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23 best foundations for flawless looking skin 2022

Choosing the best foundation for your skin can be a tricky task, and one we sometimes dread – right? Whilst you might think you know what you like, do you know what your skin prefers? Or the finish you’re looking to achieve on your skin? Well read on as we have all the best foundations on the market right now – that will give you that gorgeous, flawless finish.

And as we know, everyone’s skin is different! For those who have a oily skin – matte and oil-free foundations will be your new best friend.

As for those of us who have a dry skin type, you should opt for formulas that are hydrating – and offer a dewy or natural finish.

If you need more help based on your skin type we have also rounded up the best foundations for dry skin and the best foundation for oily skins too.

Below we’ve rounded up the best foundations, old and new, that offer perfect coverage, a healthy glow and suit all skin tones and types. Not to mention our favourites that will stay put all day long – from desk to date night, and beyond too.

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Estée Lauder Double Wear

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If you’re after a high coverage, flawless complexion this is the foundation for you.

The formula has a natural matte finish and SPF10 sunscreen to protect skin whilst you go about your daily life.

The small jar packs a punch and the light and velvety finish makes it nice to wear – even in the heat. There’s also an extensive range of colours to suit all complexions.

There are also an impressive 60+ shades available in the range.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF15 Foundation

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This shine-controlling foundation provides your skin with a matte finish. It has a medium-to-full, buildable coverage that lasts for 24 hours. Perfect when you’re on the go all day, and wearing a mask when out and about.

The SPF15 will provide you with some protection from harmful rays, though we suggest wearing a face SPF underneath.

Loved by all, it’s no wonder this foundation is highly rated from professional makeup artists, to beauty novices worldwide.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear

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The lauded foundation has been raved about by beauty bloggers, make up artists and beauty editors far and wide – and for good reason.

Rihanna’s beauty line proved that an inclusive shade range (there are a whopping 50 foundation shades in total) is always a winning formula.

The soft, matte liquid offers a medium to full coverage that has a velvety finish on the skin. It doesn’t feel cakey either, making it one of the best sellers of the line since it launched in 2017.

As we’ve found over the years, a good foundation doesn’t even have to cost the earth anymore! There are some fantastic budget-friendly options like the Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation or L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24hr. Both of these can help achieve that perfect finish we want for our skin – and kind on the purse strings too!

Now if you’re willing to splash out, Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Finish or Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear are perfect for creating that Instagram filter, flawless finish to your skin.

And we can’t forget to mention those OG favourites from MAC and Estée Lauder too.

We also have our team of Real Beauty testers that are here to also give you their honest opinion too! So before you splash the cash on a potentially pricey product, you might want to see what they have to say about it first.

So read on to find the best foundation for you, this 2022!

Best foundations for all skin types 2022

1. Estée Lauder Double Wear

Best long wearing foundation






Estée Lauder Double Wear

Coverage: Medium-to-Full, buildable

Finish: Matte

Shades available: 60

The verdict? Great for all day wear thanks to the 24 hour staying power!

If you’re after a high coverage, flawless complexion this is the foundation for you.

The formula has a natural matte finish and SPF10 sunscreen to protect skin whilst you go about your daily life.

The small jar packs a punch and the light and velvety finish makes it nice to wear – even in the heat. There’s also an extensive range of colours to suit all complexions too!

2. MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF15 Foundation

Best shine control foundation






MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF15 Foundation

Coverage: Lightweight, buildable, true-to-you

Finish: Matte

Shades available: 67

The verdict? Applies, builds and blends really easily and evenly too – plus it controls oil and shine without making your skin look cakey.

This shine-controlling foundation provides your skin with a matte finish. It has a medium-to-full, buildable coverage that lasts for 24 hours. Perfect when you’re on the go all day!

The SPF15 will provide you with some protection from harmful rays, though we suggest wearing a face SPF underneath.

Loved by all, it’s no wonder this foundation is highly rated from professional makeup artists, to beauty novices worldwide.

3. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear

Best matte foundation






Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear

Coverage: Medium to full

Finish: Soft matte

Shades available: 50

The verdict? It gives skin an instantly smooth, pore-diffused, shine-free finish. Not forgetting the ‘climate-adaptive’ technology that’s resistant to sweat and humidity, and won’t clog pores!

The lauded foundation has been raved about by beauty bloggers, make up artists and beauty editors far and wide – and for good reason.

Rihanna’s beauty line proved that an inclusive shade range (there are a whopping 50 foundation shades in total) is always a winning formula.

The soft, matte liquid offers a medium to full coverage that has a velvety finish on the skin. It doesn’t feel cakey either, making it one of the best sellers of the line since it launched in 2017.

Buy now from Boots (£27).

