If you’re a makeup junkie you’ve obviously already heard of this one. A Kardashian favourite, this Armani foundation delivers a seamless complexion with silky finish.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, £42, Giorgio Armani
#FauxFilter Foundation £32, Huda Beauty
After its launch in October 2017, Huda’s foundation quickly became a full coverage favourite with Youtubers all over the globe. NikkieTutorials called it out for being particularly long-wear, saying she could go at least 12 hours without powder after applying.
Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, £26, Fenty Beauty
Rihanna blew everyone away with her new makeup line – and while beauty aficionados were eagerly waiting for the highlighter’s release, they found themselves actually in love with the foundation. The coverage is full and the complexion looks air-brushed after application, with beauty vloggers calling it “Rihanna’s skin in a bottle”. We’re particularly obsessed with the dewy finish and the selection of 40 shades. Amazing.
Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15, £32, Bobbi Brown
Very smooth and blendable, this foundation offers brilliant coverage with added glow. Plus, it controls excess oil while keeping your skin moisturised.
Fluidity Full Coverage Foundation, £16, Morphe
In a rave review of Morphe Fluidity, our Deputy Beauty Editor said, “I really can’t fault this foundation, it delivers on everything it claims. From the full coverage to the truly excellent shade range and long-wear (I wore it for 12 hours and it looked exactly the same at the end of the day as at the start).” A high compliment from someone who tries 50+ new products a week.
Original Foundation SPF15, £27, Bareminerals
As far as powder foundations go, this is one of the best buildable coverage formulas on the market. It makes skin looks airbrushed, blurring imperfections without caking and blending seamlessly with the skin. Lightweight and breathable, it’s great for those who don’t want to feel like they’re wearing makeup and is the ideal introduction for new foundation users.
True Colour Flawless Liquid Foundation, £12, Avon
Many who have struggled to find the perfect colour match in foundation before, have found solice in this Avon best-seller. It not only caters to different skin tones, but undertones as well, which is pretty impressive for a £12 steal. It’s often in the sale for £6 so keep an eye out and buy in bulk.
Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation, £32, Lancome
If you’re always out and about and need a long-wearing foundation that stays put comfortably, this is the one. Available in forty shades, this little bottle of Lancome gold offers medium to high coverage that’s buildable and will get you from day to night.
The Soft Fluid Longwear Foundation, £90, La Mer
A weightless, creamy formula that has the most natural of finishes, La Mer’s skincolour is a cult-favourite of red carpet royalty and pro-makeup artists – Kim K, Patrick Ta our very own Alessandra Steinherr are all huge fans. It’s well worth the price tag, leaving the skin ultra glowy and (most importantly) protected with SPF20.
All Hours Foundation, £35, YSL
If you love a flawless base, this is the foundation for you. YSL’s new offering is available in 22 shades and gives you the perfect complexion 24/7. The liquid foundation is waterproof and transfer-resistant,and also comes with a soft-focus finish thanks to spherical-shaped silicon resin. It’s incredible, you’ve got to try it.
Born This Way Foundation, £29, Too Faced
Drying to a matte finish with a hint of glow, this is ideal for combination skin that needs a little of both. Long-lasting and with a flawless texture, this was always bound to make the foundation hall of fame.
Estée Lauder Double Wear, £33.50, Estée Lauder
This is a must have for anyone that loves a high coverage foundation. With its stay-all-day formula and velvet finish, this foundation will leave you with a flawless complexion whilst still being lightweight and comfortable to wear.
Les Beiges Foundation, £40, Chanel
The dreamy, light-weight formula melts into your face on application, giving a coverage that is complete but appears sheer. This, plus its super-smooth finish and glow-enhancing qualities, makes it worth the price-tag.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, £32, Charlotte Tilbury
5 years in the making, this high-coverage foundation succeeds in covering anything from dark circles to unwanted blemishes. It also has a great range of shades and comes in a rather pretty bottle. Put simply, Charlotte’s creation really is magic.
Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation, £29, Makeup Forever
An updated formula from the original HD Foundation, Makeup Forever’s bestselling base offers the best in high coverage. Perfect for oily skins, the foundation has a semi-matte finish, with a slight glow. This is one of our all-time favourites and comes in 40 shades and is a popular choice for darker skin tones. For the best finish, apply to the centre of the face and blend outwards towards your hairline.
Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick, £66, Tom Ford
If you want to look and feel of a liquid formula with the convenience of a stick application, Tom Ford’s Traceless Foundation Stick is the perfect choice. Used as a concealer it completely banishes imperfections, or it can be used all over for a flawless finish. Build from medium to full coverage.
NARS Sheer Glow, £33, NARS
If you want a foundation that will create a dewy finish with incredible luminosity, Sheer Glow is the one. The silky foundation enhances natural beauty rather than covering it which makes it the perfect all-day-every-day skin product.
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation, £8.99, Rimmel
If you’ve had less than your allotted eight hours’ beauty sleep, this is our secret weapon: a cover-all formula for a fresh, dewy finish, complete with SPF15 to protect your skin. Added bonus – it smells great too.
Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Make-Up, £25.00, Clinique
Clinique’s oil-free offering contains laminaria saccharina extract, which helps regulate sebum production, and willow bark extract, which absorbs oil from the skin’s surface. The coverage is sheer to medium but feels light and keeps skin shine-free.
MAC Face Body Foundation, £26, MAC
Relied on by make-up artists the world round, this water-based, water-resistant foundation provides natural coverage for face and/or body (as suggested by it’s does-what-it-says-on-the-tin name). It’s the perfect choice for festivals and events where you need a long-lasting finish.