30.11.2022

I’ve been a beauty editor for 18 years and these are the most diverse foundation ranges I’ve found

Lancome have long been committed to representing all skin tones and this latest offering into their foundation family is portable and is formulated to help prevent oxidation caused by pollution.

Teint Idole Ultra Wear Nude by Lancome

Teint Idole Ultra Wear Nude by Lancome

Shade Range: 40 shades

Coverage: Natural Matte Finish

Verdict: The foundation has a second skin finish and feels light and breathable on the skin. Great for a ‘no make up, make up’ look.

Price: £33.50, Lancome

Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation

Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation

Anastasia has had her cult status for over 20 years as the “Eyebrow Queen” sculpting the brows of the A-list, well before her make up range became an influencer hit. This featherlight formula glides on for a silky finish.

Shade Range: 50 shades with 3 undertones (warm, neutral and cool)

Coverage: Medium to Full coverage for everyday use

Verdict: Formulated without drying alcohol and without oil, to help with flash back so you can be camera ready. This fresh and dewy foundation is great for glow.

Price: £43, Cult Beauty

Skin Long Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15 by Bobbi Brown

Skin Long Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15 by Bobbi Brown

The Queen of ‘no make up, make up’, Bobbi Brown is the definition of natural make up. If you want to look like you but on a really, really good day try this foundation which promises 16 hours of crease free make up with marine cane sugar and mineral powders to help control shine.

Shade Range: 43 Shades

Coverage: Full coverage with a natural matte finish

Verdict: Great for normal to oily skin types. This pigment rich and silky foundation is hydrating and paraben free.

Price: £32, Bobbi Brown

Maybelline Fit Me Matte Poreless Foundation

Maybelline Fit Me Matte Poreless Foundation

This best seller is easy on the wallet and heavy on pigment. This lightweight liquid foundation and boasts micro powders to help control shine and absorb oils throughout the day.

Shade Range: 40 shades

Coverage: Natural Matte coverage

Verdict: This is great for normal to oily skin types who want a poreless matte look, which will look great in full HD

Price: £5.99, Boots

Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation by Fenty Beauty

Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation by Fenty Beauty

In 2017 Rihanna launched Fenty Beauty and blew the doors off of the beauty industry. She proved with her launch of 40 shades increasing to 50 there was a huge untapped market for darker skin tones. Her latest foundation offering has a longwear natural finish.

Shade Range: 50 shades

Coverage: Medium to full coverage for normal to dry skin

Verdict: The foundation bottle is portable and fuss free and the formula is laced with hydrating grape seed oil and sodium hyaluronate to even out your skin tone so you can be Insta ready.

Price: £27, Harvey Nichols

Revlon PhotoReady Candid Natural Finish, Anti- Pollution Foundation

Revlon PhotoReady Candid Natural Finish, Anti- Pollution Foundation

This creamy and weightless formula helps keeps skin moisturised all day and is formulated without oils, phthalates, synthetic dyes and fragrances. It’s packed with anti-oxidants so helps protect skin against pollution and blue light (hands up if you spend hours staring at a screen, yup me too).

Shade Range: 31 shades

Coverage: Medium coverage with a natural finish

Verdict: Super portable (throw in your bag and do your make up on the bus). The foundation is easy to blend and the campaign is fronted by the fabulous mixed heritage Adwoa Aboah.

Price: £9.99, Superdrug

Studio Fix Fluid Foundation SPF 15 by MAC

Studio Fix Fluid Foundation SPF 15 by MAC

As a teenager in the 90s MAC was one of the only places I felt welcome to express myself through make up and come and play. MAC has lived up to its mantra of All ages, All races, all genders and is the literally MAC daddy of foundations and diversity.

Shade Range: A whopping 60 shades

Coverage: Medium to Full coverage build able coverage, which boasts it lasts for 24 hours

Verdict: The formula is sweat and humidity resistant and feels silky on the skin. The range of undertones is great and the oil control is great for a natural matte finish.

Price: £27, LookFantastic

Studio Skin Full Coverage 24 Hour Foundation by Smashbox

Studio Skin Full Coverage 24 Hour Foundation by Smashbox

Born from photographic studios in LA this foundation gives Insta perfected full coverage skin. Kaolin clay and bamboo powder helps to control oil and shine and has a lightweight feel.

Shade Range: 40 shades

Coverage: Full coverage

Verdict: A little goes a long way! This creamy foundation feels comfortable on the skin with its moisturise boosting Hyaluronic acid and vitamin E.

Price: £29.50, Boots

Sheer Glow Foundation by NARS

Sheer Glow Foundation by NARS

I first discovered Nars at 16 and was impressed at how this iconic make up artist Francois Nars truly understood undertones. The foundation is lightweight, natural and effortless.

Shade Range: 40 shades with new deeper tones added in January this year

Coverage: Sheer and buildable coverage

Verdict: Great for those who want a super sheer and natural foundation, especially fab for those with olive and golden undertones.

Price: £33.50, Cult Beauty

Sublime Perfection Foundation by Pat Mcgrath Labs

Sublime Perfection Foundation by Pat Mcgrath Labs

The Queen of the Catwalk, legendary make up artist Pat Mcgrath MBE has just launched 36 universal shades packed with ceramides and Diamond Core Powder technology for youthful smooth skin.

Coverage: Sheer to medium buildable coverage

Verdict: Formulated without parabens or dreaded ash inducing talc. This is a great option for people who love radiance.

Price: £60, Selfridges

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