The Best New Foundations That'll Give You a Flawless Finish
With summer’s heathy glow a thing of the past, now we look to a new foundation to give us a flawless finish
Laying the foundation...
The first essential step is to choose the finish. Do you want flawless, or matte, and do you need full coverage or just a hint of a tint? Also consider whether your skin is dry, normal or oily, or a mix of all three. A good foundation will be different for everyone.
The key to good makeup is a good skincare routine. Regular exfoliation will get rid of dry, flaky patches and a good toner and serum will make sure your foundation can glide on easily, and stay there.
For glowy skin, mix your favourite foundation with a small amount of your go-to hydrating oil or serum. Rather than making your base slide off, the oil will give your skin an extra glow and over winter it will help keep your skin hydrated too. Alternatively press the oil lightly into skin once you’ve finished applying your foundation for the same result.
Hate not having a tan? Simply add a few tanning drops to your base and blend, blend, blend for a healthy, non-patchy, post-summer glow.
If your skin looks a little dull (a by product of colder weather in the North East) one easy trick is to add a few drops of highlighter to your foundation and mix on the back of your hand before applying. It will help illuminate your skin and give a subtle, brighter and fresher finish.
Don’t think you need to apply your foundation all over. Work outwards from the centre but only apply it where you feel you need coverage and blend carefully to avoid it looking patchy. Always blend even more carefully around the jawline so you don’t get a tide line where your jaw meets your neck.
Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, NARS
With medium to full coverage, this liquid foundation is a favourite for a naturally radiant glow that lasts all day. Suitable for all skin types.£35
Foundation Balm, Kevin Aucoin
Great for anyone wanting sheer coverage, this balm is great for a beautiful no-makeup finish. It melts into the skin and blends easily for an even toned, dewy finish.£42
Infallible Total Cover Foundation, L’Oreal Paris
A bargain buy, this foundation offers full coverage to blur pores and cover imperfections, leaving a slightly powdery matte finish.£9.99
Synchro Self Refreshing Foundation, Shiseido
Great for more mature complexions, this medium coverage liquid foundation combines clever skincare with colour, is non-comedogenic and oil-free, and is humidity and heat-proof too.£39
Ambient Soft Glow Foundation, Hourglass
Infused with blurring spheres, and packed with antioxidants, this lightweight, long-wearing formula has a light diffusing effect (minimising imperfections for an even, glowing finish) yet stays sweat- and transfer-resistant.£46
BarePro 16hr Skin-Perfecting Powder Foundation, bareMinerals
This versatile powder foundation promises to improve skin texture and tone whilst offering 24 hours of oil and shine control. Non-drying and non-caking, use dry (on oily or combination skin) or wet (on drier complexions).
Les Beiges Water-Fresh Complexion Touch, Chanel
A first-of-its-kind formula infused with micro-droplet pigments, use this lightweight colour for precision concealing, a touch of colour to highlight, or use over the entire face for a perfecting veil of coverage.