veil of powder—especially to the T-zone and around the mouth. Caution against using too much, though. “If you need to take away some shine, use translucent powder sparingly,” says Kinjo. “Overpowering makes your skin look dry.” And there you have it—a flawless makeup base.
Makeup foundations can be very finicky, but once you find a good one it can become your holy grail. You can discover your next best foundation at Target. The retailer offers best-selling options at affordable prices that even the biggest makeup professional can attest to. A quality foundation should meet your desired finish, shade, and texture while working with your skin type. Luckily, many foundations are infused with skin care benefits and SPF in their formulas. Whether you want a foundation that provides instant glow, helps cover blemishes, or simply matches your skin tone (and undertone) in the new season, you’ll surely find something at Target.
Below we picked the best foundation at Target for oily, dry, or combination skin. From CoverGirl to Maybelline, these brands have remained best-selling ones for a reason, and with Target’s partnership with Ulta, there are also popular brands like IT Cosmetics, Tarte, BareMinerals, and more. Add to cart and order to be shipped or pick up in store.
1. IT Cosmetics CC + Cream SPF50
This It CC+ Cream acts as a full-coverage foundation while providing excellent SPF protection. Made with hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and vitamins, it can help tackle dark circles under the eyes, redness, acne scarring, and hyperpigmentation.
2. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Oil Free Liquid Foundation
Matte-lovers, this one is for you. If you’re looking for a foundation for oily skin having a matte foundation is key to not looking sweaty all the time. This is an excellent drugstore foundation by Maybelline that’s been tried and tested by yours truly and I can confirm that it’s a winner. It provides natural-looking medium coverage and comes in 40 shades.
3. L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation with SPF 25
This vegan liquid makeup foundation is lightweight and breathable. While it has a medium coverage amount, it is buildable enough for you to amp up to full coverage if wanted. You’ll find this long-wear foundation in 30 shades. This L’Oréal foundation is a makeup drugstore dupe to the popular Nars Light Reflecting Advanced Skincare Foundation.
4. Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation
If you love using concealer as a foundation then this Milani 2-in-1 foundation acts as both. It’s waterproof, has a long-wear formula, and has medium-to-full coverage.
5. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
This is one foundation that has been my go-to for years. With medium-to-full coverage, the finishing result is a natural glow that blends into your skin. It’s hydrating and has a long-wear formula as well. Key ingredients include coconut water, which aids in replenishing your skin’s moisture levels, alpine rose, and hyaluronic acid for hydration.
6. Clinique Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Foundation
This is another great pick for those with combination or oily skin. It has a low-to-medium natural coverage. It’s a dermatologist-developed foundation with 24-hour-color-true-wear that helps reduce dark spots over time.
7. Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Normal/Dry Skin with SPF 20
You won’t have to worry about smudging your foundation onto every little thing your face grazes because this lightweight foundation is transfer-proof and has up to 24 hours of wear. This foundation is specific for normal and dry skin (though Revlon has products specific for combination and oily skin too) and is available in 24 shades.
8. E.L.F. Flawless Finish Foundation
This E.L.F. foundation has a semi-matte finish with medium-to-full coverage. It’s meant to be a cosmetic that improves upon uneven skin tone and texture as well. It’s also oil-free (which is a perk for those on the oiler side) and is charged with glycerin to ensure your skin is hydrated.
9. Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation
This matte foundation gets you ready for any picturesque moment. In fact, it’s so photo-moment-ready that it has actually been tested under seven light conditions, both with and without the flash. So, you won’t have to worry about dealing with a white cast.
10. CoverGirl Clean Fresh Skin Milk Foundation Dewy Finish
Earlier this year, this CoverGirl foundation garnered some serious attention from TikTok. While it didn’t work for my particular skin type, my friends with dry-to-normal skin are major fans. This foundation has lightweight coverage and is infused with hydrating coconut milk and aloe extract. It’s very moisturizing and feeds your skin with a beautiful glow without a cakey look.
11. No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation
Another great foundation for dry skin is the No7 Lift & Luminate foundation. It’s an excellent crossover of skin care and makeup. It has a serum foundation formula that’s enriched with age-defying skin care technology from No7’s Lift & Luminate serum. It includes hibiscus, vitamins A, and vitamin C to help reduce the appearance of pigmentation.
12. Tarte Face Tape Foundation
Tarte’s face tape is a highly rated foundation that has truly stood the test of time. It’s the first ever beauty mushroom-infused foundation. It has a weightless formula powered by snow mushrooms to drench skin in hydration for smoother, plumper-looking skin. With its patented tape technology, it also helps smooth texture and blur the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles.
