5 innovative second-skin foundations

While you've still got that post-summer glow, take advantage of the new your-skin-but-better foundations hitting the market

Hair & Beauty

There’s no denying it - finding your perfect foundation is a struggle. You’ve probably tried sample after sample, put your skin through countless breakouts and heard the words ‘we don’t do that shade’ one time too many. Quite honestly, you could be tempted to give up altogether. But don’t: there’s a new wave of foundations in town - and you’re going to want to ride it.

Kosas Tinted Face Oil

Let’s start with plant power. It’s big in cosmetics right now, and Kosas Tinted Face Oil (£40) is one example of how botanicals can be used to enhance foundation formulas for the benefit of your skin. This product harnesses six natural oils, offering a silky light texture that’s perfect for creating a dewy look. As an added bonus, it even treats the skin to instant hydration.

Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation

Pairing oily skin with foundation is like mixing oil and water – the two just don’t work together. Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation SPF15 (£66) delivers a radiant matte finish that lasts and lasts. Featuring micronized pigments, prepare to glow (not glitter) without looking over done or cakey.

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

Gone are the days of long-wear foundations feeling heavy and blocking the pores. NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation (£35) has a lightweight, second-skin style formula. It’s almost undetectable yet buildable, offering coverage that lasts up to 16 hours.

Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup

We’ve all got our favourite anti-ageing skincare products, but what about anti-ageing foundation? Double up your wrinkle defence with the Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup (£55), featuring the brand’s own innovative Matrix Regeneration Complex, which stimulates the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and other telltale signs of ageing.

ALLEVEN Colour Shield Face

And finally, we’re excited about the new generation of spray-on foundations. While some have proved to be no more than a gimmick, the Colour Shield Face from ALLEVEN (£38) separates itself from the rest. With five years of research under its belt, this foundation delivers a light, velvety airbrush formula that feels even on the skin’s surface. Your complexion will also benefit from the inclusion of hydrating hyaluronic acid and lipids, protective coral algae and diatom clay as well as light-reflective particles.

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