4. Illamasqua Beyond Foundation

Best foundation for sensitive skin






Illamasqua Beyond Foundation

Coverage: Sheer

Finish: Illuminated glass skin

Shades available: 25

The verdict? Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E draws water to the surface of your skin, and keeps your complexion looking refreshingly hydrated and conditioned!

The newest sheer coverage foundation from Illamasqua boasts a formula that is totally vegan and cruelty-free. This ultra-silky texture blends seamlessly for a healthy looking, glowing complexion!

5. Huda Beauty Faux Filter Foundation

Best full coverage foundation






Huda Beauty Faux Filter Foundation

Coverage: Full

Finish: Luminous-matte

Shades available: 39

The verdict? The true filter effect gives instant coverage so seamless that it immediately unifies skin tone and texture as it blurs skin for a radiant glow

Beauty fans will be familiar with Huda Beauty, the makeup line from uber successful, Dubai-based beauty mogul Huda Kattan.

Fan’s of the Faux Filter foundation will be pleased to hear it’s recently had an upgrade. It still boasts of the full coverage, and silky formula that we love – but fragrance free!

Even though it’s a liquid foundation, it will dry matte, yet offers a flexible full coverage that adjusts to the skin’s natural movements.

6. Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation

Best foundation for oily skin






Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Natural

Shades available: 40

The verdict? The ultra, lightweight formula features flexible micro-powders to control shine and blur pores throughout the day!

A great budget option for normal to oily skin types. The ultra light liquid formula makes it perfect for everyday use and very easy to apply.

The formula is made with micro-powders that help control shine and blur pores, it also is dermatologist and allergy tested! Shout out to the liquid foundation that will leave your skin with a natural finish – and it never looks flat or cakey, giving you a natural makeup look.

7. Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish

Best airbrush finish foundation






Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish

Coverage: Full

Finish: Natural matte

Shades available: 44

The verdict? A delightful weightless foundation – that has hydrating, anti-ageing and anti-pollution ingredients too!

Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Foundation has reached cult-status among beauty fans – and for good reason.

The natural matte, full-coverage finish feels weightless and blends into skin seamlessly and lasts the whole day. The formula, which comes in over 40 shades, is packed with hydrating ingredients that will also protect against pollution.

Whether you’re just popping out for the day or you have a day full of activities you can guarantee a flawless look even at the end of the day.

8. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

Best foundation stick






Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

Coverage: Medium-to-full

Finish: Real-skin

Shades available: 43

The verdict? Great for on-the-go touch ups and it evens out your complexion in one simple step!

If you prefer having a bit more control over your coverage, a foundation stick can take out some of the guesswork for you. Instagram bloggers have been raving about this foundation for months – and we can see why.

Silky in texture, the cream foundation features a blend of ingredients to help skin look healthy and not weighted down.

Olive Extracts and Shea Butter condition and replenish, whilst the foundation helps to minimise the appearance of pores and pigmentation.

9. L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24hr Foundation

Best liquid formula foundation






L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24hr Foundation

Coverage: Full

Finish: Natural glow

Shades available: 26

The verdict? Transfer-proof and waterproof, this foundation has added Vitamin C – and lasts up to 32 hours!

The budget-friendly L’Oreal Paris foundation is on par with its more expensive rivals and offers a lightweight texture thanks to the oxygen technology used in the liquid formula.

It comes in 24 shades and boasts 24 hour wear – meaning you can wear it for work and play without it disappearing.

You’ll get a full and glowing coverage, which is great for oily skin as it famously has a strong matte finish, that doesn’t accentuate shinier skin.

10. NARS Light Reflecting Foundation

Best for photo ready finish






NARS Light Reflecting Foundation, £37.50 at Boots

Coverage: Medium, buildable coverage

Finish: Natural

Shades available: 36

The verdict? It acts like skincare – yet the foundation feels light as air once applied

See your skin in its best light with Light Reflecting Foundation from NARS!

This innovative blend of makeup and skincare instantly blurs imperfections, smooths the look of textured skin, and helps conceal blemishes, dark spots, and redness.

It also visibly improves skin’s clarity after six weeks of daily use – even after makeup is removed.

Powered by advanced skincare ingredients that help defend against environmental aggressors and blue light, it immediately strengthens skin’s barrier to help maintain its moisture.

If you’ve been looking for a foundation that looks like skin, and acts like skincare? You’ve found it!

11. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Best lightweight foundation






Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Coverage: Buildable, medium

Finish: Radiant, satin

Shades available: 40

The verdict? It’s lightweight and silky texture glides on skin seamlessly, for an all-day flawless appearance

If the fact that Kim K and the likes are all singing this foundation’s praises isn’t enough to convince you that it’s worth the price tag, just have a look at the reviews instead.

There are plenty of happy customers who cite the wide shade range (especially on darker skin), lightweight formula, and full coverage as factors that make this a winning foundation.

