The Crown star Olivia Colman uses this high street foundation for the red carpet

*Spoiler alert* Olivia Colman's foundation of choice is less than £20

Olivia Colman's foundation
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(Image credit: HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Olivia Colman attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic))

When it comes to Olivia Colman's foundation of choice, it seems this drugstore find is fit for a Queen. Colman's transformation has been detailed as she reprises her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown.  

No fewer than 47 wigs were used throughout the series alongside a standard make-up uniform of dark pink lipstick, a slick of eyeliner and matte skin.

But for the red carpet, Colman likes to be more adventurous, playing up her eyes with smoky eyeliner and lashings of mascara.

No.7 Protect & Perfect Advanced All-In-One Foundation

No7 Perfect & Protect foundation


But what is most notable is her glowing skin, which makeup artist Sarah Uslan puts down to both rigorous skin prep and No7's Protect & Perfect Advanced All-In-One Foundation, which she used on Colman on Oscar night 2020. A cult classic among makeup fans, this lightweight foundation is a firm favourite among make artists around the world. The formula offers buildable coverage foundation blurs fine lines and pores for a flawless finish. The foundation also includes SPF 50 and potent antioxidants protect the skin from long-term UVA and UVB damage.

Ulsan swears by skin-brightening vitamin C as the first step before applying base. In her kit she keeps the Emma Hardie Moisture Boost Vitamin C Cream and Plump & Glow Hydrating Facial Mist, which she has used on Colman. 

The Cream boasts 2% vitamin C to help boost collagen and fade age spots, while the Facial Mist tones and moisturises with a hefty dose of skin-plumping hyaluronic acid.

But it's with the application of the No.7 Protect & Perfect Advanced All-In-One Foundation that the magic really happens. 

The creamy formula both moisturises, evens out skin tone and blurs the appearance of lines. Plus an SPF50+ protects Colman's fair skin from UV rays.

At just £17.50, even mere mortals can channel the glitz and glamour of the red carpet.