Best Long Lasting Foundations

We all wonder how some people manage to go to the beach or be in a humid climate and still look flawless! I used to find myself on vacation, applying makeup in the morning before we head out in the hopes that I can take a few cute pics before it melts off, sadly I made it as far as the car before it all came off 😀 and let me tell you its no fun being a hot sweaty, oily mess when you’re trying to look fabulous on vacation.
So I decided to see which Foundations might help achieve that almost flawless look while controlling shine and had a long lasting formula in humid climates. Foundations however, is one of the most difficult makeup products a person can shop for as there are so many brands, shades, and formulas for you to choose from. So How do you know which foundation is right for you? Would you rather have a matte face or a dewy face? Do you have oily or dry skin? These are some of the questions that will help determine which foundation is perfect for you.
You must know choosing the right foundation is a science that depends on your skin type, the level of coverage you need, lighting and your specific skin issues.
So check out my top picks  below:

Smashbox Studio Skin

This hydrating foundation was created in Smashbox L.A. photo studio to look and feel amazing for 15 hours – from the set to the street. Because, really. Who has time for touch-ups? And because Smashbox wants every woman to meet her match, they consulted global makeup artists around the world to ensure that their shade range works for all skin tones
Coverage: Medium-to-full buildable coverage
Skin Types: Suitable for All Skin types
What it does:
  • Oil-free, hydrating formula – without the shine
  • Light diffusing spheres blur imperfections
  • Sweat-proof
  • Transfer-proof & exercise-resistant
  • Color true and color consistent
  • Formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates, fragrance, talc, oil.
Pro Tip: Apply this foundation in the morning and you’re flawless outdoors, at work and after-hours. For the most natural finish, buff foundation onto face using short, quick strokes and always start at center of your face. Build and blend your way to customizable coverage.
For extra sheer coverage, warm between fingertips before applying.
Get it here at Amazon for US$32.00 Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation 2.1 1 oz

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation

Illamasqua is a newer high end makeup brand made by Kryolan.  Illamasqua on the other hand has the same high quality and highly pigmented products as Kryolan but designed for everyone to understand and use.  Illamasqua’s Skin base is one of the best bases available on the market; it’s the perfect formula.
Coverage: Light to Full Buildable Coverage
Skin Types: Suitable for All Skin types
What it does:
  • Natural to Full Coverage (Buildable)
  • Liquid Formula sits close to the skin to allow for more natural base (even if you build it up to a full coverage)
  • Controls Shine
  • Hydrates
  • Smoothes the skin
  • Free of Sulfates, Synthetic Dyes, GMO’s and Triclosan
Pro Tip: You can apply this product in many ways (there is no right or wrong) Works well with fingers, buff brush and Duo Fiber brush. Using the Highlighter Brush, buff Skin Base Foundation onto the skin in light circular motions. Build up layers depending on the desired coverage. .
Get it here at Amazon for US$77.50 Skin Base Foundation – Color: 5.5 

MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation

Mac Studio Sculpt is a creamy, luxurious, gel-based foundation that provides medium buildable to high coverage with a natural satin finish. Hydrating, instantly revitalizes the skin while keeping it looking smooth, soft and plush. Long-wearing, water-resistant. It’s a very popular foundation in the UK and North America.
Coverage: Light to Medium Buildable Coverage
Skin Types: Best for Normal to Dry Skins + Mature Skins
What it does:
  • Comes in a great variety of cool and warm shades
  • Natural Satin Finish
  • Long Term Hydration
  • Instantly smooth’s and softens the skin
  • Dermatologist Tested
  • Ophthalmologist Tested
  • Great to use as a liquid highlight and contour (golden shades for highlight, warm bronzy shades for contour)
  • Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15
  • Long-Wearing
  • Water Resistant
Pro Tip: Apply to the face with a sponge or foundation brush starting at the center of the face to build up the product, blend out with fingers or Duo Fiber brush.
Get it here at Amazon starting at US$45.00 MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation NW30

Estee Lauder: Double Wear Foundation

Estee Lauder owner of infamous makeup brands such as MAC, Bobbi Brown and Clinique is a powerhouse brand. Its Double Wear Foundation is an award winning foundation for it’s range of shades. Why is this a great foundation?  As the name suggests its DOUBLE WEAR – so it gives a great full coverage.
Coverage : Medium to Full Buildable Coverage
Skin Types: Suitable for All Skin Types
What it does:
  • 15-Hour Staying Power
  • A lightweight, oil-free, and buildable formula
  • Oil-Controlling
  • Fantastic non cakey full coverage
  • Fragrance-free and non-acnegenic
  • Natural to Semi-Matte Finish
  • Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 10
  • Stays well under heat and humidity
  • Evens complexion
Pro Tip: If you find it drying in certain areas of the face just mix in some drops of Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream Synchronized Complex for Unisex, 0.5 Ounce and it works like a dream.
Get it here at Amazon starting at US$40.00 Estee Lauder – Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup SPF 10 – No. 17 Bone (1W1) 30ml/1oz

Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation

Cover FX is a 2-in-1 concealer and foundation that is popular in North America.  It’s a cream that is so good it can cover up even the worst of scars. Available in 40 global shades, this cream foundation contains 32 percent pigment for long-wearing full coverage. Loaded with emollients and antioxidants, including vitamins E and C, this it helps protect the skin against free radicals while providing a radiant, second-skin finish. The creamy, ultra-blendable texture has also made this foundation a cult favorite for contouring.
Coverage: Light to Full Buildable
Skin Types: Suitable for All Skin Types
What it does: 
  • Radiant Finish
  • SPF 30
  • Optimum coverage of skin imperfections: ance, redness, under eye circles, uneven skin tones, post-surgical bruising, tattoos
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Suitable for even sensitive skin (zero irritancy score)
  • Medium to Full
  • Great Shades – each being 3 percent darker then the previous shade in the series
  • This product is vegan, clinically tested, and free of talc, gluten, fragrance, and mineral oil.
  • Does not contain: Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMO’s, Triclosan
Pro Tip: For full coverage, apply a small amount with a foundation brush starting at the center of the face and blend outwards.  Build product on problem areas and spots.  Set with a powder. For sheer coverage apply an even smaller amount and blend using a patting motion.
Get it here at Amazon starting at US$58.00 COVER FX Total Cover Cream Foundation N20 0.42 oz

E.L.F. Studio HD Mattifying Cream Foundation

The E.L.F brand is synonymous with high quality makeup at an affordable price and this high-definition, oil-free, lightweight HD Mattifying Cream Foundation is perfect for dry to normal skin types. The cream-to-powder formula minimizes fine lines and leaves a natural, long-lasting, matte finish. Includes a compact sponge for easy application and portable beauty but it should be noted this foundation only comes in 3 shades.
Coverage: Light to Full Buildable
Skin Types:  Dry to Normal Skin
What it does: 
  • Cruelty free and vegan
  • Minimizes fine lines
  • Creamy formula applies easily
  • Long-Lasting
  • Non-comodegenic
  • Wears well without fading or emphasizing wrinkles
Pro Tip: Using the sponge provided, pat the foundation onto the nose, cheeks, chin, jawline, forehead, and neck. Blend outwards for even coverage. Use over a mattifying primer for smoother application.
Get it here at Amazon starting at US$6.00 e.l.f. Studio HD Mattifying Cream Foundation, Sand, 0.34 Ounce

Let me know what works for you! Feel free to check out and stay fabulous always 🙂


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