Five of the best bridal foundations

26 Jul 2018

Ensuring you get flawless coverage on your wedding day is an essential consideration when it comes to your bridal make-up; here are five of the best foundations for your big day

Image: (L-R) TP Photography & Big Bouquet Photography (make-up by Amazing Face Dorset)

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All women will have a fail-safe foundation for their day-to-day wear, but finding one that they like for their wedding day can be a challenge. While your make-up artist – if you choose to have one – will be armed with the best bridal products, you may still prefer to use a brand that you know and trust.

When searching for your wedding day foundation, you must choose one that offers the perfect colour match, has staying power to last all day and provides even coverage. Sun protection factor (SPF) is essential if you plan on holding part of your day outdoors – even in autumn or winter.

You should feel comfortable when wearing your chosen foundation, which is why many steer clear from heavy or cakey formulas. In the same vein, keep in mind that ‘barely there’ foundations and mineral-based powders may not always provide an ideal base when exposed to artificial or even natural light, becoming most evident in your wedding pictures. It’s about striking a balance between what feels right and looks amazing. Don’t automatically go for the cheaper option either; it pays to splash out on quality products that meet all the criteria.

Trials to find the ideal foundation should be held well in advance of your wedding day and you should always consult a professional for their expert advice throughout the process. To help you get started in the search for your signature wedding day foundation, take a look at these top five picks.

1. MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 30ml, RRP £24.50

Available in a host of colours to suit all skin tones, MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation offers a natural matte finish. Thicker than foundations you may be accustomed to, the oil-controlling formula provides medium to full coverage for a flawless base that stays put.


2. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation 30ml, £33

The product of choice for Caroline Swaffield of Amazing Face Dorset, NARS Sheer Glow Foundation even contains powerful antioxidants to protect against damaging free radicals. Complementing products contain SPF. Caroline comments: “NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is weightless and very fine in texture. It contains a skin brightening formula, which leaves the skin hydrated and luminous. It can also be layered gently for a gorgeous flawless longer-lasting glow. This, matched with NARS Laguna Liquid Bronzer which can be mixed with your foundation or used solely for contouring, leaves you feeling natural and foundation-free.”


3. Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15 30ml, £31

Presenting a spectrum of light, medium and dark shades, the Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation has been tried and tested to claim a 16-hour wear time that is resistant to water, sweat and humidity. The foundation promises to conceal redness, discolouration and pores with full yet natural coverage. It comprises an emollient gel base with skin-true pigments which float on the surface of the skin to reflect light while enhancing natural contours and definition.


4. Lancôme Teinte Idole Ultra Wear Foundation SPF 15 30ml, £32

Lancôme Teinte Idole Ultra Wear Foundation features perlite and silica – two of the most effective oil-absorbing ingredients. Promising 24-hour comfort and no retouches, the foundation is available in 40 shades which can be built up for the desired level of coverage.


5. Diorskin Star SPF 30 – PA ++ 30ml, £35

Looking for a healthy glow? With natural, warm or cool tones available, Diorskin Star is inspired by the professional illuminating techniques used by Dior make-up artists. The brand’s first brightening foundation utilises hollow silica beads which capture and diffuse the light in a correcting halo without the worry of shine. Coupled with colour-filter pigments that neutralise colour imbalances, Diorskin Star allows for a balanced complexion.


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