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The Best Full Coverage Foundation for a Perfect Complexion

By Carly Cochrane - 1 year ago | Updated
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No matter what your usual beauty routine, there comes a time when we need to recruit the foundations that are full coverage. Not only are they the makeup go-to for high-glam looks, but they’re also a saviour when it comes to camouflaging surprise spots and sorting out uneven complexions.

Much like the rest of the foundation world though, finding a formula that ticks every box can be pretty exhausting. Does it wear lightweight? Can it beat the midday meltdown, and what about flashback?

To save you time, effort and pennies, we’ve done all the grafting for you. Keep scrolling to find the best full coverage foundations on the market.

bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation SPF 20

bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation SPF 20

£24.80

Want that Insta-worthy complexion? bareMinerals has you covered. Providing maximum coverage with minimum damage, this foundation enhances your complexion as it wears! Nourishing ingredients and an advanced blend of mineral pigments work to target uneven skin texture whilst also delivering a flawless filter. Find your true match amongst the epic shade range and lay down a camera-ready canvas in seconds.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

£25.50 £30.00 (15% off)

The hype is real with this one, and if there’s one person we can count on to provide a flawless complexion, it’s RiRi. This foundation changed the game for the better and arrives in a massive 50 shades, so finding your true match is never an issue.

NYX Professional Makeup Can't Stop Won't Stop 24 Hour Foundation

Did somebody say featherweight and full coverage? NYX come through with a comfortable, matte formula that lasts all day long.

Maybelline Superstay 24h Liquid Foundation

The Maybelline SuperStay is the foundation that will have you thinking you’ve hit the jackpot. Serving up a quality formula at an affordable price, it’s all you need to achieve a seamless makeup base.

Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Foundation

Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Foundation

£60.00

When the Mother of makeup drops a foundation, you know it's going to be too good to be true. It's time to put FaceTune and photoshop to rest, as the Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Foundation acts as a real-life Instagram filter.

KVD Vegan Beauty Good Apple Skin-Perfecting Foundation Balm

KVD Vegan Beauty Good Apple Skin-Perfecting Foundation Balm

£24.65 £32.00 (23% off)

The guys and girls on Tik Tok have been going wild for this new foundation balm from KVD Vegan Beauty. Their 60 second videos prove that just one swipe of this stuff is enough to cover any blemish, bad breakout or imperfection. With skin left looking as though it's been real-life airbrushed, it really does bring the wow-factor.

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick

£45.00

If liquid formulas aren’t up your street, then why not try this stick foundation from Hourglass. Combining the benefits of both foundation and concealer, it covers everything from blemishes and scars to dark circles and discolouration.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation Makeup SPF 10 - 2C3 Fresco

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation Makeup SPF 10

£31.00 £31.50 (2% off)

Head straight from the office to the dance floor, as Estee Lauder provide a foundation with a 24-hour staying power. Fighting against heat and humidity, your skin remains flawless from dusk ‘til dawn. No wonder it’s a firm favourite among beauty editors, influencers and celebs.

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

£32.25 £43.00 (25% off)

So it sits on the pricier end of the scale but, trust us, it's totally worth it. The Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is loved by all beauty buffs as it serves up a seamless, silk-like complexion. Expect skin tone and texture to be corrected and imperfections to be blurred, as the oil-free formula uses light-reflecting particles to create a lit-from-within finish.

Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation

Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation

£31.00

Need a full coverage that will see you from sunset to sunrise? There's only one formula for the job; the Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation. Whether you dance, laugh or cry (happy tears) your way through the night, this full-coverage formula ensures your face stays fresh and flawless.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil-Free Matte With SPF 40

Doing exactly what it says on the bottle, IT Cosmetics supplies your skin but better. Colour-correcting, anti-ageing and oil-free, it’s the perfect full coverage foundation for skin types that are a little on the oilier side.

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Luminous Matte Liquid Foundation

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Luminous Matte Liquid Foundation

£34.00

The fan-favourite #FauxFilter Foundation has been given an almighty upgrade. Whilst you can still expect the same epic full-coverage, matte formula and 24-hour wear, the foundation now delivers a LUMINOUS finish. That means you can effortlessly cover imperfections but also rock a radiant and glowing complexion from A.M to P.M.

Milani Conceal & Perfect 2 In 1 Foundation & Concealer

Milani Conceal & Perfect 2 In 1 Foundation & Concealer

£13.96

Wave bye-bye to blemishes, redness and everything in-between as Milani’s 2-in-1 Liquid Foundation lays down a seamless veil with just one layer.

Uoma Beauty Say What?! Foundation

Uoma Beauty Say What?! Foundation

£11.75 £29.50 (61% off)

With 51 shades of foundation up for grabs, UOMA spoil you for choice. As well as providing a true colour match for all skin tones, they deliver six custom formulas to suit your unique skin needs. It really is the do-it-all formula that your makeup routine deserves!

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation - 1-Cool

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

£34.00

Last, but certainly not least, Charlotte Tilbury serves up a formula that’s packed with high-performing ingredients and offers an airbrushed finish. Injecting your skin with skin care benefits, you can rock a youthful glow under a perfect matte finish.

Now that we've equipped you with the best full coverage foundations, it's time to put your best face forward.

Looking for more specific foundation recommendations? Check out The Best Foundations for Acne-Prone Skin.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for three years. She has over five years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.

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