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Activate your base: foundations that look flawless and are good for your skin

IF YOU’VE BEEN FOCUSING MORE ON YOUR DAILY SKINCARE ROUTINE OF LATE AND LESS ON THE TYPE OF FOUNDATION YOU ARE (OR AREN’T) WEARING, THEN WE’RE HERE TO TELL YOU THAT YOU CAN IN FACT ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF BOTH. THERE’S A WHOLE RANGE OF BENEFICIAL PROPERTIES IN THESE FOUNDATIONS—SO START TRYING THEM OUT FOR YOURSELF.

Clinique Even Better Clinical™ Serum Foundation SPF 20

This latest foundation from Clinique offers an oil-free, medium-to-full coverage formula which is spiked with hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid and vitamin C. It also works as a physical sunscreen offering SPF20 protection all while holding up in humid environments. A fun fact about this range: every glass bottle of Even Better Clinical Serum Foundation can be recycled. Simply remove the cap and pump, rinse the glass bottle, and place in a recycling bin.

Morphe Filter Effect Soft-Focus Foundation

This oil-free foundation offers the ultimate soft-focus finish whilst enriching the skin with high-performing, skin-perfecting ingredients (hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and glycerine). The formula is silky-smooth and offers a medium to full buildable coverage. It’s also sweatproof, transfer-proof and waterproof with a 12-hour wear.

By Terry Hyaluronic Acid Foundation

The combined benefits of effortless coverage and skincare all in the one formula—this By Terry Foundation is longwearing, ultra-hydrating and vegan. It leaves the skin with a radiant finish, plus its pipette applicator makes it easy to disperse just the right amount. The key ingredient in this one is hyaluronic acid—which holds one thousand times its own weight in water to help plump and tackle any dry patches. Other good-for-you ingredients in the foundation include glycerine (which replenishes and restores skin by drawing and absorbing water from the air) and niacinamide (which addresses acne, hyperpigmentation and redness).

Stila Tinted Moisturizer Skin Balm

It’s not every day a tinted moisturiser comes in a compact, but given we’re always on the run it’s a pretty genius move from Stila. This Tinted Moisturising Skin Balm can be applied with fingers or a brush for sheer-to-medium coverage with a natural-looking sheen. Vitamins C and E help provide antioxidant protection plus added grapeseed assists with overall skin hydration.

Ere Perez Oat Milk Foundation

Oat Milk is having a moment beyond your morning coffee. This Oat Milk Foundation from Ere Perez is vegan, oil-free and provides a buildable, dewy finish. Oats, the key ingredient in this one, are rich in antioxidants and act as a skin conditioning agent and emollient to help retain moisture—oats also have anti-inflammatory properties. This is extremely lightweight with more of a sheer finish, so if you like a foundation that feels like wearing nothing at all then this one’s for you.

Ilia True Skin Foundation

We know Ilia is all about fusing the best organic ingredients and recyclable packing with performance-driven products, so this foundation is certainly no exception. It feels and applies like a serum and provides a real-skin finish; it can also be layered for more of a medium coverage effect. Key ingredients include aloe leaf to soothe and hydrate, rosehip oil to plump and jojoba oil to help enhance the skin’s barrier-repair properties.

Kosas Tinted Face Oil

With a formula unlike most, this vegan foundation is infused with tiny hydrating mineral pigments and botanical oils to instantly give skin a burst of hydration while minimising pores and blurring the appearance of imperfections. As the name suggests, the consistency of this one is a lightweight oil that melts and blends into the skin with ease—fuss-free and good for your complexion. Infused with avocado oil to replenish moisture and nourish the complexion, plus rosehip and meadowfoam oil to soothe and plump, this innovative product from natural brand Kosas is a bestseller for a reason.

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