Meet your match: MECCA’s 10 bestselling foundations

Locating the right foundation is a little like shopping for the perfect pair of jeans—it requires patience, time and can sometimes feel disheartening in the unflattering lights of the changeroom. But, when you do finally locate that perfect fit, it’s as though the stars have aligned and you can take on the world, or at least the dancefloor. To help you find your ideal foundation fit, we’ve rounded up our top 10 bestsellers as an indispensable guide. We’re certain you’ll meet your match.

10. Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

By far the easiest foundation to apply in transit or if you hit snooze one too many times in the morning. This stick foundation doubles as a concealer as well as being easy to build from a light wash of colour to all-out coverage (it’s got two times more pigment than the average foundation). Once applied, the formula does what it promises, vanishing seamlessly into the skin to create an undetectable finish that’s waterproof and will hold for up to 12 hours. Buff this one into the skin using the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Brush for best results and prepare to ask yourself why you didn’t introduce this to your life until now.

9. MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

A powder isn’t always a popular form of foundation for many since it has a bad reputation for being dry or cake-y — but not this one. A MAC classic, this foundation has a legion of fans who love its buildable full coverage finish that still lets their skin breathe. It’s got a soft velvety texture that feels feather-light on the skin and has a matte finish so ideal for oily types who want something longwearing. It’s also our pick for foundation while you’re travelling, because who doesn’t love a compact that saves some space in your carry-on?

8. Chantecaille Just Skin Foundation

Lazy girls and guys, listen up! This skincare/SPF/foundation hybrid is your best (timesaving) friend. Its formula is a lightweight gel consistency that glides onto the skin for a quick hit of hydration and a healthy glow before you run out the door to face the day. A blend of green tea extract and thyme soothe and protect your face and the velvety finish of this one makes it a great choice for combination skin types. It’s got ‘barely there’ coverage with all the skin care benefits you need for a happy complexion.

7. bareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation

For the foundation resistant, this mineral-based everyday base is weightless, never drying and silky to the touch. Don’t be fooled by its airy consistency—it can still stay put for up to eight hours, while the powdery formula blurs the appearance of pores and imperfections. Added SPF makes it a great “all terrain” product, too. The best bit? It’s created using only five mineral ingredients and sans talc, parabens, and other undesirables. A win-win, really.

6. Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation

Ellis Faas is one of the most influential makeup artists in the industry (with credits in the likes of Paris Vogue) so she definitely has the skills to make a heavenly foundation. This one diffuses light to give skin a seamless, soft-focus finish that never feels like a mask. The exquisite formula becomes one with your skin—it’s buildable, so you can create a wash of ethereal colour or layer up for medium coverage akin to a porcelain-like effect. While it is the most expensive of the ten but it’s a complexion game changer — plus, it’s infused with vitamin E to protect the skin.

5. MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15

This delivers a natural-looking matte finish, keeps oil at bay and helps disguise the appearance of fine lines and pores. Plus, it contains SPF protection. Revered by beauty junkies for its 24-hour wear time (not that we condone sleeping in your makeup!) and its generous shade range, this is a great foundation to introduce into your everyday base routine.

4. NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

The latest foundation created by NARS is available in 33 shades, and it’s one of the easiest to colour match thanks to a formula infused with amino acid-coated pigments and mineral tone-balancing powders that mimic your skin’s natural undertone—hello, perfect match! Radiant Longwear isn’t just about long wear, it’s about strong wear. Translation: It’s created using a lightweight, breathable, fade-resistant formula, so the colour should look the same after 16 hours of wear. In addition, it’s sweat-resistant and transfer-resistant.

3. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

There are 24 shades of this your-skin-but-better foundation, and we really do mean better. It’s oil-free but it’s still hydrating with the addition of coconut water and hyaluronic acid, as well as skin-brightening alpine rose that boosts skin elasticity. It’s that dreamy, soft-focus base you’ve always desired, but perhaps never discovered. Fans love it for its buildable coverage and natural-looking finish. No cake face here.

2. NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

This humidity-proof, longwearing wonder is a popular choice for those with uneven or problematic skin (including acne scarring or pigmentation). Why? It offers complete coverage that still feels comfortable. It’s powered by a tone-correcting technology, which works to neutralise the appearance of dullness, redness and discolouration. Though astonishingly lightweight, it is water, sweat and sebum-resistant. This is one hard-working foundation: consider it for your next big event.

1. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

With over one thousand five-star reviews on, it’s perhaps no surprise that this NARS base is the top of the heap. Beauty junkies are full of praise for its wondrous ways: “My favourite all-rounder foundation”, “The best foundation I’ve ever used” and “Sheer perfection” are among the accolades. Sheer Glow evens out skin tone in a flash, creates a luminous, buildable finish that looks natural and not heavy. It’s a crowd favourite for events, especially at night when the camera flash goes off (no SPF means no flashback). There’s only one way to see what all the fuss is about.


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