3 foolproof buildable foundations to try in 2021

Struggling to find a foundation finish that's just right for your skin? Try building up these formulas for a personalised look.

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Sheer, full coverage, dewy, matte… there are so many foundation finishes on offer it can be difficult to choose. To escape the minefield, lean towards buildable formulas that allow you to customise the end result. The trick is in the name: build gradually to achieve your desired finish.

Huda Beauty Faux Filter Skin Finish Buildable Coverage Foundation Stick in Lava, £32
Huda Beauty Faux Filter Skin Finish Buildable Coverage Foundation Stick in Lava, £32

This foundation features a new, lighter, buildable finish with the same waterproof properties. It's super blendable, making it easy to apply and build - even when you're on the go. Plus, it has the benefit of 10-hour wear!

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation, £51
Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation, £51

You'll only need a small amount of this foundation to achieve a fuller coverage, yet the formula is so light that it feels like a second skin! With a soft, filter-like finish that doesn't transfer, there's a reason this foundation has won so many awards!

NARS Soft Matte Complete Foundation, £28
NARS Soft Matte Complete Foundation, £28

NARS' Soft Matte Complete Foundation features a natural but full-coverage look with the added benefit of oxidisation prevention, which means that it won't shift colour during wear.

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