Finding the best foundation for your skin’s personal needs can take quite some time, what with the abundance of different formulations gracing the market every day. Some of us are lusting after a foundation that deals with our dried-out skin types, while others simply want a formula that offers full coverage from dusk ‘til dawn.
Not sure where to begin? Don’t worry, we’ve got you and your complexion covered (literally). We’ve rounded up the crème de la crème of foundations that suit every skin tone, type, concern and budget to help you on your way to finding your perfect match.
Our guide is here to help you hunt down the best full coverage foundation for those extra special occasions, as well as the best foundation for oily skin that doesn’t melt off by 12pm. If you're looking for a totally flawless visage, we recommend checking out our range of concealers to target those areas that need a little extra coverage!
By skin tone:
For Asian skin
Gone are the days of foundations that are either too orange or too ashy! The bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation line offers a wide-ranging selection of shades that cater to all undertones. Looking for more brands that cater to Asian skin tones? Have a browse through our guide to the best foundation for Asian skin types.
For pale or translucent skin
Jane Iredale has mastered the art behind creating an all-inclusive foundation line that caters to even the palest of skin tones, banishing the likes of that unwanted orange neckline that fair-skinned beauties dread. To find out more, check out our guide to the best foundation for pale skin types.
For olive skin
Huda Beauty have sent shockwaves throughout the beauty industry with their FauxFilter Skin Finish Buildable Coverage Foundation Stick, and with good reason! This skin-enhancing foundation arrives in a variety of shades and offers a huge selection of olive-hued formulations for those with a golden tan.
For dark skin
Fenty Beauty are known as being one of the most diverse makeup brands to grace the scene and we can really see why. Not a single skin tone is left out when it comes to RiRi’s epic line-up, which features a whopping 40 true-to-life shades. If you’re still struggling to find your perfect shade match, give our blog to the best foundations for dark skin a read through!
By skin type:
For sensitive skin
Sensitive skin requires caring, chemical-free ingredients where possible, which is why we turn to bareMinerals when it comes to safe beauty. The bareMinerals Original Loose Powder Foundation SPF 15 protects sensitive complexions from irritation by utilising a selection of clean and natural ingredients that comfort the skin, rather than break it out in redness and irritation. Find out more with our guide on the best foundations for sensitive skin types
For normal skin
If you’re lucky enough to have a relatively normal skin type, you have your pick of the litter! With that said, we’d still recommend trying out the beauty world’s most iconic foundation by Dr Hauschka as it offers a filter-like effect that hydrates the skin with every wear. It’s our holy grail makeup essential!
For dry skin
This iconic release from Maybelline is arguably one of the best foundations for dry skin types, thanks to its inclusion of water-retaining hyaluronic acid. This glow-enhancing formula allows skin to look and feel comfortably hydrated without compromising the foundation's longevity, making it a real kit must-have. For more inspo, read through our roundup of the best foundations for dry skin.
For combination skin
This foundation is an inoffensive formula that meets the needs of combination skin types. The product itself is hydrating enough to nurture drier areas whilst remaining free from pore-blocking chemicals to prevent product build-up within the pores. We also love it for its moderate-to-full coverage! Explore more of the best foundations for combination skin.
For oily skin
Sufferers of oily skin, you’re in for a treat! Our editors have tried and tested a whole bunch of the best foundations for oily skin and found that the famed Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup was the winning solution! A foundation that mattifies our skin and saves us from breaking out? We’re sold. Find more of the best foundations for oily skin.
By skin condition:
When it comes to eczema-prone skin, we put our trust in bareMinerals to deliver a solution that doesn’t aggravate irritable skin types. This unique cream-stick foundation employs a cocktail of oils and minerals to appease the skin, helping to improve the skin’s tone, texture and hydration levels for a healthier complexion.
This lightweight formula from Stila acts as a wearable foundation and concealer that provides a long-lasting, irritant-free coverage. Combining skin-loving ingredients together with a concentrated blend of pigments, the foundation helps to cover up unwanted redness without blocking the pores or upsetting sensitive skin types.
For acne prone skin
Yep, another strong contender from Clinique! This time, they’re back with a foundation that works its magic on acne breakouts, adding a wash of pigment that doesn’t block pores or worsen the severity of spots. The oil-free formula brings together a cocktail of feel-good ingredients that prevent future breakouts, making it a must-have formula for spot-prone skin types. Find out more about the best foundations for acne-prone skin with our all-inclusive guide.
We all suffer with lacklustre skin from time to time. Luckily, the Max Factor Radiant Lift Foundation helps us to inject a little extra radiance back into fatigued complexions with its glow-getting formula. The foundation teams hydrating ingredients together with light-reflecting pigments to ensure that our skin looks and feels its very best. We’ve rounded up some of the best dewy foundations for glowing skin to help everyone get their glow on!
By price range:
Whether we’re on a budget or not, the The Ordinary Serum Foundation is our go-to pick for a light-wearing coverage that withstands the test of time. Their impressive shade range allows for all skin tones to find their perfect match, whilst the infused serum provides the skin with a blanket of hydrating comfort.
Find more of the best foundations at a wallet-friendly price with our guide to the best drugstore foundations.
If you’ve got the cash to splash, we highly recommend investing in the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick. This cruelty-free stick foundation provides the pigmentation of a concealer whilst boasting the fluidity of a liquid formula. Loved for its weightless texture, this foundation blends seamlessly in to reveal a flawless visage in just seconds.
For sheer coverage
This sheer foundation is the ideal solution for those that lust after a ‘barely there’ tint, delivering a soft-focus glow upon all skin tones and types. Add a pop of colour to washed-out complexions and minimise the appearance of minor spots and blemishes with the beauty world’s hottest skin tint. Pair this with one of our bronzers and you'll have achieved the ultimate glow-up!
For buildable coverage
Sometimes, we just want a diverse foundation that allows us to rock a natural glow, as well as a full face of glam coverage. The Colorescience Tint Du Soleil SPF 30 Whipped Foundation gives us a buildable pigment that caters to any and every occasion, making it a kit must-have for professionals and beginners alike.
For full coverage
Dubbed as the ultimate life-proof foundation, the DIOR Diorskin Forever Undercover Full Coverage Foundation delivers a long-lasting wear that can withstand even the most testing of environments. Its full coverage finish masks the appearance of harsh blemishes, discolouration, dark circles and other impurities to provide a flawless visage that doesn’t let you down. We recommend this one for your next night out! Discover more pigmented foundations with our round-up of the best full coverage foundations.
By age range:
For teenage skin
Teenage skin requires a gentler, less offensive formula that will not result in any unwanted breakouts. The answer? Burt's Bees Exclusive Goodness Glows Liquid Foundation. This all-natural foundation boasts a vitamin-rich formula that is made using natural pigments, meaning younger skin types can receive the best possible treatment from a foundation.
For mature skin
This creamy, blendable foundation fuses cutting-edge skin care technologies together with true-to-life pigments to create a unique, anti-ageing foundation that caters to mature skin types. Explore more of the best foundations for mature skin types.
Okay, so you’ve now found the perfect foundation, but how do you make it stay put? Discover our insider tips and tricks with our guide on how to apply foundation that lasts all day.
Written by Ellie Child
With five years’ experience under her belt, Ellie has worked alongside a range of highly regarded makeup artists, giving her a real insight into what consumers should be spending their money on.