The best bases for *every* skin type...
From the best matte foundation for oily skin, to the best full coverage long lasting foundation that is guaranteed to hide everything, to the best foundations for dry complexions, There is something for everyone.
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First up, coverage is key. The best foundation for combination skin might not be the best for ageing skin, so taking the time to pick your perfect formula really is worth it. Whatever your skin type, you can be sure there is something in here for you.
Whittled down from hundreds, each one of these has been tried and tested and they are all worthy of a spot in your makeup bag, all you have to do is click through our gallery to find your skin’s perfect partner.
There’s everything from lightweight formulas like MAC’s Next To Nothing Weightless Face Colour, £27, which looks and feels virtually undetectable, to hard working full coverage ones like Kat Von D Lock It Liquid Foundation, £27, which is so long-lasting it’ll stay put for a whopping 24 hours!
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(Because who says flawless skin has to break the bank when you have the best drugstore foundations at your fingertips?). We even found the best foundation for dry skin, with Clarins ultra-hydrating True Radiance Foundation, £27, which will soothe parched patches and give a model-worthy glow.
It’s not just formulas, a large variety of shades are important too. Baremineral’s Barepro Liquid Foundation, £29 comes in 30 shades and Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Foundation, £26 comes in an impressive 40.
No matter what your skin type, dry, combination, dull, patchy, mature… We’ve got the foundation that’ll get you looking gorgeous in no time. So there’s no excuse not to have picture-perfect skin with these make-up artist-approved picks. And for more tips, take a peek at our Foundation Hacks round-up.
So, if you’re stuck in a make-up rut and want to ace your base, it’s time to get clicking and check out our ultimate round up. Trust us, your skin will thank you for it!
Available in 16 shades, this lightweight foundation glides over skin giving a dewy radiance and medium coverage
This clever 2-in-1 foundation stick has a complimentary contour shade – tailor matched to your foundation. So you never have to worry about orange or muddy shading again
Our deputy beauty ed’s fave: this cc+ packs a punch in coverage, whilst still giving your complexion SPF 50+ AND skincare benefits
L’Oreal’s latest addition is a velvety, matte formula that smooths over the skin, blurring imperfections and evening out your base.
Long-lasting and buildable: this foundation actually contains so much skincare, that it will make your skin better over time, too.
Dior’s latest skin fix comes in a handy compact which makes it easy to use on the go, plus the lightweight formula contains good-to-skin ingredients that will leave you looking fresh faced and dewy.
This vitamin-rich formula provides medium coverage with a dewy finish. Perfect for achieving that no-make-up-make-up look.
This is a great one for those who desperately want to avoid cake-looking skin and don’t want too much coverage. This vegan formula allows media coverage and glides on skin like moisturiser. It’s lovely.
We were already in love with YSL’s Fusion Ink Foundation for its flawless coverage and luminous finish – and now it comes in a compact! Making on-the-go touch-ups even easier…
It may look small, but it sure provides a lot of coverage and lasts for ages too. It’s creamy texture blends in with skin seamlessly and provides completely full coverage. Also a really cute addition to your handbag!
This lightweight liquid foundation leaves skin looking luminous and dewy all day long. Plus, the cute pipette top makes for seriously easy application. We heart it.
The latest foundation contains no oils, no wax, nothing nasty – and the formula rivals even the most expensive bases. Get it before it's gone.
Dior's sheer cover water foundation is so lightweight, it's perfect for summer holidays. Pack one in your suitcase and you can fake a flawless beach face.
Super easy to use, this creamy stick glides over skin and blends well for sheer to moderate coverage. It’s long-lasting too.
This flawless-finish foundation promises to stay on for 15 hours – and we can attest to that fact, it really does! Great for staying on all night long.
The Velvet Matte Skin Tint from Nars is the perfect everyday foundation. With SPF 30 it protects your skin and provides good coverage that lasts all day.
The first ever liquid foundation from the iconic mineral beauty brand, this fuses skincare and make-up in one to create a hydrating full coverage foundation that doesn’t feel heavy or pore-clogging.
This new foundation by Too Faced offers an undetectable coverage, which camoflages all imperfections. Plus, it's infused with coconut water, so it naturally hydrates your skin, leaving you with a radiant look.
We kid you not, this foundation is basically a miracle in a bottle. The 'hyper-intelligent' formula will give you a full coverage but feel super lightweight on your skin. Buff it on with a buffing brush for an air-brushed finish.
Want a foundation that stays put from morning till night?! The base beautifier will keep oily skin under wraps all day long.
This spray-on skin perfector is like photoshop in a bottle, it smooths skin and hides imperfections in just one spritz.
Using natural waters and silica instead of oils, the matte effect this creates is great if you suffer from that mid-afternoon shine on your T-zone. In 24 shades, there’s something for everyone.
This feels so lovely on the skin, you won’t know you’re wearing it – until you look in the mirror and see how hydrated and glowy your face looks. With pollution-fighting Moringa seed extracts, it’s an all-round protect and perfector.
A cult favourite – this high coverage, long wearing foundation is an office favourite for nights out and glamorous events.