The Best Next-Gen Foundations You Need to Know About

Base products are lifting their game and these clever foundations are packed with skincare benefits. Their effects will leave you glowing.

The new wave of bases have clever, refined formulas with ingredients that will improve the texture, tone and appearance of your skin. These are the best foundations to have on your radar. 

“Modern foundations are bridging the gap between make-up and skin care, which makes sense and is a great development. Healthy skin is paramount to achieving flawless make-up, so having bases on the market with that in mind is a step towards skin Nirvana.”

Make-up artist Filomena Natoli

Best Hydrating Foundation: Dior

While rosehip extract has been used in Dior Forever formulations for years, this liquid foundation takes hydration a step further, with the inclusion of pansy, known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The water-oil emulsion leaves skin so comfortable it’s as if you’re not wearing anything at all. Hydrating foundations tend to leave skin dewy, but this one has a velvety finish that all skin types will love.

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Dior Forever Skin Glow Foundation

The Beauty Editor’s Favourite Foundation: La Prairie

Gritty Pretty editor and all-round beauty aficionado Eleanor Pendleton’s indulgence is this La Prairie foundation, because: “It looks incredible!” (Discover more of Eleanor’s beauty favourites here.)

La Prairie Foundation
Eleanor loves La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation SPF15
Eleanor Pendleton
Eleanor Pendleton

Best Foundation for Mature Skin: Bobbi Brown

A skincare/make-up hybrid that dry, combination and mature complexions will love, the bi-phase formulation feels silky. A little goes a long way, instantly smoothing out skin texture and adding a youthful dew to skin.

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Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation
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From top: Shu Uemura Unlimited Concealer, Shu Uemura Unlimited Foundation, and Shu Uemura Petal 55 Brush

Best Foundation for All-Day Coverage: Shu Uemura

For a perfect finish, Shu Uemura’s long-lasting Unlimited Foundation provides undetectable all-day coverage. The unique petal brush allows you to polish the formula into skin, giving an airbrushed appearance without pores or streaks. Team the powerful pair with the lightweight concealer for a flawless complexion.

“When shopping for new foundation, let the colour dry on the skin before judging whether it’s a match.”

Duane Caddy, National Educator for Armani Beauty

Best Powder Foundation: La Mer

Powder foundations don’t usually scream radiance but this creamy, lightweight formula transcends the ordinary. Infused with a lime tea concentrate to fight environmental aggressors and soft sea ferment for water retention, it goes the extra mile. The dual-side textured sponge gives you control of coverage.

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Best Light Foundation: Givenchy

This feather-light foundation is similar to a tinted moisturiser. It protects skin from environmental stresses such as pollution, UV rays, even light emissions from digital screens. The addition of licorice aids suppleness while hyaluronic acid helps the skin maintain moisture levels. Coverage is on the sheer side, but you can build it up.

The Model’s Favourite Foundation: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk

Face-on-the-rise Billie Jean Hamlet considers her skin to be her favourite feature, and when she needs a little something extra, she goes for Giorgio Armani’s beloved Luminous Silk Foundation. “It’s so smooth it melts into skin,” the model tells us.

Billie-Jean Hamlet
Billie Jean Hamlet

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Billie Jean loves Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Best New Foundation: Giorgio Armani Neo Nude

The house behind beloved foundation Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk has released a new foundation. Neo Nude has serious glow, intense hydration and boasts no-make-up-make-up perfection. The dewy formula includes skin-loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin that deliver all-day hydration and comfort, while pure pigments allow for light, buildable coverage.

Giorgio Armani foundation
Giorgio Armani foundation

Best Foundation for Building Coverage: Tom Ford

Luminous formulas are perfect for building up (or keeping lean) coverage. Look to glow-making fluids such as Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation.

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Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation

Want to set your dewy foundation for lasting hold? “I only ever powder the areas you don’t want to look shiny, like the T-Zone. If left dewy it can read more like sweat.”

– Make-up artist Molly Warkentin

Best Concealer: La Prairie

For the perfect finishing touch, a concealer that doubles as a skin treatment is a fine choice. This one, featuring La Prairie’s famed caviar extract known for firming properties, is housed in a pen so you can smooth away puffiness and cool the area. A brush sits neatly within for the most precise finish.

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La Prairie Skin Caviar Perfect Concealer

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Photographed by Eddie New for David Jones