Foundations that do the most: the 8 that look flawless and are good for your skin

If you’ve been focussing more on your daily skincare routine of late and less on the type of foundation you are (or aren’t) wearing, then we’re here to tell you that you can in fact enjoy the benefits of both.

We’ve rounded up an edit of foundation that not only provide an immaculate, your-skin-but-better finish but also contain ingredients that help give your skin some extra love and nourishment throughout the day. From hyaluronic acid to rosehip oil and vitamin C there’s a whole range of beneficial properties in these foundations—so start trying them out for yourself.


By Terry Hyaluronic Acid Foundation

The combined benefits of effortless coverage and skincare all in the one formula—this By Terry Foundation is relatively new from the brand but has already garnered plenty of glowing reviews. Its longwearing, ultra-hydrating and vegan formula leaves the skin with a radiant finish, plus its pipette applicator makes it easy to disperse just the right amount. The key ingredient in this one is, you guess it, hyaluronic acid—it holds one thousand times its own weight in water to help plump and tackle any dry patches. Other good-for-you ingredients in the foundation include glycerine (which replenishes and restores skin by drawing and absorbing water from the air) and niacinamide (which addresses acne, hyperpigmentation and redness). This one can be applied using fingers, brush or sponge—just press gently into skin for natural results.


Ere Perez Oat Milk Foundation

Oat Milk is having a moment in more ways than one. It’s a popular choice in your morning coffee order and now the benefits are being recognised in makeup too. This Oat Milk Foundation from Ere Perez is vegan, oil-free and provides a buildable, dewy finish. And, it’s made without sulphates, parabens and fragrance. Oats, the key ingredient in this one, are rich in antioxidants and act as a skin conditioning agent and emollient to help retain moisture—oats also have anti-inflammatory properties. The beauty of this one is it’s extremely lightweight with more of a sheer finish, so if you like a foundation that feels like wearing nothing at all then this one’s for you.


Mecca Cosmetica Weekend Skin Hydra Tint

What’s better than the weekend? The type of laid back, effortless skin you get when the weekend rolls around. This is what Mecca Cosmetica’s Weekend Skin is all about—it provides coverage ready for anything… or nothing at all. A weightless tint that transforms as it’s blended into skin, it creates a burst of hydration and a lightweight, natural-looking wash of colour on the skin. It also helps to diminish the appearance of unevenness and discolouration. The nourishing ingredients in this one include Peruvian Theobroma cocoa seeds which acts as a shield against blue light damage. It has a large water content which acts as a delivery system for active ingredients and provides hydration throughout the day.


Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation Serum

When a serum meets a foundation you know your skin is going to love you for wearing it. Key ingredients include neuropeptides which help to fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while bisabolol acts as a brightening antioxidant that promotes the skin’s natural healing process. Daisy flower extract is also added to gently reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone over time. With a semi-matte finish and buildable coverage, this lightweight skin-softening formula has big appeal and is the perfect base for anyone that wants their foundation to work hard and their skin to feel good.


Jouer Essential High Coverage Crème Foundation

This oil-free, vegan, matte-finish foundation gives skin an airbrushed finish in just a few drops—when they say high coverage, they mean it. A powerful cocktail of tripeptides, hyaluronic acid and cucumber extract in this help to stimulate collagen production, give skin a healthy glow and reduce inflammation over time. It’s also created sans parabens, sulphates, phalates, gluten and fragrances so it’s a popular choice for those with more sensitive skin. Apply this one using a foundation brush for buildable, flawless results.


Kosas Tinted Face Oil

Want to achieve a skin-like velvety finish? This one’s for you. With a formula unlike most, this vegan foundation is infused with tiny hydrating mineral pigments and botanical oils to instantly give skin a burst of hydration while minimising pores and blurring the appearance of imperfections. As the name suggests, the consistency of this one is a lightweight oil that melts and blends into the skin with ease—fuss-free and good for your complexion. Infused with avocado oil to replenish moisture and nourish the complexion, plus rosehip and meadowfoam oil to soothe and plump, this innovative product from natural brand Kosas is a bestseller for a reason.


Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiere Radiance Perfecting Foundation

It’s not every day you see a foundation with vitamin C in the ingredients list—but this luminous beauty from Laura Mercier does. Wearing this one continuously over time will help to boost radiance while it fights the appearance of dark spots (that’s thanks to the vitamin C). You can get up to fifteen hours or wear out of this one; it delivers a glowy, buildable finish that feels like a second skin and its colour-true pigments will resist oxidation for the best colour match of your life. Apply this with your fingers for best results.


Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint

This dewy-finish, medium to full coverage tint is equal parts luminous and hydrating. It’s got a whipped creamy texture which boosts skin’s moisture levels while softening the look of imperfections. A special complex of hyaluronic acid in this one works to plump fine lines and wrinkles, tighten sagging skin and promote a healthy glow all day. You won’t find parabens, fragrance or synthetic dyes in this one—just ingredients that give you all the benefits of a radiant complexion.


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