Foundation is an actual must-have for no-filter-needed skin, making dreamy skin a reality in one simple step ( a brush or Beauty Blender). Here's our tried and tested best liquid, cream and powder foundations out there...
Foundation is an actual must-have for perfect-looking skin. It makes a flawless complexion possible in one simple step ( a brush or Beauty Blender) however tired, hungover or lacklustre your complexion is looking when you wake up.
Whatever your skin type, we've tried and tested the best foundations in the industry to find you the ones you need to know about, that are actually worth your money, so you don’t have get a case of foundation regret when it’s just not quite right.
Whether you want serious coverage, a radiant au natch complexion or to fight that midday shine with a handy on-the-go (read: on-the bus) compact, there is one for everyone; you just need to find the best foundation for you and our Countycriminallawyers Foundation Guide is just the place to find it. And for a bespoke foundation suggestion to help you get that supermodel glow, all you need is five minutes and a trip to our sister site Once you're there, they'll choose you one to suit your skin type AND budget.
It was a season of flawless glowy faces (to complement the mega statement eyes and lips). Recreate the autumn/winter fashion week looks by ditching the mattifying powder and leaving your foundation with a glowing sheen. Team with a pop red lip, like the models at Joseph.
Whatever your skin concerns, there WILL be a foundation to suit you. We’ve rounded up the best foundations for oily skin to help combat that shine and excess oil production and the best foundations for dry skin for you to create a just-been-on-holiday glow even when your complexion is lacking moisture.
There’s been a lot of foundation hype recently, with everyone from Giorgio Armani to NARS amping up their flawless complexion action. We’re loving Kiko’s Second Skin Foundation; with its easy-to-use dropper bottle, which keeps the ingredients active and the formula dirt-free, it smoothes on for perfect coverage – and it’s only £18.90. Woop!
With the festive holidays fast approaching, it's worth making the most of the shopping deals to stock up your beauty battle cupboards. With the best Net a Porter deals, Black Friday Amazon deals, best Black Friday makeup deals and best Black Friday beauty deals on the horizon, there's an opportunity to snag better for less this month. If you're having trouble wrapping your head around the shopping chaos, we've also put together a Black Friday shopping guide and a Black Friday sales UK page where we'll be collating everything from Black Friday engagement ring sales to Black Friday clothing sales.
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From MAC's classic Studio Fix foundation to Revlon's long-lasting liquid formula, shop our edit of the 12 best foundations you won't be disappointed with...
1. Revlon Colorstay Makeup For Combination/Oily Skin, £12.99
Digital Beauty Editor George Driver’s fave foundation, this covers all sins without feeling cakey and at just £12.99 it’s an absolute bargain.
Revlon available at | £12.99
2. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, £33
If you like a luminous, dewy finish this is the foundation for you. Infused with nourishing antioxidants, it’s a foundation that’s actually good for your skin. Huzzah!
Nars available at | £33
3. Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation, £33
Available at | £33
4. Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-In-Place Makeup, £32.50
Literally the lighter version of the classic Double Wear formula (aka the most effective coverage foundation of all time), this is for everyone who wants perfect skin without feeling like you’re troweling on the makeup.
Estee Lauder available at | £32.50
5. MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation, £23.50
MAC’s Studio Fix Foundation features in every celeb make-up artist’s beauty bag for one reason - it’s amazing. If you want maximum coverage that’s long-lasting and protects your skin with SPF, you can’t go wrong with this beauty buy.
MAC available at | £23.50
6. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick, £31
Basically the best foundation stick ever. Need we say more? A super creamy texture that gives great coverage without drying out skin, use a foundation brush to paint this on the areas in need of coverage instead of drawing over your entire face.
Bobbi Brown available at | £31
7. Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation, £35
Sounds a bit wishy washy but this dewy finish foundation is a one stop shop for an instant glow. Using pearl particles to mimic the reflective glow of candlelight, this is for all those dull skin sufferers out there.
Laura Mercier available at | £35
8. Chantecaille Future Skin Oil-Free Foundation, £36
Available at | £60
9. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, £40
The ultimate 'your skin but better' foundation, this one covers imperfections and gives a hint of dewiness. It's pretty much everyone's holy grail - you NEED this bottle!
Available at | £40
10. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, £30
A foundation that makes you younger?! Yup, it’s actually happened. This magic foundation (by name, by nature) gives long lasting coverage whilst using hyaluronic acid to plump skin and minimise the appearance of wrinkles. The dream.
Charlotte Tilbury available at | £30
11. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation, £30
Created for wear in the TV and film industry, Make-Up For Ever's HD Foundation gives flawless and comfortable coverage, while still looking natural, making it perfect for daywear or a slightly more done-up evening look. It's the ultimate if you're looking for your perfect skin tone match as it's split into red or yellow undertones, and then a massive range of shades - 40 in total!
Available at | £30
12. Kiko Second Skin Liquid Foundation, £18.90
Kiko's Second Skin Foundation is a light, natural-feeling formula which blends for a flawless complexion, while moisturising the skin and boosting elasticity. Build it up for comfortable coverage in an impressive 14 shades.
Available at | 18.90
13. La Mer Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation, £80
A bit more spenny than the others but totally worth it. Developed with a powerful blend of their signature Miracle Broth, this liquid foundation has great coverage but what we’re hyped about is its ability to heal, hydrate and protect skin from all that horrible pollution. One for the smoggy city dwellers.
La Mer available at | £80
14. Clarins Everlasting Foundation SPF15, £29
Clarins’ ultra-lightweight Everlasting Foundation moisturises and mattifies even the most awkward of skin types. If you’re oily, dry, combination, this has got you covered.
Clarins available at | £29