Here are the high street foundations we swear by...
The original Healthy Mix foundation is much loved by beauty editors for bucking the ‘you get what you pay for’ foundation trend, and this newly launched update doesn’t disappoint either. It’s still got a nice silky texture and sticks around through lunch and beyond, plus it’s got added vitamins C, E and B5 and a glowier finish. There are three new shades, although they could still improve the offer for dark skin, it’s a step in the right direction.
Buy Bourjois Healthy Mix Radiance Reveal, £9.99, Boots.com
Stick foundations aren’t for everyone (if you like a barely-there base, steer clear) but if you need muscular coverage and tend to reapply during the day you could do a lot worse than this bargain twist-up by Revlon. As the name suggests it’s best used in specific areas to ‘fix’ redness, pigmentation or cover large pores and veins, and once it’s on you’ll get a good 8+ hours. The texture is nice and spreadable once you get blending, so it melts into skin nicely and won’t leave strange tidemarks. There’s a good shade range for light and dark skins, and it’s super handy to chuck in your bag with no fear of spillage.
A lightweight foundation with a luxurious feel, Avon Luxe Silken Foundation is infused with white sapphire for a nice light reflective finish. The perfect foundation if you want something slightly heavier than BB cream or tinted moisturiser.
Scared of loading up your skin with make-up in case you break out? No7 Essentially Natural Foundation‘s hypoallergenic formula is the base to choose if you have problematic skin. The hydrating blend of sodium hyaluronic and ceramide lock moisture in, skim over blemishes and provides a youthful radiance.
Buy No7 Essentially Natural Foundation, £9.95 at Boots.com
Do you live in fear that your foundation is going to transfer onto your white blouse? Consider investing in Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation. The smudge-proof formula has been specifically designed to withstand rubbing and touching so is ideal if you spend lots of time on the phone too (we’ve all had that icky smeary iPhone screen before, haven’t we?)
Whipped to an air-soft weightless texture, Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation offers easy-to-blend coverage that sits halfway on the pigment scale. The oil-based formula glides over fine lines and dry patches for an even complexion. Remember, less is more with this one, a little goes a long way.
Hate the heavy feeling you get from foundation? If you usually stick to BBs but feel they just don’t quite cover enough, L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint Foundation could be the one! The water-light formula gives a comfortable no make-up feel, but will still provide the coverage you need. Ultra-light micro pigments feel non-greasy, so there’s no need for extra powder either.
Busy days = tired skin, so looking in the mirror first thing in the morning isn’t always a pleasant experience! Skip the multi-step moisturising system and re-awaken your skin with Rimmel Wake Me Up Make Up Foundation. The radiance pearls minimise the look of pores and create a flawless finish so you can look wide awake – even when you don’t feel it!
Women on the go will love Sleek Foundation Base Duo Kit. A foundation, powder and mirror all-in-one, this handy little kit is great for last-minute touch ups. The beautifully creamy moisturising foundation is perfect for everyday wear, but pair it with the powder where needed (for most of us the T Zone) for the perfect look.