Roberta Lister, our resident beauty writer talks us through five of her favourite foundations.
All great beauty looks start with a flawless base, and when it comes to finding that holy-grail foundation, it can be difficult to know where to start. With hundreds of new, supposedly must-have products launching each year, it’s easy to end up with a cabinet of barely-touched bottles.
The fact that product does not fit all is especially true of foundations, as skin-type, tone and desired results all have such an impact. Personally, I like the kind that prove their worth through excellent formulations and nourishing ingredients, rather than glossy magazine ads and huge marketing budgets. Read on for the low-down on my all-time favourites…
The moisturising one: RMK Creamy Foundation.
When I first got my hands on RMK’s Creamy Foundation, I was sceptical. It comes packaged in a screw-top pot, accompanied with an application spatula which, to my experience, indicates an incredibly thick high-coverage formula – the kind you might use to cover a scar or tattoo.
However, upon unscrewing the lid I was instantly converted. The formula is quite unlike any other: it’s dense and creamy, but infused with so many nourishing ingredients that it melts into a light and glowy base that offers proper coverage and a dewy finish. Bilberry extract softens dry skin – meaning no caking – while rice bran and fruit extracts provide intensive nourishment Hailing from Japan, this one is a particularly great match for Asian skin tones and those with olive undertones.
RMK Creamy Foundation, £36.
The satin-finish one: Suqqu Frame Fix Liquid Foundation N
Up next is another gem from Japan, and another very unsung hero: Suqqu’s Frame Fix Foundation N. Stored in a glass pump-action bottle, this one has a gel-like texture and offers a translucent veil with a skin-mimicking finish. I love it for super-long days or nights out, as the coverage is easily buildable and lasts so well through humidity – it even contains a hefty SPF 50+. Particularly good for those with open-pore paranoia, it airbrushes the complexion without settling into fine lines.
Suqqu Frame-Fix Foundation N, £58.
The oil-free one: Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation
That perfect, dewy finish is not an easy thing to find, as most foundations that promise luminosity tend to slip off the skin before lunch. Laura Mercier’s latest offering is a perfect pick for those who like a glowy – not greasy – finish that lasts as long as you do. Launching this month with a brilliant 24 shades, the Candleglow Soft Luminous foundation is inspired by the kind of soft-focus radiance that comes from natural candlelight – it’s a creamy, light-reflecting liquid that contains brightening pearl mica as well as lightweight oils and vitamins to make skin look bright and alive – a dream product that totally lives up to its promises.
Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation, £35.
The custom one: Rouge Bunny Rouge Skin Soul Drops Foundation Essence
Rouge Bunny Rouge has been one of my favourite under-the-radar brands since I began in the industry, and the label’s latest innovation is seriously exciting for anyone with high expectations from their foundation. Later this month, the brand will launch its Skin Soul Drops – a truly innovative ‘foundation essence’ designed to offer a completely customisable finish. The highly pigmented liquid– 36% pigment to be precise –may be blended with your favourite skincare to offer an endless array of finishes. Mix it with a face oil for a radiant glow, with a lightweight moisturiser for a satin finish, or with a mattifying primer for full velvety coverage. I love it with the brand’s own super-hydrating Aqua Primer.
Rouge Bunny Rouge Skin Soul Drops, approx £45, from mid-Feb.
The sheer-finish one: Diorskin Nude Air
Diorskin’s newest launch is my ideal daytime foundation. A super-light formulation, it’s ideal for weekdays where I don’t want a heavy beauty look, but just need a little brightening lift. Housed in a hygenic dropper bottle, this one is a weightless, very fluid serum-based liquid that feels more like a lovely skincare product than a make-up base. It’s talc-free, which means absolutely no caking, and loaded with cranberry oil for supreme moisturisation that can take on the harshest of office heating.
Don’t choose this one is you want total coverage for dark circles or blemishes, but do if you want a light, glowy, no-makeup look with added nourishing benefits.
Diorskin Nude Air, £33
Roberta Lister is a London-based luxury lifestyle and beauty writer at Glass magazine. You can find her on social media at @robertalister.