How to Find the Right Complexion Finish


Foundation is arguably the staple of most makeup bags, but figuring out what kind of finish you want can be confusing. The latest formulas combine hard-working skincare ingredients with super-fine pigments to deliver seamless coverage. Take a targeted approach to finding the right finish and you’ll hit your beauty base ambitions every time.

Serious Staying Power

If you find yourself reapplying your foundation despairingly halfway through the day, then it might be time to invest in a base routine that combines longevity with beautifully glossy, imperceptible coverage. First up, look for a primer to act as an anchor for your foundation and lock the pigments in place. We love Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Primer, which helps to blur out pores and provide a uniform canvas.

Next up, choose a long-lasting foundation that can withstand everything that happens between your morning latte and lights out. Nars’ Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation offers 16-hours of coverage and a natural, radiant finish.

To set your base in place opt for a powder with serious staying power too. Hourglass’ Veil Translucent Setting Powder sets makeup and blurs pores and imperfections too.

Airbrushed & Flawless

If you’re looking for full coverage but worry about it looking heavy, don’t. Airbrushed finish formulas create a natural, second-skin effect that still manage to cover and conceal. Laura Mercier’s Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation Makeup has got all these bases covered and more. The weightless texture is both blendable and buildable. Makeup maestro Mary Greenwell explains, “it can be built up for a flawless full coverage, or used minimally to even out skin tone.”

Becca’s Ultimate Coverage 24-Hour Foundation is another great option that feels like silk on skin but offers enough coverage to disguise everything from thread veins to scars and blemishes.

Lightweight & Super Sheer

If you love a breathable texture but just crave minimal coverage to create a polished, pulled together effect, then look to tinted moisturisers and CC creams. Erborian CC Creme is a gorgeously sheer, natural formula that contains light-reflecting pigment particles, as well as vitamin E and anti-inflammatory Tigergrass extract to cover, soothe and even out skin tone.

For the sheerest of coverage and a naturally dewy finish, dive finger first into Laura Mercier’s brilliant Tinted Moisturiser SPF30. The non-comodogenic formula allows skin to breathe, whilst simultaneously providing just enough coverage to blur out imperfections and keep skin looking healthy and fresh. It also comes in a range of shades to suit all skin tones.