Whether you want to completely cover up blemishes, scarring and pigmentation or you're going on a night out and want a base that stays put, full coverage foundations have a place in every single makeup bag. To help you find your perfect formula, we've curated a list of the most loved full coverage foundations for all skin types and tones.
10 of the best full coverage foundations 2021
- NARS Cosmetics All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
- Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Liquid Foundation
- The Ordinary Coverage Foundation
- Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation
- Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup
- MAC Studio Fix Fluid
- NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation
- Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation
- Sleek MakeUP Lifeproof Foundation
- Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation
Which are the best full coverage foundations?
NARS Cosmetics All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
Create the perfect, flawless base with NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. The highly pigmented, ultra-light formula glides onto the skin delivering full yet natural looking coverage which stays in place all day. Oil-free and so blendable, the foundation is perfect for combination and oily skin types, keeping oils at bay without looking dry or heavy. Apply with your fingers for full coverage which looks natural on the skin.
Perfect for: a natural finish
Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Liquid Foundation
Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Liquid Foundation SPF20 25ml (Various Shades)4.63 Stars 43 Reviewsfrom£35.00
Beautifully matte and long-lasting, YSL All Hours Foundation is perfect for those with slightly oily complexions. With up to 24 hours of wear, the foundation is water and sweat resistant, looking as perfect at the end of the night as when you first applied it. Formulated with a rich concentration of fine pigments, All Hours smooths over imperfections and pigmentation for a flawless finish without looking heavy or cakey on your skin.
Perfect for: a flawless finish
The Ordinary Coverage Foundation
The Ordinary Coverage Foundation with SPF 15 by The Ordinary Colours 30ml (Various Shades)4.09 Stars 120 Reviews£5.95
Without creating a 'mask' feel on your skin, The Ordinary Coverage Foundation creates an even complexion, covering blemishes and imperfections completely. The semi-matte finish looks so natural on the skin and lasts all day without gathering or creasing in fine lines and wrinkles. With SPF15, The Ordinary Coverage Foundation is the perfect day-time full coverage foundation.
Perfect for: all budgets
Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Makeup
With a 25% pigmented formula, Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation creates a flawless base in just one layer. The oil-free, gel-based formula glides onto the skin, keeping oils at bay with a matte but not flat finish. Imperfection-blurring and light-diffusing pigments leave the skin looking smooth and perfected and All Nighter, as the name suggests, lasts all day and all night on the skin.
Perfect for: a shine free finish
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup
The iconic Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup is still one of the best full coverage foundations for perfected, flawless skin. Through heat, humidity and your day-to-day activities, the foundation will stay in place and look just as perfect throughout the day as it does when first applied in the morning. With an added bonus of SPF10, the foundation also protects your skin against environmental aggressors and UV rays.
Perfect for: high-coverage
MAC Studio Fix Fluid
Smooth over pores and cover imperfections with MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation. The oil-free formula works to keep shine at bay, creating a beautifully balanced complexion with a matte finish. Enriched with Vitamin E and Silica, Studio Fix applies so smoothly to the skin when applied with either with your fingers, a sponge or a brush. Heat, water and sweat resistant, the foundation will stay in place and look perfect all day long.
Perfect for: face & body
NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation
NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation (Various Shades)4.29 Stars 7 Reviewsfrom£11.20
With a water-like texture that can be built up to a full coverage on the skin, NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation is suitable for all skin types and beautifully covers any imperfections. The creamy-matte finish looks natural on the skin, not looking heavy or cakey on the skin like many high coverage products. Apply two thin layers to create a flawless base which lasts.
Perfect for: a controlled coverage
Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation
Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF15 (Various Shades)4.35 Stars 60 Reviewsfrom£32.00
Silky and weightless, Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation remains comfortable on the skin despite its flawless, full coverage finish. With true-to-skin pigments, the foundation reflects light to enhance the natural contours and dimensions of your face. Disguising redness and imperfections, your complexion will be balanced and mattified with a natural radiance.
Perfect for: long wearing
Sleek MakeUP Lifeproof Foundation
Achieve a picture-perfect complexion with Sleek MakeUP Lifeproof Foundation. With such a diverse shade range, Lifeproof flatters everyone and smooths over texture and imperfections to create a flawless base which lasts for hours. Infused with soft-focus powders, the foundation helps to control oils and minimise the appearance of fine lines, leaving behind a gorgeous full coverage finish which looks just like skin.
Perfect for: a smooth complexion
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation
Conceal all imperfections and create a flawless base with Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation. With a light, creamy texture, the foundation is so blendable and buffs seamlessly into the skin to create a streak-free, radiant base. SPF15 shields the skin from environmental aggressors helping to prevent any damage to your skin whilst the beautiful coverage perfects your complexion for a natural-looking, matte base.
Perfect for: a perfect, streak-free coverage