10 best foundations

Get a little helping hand when it comes to complexion perfection with our pick of the best bases

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1. Astalift Light Analysing Moisture Foundation

A revolutionary blend of collagen-boosting skincare and light technology, this combats the ever-changing subtleties of light which can leave your skin looking washed out. It reflects colour and warms up your skin tone whatever the light intensity – this ensures consistent colour and reduces shadows and dark circles. In simple terms, it'll look as great at 8am in harsh winter morning light, as it does at 9pm when you're out for dinner.

£29 for 30ml, debenhams.com

2. No7 Stay Perfect Foundation

This brilliantly blendable foundation claims to give 'non-stop complexion perfection' for 16 hours of re-touch free coverage. And I have to say it does what it says. It easily lasts all day and there's no dragging, drying or flaking, thanks to protecting and soothing vitamin E and SPF 15. 17 shades means you'd be hard pressed not to find one to suit you.

£14, boots.com

3. Becca Matte Skin Shine Proof Foundation

Perfect for combination or oily skin, this has brilliant build-able coverage –  on stubborn areas that need more cover, simply layer up. The matte finish combined with soft focus technology means it blurs away pores, fine lines and wrinkles. The brand was created by make-up artist Rebecca Morrice Williams when she couldn't find the right foundation, so she's made sure you can – it's available in a whopping 18 shades.

£32 for 40ml, spacenk.com

4. MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation

MAC's reputation for the best range of foundation colours and textures is the reason why make-up artists all over the world carry MAC in their kit. And this foundation is no exception. With innovative optical-blurring-effect, imperfections and fine lines are pretty much invisible, while skin-caring shea butter and vitamin E  protect and soothe.

£27 for 30ml, maccosmetics.co.uk

5. Shiseido Sheer and Perfect Foundation SPF 15

A high-tech foundation which counteracts colour, without the need for heavy coverage, letting your natural skin tone shine through. Red, brown or black tones, (acne, redness, dark spots, visible pores and blackheads), are cancelled out with Shiseido's Advanced Light Technology. Extra skincare properties help to prevent further blemishes and the gel base rehydrates thirsty winter skin, leaving you with a silky dewy finish.

£29 for 30ml, houseoffraser.co.uk

6. Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup

Jam packed with skin saving treats like soothing green tea, anti-ageing vitamins E and C, calming oatmeal and rehydrating jojoba oil, this foundation effortlessly blends skincare with makeup. It mimics the skin's tone and texture so you don't feel as if you have anything on, plus hollow silica microspheres scatter light (and the appearance of fine lines!) to give skin a soft focus effect. Exactly what we need at this time of year with harsh winter light.

£8.99, boots.com

7. Chantecaille Future Skin Oil Free Gel Foundation

The innovative refreshing texture makes this perfect for oily skin  - the seaweed extract actually controls excessive sebum production. Calming aloe, camomile and arnica also make it a must-have for sensitive complexions – plus it's so lightweight, you don't feel as if you're wearing anything. You can adjust the coverage from medium to full - I use fingers for a natural dewy look and a brush for a perfect flawless look.

£58, spacenk.com

8. Stila Stay All Day Foundation Concealer and Brush Kit

Flip the lid of the bottle and there's a handy little concealer and mirror in the top for emergency touch-ups on the go, plus a great brush for applying the perfect base. Practicalities aside, this is also seriously high performance, containing a pioneering formula to help slow down premature ageing, while botanicals increase oxygen circulation and blood flow in the skin.

£29.50, spacenk.com

9. Paul and Joe Light Cream Foundation

The ultimate dressing-table-worthy bottle, this sheer foundation gives you an unusually long-lasting coverage for such a translucent barely-there look. Its weightless texture melts into the skin, so this one's for you if you like the no makeup natural look and feel. The beautiful floral scent makes this a delight to use too.

£29, selfridges.com

10. 2True Be Clear 4-in-1 Foundation

Created for young skin, this is a real steal and works brilliantly. It glides on like a cream but dries to a powdery finish – so for oily teenage skin it's perfect. The mineral complex ensures that the shine-control really lasts and light reflecting pigments give a natural flawless finish.

£1.99, superdrug.com



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