Byrdie Editors Agree: These Are the Only Foundations Worth Buying
Holy grail foundations are a very personal thing. They're also surprisingly difficult to find. On your journey to discovering the perfect one, there's a lot to consider; texture, finish, shade, undertones, coverage, even wear-time. And what works for one, may not work for another. Ever bought a friend's foundation (you know, the one that makes their face look radiant and angelic) only to discover it looks unpleasantly shiny on you? Yep, it ain't easy. In the interest of cutting through the noise and saving you some coin (not to mention hours-worth of online research), we've pulled together the foundations we reach for when we need our skin to look its best. (Always.) Take it from us—these foundations are the only ones we're buying right now.
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Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser ($65)
"My absolute ultimate. My skin is on the dryer side which means wearing heavy foundation throughout the day often leads to a flaky, dehydrated mess come 5p.m. A Mecca sales assistant recommended this to me as an everyday alternative to my usual NARS foundation and I couldn’t be happier. It goes on evenly and settles to a soft, slightly dewy finish. Bye dullness, hello bright, hydrated skin."
RMS Un-Cover Up ($54)
"I initially purchased this after a friend who is big into natural beauty recommended it. It's hydrating and I love how it auto-adjusts to match your skin tone. I layer it over tinted moisturiser or foundation to conceal under eye bags and blemishes—it blends really well with all types of base. It's a go-to on weekends when I want to achieve a no-makeup makeup look."
MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation ($54)
"The best lightweight foundation I have tried in a while. It has a weightless feel when applied and blends into your skin as easily as moisturiser. Despite the sheer qualities of most serum foundations, the coverage is buildable and it stays on all day. A high SPF rating is always a plus too!"
Chanel Vitalumière Satin Smoothing Fluid Makeup ($89)
"This Chanel wonder has been in my beauty bag since forever. My skin can look a little dull and lacklustre, but this foundation’s light-reflecting and colour correcting pigments give it a radiant glow. It has a light, silky texture, so it doesn’t feel heavy on my skin. Just. So. Perfect."
Pür Hydrafluid Water Serum Foundation ($44)
"I could talk for days on the dozens of foundations I've tried over the years but there are really only two in my beauty bag right now. The first is this newbie from mineral makeup brand Pür. It's hydrating, super-sheer and disappears into my skin with minimal blending."
This product launches November 15th.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Skin Foundation ($95)
"The second is one I'm not sure even needs a write-up. By now you'll know it's a celeb and beauty editor favourite thanks to the incredibly glowy-yet-natural finish and medium to full coverage it delivers. I save it for special events or nights out when I want an extra boost. Truly, it's perfect skin in a bottle."
"I’ve never worn a proper foundation because I like to let my skin breathe. Plus, foundation feels like too much effort to me; brushes, sponges—I wouldn’t even know what to do with them. Instead, I’ve become a loyal devotee to this MAC tinted moisturiser. I squeeze a bit onto my fingers, add some liquid highlighter, mix it together and rub it on my face. (Probably going to get in trouble from our beauty editor for this...) It gives enough coverage to hide pigmentation, and leaves my skin feeling dewy."