The best foundations you need for every occasion
Because office foundation and going-out foundation are two different things
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / February 09 2020
Question: Would you ever reach for your everyday foundation for a night out? Or your full coverage foundation for going to the movies with your BFF? We can already hear the resounding ‘no’. It just doesn’t sit right, does it?
That’s because different foundations are meant for different occasions - that’s why there’s so many different formulas on the market (and also probably why we’re so broke). Confused about what to wear and when? We’ve pulled together a handy little guide on the best new foundations kicking around, as well as tips on when to wear them.
Best for: Office wear
If you’re looking for something that will last beyond lunchtime and not look weird and patchy under the fluorescent light situation you’ve got going on at work, try Zoeva Authentik Skin Natural Luminous Foundation. We love it because the formula offers a light but buildable coverage, and gives skin a beautiful, luminous finish. Extra points because it’s formulated with rosehip oil, which is an absolute godsend for those with dry skin (pretty much all of us who hang out in an air-conditioned office).
Best for: Night out
When you’re heading out for Friday night drinks with friends, you need a foundation that will go the distance. Give yourself more time on the d-floor and less time touching up your makeup with a gem like Burberry Matte Glow Liquid Foundation. This creamy, matte foundation nixes any chance of forehead shine or dancing-induced sweat. It’s super long-wearing and specifically made for all skin types – so you can’t go wrong.
Best for: Work to dinner
Long-lasting and lightweight, Rimmel London Lasting Matte Foundation can take you from day to night without having to touch-up. It’s mousse texture offers full coverage (it hides blemishes, spots and dark circles like a total champ), without making your skin feel dry or giving it that gross cakey/heavy feeling.
Best for: Minimal makeup days
You know those days when putting on a full face of heavy foundation just feels like way too much effort? But you still kinda want to look put-together? For such an occasion you need Nudestix Tinted Cover Foundation. It’ll give you a bright and even skin tone, and works to enhance what you’ve got instead of masking it. Let those cute freckles shine!
Best for: Special occasions
A special occasion calls for a special foundation. And you can’t go past a silky skin-maker like Kevyn Aucoin The Foundation Balm. Put simply, it just makes your skin look good. Which is what you want when you’re doing something spesh. Loaded with hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, the formula (which has a balm-like texture) works to hydrate your skin, while camouflaging uneven texture and tone.
Best for: The morning rush
Stick formulas are the absolute bomb when you should have left the house 20 minutes ago. Spill-free and travel-friendly, formulas like Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick are serious saviours for when you need to do your makeup on-the-go. It has a super creamy texture that glides on the face for a beautiful satin finish. Who said lazy girls can’t look flawless?
Best for: When you’re running on zero sleep
When you’re tired, it shows on your skin. And it’s never a good time when you’ve got a calendar full of back-to-back meetings. To help turn around a dull, lacklustre complexion in a pinch, you need a formula like Revlon Candid Glow Moisture Glow Foundation. It’s a long-wearing, lightweight foundation that is packed with skin-loving ingredients like antioxidants and vitamin E. It’ll even your skin tone and hide the things you’d rather not see (like wine-induced redness).
Looking for more foundation tips? Check out our guide on how to apply foundation the *correct* way.
What are some of your favourite foundations? Share with us in the comment section below.
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Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.