Foundation is the blue denim of your makeup wardrobe, and like a pair of jeans, it’s essential the fit is perfect. It has to wear well, maintain its form, and feel good on the skin. It’s standard practice to have old favourites, but each season brings a fresh new wave of options, and it would be a shame to miss out, no? Who knows – you might even find a new staple.
Below, see seven brand new foundation formulas that are vying for your affection. From glowy to matte, there’s a fit for every skin type, tone, and texture. Try one or try them all – either way, we’d be surprised if you didn’t fall in love.
Pat McGrath Labs Sublime Perfection Foundation, $106. SHOP NOW
The legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath has finally launched her first foundation into Sephora stores, and the beauty world is wrapt. McGrath is the poster child for insane glow, so it makes sense the formula is a sheer to medium coverage with a super radiant finish. Best for those who want natural-looking coverage but find tinted moisturisers too light.
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream, $60. SHOP NOW
Juice Beauty is relatively new to Mecca, and this tinted CC cream is the ultimate in low-maintenance coverage. It’s super light and radiant, plus it’s souped-up with aloe and coconut oil so will hydrate dry skin. Best for blurring fine lines with a light veil of coverage.
Urban Decay Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation, $60. SHOP NOW
Urban Decay’s latest launch is a slight departure from its usual full coverage formulas, but this new product is a great all-rounder. It delivers coverage but has a really natural skin-like finish that’s isn’t too matte or sheeny. There’s 50 shades available and a variety of undertones, so you’re guaranteed to find a solid match. Best for a natural, everyday coverage that won’t cake or crumble.
Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid, $65. SHOP NOW
If you find foundation formulas exaggerate lines and wrinkles, Clarins has you covered. This contains chicory and argan oil to hydrate and give the skin a plump, juicy finish, and it’s fluid-like consistency means it won’t sink into pores or fine lines. Best for those concerned with signs of ageing, and want light, fresh coverage.
MAC Studio Fix Soft Matte Foundation Stick, $54. SHOP NOW
MAC Studio Fix is a hero among makeup products thanks to its unwavering coverage and extreme staying power. The brand’s new stick iteration boasts all the same benefits, with the addition of a matte finish and portable stick medium. If you’re a makeup buff, try it in lighter/deeper tones to contour your face as well. Best for those who like full coverage and touching up on the go.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation, $52. SHOP NOW
The runaway success of Fenty’s first foundation (Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation) was nothing short of revolutionary, so it makes sense that the hype around this new pick is pretty big. The idea is that it’s a dewier, more hydrating version of the first, but still comes in 50 diverse colourways. Best for full coverage that still looks radiant.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation, $71. SHOP NOW
Another big launch, eyebrow matriarch Anastasia Beverly Hills has ventured into the world of foundation, and she’s done so with great aplomb. Like Fenty, it comes in 50 shades that suit a mix of undertones, so finding a match is relatively straight forward. It’s got a luminous finish and medium level of coverage, and a water-proof formula so ace as we head into the warmer months. Best for summer and party season, thanks to a bulletproof staying power and a no-flashback finish.