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THE BEST FOUNDATION FOR YOU

THE BEST FOUNDATION FOR YOU

We’re helping you answer the ultimate makeup question: which foundation is best for me? We’ve narrowed down the (very, very) long list of our favourite base products find out which one is right for you, based on your skin type. Keep scrolling to read our guide to the best foundation.

Best Foundation 2019

  1. NIP+FAB MAKE UP FOUNDATION
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    NIP+FAB MAKE UP FOUNDATION

    Best Foundation For Oily Skin

    First on our list of the best foundation is this NIP and FAB option.A medium coverage that we find can easily be built up, or sheer if mixed with a primer, this light liquid texture water-based foundation will see you through every single occasion.

    If you have oily skin, then it’s best to look for foundations that aren’t oil based as these will last much longer than the alternatives. Also, apply with a makeup brush rather than your fingers to add longevity to your makeup look.

    Matte foundations tend to be your go-to too. Just set with an illuminating primer to ensure your complexion remains glowing all day.

    I really enjoyed the package, it’s very good to carry with you if you’re traveling. The coverage was very nice and it does leave a matte finish, like it promises.

    jccn, on-site review

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best NIP and FAB products

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  2. L'ORÉAL PARIS TRUE MATCH FOUNDATION
    £9.99 Buy now with HQhair

    L'ORÉAL PARIS TRUE MATCH FOUNDATION

    Best Foundation For Dry Skin

    L’Oréal Paris have created a creamy liquid foundation, that lasts all day. Developed to be buildable, this formula can create a bespoke opacity for you. Plus it’s available in a wide range of shades, so expect to find the perfect shade to suit your skin tone.

    Start to see foundation flaking off by lunchtime? Banish the dryness with dewy foundations, normally in liquid and cream textures. Start with hydrated skin and use moisturiser before you buff your base in, and you should see your foundation lasting all day.

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  3. RMK CREAMY FOUNDATION
    £38.00 Buy now with HQhair

    RMK CREAMY FOUNDATION

    Best Foundation For Combination Skin

    This creamy foundation by RMK will help to ensure you keep your coverage lasting all day. A mix including both Argan Oil and Shea Butter, this will help to keep skin moisturised throughout the day, while Stretch Film technology will ensure that pigment stays on oilier sections of your skin.

    If combination skin is proving to be a pain, then look for foundations which offer a skin-like or velvet texture. Ensure the other aspects of your base routine – primer and setting spray – are focused on ensuring you’re getting the correct coverage for your skin type. The final results? Selfie worthy.

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  4. EX1 COSMETICS INVISIWEAR LIQUID FOUNDATION
    £9.00 Buy now with HQhair

    EX1 COSMETICS INVISIWEAR LIQUID FOUNDATION

    Best Foundation for Acne Prone Skin

    We’re sure you’ve heard the hype about EX1 Cosmetics and their bestselling foundation, but if you need to be bought up to speed then just know that this oil and fragrance-free foundation will be your skin saviour.

    Lightweight and blendable, this liquid foundation is easy to apply, and is formulated with ‘true colour’ pigments to help to create a blurred finish that truly match with your skin tone.

    If you have acne prone skin, then it’s going be a task to find a foundation which offers coverage without clogging pores. Korean beauty products are great for this as they mix skincare and makeup, meaning you get all the benefits of a mega skincare routine while also helping to accentuate your complexion with the power of makeup.

    I’m genuinely surprised by this product didn’t expect to like it so much I love the finish it gives, look natural, and flawless so blendable and the color is just perfect.

    Yeezy, on-site review

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  5. COVER FX POWER PLAY FOUNDATION
    £38.00 Buy now with HQhair

    COVER FX POWER PLAY FOUNDATION

    Best Foundation For Finding Your Shade

    It can be pretty tricky to find your shade of foundation, but thankfully the guys at Cover FX have come through and created a range of 40 shades, meaning you’re more than likely to find a shade that will truly match your skin tone – and if you still need to adjust slightly, keep an eye out for their Custom Cover Drops.

    One of the best vegan makeup brands, all Cover FX products are also cruelty-free, Gluten-free, and free from Parabens, fragrance, mineral oil and talc. The foundation is a buildable oil-free formula, designed to resist water and provide all-day wear without shine. The dream, right?

