A quick survey of foundation wearers in BB HQ revealed that there are stand-out favourites that really work for certain skintypes – and because we know that finding the right foundation can be tricky, we’ve created this guide to help you find the best foundation for your skintype.
If you’ve previously struggled to find a foundation for you then rest assured, because there’s one out there, and it’s probably down below.
Best for COMBINATION SKIN: Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation
Dry patches on your cheeks, but prone to T-zone shine? Finding a formula that works for both is hard and requires insider knowledge, but fortunately that’s where we come in handy. Combining the best of both worlds, Illamasqua’s Skin Base Foundation marries the weightless texture of a BB cream with the high pigment of a full coverage foundation, resulting in a base that melts into skin without feeling cakey in the slightest. It won’t trigger shine and it won’t emphasise dry patches – win, win.
Best for DRY SKIN: LA Girl Pro Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Liquid Foundation
The patchy, flakey texture of dry skin can ruin the finish of your base if you’re not smart about the foundation you use. Opt for rich, creamy formulas which have the texture to glide on without clinging to and emphasising dry patches. LA Girl’s Pro Coverage HD Longwear Illuminating Liquid Foundation has the benefit of an antioxidant-rich formula, specifically designed to deliver targeted hydration to the skin throughout the day, so it treats skin whilst you wear it.
Read more about the best foundations for dry skin.
Best for SENSITIVE SKIN: PUR Bare It All 4-in-1 Skin Perfecting Foundation
Sensitive skin requires a base that conceals without aggravating or drawing attention to irritated areas. Combining skincare ingredients with skin-perfecting pigment, PUR’s Bare It All 4-in-1 Skin Perfecting Foundation conceals problem areas whilst simultaneously working to correct them over time. Soothing agave extract, green tea, and ginseng work to calm irritation and prevent inflammation, leading to clearer skin in both the long- and the short-term.
Best for BLEMISH-PRONE SKIN: Milani Conceal & Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation
Okay, so you want a foundation that covers your blemishes, but won’t clog your pores and trigger future breakouts? Well we’ve got you covered (literally) because Milani’s Conceal & Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation is The One. Expect a high dose of coverage, a perfectly matte finish, and a skin-friendly water-based formula that covers everything from blemishes to redness. And the best part? It completely cancels out the need for a separate concealer, the coverage is just that good.
Best for OILY SKIN: Cover FX Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation
For starters, you’re going to want to avoid anything that claims to have a ‘dewy’ texture. Instead opt for an oil-free, water-based formula (check that the first ingredient is ‘aqua’). The high water content will prevent oil from breaking through and making your foundation appear patchy and shiny. Cover FX’s Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation is ideal for keeping the dreaded 3pm shine at bay – it dries down to a natural-looking matte finish and won’t disappear as the day goes on so you’re guaranteed coverage.
Read more about the best foundations for oily skin.
Best for NORMAL SKIN: Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation
For some of us, skin sits in the middle-ground of not needing anything super specific; but that doesn’t mean we don’t want a little bit of covering/skin-perfecting action. Kevyn Aucoin’s The Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation gives the complexion an instant pick-me-up by illuminating skin with an all-over, natural glow and sheer coverage. What’s more, you can layer it up for a heavier coverage and the finish won’t look or feel any heavier.