At less than £50 it’s well worth a try if you keen to dive out into a pricier option, that will stand the test of time and overall finish.

12. Pat McGrath Labs Sublime Perfection Foundation

Best illuminating foundation






Pat McGrath Labs Sublime Perfection Foundation

Coverage: Medium, buildable

Finish: Satin

Shades available: 36

The verdict? The silky, serum-like formula blends and builds seamlessly from a sheer, second-skin tint

This foundation was a hit backstage and on fashion shoots with celebrities and models alike, so makeup guru Pat McGrath knew she was on to a winner. The foundation builds weightlessly from a sheer veil to flawless medium coverage.

With added Diamond Core Powder Technology, it improves skin texture by optically smoothing and blurring the appearance of fine lines and imperfections. An illuminating soft-focus pigment blended into the formula converts and scatters light, emulating the effect of a healthy, youthful complexion.

Sarah B of the Real Beauty testers said: “I absolutely adore this foundation! It always gives me the right amount of coverage that’s buildable, and never looks cakey on my skin. I have some large pores on my skin and find that it doesn’t sink into them either – just glides across and gives a glow that looks flawless, all day long!”

13. Lancôme Skin Feels Good Hydrating Skin Tint Healthy Glow SPF23

Best foundation for mature skin






Lancôme Skin Feels Good Hydrating Skin Tint Healthy Glow SPF23

Coverage: Flawless sheer

Finish: Natural

Shades available: Eight

The verdict? Enriched with skin-loving ingredients, including hyaluronic acid – to actively improve and protect your skin

For mature skin in need of a little pick me up, this hydrating formula features skin plumping hyaluronic acid, which effortlessly glides onto skin.

It provides a decent coverage, helping to disguise hyper pigmentation and discolouration. Skin has a youthful glow that doesn’t look too caked on and can easily be built up for a smoother visage too.

It also has SPF to protect your skin during the days.

14. Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiere Radiance Perfecting Foundation

Best foundation for dry skin






Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiere Radiance Perfecting Foundation

Coverage: Weightless medium to full

Finish: Naturally luminous

Shades available: 29

The verdict? This foundation delivers a perfectly glowing finish that looks luminous in any light!

For dry skin that is prone to flaking this formula contains vitamin C to not only nourish skin but to protect it from outside pollutants and irritants that can cause the skin to dry out.

Light reflecting powders help to create a refined blurring effect, smoothing the skin’s texture and diffusing the look of imperfections or discolouration.

Best of all? Skin appears more even and the appearance of dark spots are reduced after 4 weeks of use.

15. Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF15

Best foundation for combination skin






Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF15

Coverage: Moderate

Finish: Natural

Shades available: 39

The verdict? The Dermatologist-developed formula instantly perfects, lasting all day long

The Even Better Makeup from Clinique is dermatologist-developed, boasts a 24 hour coverage and also helps to keep your skin underneath healthy and hydrated.

It’s oil free so won’t give you an ultra shiny complexion, it’s also UV protected which helps prevent further pigmentation and skin damage.

Built with BetterFlex Technology, a special blend of polymers that give this foundation flexibility so it moves when you move and smiles when you smile.

16. bareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation

Best powder foundation






bareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation

Coverage: Buildable sheer-to-full

Finish: Naturally luminous

Shades available: 30

The verdict? Minimising the look of pores and imperfections – it promotes clearer, healthier-looking skin over time

Arguably one of the original and most-loved powder foundations out there, the bareMinerals Original Loose Mineral Foundation is perfect for oily, breakout-prone skin types.

Comprising of just five mineral ingredients, the ultra-light powder perfects the skin and leaves a luminous, flawless complexion.

Not only is the product dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic, it’s also free from parabens, mineral oil, chemical sunscreen, talc, animal derived ingredients, gluten and SLS.

Jessica S, one of our Real Beauty testers gave this product a glowing five-star review and said: “The product looks and feels high quality! The powder is soft and lightweight. The product packaging is classy and gives a sense of high quality. There is no real scent, which is to be expected.”

17. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF50

Best dewy foundation






IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF50

Coverage: Colour correcting full

Finish: Flawless-looking

Shades available: 14

The verdict? It improves the appearance of skin imperfections including redness, dark circles and reduces the appearance of pores

Perfect for that effortless dewy glow we’re all after, IT Cosmetics’ CC+ cream is designed to hydrate and nourish.

Acting as both a full-coverage foundation and concealer, the anti-ageing formula helps skin to have an airbrushed appearance, promoting a flawless look that resists creasing and cracking.

As well as boasting peptides, vitamins and antioxidants the formula is full of skin-loving goodness and topped off with SPF 50, the cream also protects against the sun’s UV rays – what more could you ask for?

