Whatever your skin tone, whatever your skin type and whatever your needs, we have whittled down the best foundation formulas – and even better, we’ve curated an edit of the best foundations that won’t break the bank.
The one for olive and darker skin tones
A range of bases made specifically for Asian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern skin tones, designed to blend seamlessly and enhance skin’s natural colouring. Think yellow-toned shades with no pink in sight, plus they are packed with light-diffusers to create an airbrushed, perfected finish.
EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation, £12.50
The one that adapts to your skin
The gel-liquid textures melts into skin and gives this base a lightness and ease-of-wear rarely found in a medium coverage foundation. Plus, the 3D pigment technology means the finish will be believable, natural and skin-true.
Maybelline New York Fit Me Foundation, £5.99
The one that stays matte
If shine is your makeup bugbear and you feel that you spend the day blotting and buffing then this super-light texture might just be the answer. The liquid mousse is light, but blendable and doesn’t disappear on application as much as it creates a fresh-looking second skin.
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation, £5.99
The one that’s a little bit fruity
If glowing skin is your thing – you know the kind of radiance we mean – then this base is infused with melon, apricot and apple to hydrate, add radiance and protect skin while you wear it. Unlike other formulas that promise a glow, this one also delivers ‘grip’ so it won’t evaporate after a few hours.
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, £9.99
The one that’s a cushion
Cushion foundations are relatively new to the beauty shelves, but they are cropping up everywhere and this one from L’Oreal is incredibly easy-to-use, creates a flawless, but buildable base, and looks incredible natural. Just dab the sponge that comes with it into the cushion, tap on and blend. The base warms easily into skin for a super-natural finish.
L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique Cushion Foundation, £14.99
The one that’s a stick
Talk about making it easy to stay gorgeous on-the-go. This stick foundation has a medium, buildable coverage that can be dabbed under the eyes as a concealer or used all over the face as a complete base. This formula loves the warmth of fingers for application or a damp beauty sponge to get that really smooth finish.
NYX Mineral Stick Foundation, £10.50
The one that’s healthy
If you like your beauty products to be Vegan and you want to keep breakouts at bay this powder really delivers. The antibacterial powder gives a natural-looking finish when buffed into skin and is water resistant is you’re prone to ‘glow’ in the heat…
Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation, £13.99
The one for everyone
There’s a wide range of shades here and if your foundation checklist includes a finish that looks real, feels velvety and contains natural ingredients that’ll feed and nourish skin while you wear it then this formula, containing sea lavender and a blend of exotic oils, is worth a try.
Kiko Unlimited Foundation, £14.90