The Best Foundations EVER As Voted For By The Best Backstage Make-Up Artists

Oh hey flawless skin.

The best make-up foundations for every skin type and budget

Finding a foundation that ticks all the right boxes can seem harder than getting your hands on a pair of furry Gucci loafers.

You've got dry skin so you need a foundation that hydrates but doesn't look shiny. You want an uber-glowy Bella Hadid finish, but you also need to cover those random red patches.

Then there's getting the shade right. You're pale but with a yellow undertone. You've got olive skin but you don't want to look ashy. You've got black skin and the mystery of finding a brand that actually does a shade dark enough is too much.

Don't even get us started on nailing that dream Insta-worthy flawless matte finish without the foundation feeling cakey or getting caught in your face hair. Yes, that's a thing.

Thankfully there's a foundation to match every need, but how to choose the right one?

You gather the world's best make-up artists and get them to decide for you. Genius.

Tried, tested and used backstage and on celebs 24/7, these are the foundations that make-up artists actually use. Trust, they're the best in the biz.

Check out our edit of the best foundations for every skin tone, concern, finish... you name it, we've got a make-up pro recommended foundation for it.

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Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation
Best Foundation For...Acne

As Voted By...Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, £30

'My Magic Foundation is your secret weapon and best friend if you suffer from rosacea, redness, acne or discoloration.

'It treats and transforms while you wear, reducing the appearance of acne after just 9 weeks. It contains mushroom extract to tighten pores and reduce sebum production, Vitamin C to brighten and lift the complexion, and Hyaluronic Filling Spheres to youth-boost and smooth the skin. These super-charged ingredients also reduce the appearance of age spots by 75% in 4 months!

'The high coverage – which glides over skin like a dream– covers even the darkest of birthmarks.'

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Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation
Best Foundation For...Working On A Budget

As Voted By...Kirstin Piggott

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation, £8.99

'Rimmel Wake Me Up Anti-Fatigue foundation is a fantastic budget base with an SPF20. It instantly reawakens and illuminates the skin with a healthy, radiant glow. Vitamin C and radiance pearls give you a gorgeous brighter complexion with an even skin tone, whilst reducing dullness for a flawless healthy glow.'

Pro Tip: 'Use your fingers to apply the foundation as you can really work it into the skin, then use a foundation brush to go over your base and add a little more foundation where its needed on key areas.'

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Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation
Best Foundation For...Pale Skin

As Voted By...Caroline Barnes

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation, £30.90

'The best foundation for pale skin is Make Up For Ever Ultra HD. It can be applied really thinly over your skin but the beauty is that you can build up the coverage where you need it without it looking dense and heavy.'

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Tom Ford Traceless Foundation
Best Foundation For...An Airbrushed Finish

As Voted By...Val Garland

Tom Ford Traceless Foundation, £66

'This foundation is so fine that it can diminish the appearance of pores and wrinkles.'

Pro Tip: 'Use a duo fibre foundation brush like a MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush to 'airbrush' the foundation onto the skin with a circular motion. Or if you prefer, you can use a Gloryblender instead of a brush.'

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EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation
Best Foundation For...Sensitive Skin

As Voted By...Ruby Hammer

EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Liquid Foundation, £12.50

'My favourite foundation for sensitive skin is EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Liquid Foundation. It's lightweight and luminous, blendable, oil and fragrance free and non comedogenic so it won't irritate sensitive skin.'

Pro Tip: 'Use a brush to get the best effect with this base.'

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Make-up Forever Ultra HD Foundation
Best Foundation For...Black Skin

As Voted By...Lisa Potter-Dixon

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation, £30.90

'My fave foundation for black skin is Make Up For Ever's Ultra HD foundation. The shade selection is great, and the coverage is buildable, meaning I can create a no-make-up make-up look or a full on face.'

Pro Tip: 'For a black complexion, I tend to use two shades of foundation to even out the skin and add brightness to the inner circle of the face. I custom blend the foundation on the back of my hand before applying.'

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Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation
Best Foundation For...Olive Skin

As Voted By...Hannah Martin

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation, £42

'For olive skin tones I love Bobbi Brown's Intensive Skin Serum Foundation.'

Pro Tip: 'Those with an olive skin tone should look to buy yellow toned foundations as pink undertones won't match the tone of the rest of your body.'

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Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation
Best Foundation For...Lasting All Day (And All Night)

As Voted By...Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Foundation, £32

'To always look fresh-faced and healthy, apply my Light Wonder foundation for a luminous, dewy finish that lasts all day.

'The air-light formula illuminates, smooths and hydrates the complexion, while minimising pores and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

'Featuring youth-boosting actives to even out skin tone, and a botanical alternative to retinol to kick-start collagen production, this genius foundation is instant radiance in a bottle!'

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Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation
Best Foundation For...Combination Skin

As Voted By...Lisa Potter-Dixon

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow, £30

'My fave foundation for combination skin has to be Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow liquid foundation. I personally wear this every day as it gives a gorgeous radiant finish, whilst also being oil free and having an SPF 25.'

Pro Tip: 'I use a beauty blender to apply, or my fingers depending on what finish I want.'

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NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint
Best Foundation For...Oily Skin

As Voted By...Andrew Gallimore

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint, £30

'For oily skin, I'd suggest a foundation which is oil free - I like to use Velvet Matte Skin Tint. It helps to control oil, mattifies, and blurs imperfections, whilst having a modern matte feel to it.'

Pro Tip: 'I like to say it's an eggshell finish, which means you don't have to add powder on top. Skipping that extra layer of make-up is better for your skin, makes your handbag lighter, and the whole process shorter.'

