Finding the perfect foundation can sometimes seem like a lost cause, so we’ve tried and tested a range to help you find the one you’ve been looking for. Narrowing it down to a list of top five, discover best-loved foundations that will deliver the finish of your dreams.
Oh the woes of finding the perfect foundation. It’s up there with our endless search for the perfect pair of jeans. You try many, and end up settling for one “that will do”, rather than waste any more energy sampling the endless array of options. But fear not, we’ve tried and tested formulations and narrowed down the best five foundations to put this age-old conundrum to an end and guide you towards the best formulation for the finish of your dreams. So, sponges at the ready, we’re talking [foundations](
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The big cover up

There are two types of people in this world, those who prefer a foundation so light your freckles shine through, and those of us who apply layer after layer and it still isn’t enough coverage. For those who prefer the latter, few foundations are as lauded as Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup SPF10. Boasting 24-hour staying power for flawless skin all day, the full yet comfortable coverage locks in place for a worry-free wear that won’t budge or smudge.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup SPF10, £34

The glow-getter

Naturally luminous skin takes time and dedication; drinking lots of water, eating the right diet and investing in an exemplary skincare regimen. Sometimes we’ve just got to fake it till we make it, and with the Touche Éclat Le Teint Foundation from Yves Saint Laurent, we can. Cheating our way to a healthy glow, this foundation is infused with the illuminating light of Touche Éclat and ensures radiant coverage with a flawless finish.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Le Teint Foundation, £35

The perfected and protected

The busy girl’s dream foundation. Infusing sun and skincare into complexion make-up isn’t a new concept, but few foundations feature such a high level of sun protection and skin-friendly extracts as Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40 from Bobbi Brown. Removing the need for extra steps in your morning skincare routine, it’s the perfect option for those of us who like to get up and go.

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40, £48

The fit for all

Working out your skin type can be just as challenging as finding the right foundation to suit it. For those of us who like it easy, it’s good to know that the Day to Night Foundation from Code8 boasts buildable coverage for all skin types. This perfecting fluid will gently refresh and hydrate, and contains a blend of hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and an anti-wrinkle active, making it suitable for both mature and younger skin.

Code8 Day to Night Foundation, £45

The through-a-filter finish

Look up “flawless” in the dictionary and you’ll see Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation. Oil-free yet hydrating, luminous yet blemish-erasing, lightweight as it evens texture – one may question its very existence. But it’s real and, surprise surprise, one of Fenwick favourites for ticking all the boxes. So, for a beauty all-rounder that leaves you with filter-flawless skin, look no further.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, £42

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