Foundations have come on leaps and bounds over the years - gone are the days where textures were minimal and you had shades: light, medium and dark to choose from. Fast forward 15 years and we’re met with a completely different story. Brands have extended their shade portfolio with some now offering over 60 wearable colours to pick from and lots of different finishes to suit all.
Whatever your preferred formula, we’ve got you covered (literally). Ahead, the best new bases that guarantee to give you a flawless face, according to beauty expert Sophie Cullen.
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation
I fell in love the minute I met this foundation, you see I had been using the same foundation for five years. Of course, I tried others but nothing made me give up my cult fave, until now. This is hands down one of the best foundations I’ve ever tried. Imagine an Instagram filter for your face but in a real life. Not only does it cover over all blemishes, pores and imperfections but it doesn’t leave you feeling dry or cakey. Its hydrating, rich, nourishing and you only need one pump of the product to cover your face. Also, did I mention its transfer resistant and comes in 44 skin-coded shades.
Airbrush Flawless Foundation, Dhs220, Charlotte Tilbury
Sisley Phyto-teint ultra éclat
Sisley believe that a healthy glow begins with well-hydrated skin, so at the core of their new foundation is hydration. Instead of creating an entirely new formula - they’ve added colour pigments to their famous skincare to act as a second skin. Mauve extracts, gardenia flowers and radiance activating minerals such as Zinc, Copper and magnesium make up the skin drenching formula. Thanks to the buckwheat seed extract this clever foundation fights against pollution and doesn’t oxide meaning the colour stays put all day. This light, ultra-velvety and leaves your complexion glowing.
Phyto-teint ultra éclat, Sisley, Dhs445, ounass.ae
KOSAS Tinted Face Oil
Foundation, but not as you know it. This innovative oil texture gives instant hydration and nourishment while cloaking your skin in blemish-blurring, skin-evening mineral pigment. The formula is blended with six active botanical oils – think: hydrating avocado and meadow-foam, soothing jojoba, brightening rose-hip seed, pollution-protecting green tea seed and toning red raspberry – to help minimise the appearance of pores while evening skin tone.
KOSAS Tinted Face Oil, Dhs154, revolve.com
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
Proving that she’s more than a just a chart-topper, Rihanna’s beauty venture Fenty has been very warmly received thanks to its inclusive range of no less than 50 shades. For her it was essential ‘that women everywhere would be included’. Mission accomplished. The oil-free formula is made with climate-adaptive technology that's resistant to sweat and humidity, and won't clog pores so that wherever you are, it's going to work on your skin. And did I mention it’s 100% vegan.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, Dhs175, Sephora
Gucci Westman Vital Skin Foundation
When make-up artist to Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reece Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz to name a few, creates a foundation you know it’s going to be good. The silky-gel is rich in antioxidants and formulated with active ingredients to combat redness, calm irritation and even out complexions. A couple of swipes onto skin and the formula melts into skin leaving behind an luminous glow thanks to the iridescent pigments. Can we take a moment to appreciate how gorgeously chic the packaging is?
Gucci Westman, Vital Skin, Dhs278, netaporter.com
Pat McGrath Sublime Perfection
25 years in the making and British make-up artist Pat McGrath is launching the ultimate complexion hero product. Meet ’Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection’ a silky weightless foundation that feels serum-soft to touch but still delivering buildable coverage. Speaking to me at the London launch event, she explained that "36 [shades] in 5 shade levels ranging from lavishly light to devastatingly deep hues - elevate every skin tone, is the amount that I need to reach all skin tones and skin colours - at this moment." Backstage McGrath works with girls of all nationalities, and this is what she'll now have in her kit to cover every model.
Pat McGrath, Sublime Perfection foundation, Dhs242, selfridges.com
NARS Radiant Long Wear Cushion Foundation
Not only does this foundation boost an SPF 50 but the lightweight textures offers full coverage for 16 hours. The easy-to-use on the go device blends easily and you only need a small amount to achieve flawless skin. Raspberry, apple and watermelon extracts help support the skins elastic fibres to smooth and improve the texture. Whilst white water extract protects skin against environmental stressors.
NARS radiant long wear cushion foundation SPF, Dhs245, Sephora
Ciaté London Extraordinary Foundation
Long-lasting with a weightless, second skin finish, Extraordinary Foundation gives a medium coverage glow whilst blurring pores and imperfections. This versatile, buildable formula can be buffed into the skin for sheer finish, applied just where needed or layered all over for a fuller coverage. Botanical extracts such as Mimosa and Arctic Rose that help to instantly lift and energise skin leaving it soft and radiant, plus hydrating hyaluronic acid, moisturising squalene and oil-controlling bamboo extract for smooth wear.
Ciaté London Extraordinary Foundation, Dhs148, asos.com
Lumene Instant Glow Fresh Tint
Is it skincare? Is it makeup? Its a mix of both and you need it in your beauty bag this summer. The weightless, skin-caring formula acts as a second skin and provides endless dewiness.
Lumene instant glow fresh skin tint, Dhs141, lookfantastic.ae