The best winter foundations 2019

Finding the best foundation for not only your complexion but your skin woes too can seem an everlasting project. Matte or dewy? Cool or warm undertones? Full coverage or light coverage? Powder or liquid? And that’s before we get to the shades or what time of year it is!

Thankfully there’s a foundation for every need, wish and want – and just for winter, but where do we even start? Backstage Tales searches for the best formulas and top-rated out there…

Giorgio Armani

Best foundation for… dull skin

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Your skin can go either of two ways when it comes to winter; start flaking and become really dry or oily in patches or lack radiance without so much as a glow in sight (or both). This silky formula helps to correct uneven skin tone, smooth texture and create a radiant glow – and there’s 26 shades to choose from!


Best Foundation For…Acne

Oxygenetix Acne Control Foundation

The last thing you want when it comes to winter make-up is scrimping on coverage to help cover your acne and although high coverage foundations can clog your pores, it’s something we don’t want to sacrifice. Good news! Oxygenetix is not only designed for those suffering with acne but it gives complete coverage too. For more acne-friendly make-up, click here.


Best Foundation For…Oily Skin

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint

When it comes to foundation, the main asset to look for here is an oil-free formula. The velvet skin tint helps to control oil, mattifies and there’s no need for powder afterwards. 

Estee Lauder foundation

Best Foundation For…Combination Skin

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup

Ahh the best of both worlds, or is it? The battle of trying to foundation that accommodates both an oily and dry complexion has ended. The lightweight blend stays fresh for up to 24-hours and stays put whether you’re chilling around the home or taking part in nonstop activity. 

3INA 24h

Best Foundation For…Dry Skin

3INA 24H Foundation  

We all dread that 3pm shine that is usually accompanied with cracked, dry patches. Well, no more! This beauty contains encapsulated pearls that provide a moisturising and refreshing effect for up to 24 hours and is water, sweat and humidity resistant. 


RELATED: Prepping your skin for winter 

Text: Laura Ward

Images: Giorgio Armani, Oxygenetix, NARS, Estee Lauder, 3INA, Look Fantastic, John Lewis,, Annie Spratt

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