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Bobbi Brown Serum Foundation
Best Foundation For...SPF

As Voted By...Diane Kendal

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation, £42

'Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation has SPF and a really lovely dewy finish.'

Pro Tip: 'I would apply this with a brush or sponge to get more coverage where you need it most, but it'll still look incredibly natural.'

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Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation
Best Foundation For...Older Skin

As Voted By...Ruby Hammer


'My favourite foundation for older skin is Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation from Benefit. It gives a light to medium cover so you can hide and smooth out red areas and blemishes without sitting heavily on your skin or showing up lines. I also love that it provides you with an SPF25 to protect further damage to your skin.'

Pro Tip: 'I like using it with a beauty blender for control and smoothness.'

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NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation
Best Foundation For...Brightening

As Voted By...Andrew Gallimore

NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation, £28

'In my opinion, the best foundation for brightening skin would be NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation which I absolutely love. Its feather weight formula means it doesn't sit heavy on the skin and it really does stay creamy without drying. It boosts the skin's moisture levels and makes it look luminously flawless and most of all, real.'

Pro Tip: 'Apply it wet for an even lighter finish.'

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Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation
Best Foundation For...Applying On The Go

As Voted By...Hannah Martin

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick, £34.44

'Bobbi Brown's Skin Foundation Stick is my all time favourite foundation for a number of reasons, not least because it's so portable and great for touch ups on the go. It also has a beautiful, velvety finish that's hard to beat.'

Pro Tip: 'Use it sparingly on any areas of high colour to even out your skin tone for a relaxed, pared down look. Alternatively, stipple over day cream for lightweight coverage or layer up for full-glam coverage. Without powder it has a soft, dewy finish, but set it with powder and you can create a completely matte look that photographs amazingly.'

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Burberry Cashmere Foundation
Best Foundation For...A Dewy Finish

As Voted By...Wendy Rowe

Burberry Cashmere Foundation, £35

'The no-make-up make-up look shows no sign of going away. Just because you don't have naturally glowing bare skin, doesn't mean you need to smother your entire face with foundation. Instead, apply a high-pigment product, like Burberry Cashmere Foundation, only where you really need it. Start at the outside of your cheeks, where breakouts are most visible, and go super light in the T-zone.'

Pro Tip: 'I use a sponge to apply and blend when I need the most coverage, a brush for medium coverage, and my hands if I want the lightest coverage.'

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Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue Foundation
Best Foundation For...A Matte Finish

As Voted By...Kay Montano

Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue, £40

'Matte foundations have been under the radar for a while, with 'dewy' being the finish of choice for many women. However, many women with oilier skin still prefer to have a shine-free complexion, so need a more mattifying formula. I'm loving the new Le Teint Ultra Tenue Ultrawear Flawless foundation from Chanel because of its formula - it's matte but still has a luminous quality.'

Pro Tip: 'To use, think about applying where needed and in good daylight. Pump a small amount on the back of your hand and use a brush, sponge or fingertips to blend into your skin starting at the nose and blending out. Most people need the most around their noses and chins, where there are more sebacious glands, more redness or discolouration. Use sparingly, and barely use on areas of the skin that don't need it.'

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Hourglass Seamless Foundation Stick
Best Foundation For...Full Coverage

As Voted By...Alex Box

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick, £42

'A foundation with the coverage and ease of a hybrid super concealer in zero gravity-weightlessness. You can use it where needed and it has the total seamless coverage, yet the capacity to be blended away to a fine gossamer veil . It's simple, easy British weather-friendly aka waterproof.'

Pro Tip: 'Fingers are the finest tools. Just put it in your handbag and you're good to go!'

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Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich Foundation
Best Foundation For...Dry Skin

As Voted By...Val Garland

Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich Foundation SPF 15, £34

'This foundation is really hydrating and suitable for very dry skin.'

Pro Tip: 'It's so easy to apply you can use any tools that you're comfortable with; a brush, a sponge, or even your fingers works to blend the foundation onto the skin.'

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Dermablend Redness Concealer
Best Foundation For...Rosacea

As Voted By...Diane Kendal

Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Redness Concealer, £15.96

'I love the Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Redness Concealer. The texture is light but has incredible coverage for redness so you only need to use a tiny amount. It works wonderfully under any foundation or tinted moisturiser and never looks heavy.'

Pro Tip: 'You can pat this into the skin with your fingers or use a brush, it is foolproof!'

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Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation
Best Foundation For...Light Coverage

As Voted By...Kirstin Piggott

Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation, £7.49

'Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation is a gorgeous feather light formula that blends seamlessly into the skin for a fresh barely there finish. The mineral powders in the formula help absorb excess oil, giving you amazing all day shine control, and the added Aloe, Chamomile and Sea Algae help to reduce any redness.'

Pro Tip: 'I personally like to use my fingers to apply the foundation as this can really help to work it into the skin. I then use a foundation brush to go over and add a little more foundation on key areas.'

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Hourglass Seamless Foundation Stick
Best Foundation For...Shade Range

As Voted By...Val Garland

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Stick Foundation, £42

'There are 26 shades of this foundation, so you can basically match every skin tone.'

Pro Tip: 'Wet a sponge or a GloryBlender and use it to press the foundation onto the skin wherever it's needed.'

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Kevyn Aucoin Etherealist Foundation
Best Foundation For...Investing In

As Voted By...Caroline Barnes

Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation, £47

'My favourite investment foundation is Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Foundation. It feels like liquid cashmere on the skin and gives a lovely glow to your complexion that looks healthy rather than made up.'

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