Best foundation? We’ve got you covered with these hero formulas to try in 2021

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  • Because all good makeup looks start with a great base

    Finding the best foundation for your skin type is no easy feat. But once you find your perfect match, you’ll wonder how your make-up bag ever did without it. Whether you need the best foundation for dry skin, the best foundation for oily skin, or you’re a bit of both and need the best foundation for combination skin, there are limitless options when it comes to coverage, finish and formulation.

    The best buys will keep your skin’s moisture levels in check without sticking to any dry patches, for a fresh-faced complexion overall – whatever your skin type or desired level of coverage. (If it’s the lighter touch you’re after, be sure to check out our round up of the best BB cream, too.)

    But how do you find the one? Here’s the lowdown on all things flawless finish.

    How to find your best match

    Where once you might have been able to pop into a store and have a make-up artist match your foundation for you, these days we’re left to our own devices when it comes to shade matching. So how do you avoid the dreaded face to neck mismatch?

    First off, figure out your undertones.

    Undertones come in three categories: warm, cool, and neutral. While warm undertones are golden, cool undertones are pink or red, and neutral undertones are a combination of both. The colour of your veins is usually a good indicator as to your undertones – as a general rule, blue veins mean cool undertones, greenish blue neutral, and green warm.

    Most foundations have been tailored to different undertones, so once you know what yours are, it makes narrowing down a shade selection to start swatching all that bit easier.

    Swatching your foundation on the back of your hand isn’t going to give you an accurate shade match. Instead, swatch on your jawline, bringing the product down onto your neck and blending in fully. This will help you avoid the face three shades darker than neck effect that, let’s face it, isn’t a good look on anyone.

    Should you apply foundation or concealer first?

    It’s the great, age-old beauty debate – to pre-conceal, or not to pre-conceal. While there’s no right answer and it’s all down to personal preference, many make-up artists advocate for applying concealer after foundation.

    Why? Because once you’ve given yourself a gorgeous base, it’s much easier to determine which areas need the additional coverage of your best concealer, and how much product you need to use on said areas.

    It’s also possible that by applying foundation over concealer, you’re wiping off lots of the good work you’ve just done, not to mention wasting product. Plus, your foundation should be doing most of the hard work for you anyway – so think of concealer as an added flourish.

    With all that in mind, are you ready for our pick of the best foundations? Scroll down to meet your perfect match.

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