If you want flawless, looking skin that lasts all day – you’ve got it! Plus Real Beauty tester, Sarah B said: “I love how easy this foundation is to apply thanks to the built-in pump. It glides onto the skin beautifully and looks amazing all day long.”

18. Collection Lasting Perfection Foundation

Best all-in-one foundation






Collection Lasting Perfection Foundation

Coverage: Medium to full coverage

Finish: Matte

Shades available: 20

The verdict? This foundation does everything you want, and more – including prime, smooth and mattify

Want a foundation that does it all? Of course you do! That’s why customers love the Lasting Perfection Foundation from Collection. Now available in all new shades, it offers up to 16 hours of wear, and even includes SPF30 protection.

For early mornings or late nights, it will last with you. The 6-in-1 formula primes, conceals, covers, smooths, protects and mattifies. Sounds pretty good, right?

This foundation seamlessly blends onto your skin for a flawless complexion – which is great for such a budget product!

Don’t believe us how good it is? Well some customers on Boots.com have rated it five-stars!

19. Max Factor Miracle Pure Skin Improving Foundation

Best hydrating foundation







Max Factor Miracle Pure Skin Improving Foundation
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Coverage: Medium, buildable

Finish: Sheer

Shades available: 20

The verdict? It’s a skin-improving foundation that conceals and cares

Inspired by skincare, and mastered by Max Factor – the new Miracle Pure Foundation is clinically proven to care for skin while you wear it. How good is that?

In just one minute and using only the smallest amount! It plumps your skin – letting your complexion benefit in five ways, with improved radiance, firmness, elasticity, density, and suppleness.

The advanced formula is also infused with 89% skin-care ingredients including, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid, and provides 24 hours hydration. Pretty good, right?

Real Beauty tester, Heather L-B said: “The product instantly gave my skin a fresh, healthy looking natural and even toned appearance.”

20. KVD Good Apple Skin Perfecting Foundation Balm

Best on-the-go foundation






KVD Good Apple Skin Perfecting Foundation Balm

Coverage: Buildable, full-coverage

Finish: Fresh matte

Shades available: 40

The verdict? A hydrating foundation balm with a lightweight, long-wear formula

After going viral on Tiktok – we had to see what the fuss was about! And The Beauty Edit tester Nikki D said that she “like the packaging it is in and the texture of this product.”

Infused with apple extract to help nourish skin, the KVD Beauty Good Apple Skin Perfecting Foundation Balm minimises the appearance of pores and gives skin a smooth, healthy look!

This non-cakey, flashback-free foundation quickly covers blemishes and discoloration for an instant confidence boost. Plus the compact size makes it perfect to throw in your handbag and use on the go with ease.

21. L’Oreal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation

Best natural look foundation






L’Oreal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation

Coverage: Natural

Finish: Bare-to-skin

Shades available: 40

The verdict? It’s skincare infused base improves skin quality – whilst evening out your skin tone

Re-discover True Match, a skin-care infused foundation – now with more shades than ever.

The formula provides perfect, natural and true-to-skin coverage – so it will barely look like you have any foundation on at all!

True Match is enriched with Hyaluronic Acid to improve skin quality and reveal more radiant and healthier looking skin. This foundation is perfect if you prefer that ‘barely there’ coverage!

22. Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation

Best budget long lasting foundation






Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation

Coverage: Full

Finish: Natural, Sheer

Shades available: 20

The verdict? It’s sweat, heat and humidity resistant formula means it lasts on your skin – and perfect for the warmer months too!

This long-lasting foundation looks after your skin – and gives you flawless, even coverage! The beauty-boosting base was basically made for your busy lifestyle, giving you smooth, comfortable wear that locks in place for up to 25 hours.

It’s the ultimate AM-to-PM essential! The coverage feels lightweight and comfortable on skin, while disguising everything from dark circles and blemishes to pigmentation.

It’s a non-comedogenic, oil-free foundation that balances oily and combination complexions, with the serum adding a dose of hydration that keeps skin supple without blocking pores. Plus, the velvety texture means it’s ultra-blendable, so you get a seamless finish every time.

23. Revolution IRL Filter Longwear Foundation

Best budget flawless finish foundation






Revolution IRL Filter Longwear Foundation

Coverage: Medium to Full Buildable

Finish: Matte

Shades available: 30

The verdict? No need for a filter anymore as this foundation blurs imperfections and evens your skin tone!

Introducing the Revolution IRL Filter Longwear Foundation – the filter in a bottle! This foundation leaves your skin with a soft focus, and the formula is breathable too.

Enriched with niacinamide, it is oil free, shine free, crease proof, lifeproof and smudgeproof whilst providing 16 hours wear time from day to night.

The formula with 20% more pigment makes it easy to build and blend the foundation depending on the coverage you desire.

Housed in a luxe glass bottle with built in pump, this foundation offers precision and greater control – it is your in real life filter!

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