Best New Bases

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On a quest to find a new foundation? Your timing couldn’t be better with an abundance of innovative new formulas recently launched. Read on to discover which one is best suited to you…

Brands are continually thinking outside of the box and harnessing new technologies to create the very best formulas when it comes to foundations and complexion-enhancing products. Pioneering new technology has made it possible to provide makeup which not only gives a seamless and natural-looking finish, but which also nourishes the skin and corrects countless concerns. Not only is the technology behind these bases more sophisticated than ever, so are the ingredients. Products are now calling upon a multitude of different of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to make kind-to-skin, high-performance formulas which really deliver results.

Best for Barely There Coverage

If you’re looking for a lightweight formula that can be worn every day, try a tinted moisturiser – the perfect hybrid between skincare and makeup. Not only will it colour correct and smooth your complexion, it also provides various skin benefits too. Laura Mercier have reinvented their much-loved Tinted Moisturiser by enhancing the formula with new ingredients such as macadamia, tamarind and kukui seed oils and vitamin C and E to increase the skin’s moisture levels for up to 24 hours. This one is great for those wanting to blur imperfections and enhance their natural skin with an added dewy glow.

Best for All-Day Wear

Fed up of reapplying your makeup and need something that will really stay put? Thankfully there are a wave of new long-lasting foundations which aren’t heavy, won’t crease and are sweat, humidity and waterproof. After much anticipation, Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Foundation has landed and with it comes the promise of stay-all-day, weightless wear. It’s full coverage, transfer resistant and will even protect skin against harmful pollutants. What’s more it even contains a ground-breaking and first-to-market ingredient called replexium which works to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Best for Dry Skin

Finding a foundation to suit dry skin is no mean feat; you want something that won’t cake or cling to dry bits as well as one which won’t make skin even drier. Thankfully there’s no need to worry about any of that with Kevyn Aucoin’s new Foundation Balm as it is enriched with skin-plumping hyaluronic acid. This powerful ingredient can hold a thousand times its weight in water meaning it works wonders for adding moisture to dry skin as well as working to retain it too. Avocado and olive fruit oils also help to nourish skin and provide comfortably long wear.

Best for Natural, Everyday Wear

A foundation for everyday wear should offer good coverage without being too heavy and should have enough staying power that it shouldn’t need retouching on your lunch hour. The best everyday foundations are also those which have buildable formulas so you can layer if needed. Surratt’s new Dew Drop Foundation offers a light-to-medium coverage but with a dewy finish to help you achieve that much-wanted ‘no makeup’ look.

Best for Oily Skin

Oily complexions call for foundations which will keep unwanted shine at bay and one that won’t slip throughout the day. It’s best to opt for a mattifying formula and one which is oil-free. Don’t let oily skin stop you from adding moisturiser beforehand though, as without it your skin will only compensate for the lack of moisture and produce even more oil. The other good news is that oilier skins typically age better since they have more sebaceous glands and a thicker dermis. Sisley’s new Sisleÿa Le Teint’s formula is oil-free and boasts long-lasting wear to help skin maintain its perfected finish. Packed with active ingredients such as Persian acacia, chlorella and red vine extract, it also works to minimise signs of ageing and recover skin’s firmness.