Best Foundation Guide

Much like our ultimate guide to the best primers out there, we’re looking at how to answer the ultimate question: which foundation is best for me? We’ve narrowed down the (very. very) long list of our favourite foundations to create this shopping list of which base is right for you, based on your skin type. Looking for the best foundation out there? Well, we’ve got a treat for you…

Best Foundation For Oily Skin

Lookin’ for coverage that’ll last well beyond the 3pm “where tf did my makeup go?” office bathroom mirror panic? Look no further. Look for foundations that aren’t oil based as these will hold the fort much longer than the alternatives. Also, apply with a brush rather than your fingers to really add longevity to your makeup look. Matte foundations tend to be your go-to, and won’t necessarily make your face look “flat” if you start with an illuminating primer.

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Best Foundations for Oily Skin

Best Foundation For Dry Skin

Start to see foundation flaking off by lunchtime? It’s definitely not a look. Banish the dryness with dewy foundations, normally in liquid and cream textures. Start with hydrated skin (and, you know, actually drink water) before you buff these beaut bases in, and you should see your foundation lasting all day.

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Best Foundations for Dry Skin

Best Foundation For Combination Skin

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

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Best Foundations for Combination Skin

Best Foundation for Acne Prone Skin

Although we know you look babein’ bareface, sometimes a gal just wants to add a little base. If you have acne prone skin, then it’s gonna be a task to find a foundation which offers both coverage and gives your skin the chance to breathe. Happily, we’ve done the hard work for you (we’ll do anything for our HQsquad). Korean brands are great for this as they mix skincare and makeup like pros meaning you get all the benefits of a mega skincare routine.

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Best Foundations for Acne Prone Skin

Best Foundation for Full Coverage

Whether you’re going out out or on the lookout for something that’ll leave your skin lookin’ flawless, there’s always a time for full coverage foundation. Apply one of our faves below with a makeup sponge to get the coverage you’re after and bake like a pro to give it some real longevity. Just add contour and highlight, and we know those insta likes will keep rollin’ in.

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Best Foundations for Full Coverage

Best Foundation for Sheer Coverage

When you’re looking to fake up like this, a sheer foundation is perfect. If a foundation says it’s buildable, that generally means it’ll start sheer and then you can layer up to add coverage. Make sure the rest of your makeup complements the look; pick a subtle contour rather than chisel and go.

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Best Foundations for Sheer Coverage

Wanna apply makeup like a pro? Duh. We’ve listed our fave makeup brushes and sponges so you can get the perf’ blend.

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