Foundations: 10 of the best

Is your foundation still working for you? Autumn is a good time to take another look. A decently formulated base (because they are not all necessarily called “foundations”, but essentially have the same function) should be good for at least a year to 18 months, but if it’s been stored in a hot room with direct sunlight, it’s no good to anyone. Now most people will automatically replace their old foundation with the same one, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s important to remember your skin evolves. You may have acquired a tan this summer so your foundation is unlikely to perfectly match your skin tone. Beyond this, however, depending on a number of factors – skincare, lifestyle, hormones – you may find your skin is more parched, uneven, oilier… The point is, skin isn’t static so, more so than an eyeliner or a lipstick, your foundation will need to work harder to accommodate these changes. The slew of new launches runs the gamut from a tint to full-on coverage, meeting a variety of needs. What they all have in common, however, is that they are created with skincare in mind: brightening, smoothing, serum-like textures and skin-loving ingredients are ubiquitous – which in my book, is essential. So, if your current foundation has no skincare benefits, it is definitely a good time to start looking elsewhere.

1. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation £45,
2. YSL All Hours Foundation £36,
3. Dior Forever Natural Velvet £47,
4. Charlotte’s Beautiful Skin Foundation £36,
5 . Hourglass Ambient Soft Glow Foundation £46,
6. Guerlain Parure Gold Skin Foundation £64,
7. RMS Beauty ReEvolve Natural Finish Liquid Foundation £46,
8. By Terry Brightening CC Serum £61,
9. Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Care & Glow £35,
10. Dolce & Gabbana Velvetskin Natural Matte Foundation £51,

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