the higher coverage your base the more makeup will be required to balance out the look

These days we’re really spoilt for choice when it comes to buying foundation, but with so many variations of formula, shade and consistency at our fingertips, narrowing down the right fit for you can tricky.

With that in mind, here’re my top points to to consider next time you’re on the hunt for a new foundation: 

  • COLOUR MATCHING
    Remember the days when everyone you knew wore Honey Beige? Thankfully, nowadays the range of shades available from both luxury and high street brands is much wider which is particularly good news for pale, Irish complexions. When trying to colour match, blend a little from your cheek downwards to the neck, you’ve got the right shade when it seems to “disappear” into skin. 
  • COVER STARS
    As a rule of thumb, the higher coverage you choose for your base the more makeup in general will be required to balance out the look. For everyday a BB or CC cream will even out skin tone without creating the dreaded mask effect. For more nighttime make-up, a medium coverage base (with concealer buffed onto problem areas) will look more natural and healthy than a heavier, all over, full coverage foundation. 
  • SKIN WINS
    There are many different types of bases out there to suit different skin types including mousse, cream, liquid, powder, gel and oil free. In general:

    • gel and liquid foundations are considered suitable for any skin type.
    • cream foundations are more suited to dry or older complexions.
    • powder, mousse and oil free formulas are great for keeping shine at bay. 

Bases I love: 

  1. YSL Teint Touche Eclat
  2. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser
  3. Maybelline Fit Me 
  4. NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation 
  5. Lancome Teint Idol Ultra