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How to find the perfect foundation

The only foundations you need in your make-up bag – as seen on Aussie beauties.

Rozalia Russian is next-level natural

For an ultra-dewy look you need a sheer but hardworking foundation. Here’s how to find it today.

How to find the perfect foundation

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup; Make Up For Ever Water Blend Face & Body Foundation; La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20

For those days when you have back-to-back meetings, you need a base that will stay in place. The matte finish on Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10 means skin will look fresh from 9 to 5, plus you can layer illuminating bronzer for added glow minus the shine.

If you want that super-healthy glow but your skin is more on the dull side, look for a foundation with a dewy finish like Make Up For Ever Water Blend Face & Body Foundation. The lighter coverage still lets your natural skin tone shine through, but will even out patchy spots.

Out and about? Look for a base with added SPF like La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20 which is also lasts well in humid weather. Perfect for holidays.

Rozalia’s tips
· If you find a foundation you absolutely love, buy it in your skin tone match and then purchase another one in a slightly deeper shade. That way you can customise your colour if you self-tan in summer, or even use it to contour throughout the year.
· If you love the illuminated look on Rozalia, add a few drops of highlighter to your foundation before applying, then dab extra onto to the ‘high’ points of your face like cheekbones, under your brows, temples and even the tip of your nose.

Laura Henshaw has a rose-gold glow

A natural beauty look starts with a medium-coverage base and finishes with a radiant glow. Read on for our picks of the best.

How to find the perfect foundation

Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Hydrating Foundation; Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Makeup

If you want your skin to still look like, well, your skin only more radiant, try Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Hydrating Foundation. The oil-free formula not only has moisturising properties, but the light-reflecting particles instantly pep up a sallow complexion without leaving skin looking like it’s covered in foundation. Win.

A foundation like Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Makeup comes with an in-built applicator sponge so you can control how much you apply. Press on one light coat for a smooth and natural look, or apply another for a flawless drinks-with-girls finish.

Laura’s tips
· If you don’t know where to start when it comes to buying the right shade, check your undertone. You’ll be either warm (yellow based) or cool (pink based). One way to check is to look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. If they’re green then you’ll likely have warm undertones. If they’re blue, you’ll likely be cool. If you want your base to work hard, look for a formula that’s buildable.
· The best way to find your perfect shade? Try it on your face. Sounds obvious, but resist the temptation to test product on your hands. Ever held your hand up to your face? They’re rarely a match in colour. Instead, always do a patch test on your jaw to be sure you have the right shade.

Jessica Gomes looks Friday night flawless

It’s all about that Photoshop finish when it comes to heading out at night. Here’s how to get a perfectly smooth base that glows in the dark.

How to find the perfect foundation

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation; Dior Diorskin Forever Foundation Fluid; YSL All Hours Foundation

If you want your skin to look flawless, a sheer foundation won’t smooth out skin well in dim light. The iconic Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is beloved for a reason. With a satin finish and medium coverage, it’s so light on skin you barely feel like you’re wearing foundation, but it covers blemishes and adds luminosity in an instant.

If you have an oily skin type you’ll know how hard it is to find a base that lasts all day and controls shine. Look for one with a matte finish that also minimises the look of pores such as Dior Diorskin Forever Foundation Fluid. It feels velvety on skin and is easily buildable for night-time wear.

Another great option is YSL All Hours Foundation. It’s shine control and 24hr coverage is perfect for big events like weddings when you need a base that lasts and lasts.

Jessica’s tips
· Buying foundation can be overwhelming. Do your research online first to make sure the base ticks the boxes when it comes to your skin type. Just because you have dry skin doesn’t mean you have to have a dewy complexion. Check that the ingredients in the formula suit your skin and what kind of finish you’ll get from the base.
· Found a foundation you love the sound of? Before you add to cart, check the reviews. They’ll give you an idea of how well it lasts from women who have actually tried it.

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