Despite our love for super dewy, fresh bases, there are times when we need our makeup to stay in place for long periods of time, which is why we have put together our edit of the best long-lasting foundations.
Luckily, each of these foundations not only gives incredible and long-wear coverage, but also look beautiful on the skin. If you still want to achieve that seen-from-space glow, use a light-infusing primer underneath. That way, your complexion will look super fresh and luminous, whilst your makeup stays in place all day (and night) long. Discover our edit of the best illuminating primers here.
10 of the best long-lasting foundations
- Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation
- Armani Power Fabric Foundation
- Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Liquid Foundation
- MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation
- Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation
- Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Makeup
- bareMinerals barePro 24-Hour Full Coverage Liquid Foundation
- NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation
- Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation
- Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation
Which are the best long-lasting foundations 2020?
1.Estée Lauder Double Wear FoundationOne of the bestselling foundations of all time, Estée Lauder's Double Wear Makeup is the perfect full-coverage base that doesn't budge. A natural matte finish, the foundation itself doesn't come off on clothes, oxidise or fade throughout the day, making it one of the best bases for reliability. It's also great to use if you have a slightlier oilier, more combination complexion as it contains ingredients that keep shine at bay. It also has one of the widest shade ranges in a foundation we have seen, making it one of the best colour match products on the market. Perfect for: overall use
2.Giorgio Armani Power Fabric FoundationUnlike it's luminous counterpart, the Armani Power Fabric Foundation delivers intense full coverage with a matte finish. Not only does Power Fabric melt seamlessly into the skin (and feels super lightweight), it also gives beautiful coverage to the skin and is perfect if you want to cover redness, blemishes or imperfections thanks to its highly-pigmented formula. It is super long-wearing and won't budge throughout the day, so perfect to use during the warmer months when you need makeup that won't slide off your skin. Perfect for: a dewy finish
3.Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Liquid FoundationLike its name suggests, the Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Liquid Foundation lasts all throughout the day and night. The base is suitable for all skin types and is non-comedogenic so it won't block pores or cause breakouts. A natural matte finish, it gives a second-skin feel thanks to its non-cakey and buildable formula. Perfect all-year round, this foundation works especially well during the summer as it has a moisture complex to keep the skin hydrated, whilst also being enriched with an SPF 20 filter to protect against UV rays. Perfect for: sensitive skin
4.MAC Studio Fix Fluid FoundationOne of the brand's bestselling products, MAC's Studio Fix Fluid Foundation is incredibly long-wearing and perfect for when you need a base that doesn't budge. It has a medium coverage, which can be built-up to a fuller coverage if you need to cover any redness or blemishes. If you have acne-prone skin, this foundation is perfect as it's not only breathable, but also contains oil-absorbing silica, which keeps excess shine and sebum at bay. The foundation is also sweat-resistant and contains antioxidant-rich Vitamin E to keep your skin hydrated without it ever looking greasy. Perfect for: sun protection
5.Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid FoundationOil-free and non-comedogenic, the Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation is perfect for those with blemish-prone or acne skin types. A naturally matte finish, the formula is made with unique Advanced Sensing Technology, which helps the foundation to move with your skin so it doesn't cake or budge throughout the day. Despite its long-lasting formula, the foundation doesn't feel heavy or look flat on the skin, and instead helps to keep your complexion looking beautifully flawless all day long. Perfect for: blemish prone skin
6.Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid MakeupThe Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Makeup is an oil-free, gel-based foundation that gives incredible coverage without ever looking heavy or too full. With a 25% pigmented formulation, you only need a small amount to cover the entire complexion, and it can also be built-upon if you need to cover any specific skin concerns such as redness or blemishes. Despite its long-lasting formulation, the foundation doesn't look too matte or flat on the skin, and instead diffuses light for a naturally radiant finish. It also works wonders on oily complexions as it helps to absorb excess shine. Perfect for: oily skin
7.bareMinerals barePro 24-Hour Full Coverage Liquid FoundationIf you want a healthier for the skin, long-lasting foundation, you will love bareMinerals barePro 24-Hour Full Coverage Liquid Foundation. Made from a blend of mineral pigments and nourishing extracts such as bamboo stem and papaya enzymes, the foundation is super breathable, free from chemical nasties such as parabens and fragrance, and is also non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic, making it great for even the most sensitive of skin types. The formula is made from unique Mineral Lock Long Wear Technology, which not only helps to give the foundation its long-lasting benefits, but also ensures a true colour match that doesn't oxidise throughout the day. Perfect for: all day use
8.NARS Radiant Longwear FoundationThe NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation is free from parabens, oil, alcohol and fragrance, making it great for anyone with combination, sensitive or reactive skin. Infused with micronised pigments, the foundation offers an incredibly fresh and luminous finish with amazing coverage that can be built-upon should you require a fuller face of makeup. Breathable and transfer/sweat-resistant for up to 16 hours, the formula is enriched with raspberry, watermelon and apple extracts to infuse the skin with moisture and keep it beautifully hydrated without ever looking oily. Perfect for: dry skin
9.Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless FoundationThe Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation has been specially formulated for those who want a true matte finish without making the skin look flat. Infused with true-to-skin colour pigments, the foundation doesn't oxidise when applied, and instead looks flawless all day long. Blended with marine sugar cane and natural mineral powders, the foundation also works to keep the skin hydrated whilst absorbing excess oil for a shine-free finish. Free from parabens and sulphates, the formula is also non-acnegenic so won't block pores or cause breakouts. Perfect for: acne prone skin