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The best foundation for flawless skin

The best foundation for flawless skin
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Finding your favourite foundation can often involve quite a bit of trial and error before stumbling upon the one. With some many foundations available, it can be quite overwhelming finding the right match for your skin tone and skin type. You might be looking for a full coverage foundation with a dewy finish, or a cool-toned foundation with light coverage - the ability to mix and match when it comes to foundation is endless thanks to leaping innovations within shade ranges and formulations.

If you’re looking to achieve flawless skin through foundation then you’ve come to the right place as we’ll be introducing you to our favourite foundation formulations from the most sought after beauty brands around.

Which are the best foundations?

We’ve tested a lot of foundation, therefore, we can confidently bring you our handpicked foundation favourites that will make your skin look flawless for all occasions. Bringing you a mix of foundations from across the price spectrum, you’ll be sure to find the one for you.

The best full coverage foundation

A classic long-wearing (we’re talking 24 hours!) foundation  MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation offers you medium to full coverage with a radiant and healthy glowing finish. Ideal for oily skin types, Studio Fix Fluid reduces the appearance of excess shine whilst maintaining a photo-ready finish.

The best long-wearing foundations

It’s a classic for a reason, the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place foundation comprises of a lightweight, creamy formula that minimises the look of enlarged pores. With over 54 shades to choose from, this widely loved favourite foundation will give you a lit-from-within glow that stays put for as long as you need it to.

Another long-wearing foundation comes via the Armani Power Fabric SPF 25 Foundation. This lightweight liquid foundation serves up full coverage with a comfortable, second-skin finish that won't crease or fade over time. What's more this flawless foundation provides SPF 25 to defend against environmental aggressors.

The best budget-friendly foundations

For a hydrating, buildable foundation look no further than the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundationwith Comfort Serum. This sweatproof, medium coverage foundation conceals dark circles and imperfections, all with SPF 20. The added Vitamin E works to hydrate and protect your skin further against environmental aggressors.

Want to be selfie-ready in a flash? (Excuse the pun!)  Look HD at any angle with the Wet n' Wild Photo Focus Foundation. This foundation has been performance tested under several different photo lighting conditions to ensure flawless wear and a soft-focus base that’s always ready for a close-up. The matte, full-coverage formula works to diffuse light and disguise the appearance of imperfections all while creating a natural skin effect.

The best dewy foundations

Those with skin that sits on the drier side are best looking for a formulation that is dewier and more radiance-boosting.

For a beautifully dewy finish that looks natural and flawless, try the Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser from Chantecaille. Providing hydration, SPF15 protection and foundation-like buildable coverage, a blend of Thyme and Butterfly Bush extracts offer powerful antioxidant benefits, whilst Sodium Hyaluronate helps to seal in moisture for dewy, plump skin.

The light-reflecting particles in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation allows you to achieve radiant, dewy skin in an instant. The velvety consistency is buildable and easy to blend enabling you to blur our imperfections without covering your skin’s naturally beautiful radiance.

The best matte foundation

People with oily skin or combination skin are best suited to a matte formulation to help minimise unwanted shine and surface oil.

Matte foundation doesn’t need to take the radiance out of your skin. Long gone are the days whereby matte foundation could look flat and chalky on the skin. The bareMinerals Matte SPF15 Foundation delivers a buildable coverage in a powder formula that never looks cakey and doesn’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles.

We hope this has helped you find your next favourite foundation to be well on your way to flawless, beautiful skin.


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