Ace of base: Finding the right foundation for you

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From colour matching to choosing a formula that will compliment your skin type, finding the right foundation for you can be a tricky job.

We’ve rounded up five fab foundations that are more than worth a try, all boasting modern, high-tech formulas that range in finish and coverage. Plus, we quizzed a number of experts for their top tips on all-things foundation and how best to wear our top picks...

The Glow Giver

Giorgio Armani’s  latest offering to their popular foundation wardrobe, Maestro Glow, is packed full of nourishing oils and finely milled pigments, that, when mixed together, glide onto the skin leaving a noticeably fresh, supple radiance behind.  Ideal for normal to dry skin, the brand’s International Make-Up Artist, Linda Cantello described the new formula as “perfect for summer days when a warmer, glowier finish is desired” – perfect, now roll on summer, please!

Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow Nourishing Fusion Make-up SPF30, £40; Available at Fenwick Bond Street and Newcastle,

The fatigue fighter

YSL have relaunched their original Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation with this longer-lasting offering that boasts even more radiance-boosting technology. Now infused with golden pigments and anti-fatigue complex that are housed in the brand’s infamous Touche Éclat pen, this juicy formula banishes shadows and dullness for a bright, healthy-looking glow. Creative Makeup Director Lloyd Simmonds, suggests "dispensing a few drops into the YSL Y-shape brush, then working it into the skin in circular movements from the centre of the face out."

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Le Teint Foundation, £32.50; Available at Fenwick Bond Street, Bracknell, Brent Cross, Canterbury, Kingston, Leicester, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells, Windsor and York

The shine controller 

Launched on the 1st of this month, NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint has an oil-free formula that delivers a natural looking finish and keeps skin prone to excess oil and shine in check. Transparent blurring powders even skin tone, while rose fruit extract refines the appearance of pores, giving a velvety smooth texture to the skin

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF 30, £30; Available at Fenwick Bond Street, Brent Cross and Kingston

For 'lit from within' skin

Laura Mercier explains she has “always been fascinated with the way candlelight casts a spell on a woman’s face creating a warm ambiance and glow", which was the inspiration behind her new Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation. A blend of radiance-boosting pearl mica mimics the reflective glow of candlelight on the skin, while lightweight oils lock in moisture to smooth fine lines and pores. Perfect for dull, ageing complexions, she recommends applying the foundation in with fingers or a brush after her Foundation Primer in Radiance for double the glow.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation, £35; Available at Fenwick Bond Street, Brent Cross, Colchester, Kingston, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells, Windsor and York

The 'barely there' base 

Combining the best of tinted moisturisers, BB and CC creams, bareMineral’s Complexion Rescue provides sheer to medium coverage for a naturally radiant finish. If you suffer from parched skin, this uber-hydrating formula feels more like a nourishing moisturiser than a foundation that smooths skin tone and imparts a healthy tint. The bareMinerals team suggest applying it with their new dual fibre Smoothing Face Brush for a professional, flawless finish.

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, £26; Available at Fenwick Bracknell, Brent Cross, Canterbury, Kingston, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells and York

By Grace Gargini