Best Foundations For Your Skin Type
Whether you’ve got dry, oily or sensitive skin, here are the best full-coverage foundations, whatever your budget.
If your skin is oily or prone to outbreaks, try one of the full-coverage foundations that are completely oil-free. If you have oily skin or are blemish-prone, it’s important to find the right foundation that won’t cause you more blemishes. If your foundation is too thick, it might clog your pores; if your foundation has a high oil content, it might cause extra breakouts.
If you have dry skin, look out for added moisturising ingredients; we can all suffer with dry skin during the winter months, due to the weather and central heating, so choosing a foundation with added protection and hydration.
Stick foundations are easy to apply and give full coverage very quickly. Use a liquid foundation with full coverage for a matte finish, using blotting paper to remove any shine, or finish with a light translucent powder.
Long-lasting foundations are a great idea if you struggle to keep your makeup in place all day at work, or if you visit the gym at lunchtime - the right foundation will stay put however hot and active you are during the day and night.
Scroll down to discover the best full-coverage foundations available to buy today, whatever your budget - from £8.29 to £170 - we’ve picked our favourites from Clarins, Chanel, Rimmel, and La Prairie.
Clarins Mineral Loose Foundation
Great for blemish-prone skin. It’s a light, loose foundation, so it will minimise the risk of breakouts caused by heavy foundation.
Bare Minerals Original SPF 15 Foundation
This loose powder comes in 30 shades, providing sheer-to-full coverage without feeling heavy. Bare Minerals says you won’t get blemishes even if you sleep in this foundation.
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil Free Photo Edition
If you have shiny skin, then opt for an oil-free foundation like this Silk Creme Oil Free Photo Edition. It’ll give you full coverage without heavy layers of foundation.
CHANEL VITALUMIERE SATIN FLUID FOUNDATION
If you have dry skin, try this foundation from Chanel. It contains hyaluronic acid for added moisture.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place
A long-lasting foundation that will stay in place all day, withstanding heat, humidity, and even the gym. Comes in 54 shades and says it will last for 24 hours.
Smashbox Studio Skin 15-hour Wear Hydrating Foundation
This oil-free liquid foundation is called 15-hour but claims to last for 24 hours, without settling in pores and lines. Build up from medium to full coverage that stays matte and fresh all day.
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick
This foundation stick glides on easily for full coverage in seconds, and is available in 29 skin-tone correct shades.
Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup
Clinique’s gel-cream formula is light but gives instant matte coverage; a great choice for oily or combination skin.
La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation SPF15
A luxury foundation, rich and creamy, this feels very light when you apply it but gives full coverage quickly. It comes with a matching concealer, and claims to have anti-aging properties.
MAC Face And Body Foundation
This foundation is easy to build up, so you can choose what level of coverage you want, and has a natural satin finish.
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hour Foundation with Comfort Serum
Lightweight and long-wearing, this foundation gives full coverage, and the serum leaves your skin feeling hydrated.
Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick
Tom Ford’s foundation stick is easy to apply, gives full and even coverage, and contains nourishing ingredients to hydrate your skin.