My Top 5 Most-Used Foundations

my top five foundations

I’ve used the term “foundation” loosely, here, because I mean it to incorporate other face bases such as tinted moisturiser, BB creams and complexion enhancers as well as the traditional high-coverage foundation. In truth, no BB creams or CC creams come anywhere near my top five face bases in terms of the most-used – it’s either a tinted moisturiser on days off or a fuller-coverage base on work days, when I’m on camera or at events or otherwise engaged outside of my house.

It’s taken me ages to put this video together because I really did monitor just how much I used each base – I test dozens of them and have a fair few that I use regularly, so it was actually quite difficult to narrow down my selection. But here we are. Enjoy – feel free to cheat and skip to the links beneath the video pane if you’re in a desperate hurry. You can also find more detailed reviews of most of the foundations by browsing the makeup category here.

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue, Wheat, 4.5, £27:

NARS Tinted Moisturiser, Alaska, £29.50:

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in Vanilla, 52 , £10.99 – I bought from LookFantastic: more shades here:

Becca Aqua Luminous Foundation in Shade Fair, £33:

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet – shade 20, £33 at Boots:

Louise Young LY34 Brush:

Also wearing:

L’Oreal Paris Sexy Balm Shade 102, Gossip:

Dior Diorskin Nude Air Glow Shade 4, £39:

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  1. Anna
    July 18, 2016 / 9:19 am

    Ruth, what about the By Terry Cover Expert? Are you still using this foundation? I remember it being one of your favourites.
    Your videos always make my day!

    • Anna
      July 18, 2016 / 10:12 am

      I just found your review of Les Beiges vs velvet lumiere in which you say something to Cover Expert…

  2. July 18, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    Great post, I need to try Complexion Rescue for sure it seems to be everybody’s favourite! Xx

  3. July 18, 2016 / 2:13 pm

    I think it is very hard to pick a favorite foundation, I have different favorites for different occasions.

  4. July 18, 2016 / 11:45 pm

    How I wish we had similar skintypes, your skin always looks flawless!

  5. YL
    July 19, 2016 / 6:26 am

    Love the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet foundation and worth repurchasing.
    I’ve recently discovered the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Foundation and did not realize how much I’ve been using it until I noticed I’m now down to scraping the bottom of the bottle. I’ve (unknowingly) used it exclusively since purchase! Gives medium coverage and a good balance of matte but with just enough “glow,” kind of like the Chanel velvet foundation.

  6. Liz
    July 19, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    I’d also be interested as to whether the By Terry sheer/ cover experts are still favourites of yours – I use the sheer expert every day and love it! Less keen on the cover expert now they’ve added spf…

  7. Lucy
    July 19, 2016 / 3:48 pm

    Great post – please could you advise on the brushes you used to apply the foundations? Lucy

  8. July 19, 2016 / 4:12 pm

    I love Both Bare Minerals and NARS too. They are the easiest and most forgiving bases I’ve used over the last few years.

  9. August 15, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    I use a thin layer of Estee Lauder’s Double Wear foundation. Because it is fuller coverage, I don’t need a lot of product to get a flawless finish. It’s also great for covering redness or other skin imperfections.

  10. August 26, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    hmmm I’m definitely in the minority here….and most other places….my all-time fave is Kevyn Aucoin’s skin enhancer. I know lots of people complain about its hard-to-apply texture, but frankly, I’ve never had any trouble so long as my face was properly moisturised and had a slightly slippery primer on (or just moisturiser and then mix the skin enhancer with a drop of any beauty oil of your choice). my favourite way to apply it is with a wet sponge. I don’t bother with the tapping as I’m too lazy – I just swipe – and it stays ON. no need for setting powder, even though I live in the tropics! friends and colleagues *know* I have make up on, but then they’re confused because it looks so much like my own skin – just dewier. did I entice you enough to make you want to do a review on it yet? :p

    • August 26, 2016 / 9:55 pm

      Er, YES!!! I’ve been meaning to for a long time. Must get around to it. Thanks for this! x

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