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best Cover FX products

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  6. BENEFIT HELLO HAPPY SOFT BLUR FOUNDATION
    £22.10 Buy now with HQhair

    BENEFIT HELLO HAPPY SOFT BLUR FOUNDATION

    Best Foundation for Sheer Coverage

    When you’re looking to only add a little pigment, a sheer foundation is the perfect alternative to a BB Cream. If a foundation says it’s buildable, that generally means it’ll start sheer and then you can layer up to add coverage.

    Benefit Cosmetics‘s Hello Happy foundation will be your go-to option for a sheer yet buildable coverage. Drying to a matte finish, this light coverage liquid foundation is easily applied with either your fingers or a makeup brush, plus it features an SPF of 15 to help defend against environmental aggressors.

    If you want an even lighter coverage, have a read of our guide to the best BB cream to see if one of those will be the perfect fit.

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best Benefit products

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  7. BOURJOIS HEALTHY MIX FOUNDATION
    £9.99 Buy now with HQhair

    BOURJOIS HEALTHY MIX FOUNDATION

    Best Foundation for Full Coverage

    Next up on our list of the best foundation is a more hardcore option. Whether you’re going out out or on the lookout for something that’ll leave your skin looking flawless, there’s always a time for full coverage foundation. Apply with a makeup sponge to get the coverage you’re after.

    With its own cult following, drugstore brand Bourjois‘ Healthy Mix foundation had to make our top ten. Coming in at under a tenner, this high coverage foundation utilises fruit extracts from Apricot, Melon and Apple to help plump skin and boost radiance.

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best Bourjois products

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  8. MAYBELLINE FIT ME! MATTE AND PORELESS FOUNDATION
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    MAYBELLINE FIT ME! MATTE AND PORELESS FOUNDATION

    Best Matte Foundation

    Do you prefer a matte foundation to a dewy finish? This might be the perfect finish for you if you tend to have oilier or combination skin, or simply prefer an instagram-ready finish that won’t reflect camera flashes or appear shiny.

    The Fit Me! foundation by Maybelline is a liquid formula perfect for anyone who’s looking for something matte, and one that will help to minimise the appearance of pores too. The matte finish is provided by small powder particles mixed into the formulation.

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best Maybelline products

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  9. Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation
    £33.00 Buy now with HQhair

    Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation

    Best Longwearing Foundation

    There’s nothing worse than applying foundation in the morning, only to check your reflection at lunchtime to see it’s completely wiped off your face. Keep an eye out for oil-free formulations, as these tend to last for longer periods of time.

    Award-winning makeup brand Illamasqua was born from a history of stage makeup, so it’s no surprise that Skin Base foundation can withstand a day at work when it was originally formulated to be worn beneath stage lights for long periods of time. Its lightweight creamy formula may be built up to create a coverage to suit you.

    If you really want to make it last all day, make sure you apply Skin Base with one of the best makeup brushes.

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best Illamasqua products

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  10. NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP CAN'T STOP WON'T STOP 24 HOUR FOUNDATION
    £15.00 Buy now with HQhair

    NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP CAN'T STOP WON'T STOP 24 HOUR FOUNDATION

    Best Foundation For Shine Control

    Different to matte foundation (although often with a matte finish), shine control foundations work to help prevent any particularly oily areas appear shiny – as the name would suggest.

    NYX Professional Makeup’s Can’t Stop Won’t Stop foundation does just this. Available in 42 shades, this cream formula will apply flawlessly to create a shine-free finish that will last up to 24 hours. Perfect for both work and after-work drinks.

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best NYX Professional Makeup products

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  11. THE ORDINARY SERUM FOUNDATION WITH SPF 15
    £5.70 Buy now with HQhair

    THE ORDINARY SERUM FOUNDATION WITH SPF 15

    Best Drugstore Foundation

    Last on our list of the best foundation is by cult skincare brand The Ordinary. A sheer alternative to the higher pigment of The Ordinary Coverage Foundation, Serum Foundation is a sheer yet buildable formula, perfect for everyday use.

    Its serum formula is incredibly lightweight and will lend itself to a natural skin-like finish. In spite of this, it’s still hardwearing and will last from morning latte right through to lights out.

    Plus, it’s Vegan and Cruelty-free, whilst also being a alcohol, oil, nuts, soy and gluten-free beauty product.

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best The Ordinary products

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