The Best Foundations for All Skin Types

By Ellie Child - 3 months ago | Updated
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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 pale or translucent skin

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation - 2-Fair

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

Charlotte Tilbury 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.

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For olive skin

Huda Beauty FauxFilter Skin Finish Buildable Coverage Foundation Stick - Amaretti 310

Huda Beauty FauxFilter Skin Finish Buildable Coverage Foundation Stick

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.

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For Asian skin

EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Liquid Foundation 30ml - 8.0

EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Liquid Foundation 30ml

Gone are the days of foundations that are either too orange or too ashy! The EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Liquid 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.

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For dark skin

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation - 498

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

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!

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For normal skin

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation Makeup SPF 10

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation Makeup SPF 10

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 Estée Lauder as it offers a filter-like effect that hydrates the skin with every wear. It’s our holy grail makeup essential!

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For dry skin

Urban Decay Stay Naked Hydromaniac Tinted Glow Foundation

Urban Decay Stay Naked Hydromaniac Tinted Glow Foundation

This new release from Urban Decay 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.

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For sensitive skin

bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation SPF 20

bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation SPF 20

Sensitive skin requires caring, chemical-free ingredients where possible, which is why we turn to bareMinerals when it comes to safe beauty. The bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation SPF20 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

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For combination skin

Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15

Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15

This mineral-blend foundation is an inoffensive foundation that meets the needs of combination skin types. The formula itself is hydrating enough to nurture drier areas whilst remaining oil-free to prevent slipping or 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.

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For oily skin

Revlon ColourStay Makeup Combination/Oily Skin

Revlon ColourStay Makeup Combination/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 budget-friendly Revlon ColourStay Makeup Combination/Oily Skin was the winning solution! A foundation that mattifies our skin and saves us from splurging? We’re sold. Find more of the best foundations for oily skin.

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For acne prone skin

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup

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.

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For eczema

RMS Beauty Un Cover Up Cream Foundation

RMS Beauty Un Cover Up Cream Foundation

When it comes to eczema-prone skin, we put our trust in RMS Beauty to deliver a solution that doesn’t aggravate irritable skin types. This unique cream foundation employs a cocktail of oils and herbs to appease the skin, helping to improve the skin’s tone, texture and hydration levels for a healthier complexion.

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For rosacea

Becca Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation

Becca Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation

This lightweight formula from Becca acts as a wearable foundation 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.

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For dullness

Natasha Denona Face Glow Foundation

Natasha Denona Face Glow Foundation

We all suffer with lacklustre skin from time to time. Luckily, the Natasha Denona Face Glow 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!

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By price range:

Drugstore foundation

L'Oreal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation With SPF & Hyaluronic Acid

L'Oreal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation With SPF & Hyaluronic Acid

Whether we’re on a budget or not, the L'Oreal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation With SPF & Hyaluronic Acid 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 hyaluronic acid 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.

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Luxury foundation

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick

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.

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By coverage:

For sheer coverage

Florence by Mills Like A Light Skin Tint

Florence by Mills Like A Light Skin Tint

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.

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For buildable coverage

Ciaté London Extraordinary Radiant Buildable Liquid Foundation

Ciaté London Extraordinary Radiant Buildable Liquid Foundation

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 Ciaté London Extraordinary Radiant Buildable Liquid Foundation gives us a buildable pigment that caters to any and every occasion, making it a kit must-have for professionals and beginners alike.

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For full coverage

DIOR Diorskin Forever Undercover Full Coverage Foundation

DIOR Diorskin Forever Undercover Full Coverage Foundation

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.

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By age range:

For teenage skin

Nude by Nature Flawless Liquid Foundation

Nude by Nature Flawless Liquid Foundation

Teenage skin requires a gentler, less offensive formula that will not result in any unwanted breakouts. The answer? Nude by Nature’s Flawless Liquid Foundation. This all-natural foundation boasts an oil-free formula that is made using natural pigments, meaning younger skin types can receive the best possible treatment from a foundation.

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For mature skin

Shiseido Future Solution Radiance Foundation LX

Shiseido Future Solution Radiance Foundation LX

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.

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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.

Ellie Child

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.