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Style List: 30 of the best foundations

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Skin Boost

Illamasqua’s Skin Base nourishes with vitamins C and E and blends into skin like a dream.

SB18, £33,

Shine Free

Maybelline’s Matte + Poreless offers both a shine-free finish and a lightweight formula.

380, £6.99,

Pigment Punch

The Ordinary’s ultralight weight Serum Foundation is a natural beauty BFF.

3.3N, £5.70,

Blank Canvas

Able to cover even the boldest tattoos, Kat Von D’s Lock-It puts the ‘full’ in full coverage.

81, £27,

Oil Away

Water- and sweat-proof, Cover FX’s Power Play was made for summer months.

N110, £38,

The All-Dayer

Buildable but breathable, Laura Mercier’s Flawless Fusion provides perfect medium cover.

5N1, £35,

Picture Perfect

Make Up For Ever’s Ultra HD is designed to look flawless through a 4K camera.

Y595, £31,

Glow Giver

Embrace the natural look with Clinique’s Even Better Glow, a hydrating essential. 

WN114, £28,

Heavy Duty

Waterproof and able to hide any blemish, Revolution Pro Full Cover is a wonder.

F10, £7,

Health Kick

With vitamins C, E and B5, Bourjois’ Healthy Mix will give your morning routine a lift.

59, £9.99,

Faithful Friend

Unrivalled oil-control components means Mac Studio Fix is a cult buy.

NW20, £24.50,

Inner Light

The sister of the Touche Éclat wand, YSL’s Touche Éclat Foundation gives lasting luminosity.

BD60, £35,

Throw Shade

There are 28 shades of L’Oréal True Match that claim to suit 98% of UK skintones.

5.R £9.99,

Triple Threat

The 3-in-1 perfecting Max Factor Face Finity offers incredible lightweight lustre.

47, £12.99,

Take Cover

Elf’s Flawless Finish is cruelty-free, vegan and perfect for acne-prone skin.

83117, £7.50,

Match Point

Rimmel’s timeless Match Perfection is SPF20 and promises 24-hour moisture.

605, £8.29,

The Classic

Available in 50 shades, Estée Lauder’s Double Wear doesn’t budge or smudge.

7N1, £33.50,

Full Face

Love high coverage? Milani Conceal + Perfect is the go-to for an Insta-worthy finish.

14, £13,

Right Royal

Dior’s Backstage Face & Body Foundation is said to have been Meghan Markle’s wedding pick.

6.5N, £29,

Safe Bet

Lancôme’s full-coverage Teint Idole Ultra Wear stays transfer-proof all day.

12, £32,


Ideal for flawless high coverage, Huda Beauty’s #FauxFilter is exactly that.

Gingerbread, £32,

Long Haul

Nars’ Radiant Longwear will keep you glowing from dawn till dusk.

CA012, £35,

Party Hard

Invest in Urban Decay’s ultra-matte All Nighter and you can forget touch-ups.

8.75, £29.50,

Summer Warmth

The ultimate in no-makeup make-up, Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint is a holiday, bottled.

Dark, £20,

Fresh Start

Want more than a tinted moisturiser? Try Marc Jacobs Shameless 24-H Foundation. 

Y320, £32,

Magic Formula

Charlotte Tilbury’s semi-matte Magic Foundation will perfect problem skin.

4.5, £32,

Layer Up

Giorgio Armani’s weightless Luminous Silk can be layered for full coverage.

2, £42,

Miracle Tint

If you’re after a seriously lightweight base, you need Chanel’s Le Teint Ultra Tenue in your life.

12, £40,

Go Bare

Papaya enzymes make bareMinerals’ matte BarePro a treat for lacklustre skin.

01, £29,

Soft Power

Layer Fenty Beauty’s Soft Matte for tailored coverage in an impressive 40 shades.

110, £26,

This article originally appeared in Stylist’s 2018 Beauty Issue, out 26 June. To see more from the issue, click here.