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THE BEST FOUNDATION FOR YOU

THE BEST FOUNDATION FOR YOU

Much like our ultimate guide to the best primers out there, we’re looking at how to answer the 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 2019

  1. NIP+FAB MAKE UP FOUNDATION
    £12.95 Buy now with HQhair

    NIP+FAB MAKE UP FOUNDATION

    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.

    This NIP and FAB foundation does all of the above, and then some. 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.

    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

    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) and use moisturiser before you buff these beaut bases in, and you should see your foundation lasting all day.

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

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  3. RMK CREAMY FOUNDATION
    £38.00 Buy now with HQhair

    RMK CREAMY FOUNDATION

    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 spray – 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.

    Thankfully 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 section of your skin.

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  4. EX1 COSMETICS INVISIWEAR LIQUID FOUNDATION
    £8.00 Buy now with HQhair

    EX1 COSMETICS INVISIWEAR LIQUID FOUNDATION

    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 beauty products are great for this as they mix skincare and makeup like pros meaning you get all the benefits of a mega skincare routine.

    We’re sure you’ve heard the hype about EX1 Cosmetics and their bestselling foundation, but if you need to be brought 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.

    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 your still need to adjust, 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

    Buy now with free delivery
  6. BENEFIT HELLO HAPPY SOFT BLUR FOUNDATION
    £25.50 Buy now with HQhair

    BENEFIT HELLO HAPPY SOFT BLUR FOUNDATION

    Best Foundation for Sheer Coverage

    When you’re looking to only add a lil 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. Just make sure the rest of your makeup complements the look; pick a subtle contour rather than chisel and go.

    The newest foundation release from Benefit Cosmetics will be your go-to option. 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

    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 with a makeup sponge to get the coverage you’re after and bake like a pro to give it real longevity. Just add contour and highlighter, and we know those insta likes will keep rollin’ in.

    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

    Buy now with free delivery
  8. MAYBELLINE FIT ME! MATTE AND PORELESS FOUNDATION
    £5.99 Buy now with HQhair

    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 dreamy liquid formula 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.

     

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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 formulation 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 Makeup‘s newest Can’t Stop Won’t Stop foundation does just this. Available in 42 shades, this cream formula will apply flawless to create a shine-free finish that will last up to 24 hours. Perf’ for after-work drinks.

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best NYX products

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