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The perfect makeup will always start with the perfect base, (for my skin commandments click here) I Get asked quiet frequently what my favorite foundations are, when there are so many great products out there finding the right one that is perfect for you is difficult.

As an artist I am constantly changing my mind on which foundations to use , so I put together a list of tried and tested foundations that I have either used in the past or currently stock in my kit.

It is very important that when it comes to foundation it is not a “One size fits all” approach, what works perfectly for your skin may not for the next person. I also think it is important that like skincare and haircare you need to change up your foundation every few months, hence why I don’t just use one.

Each foundation I have listed I have listed for their different functions, skin types and different finishes.


The Sheer Wonder

MAC  Face & Body

Face & Body is a sheer to medium buildable coverage, it’s water resistant, long wearing and has that satin dewy finish. I love to conceal skin first and then really buff Face & Body into the skin (using a Duo Fibre foundation brush, or a round kabuki brush). It is also ideal to mix with concealers and even other foundations for a sheer/dewy finish. As the name also suggests you can use it on the body and is suitable for ALL skin types. Available in two sizes 50ml & 120ml.

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The Radiant Finish

NARS Sheer Glow

NARS Sheer Glow is always my go to foundation especially for Brides. It’s a natural radiant finish and a sheer to medium buildable coverage. It hydrates the skin leaving it looking smooth and flawless. Ideal for normal to dry, and dry skin types. For a natural finish it is best applied with hands, other wise I use either a synthetic foundation brush or a Duo fibre foundation brush.


The Power Stayer

Estee Lauder Double Wear

With 15 hour staying power, this literally doesn’t move. Ideal for heat, humidity and non -stop activity. Flawless look, with a natural semi- matte finish, another great foundation for Brides especially in hotter climates. Best applied with a synthetic foundation brush or a dense buffing brush, needs to be worked quite vigorously as the formula is on the thicker side.

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The HD Legend

Makeup Forever High Definition Foundation

Designed for the needs of High Definition (HD) image, this foundation uses very fine ingredients to make sure the finish is natural and invisible, it’s lightweight and creates a flawless finish that is suitable for photography, Film & TV. Apply with a soft foundation brush for best results.

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The Luxurious Liquid

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk

Luminous silk is an oil free, hydrating fluid that provides a natural luminous finish. It’s silky, light weight texture keeps skin looking natural and fresh and is a sheer buildable coverage. Ideal for all skin types.  Apply with either a synthetic or soft natural hair brush. Luminous Silk is a favorite of Makeup Artists the world over using it on runways, celebrities and editorials.

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The Skin Realist

Illamasqua Skin Base

Designed to mimic real skin, and inspired by the Asian cult market of Beauty Balms,  Skin Base is a natural  foundation that is in a highly blendable formula and undetectable in HD environments. The finish is a natural semi matte, applied best with a synthetic foundation brush. Has a large shade range and is ideal for all skin types.

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The Ultimate Cover

MAC Full Coverage

Available in Pro Stores or online only, Full Coverage is designed for more the professional Makeup Artist. It is an emollient based cream that has an opaque coverage. Can cover most tattoos, scars, blemishes and birthmarks. It’s water resistant and long wearing. Depending on application it can be worn sheer (use a wet sponge for this). For opaque coverage it’s best applied with a dry sponge.

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The Weightless Cover

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless

This foundation is absolutely amazing, it provides full coverage while feeling super light and weightless as the name suggests. It has a 16 hour wear and the formula is really light, blendable and buildable for any coverage,  has a natural semi matte finish , must shake the bottle before use and is suitable for all skin types.

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Phoebe Taylor London Makeup Artist Blog(L-R)  MAC Duo Fibre #187, MAC Duo Fibre #159, MAC synthetic foundation #190, Makeup Forever foundation #104, Sigma round top kabuki #F82

What’s your favorite foundation?

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