The foundation that’s making a comeback 

If you've been put off in the past by chalky textures, fear not – a new breed of fuller-coverage foundations are on the rise and they're better (and more natural-looking) than ever

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By Elle Turner on

I'm a tinted moisturiser kind of person. Medium coverage at a push. And always, always, a dewy finish. If you'd asked me a couple of months ago whether I could be persuaded otherwise, I'd have replied, "Not a chance." But that was before I tried the new wave of full-coverage foundations currently being ushered in ahead of winter.

Two things have changed since the thick pastes of yore. Firstly, the textures. I've found that they achieve a lovely, blemish-free finish, without feeling uncomfortable or like you're caked in make-up. Case in point: Rimmel's medium-to-full coverage Lasting Finish Foundation, which has just been re-released in a new "breathable" formula, or Bare Minerals' silky Bare Pro Performance Wear Foundation, which covers all sorts, while still managing to look fresh.

Secondly, we're better at applying our make-up than ever before thanks, in part, to the likes of YouTube and Instagram's tutorials, as well as the vastly improved brushes and sponges at our disposal. It means that we no longer have to make do with chalky-looking coverage. In fact, natural-looking skin is but a foundation pump away...

7 of the best NEW FUll-Coverage Foundations:

Best for finding your exact shade: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, £26

We've already spoken about the inclusivity of Fenty Beauty, exemplified by the range of shades on offer, but it's worth noting again. Forty shades, stretching from pale to dark, makes it easier than ever to find a colour that matches your skintone perfectly. Ideal for oilier skin types, as the soft matte finish helps to mop up any excess shine, it still manages to look velvety, rather than powdery, on normal to dryer skin types, too, and doesn't feel too heavy. An all-round crowd-pleaser.



Rimmel's Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation is a brand-new, lighter and more flexible version of the classic Lasting Finish 25-hour foundation. While the bottle says light-medium coverage, our head of fashion and beauty, Frankie Graddon, reckons that it feels more like a medium coverage that can easily be built to full. Apply it with the sponge-tipped applicator, then blend. It comes in 14 shades and, for only £8.99, is very impressive. 


Best for on-the-go: Nars Velvet Matte Foundation Stick, £30

Draw this on your cheeks straight from the bullet, blend with the cushiony end and Bob's your uncle – you're good to go. Certainly the best option if you're on the go or in a rush – the texture feels fairly thick, but you only need a little and it blends out to a soft, velvety finish that looks naturally flawless.


Best for A Creamy Finish: Bare Minerals Bare Pro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation, £29

I often find that you have to compromise on a powdery-matte finish if you switch to fuller coverage. Not so with Bare Minerals' liquid foundation. This gives healthy, radiant skin without adding shine, and contains blurring technology to airbrush pores. There are even lovely, skin-perking ingredients like papaya to help improve skin texture.



The name, Youth FX, feels a bit off-putting, but the formula is excellent at smoothing (rather than sinking into) fine lines and covering red patches and discolouration. What's more, it really does stay put, once applied. The texture is quite a firm cream and you only need a small amount to cover your face. It's buildable, but I'd recommend using a light hand to stop your base from looking too "done". 


Best for A natural-looking finish: Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Foundation, £33.50

This is so comfortable to wear. It's slightly thicker than some of YSL's other foundations when you pump it out, but it blends seamlessly into skin, feels like you're wearing nothing and gives a gorgeously radiant, natural-looking finish. It's a good option for dehydrated skin types, who often find full coverage drying, but would work well on all skin types and lasts all day without any patchiness.



Sometimes you just want something that's going to cover everything. In which case, this one's your guy. Blemishes, dark spots, eye bags – it will sort the lot. It feels like the heaviest of the bunch, but blended carefully with a beauty sponge or buffing brush, the finish looks extremely natural. The shade range, too, is excellent.



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