The right foundation can change your total look and potentially your life. Ok, we may be being a bit dramatic but a fantastic foundation is a must for every make-up bag. We’ve rounded up some of the best high street foundations and some pricier options to help you pick the right choice for you.
Max Factor has some of the best make-up that the high street has to offer (just try their Masterpiece mascara) and this excellent foundation gives great full coverage at a reasonable price. As well as the foundation you get a built in primer and concealer so you get 3 products for the price of one. It gives a matte finish so you don’t need any powder and it’s great for all skin types. Three products in one and no need for powder? It really is a total bargain.
Who better to trust about make-up than a drag queen? Fans of Ru-Paul’s Drag Race will recognize NYX as one of the show’s former sponsors and you will love this foundation as much as we love Shangela. The clue is in the foundation’s name – it really is invincible (as much as a foundation can be) and with some of the best coverage around. It’s highly pigmented, light and comfortable so you can wear it for hours and it will still look amazing. If it can cover a 5 o’clock shadow then it can definitely cover a blemish or two.
For flawless all day coverage Vichy’s Dermablend Corrective Foundation is hard to beat. This foundation boasts 10 hours high coverage and is great for dry skin. Its dewy texture is thanks to the energizing Vichy Thermal Spa Water, glycerin and plant oil included in every bottle. The only draw back of this foundation is that its light texture isn’t a good choice for oily skin.
Smashbox develop make-up for their LA based studios, so they need products that can withstand hot lights and preferably not need many touch-ups. With this in mind they created their Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation which offers excellent shine-free full coverage that is water, sweat, humidity and transfer resistant. It really is excellent (take it from this reviewer who wears it every day) and you will fall in love with its buildable coverage and long-wear formula. You won’t regret this purchase!
Heralded as one of the best foundations around, Estee Lauder’s Double Wear foundation is a pricier option but definitely worth every penny. Even with 15 hour staying power and full coverage, this foundation still gives a soft and dewy look, avoiding that powdery caked on finish that no one wants. It’s ideal for combination skin and perfect for, well, everyone really.
Whip your make-up bag (see what we did there?) into shape with Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse. It’s one of the world’s most popular foundations and for good reason – it won’t hurt your wallet and it’ll give you great coverage. It doesn’t cake because of the fancy silicon polymers inside and it’s ideal for those who want a natural look. It comes in a wide range of different skin tone options and you’ll love its light formula. Great choice for oily skin but not recommended for dry skin.
If you are a fan of bareMinerals then this foundation is for you. It’s feather light and adjustable so you can dial it up or down depending on the look that you want. The long lasting formula includes lilac plant stem cells and is SPF20. Unfortunately it’s another one that isn’t great for dry skin, but good for everyone else.
YSL is widely revered for their excellent make-up and their Touche Eclat Foundation is no exception. The foundation’s tagline ‘8 hours of beauty sleep in a foundation’ may sound far-fetched, but this product really will leave you with ultimate radiance and luminous skin. It offers full coverage along with the famous Touche Eclat magic reflecting formula. A bit more pricey than the other options on this list but definitely worth every penny. And with 22 shades available, they’ll be a colour that suits you and your skin tone.
If you’re really committed to a flawless finish then why not splash out on this pro airbrush? Spray on your foundation for a truly long lasting result that won’t budge for however long you need it. It may take you a while to get the hang of it but once you do you’ll never look back.