Many a woman has dedicated serious time and energy to finding the ideal foundation. A little bit like finding the right jeans, it has to be the perfect fit.
Thankfully, there are a whole host of new foundations on the market, with the aim of giving you an all-over glow. And as spring approaches, the key beautiful skin is to ensure you get a full coverage without looking too caked on.
Stylist's Associate Editor (beauty), Joanna McGarry has selected five of the newest and best available right now noting, “The thing that binds these new foundations is their light as air texture that, unlike heavy creams, seems to almost melt into the skin for the most natural, believable finish ever. The finer the better, basically.”
The long-lasting foundation
What Nars' All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
In summary light and natural coverage with the benefit of long-lasting wear
Good for oily skin when you want a matte finish
Why it's making headlines The thing about foundations that promise long-lasting results means that they usually end up on the heavy side, but not with this one. Its formula has been especially designed to move with your face so it's much more breathable, so you won't feel like you've got any foundation on at all and it promises a 16-hour wear. Recommended for oily to normal skin, if you find your skin is a little dry, make sure you have a decent primer and/or moisturiser on so you don't get flaky.
Price £32, narscosmetics.co.uk
The concealer and foundation all-in-one
What Clinique's Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer
In summary a foundation that can also be used as a concealer
Good for oily to normal skin, and great for blemishes, when you want a semi-matte finish
Why it's making headlines Sometimes it's frustrating that you can't combine your foundation and concealer in one to make life a littler easier. Well, Clinique has heard our prayers and delivered their new foundation and concealer in one. The bottle comes with a wand too, so when you want to use a small amount for blemishes and dark circles you can. Again, it comes in a lightweight formula as for that natural-looking coverage.
Price £25, clinique.co.uk
The flawless lightweight finish
What Benefit's hello flawless oxygen wow!
In summary lightweight makeup to give you a healthy glow
Good for dry to combination skin, when you need a more hydrating foundation
Why it's making headlines If you don't want your skin to feel suffocated under heavy make-up then try this new light foundation from Benefit. If you don't want it to be too lightweight, then you can also build on it for a thicker coverage.
Price £26.50, benefitcosmetics.co.uk
The serum and foundation in one
What Diorskin nude air serum
In summary an ultra-fluidserum for an enhanced complexion
Good for dry to medium skin, not for those with blemishes
Why it's making headlines Much like the others on this list, this foundation is ultra-light. Made with oils that evaporate instantly, the talc-free Diorskin Nude Air formula deposits an undetectable film of makeup on the skin. Its high-precision dropper easily delivers exactly the right amount for perfectly natural-looking makeup in an instant.
Price £33, selfridges.com
The foundation drops
What Cover FX Custom Cover Drops
In summary pigmented drops you can add to any liquid; concealer, foundation, moisturiser or serum for your perfect tint
Good for any skin type
Why it's making headlines While the term 'game-changer' is rarely used correctly, in the case of Cover FX's new foundation drops, this is genuine. Essentially, you can transform your moisturiser or primer into a 2-in-1 foundation so that you get the pigment of a foundation without drying your skin - colour and coverage you can control, without ever getting that dried caked-on look. The bottle even comes with a dropper to allow you to add as much, or as little, pigment to anything you're using.
Price approx £30, available from Harvey Nichols in store, Nationwide