Lay Your Foundations: Your Perfect Base Starts Here

Foundation Match

Mastering the perfect base for your makeup requires the right set of tools (and a little persistence). Find out what four steps you need to follow and learn the best way to apply product, and match your skin tone, for flawless results. 

The Right Primer

Foundation Match

Make Up For Ever Hydrating Primer, $58. Dermalogica AGE Smart Skin Perfecting Primer SPF 30, $76.50. Guerlain L'Or Radiance Primer, $97.

A common mistake to make when applying a makeup base is skipping primer. A creamy primer will set in no time and will allow your foundation to glide on evenly – a must-have if you’re prone to a dry winter complexion. 

The Best Liquid Foundations

Foundation Match

Giorgio Armani Power Fabric, $99. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Make Up SPF 10, $58. MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15, $54. 

Choosing the right foundation should be done with care and consideration – everyone’s skin is different and the right base products can determine the effectiveness of the rest of your makeup. If in doubt, opt for one of these classic bestsellers and head in store for a professional colour-matching session with a beauty advisor. 

The Best All-Rounder Foundations

Foundation Match

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer, $52. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation, $67. La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence In Foundation SPF 25, $255. 

When it comes to foundations, there are a few new kids on the block worth looking into. La Prairie has released their first foundation compact, which promises on the go touch ups with glowing results. Alternatively, cult beauty brand Make Up For Ever has recently launched in David Jones stores and offers a liquid foundation in a variety of shades. If you’re after a multi-tasking yet lightweight formula, try Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer. Run, don’t walk, to get in on the action.

The Finishing Touches

Foundation Match

MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder, $44. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, $75. Make Up For Ever MIST & FIX Make Up Setting Spray, $43.

These tricks of the trade cover all you need to know when it comes to finishing off your base:

          • Use a translucent powder as it’s better able to blend into your natural skin tone and won’t create a masking effect.
          • An illuminating powder will add dimension to the contours of your face, which is highly beneficial in Winter when skin can appear dull.

        • And for a dewy yet well-primed complexion, reverse the order and apply setting spray before your foundation.
Photography Levon Baird
Styling Jessie Aylmore