13. BareMinerals Original Liquid Foundation SPF 20
Another vegan foundation option is the BareMineral Original Liquid. It's infused with SPF for good measure and designed to Excellerate skin’s texture and reduce the look of pores. The key ingredients are olive-derived squalane, peptides, and prickly pear extract to reduce the look of pores and redness.
14. Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil-Free Liquid Foundation with Salicylic Acid
If you have acne-prone skin, this foundation acts as a godsend. This oil-free foundation helps combat acne thanks to its mix of salicylic acid acne medicine. It has a lightweight, natural and breathable coverage and works to unclog pores.
15. MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation
Amid the sea of foundations, MAC Studio Fix Foundation is probably one of the most iconic. It has a range of 45 shades and practically pioneered what a long-wear base should be like. You’ll see a matte finish with medium-to-full buildable coverage along with broad spectrum SPF 15 protection.
16. KVD Beauty Good Apple Foundation
This is another stellar option for those with balanced to dry skin. KVD Good Apple foundation made waves on social media for being long-lasting and providing an almost photoshopped blurring finish. After all, it is made from tattoo legend Kat Von D’s brand so it’s been used to cover tattoos. It has a hyper-creamy formula (with apple extract) that won’t clog pores. It also has sodium hyaluronate that helps hydrate.
17. Makeup Revolution Fast Base Foundation
While this is technically a foundation stick it can also double as a contour stick. You just need to find a shade that is about two hues darker than your skin tone. The same rules apply if you’re looking for a highlight or concealer. The easy-to-apply stick formula makes a seamless application that melts into your skin.
We are witnessing a new wave of minority foundation leaders finally having a seat at the philanthropic table. The changing face of philanthropy presents the opportunity to re-examine how funding decisions are made and explore new approaches to grant-making, especially to communities of color. For far too long, nonprofits have struggled with being expected to do more with less. This is especially true of minority-led organizations. In the wake of the pandemic, racial reckoning, environmental concerns and other challenges that have all highlighted inequities in funding, this is a crucial moment for foundation leaders to explore new approaches to grant-making.
Many of these new foundation leaders come to their positions armed with extensive experience in the nonprofit sector and firsthand knowledge of the obstacles nonprofits face in securing funding to support their mission. They have experienced the countless hoops nonprofits often have to jump through just to be invited to submit a proposal. With this experience, plus the call for foundations to reconsider how grant-making decisions are determined, we have an opportunity to imagine something different.
Approaches such as participatory grant-making, trust-based philanthropy or community-centric funding are being looked at to address inequities in grant-making decisions. All involve looking at new ways to shift the balance of power for grant-making by challenging the decision-making structure that has guided many foundations' philanthropic work for years. Nonprofits and community members have historically been excluded from these critical conversations.
The premise of a trust-based approach is that it encourages funders and donors to incorporate feedback and insights from those who will be most affected by funding decisions. It involves trusting those who are on the ground doing the work, and trusting that they know what they are doing and that they know how it needs to be done. A trust-based approach requires funders to move past traditional decision-making models where they make vital decisions on causes to support despite a lack of personal experience with the cause. It also requires funders to consider what it means to share power with nonprofits and communities. It recognizes that communities that are directly impacted have the expertise and knowledge to create the solutions and are the best deciders for what they need for their communities and their work.
Here are a few points to consider:
Grant-makers should see nonprofits as a partner in helping to address issues impacting society. They must partner with nonprofits to discuss realistic metrics and timelines for achieving goals. Funder applications, letters of inquiry and reports can take an excessive amount of time to complete and put additional burdens on smaller nonprofits that are often understaffed and under-resourced. Grant-makers can explore ways to reduce the administrative burden placed on nonprofits to secure funding by streamlining the grant-making process.
Be bold in grant-making to support the mission of the organization. MacKenzie Scott's no-strings-attached giving of more than $12 billion to nonprofits is often cited in examples of bold grant-making. Not all foundations can give this much, but they can stretch beyond their usual giving bucket. Consider giving multiyear, unrestricted funding that supports the organization's mission rather than focusing solely on the program. Multiyear, unrestricted funding allows grantees to assess and determine where grant dollars are most needed and facilitates innovation and sustainability.
In addition to monetary support, provide access to resources that can be helpful in building the organization's capacity. This is especially critical for organizations that have historically gone without access to networks to secure resources.
If philanthropy truly wants to make a difference, we must recognize that grant-makers don't have all the answers. They must give up some of their power and listen to the leadership of those closer to the ground. Grantees and communities provide valuable perspectives that can inform and guide strategies to address issues impacting our communities, making our work more successful in the long run.
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