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Locating the right foundation is a little like shopping for the perfect pair of jeans — it requires patience, time and can sometimes feel disheartening in the unflattering lights of the change room. But, when you finally locate that perfect fit, it’s as though the stars have aligned and you can take on the world. We’ve rounded up our top 10 bestsellers as an indispensable guide. If they're beloved by our clued-up customers, then you know they're good.
According to Shiseido’s global artistry creative director, James Boehmer, when it came to developing this product they “wanted a foundation that still looks like skin and has a natural finish, vitality and that looks alive.” Once applied, the lightweight formula resists heat, humidity, oil and any slip caused throughout the day by facial movement. With zero fragrance and a feeling of instant hydration once applied, this is a good option for sensitive skin types especially.
Blurring the line between makeup and skincare, this vegan, tinted mineral SPF face serum provides skin with a lightweight dewy coverage. It’s the type of finish and feeling of wearing nothing at all but with a hint of coverage which evens out any redness or discolouration on the skin. Once applied, your complexion will feel hydrated and nourished thanks to hyaluronic acid to plump, plant based squalane to help balance and niacinamide to help smooth skin's texture.
This is the unsung hero of MECCA’s foundation offering — ask any MECCA makeup artist what their secret weapon is for dewy, healthy skin and this will be it. Ellis Faas is one of the most influential makeup artists in the biz; her work has appeared in Paris Vogue countless times. With years of experience under her brush belt, it’s not surprising she knows how to create a heavenly foundation. This one diffuses light to impart a seamless, soft-focus finish that becomes one with your skin — it’s buildable, so you can create a wash of colour or layer up for medium coverage akin to a porcelain-like effect.
Pair a silky-smooth finish and a medium-to-full buildable coverage and you’ve got Morphe’s oil-free, skincare-infused foundation designed to blur and diffuse the look of imperfections whilst deeply hydrating and nourishing skin. Its sweat-proof (great for when we’re finally back on a dancefloor), transfer-proof and waterproof. Plus, it’s available in 40 shades – impressive!
Sure, it’s not a foundation — but this cult favourite from Laura Mercier is always worth a big shoutout (and our customers agree). A popular choice for those who see some 3pm shine, this is an oil-free formula that still provides long-lasting hydration. It provides a natural, lightweight sheer coverage and is super comfortable with a blurred demi-matte finish. Added vitamin E wraps skin in extra nourishment and protection from environmental aggressors, too.
An absolute M.A.C classic. The perfect fuss-free, put-on-in-a-rush base which offers an ultra-light waterproof sheer effect. You can build it up, apply it with your fingers and as the name suggests, wear it across the body if you want to even out your limbs before you fly out the door. Once applied, skin feels hydrated for up to eight hours — it’s a staple backstage, and we can totally see why.
She only landed on our shelves recently, but boy has she made an impact. Charlotte Tilbury has MECCA custom ers in love (and glowing) with her lineup of bestsellers. Especially with this makeup hybrid — it offers true multitasking formula, designed to illuminate the skin while blurring and smoothing. Inspired by Hollywood lighting effects, it can be worn alone, underneath, mixed-with or on top of your favourite foundation to keep you fresh and seriously glowy.
This oil-free liquid foundation offers non-creasing, true colour that won’t budge and is both lightweight and comfortable. For those who need a base that will last all day (think, winery tour) or all night (perhaps a cheeky hen’s party?), this is it. The formula leaves your complexion fresh and flawless thanks to its sweat, humidity and heat-resistant promise. With 24-hour staying power, there’s no need to touch up this life-proof foundation.
Matte, but would never dream of looking flat — this latest complexion favourite from NARS has quickly risen to one of our most popular foundations for many reasons. It’s high-performing, full coverage (but a little goes a long way) and its finish is skin-like and soft. NARS is so clever, they used a special anti-oxidation complex which helps prevent colour shifting while protecting skin from pollution and blue-light damage — now that’s one intuitive foundation. Coupled with superior oil absorbing powders the formula offers sixteen hours of wear that won’t transfer or let you be caught with t-zone shine.
There are 35 shades of this your-skin-but-better foundation, and we really do mean better. It’s oil-free but it’s still hydrating with the addition of coconut water and skin-plumping hyaluronic acid, as well as skin-brightening alpine rose that boosts skin elasticity. It’s that dreamy, soft-focus base you’ve always desired, but perhaps never discovered. Fans love it for its buildable coverage, soft blurring effect, the fact it offers oil-free, and its semi-matte finish that leaves skin positively radiant.
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