The Best Full-Coverage Foundations

Finding your ideal full-coverage foundation is like finding your soulmate. Truly. Once you’ve locked down your perfect shade, you’re set. Full-coverage foundations provide seamless cover and work well to conceal unwanted dark spots, blemishes, uneven skin tone, acne scars and redness on your complexion. But a foundation is only as good as the skin it is applied to, so make sure you’re ticking the following boxes in order to get the most out of your product. 

Tips for the perfect foundation application

Do you want to know what the secret is to flawless-looking foundation? A rigorous skincare routine. And when we say rigorous, we don’t mean twenty different steps; we mean using the correct products for your face and decolletage. Think of your skin as a canvas. It needs to be properly hydrated and exfoliated in order for your foundation to apply evenly. So make sure you cleanse and moisturise daily with a serum, day cream and SPF. Exfoliating should be no more than twice a week. Stick to your routine and always remove your make-up, no matter how tired you are.

How to make your coverage last

To prolong the wear of your foundation, apply a primer beforehand. Use no more than a pea-sized amount on your entire face – you’ll notice that a little goes a long way with primer formulations. Once the primer dries, dot the foundation on your forehead, cheeks, chin and nose, and blend with a foundation brush. Don’t forget your ears and neck. To get into those hard-to-reach areas, use the warmth of your fingers to blend or the corners of a make-up sponge. If you have a combination or oily skin type, we’re certain you’ll prefer full-coverage foundations above other formulas, as many of them have a matte finish, meaning less excess shine. For those wanting to amp up their SPF game, choose a foundation with added sun protection. After applying concealer, blush or bronzer, use a setting spray to seal the look.

Same coverage, no cakey texture

Are you worried that full-coverage foundations will be too heavy on your skin? Don’t be. After years of research and advances in product formulas, we don’t have to deal with heavy-feeling make-up that makes the complexion appear cakey. Hurrah! 

Ready to get shopping? Find the products to consider below…

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Revlon Colorstay Full Cover Foundation
Estée Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover SPF15 Foundation 30ml
Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation
Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF15
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear
MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15

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