The best bases for every skin type...
From the best matte foundation for oily skin, to the best foundation with full coverage to the best foundation for dry skin… finding the right face base really can be tricky.
But that’s where we come in. We’ve rounded up the best foundations for everyone – so all you need to do, is scroll and shop!
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First up, coverage is key. The right foundation for combination skin might not be the best foundation for mature 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 by our editors and they are all worthy of a spot in your make-up bag. Now all you have to do is click through our gallery to find your skin’s perfect partner.
Best Foundation For Oily Skin
If you suffer from oily skin and don’t want to spend your days blotting away that shine, then bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation, £29 is for you. It’s got a breathable, full coverage – that mops up excess oil and actually improves the appearance of skin texture over time. Plus, it’s available in an impressive 30 shades. Hurrah.
Best Foundation For Acne
When it comes to covering blemishes and acne, there really is no better foundation than Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation, £32. It’s great for covering redness and combatting shine. Plus there’s now their Nude Water Fresh version, if you want a slightly lighter coverage.
Best Foundation For Combination Skin
When you’ve got combination skin, you want a foundation that can mattify as well as brighten and nourish any dry and dull areas. We love Giorgio Armani’s Power Fabric Longwear High Cover Foundation, £40 as it lasts all day, doesn’t go cakey and still gives us a glow. Love.
Best Foundation For Pale Skin
Finding the best foundation for pale skin can be as tricky as finding the best foundation for dark skin. The good news is, Rihanna has us all covered with her Fenty Beauty Foundation, £26 which comes in an impressive 40 shades.
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No matter what your skin type: dry, combination, dull, patchy, mature… we’ve got the best 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.
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.
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.
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.