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Are you wearing the right foundation?

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 26:  A model walks the runway during the Saint Laurent show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018

Saint Laurent SS18 Paris Fashion Week. Image by Peter White.

Are you wearing the right foundation?

If you’re constantly on the lookout for the perfect foundation, it’s important to note that different formulations will deliver unique benefits. That’s why we decided to do a little homework on liquid, powder and stick foundations, to figure out the different levels and kinds of coverage each foundation type provides.

To get the insider scoop, we also asked in-house beauty buyer Tania Baldassari to give us her thoughts on each – because nothing beats a properly expert opinion.


Liquid (or cream) foundations are designed to deliver medium to full coverage, depending on how many layers you apply. Offered in a range of specific formulations, from oil-free to oil-based and sometimes even waterproof, this kind of foundation is best suited for normal to dry skin. Best applied with a quality foundation brush, many liquid formulations also feature moisturising ingredients to help hydrate the skin – we love an added beauty bonus. 

“Liquid foundations are usually easier to blend, and can also be mixed with a moisturiser for light coverage, or a facial oil for a dewy finish – you can even blend liquids with a highlighter for all-over illumination. It is certainly the most versatile format.”

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 26: Kaia Gerber walks the runway during the Yves Saint Laurent Spring Summer 2018 show as part of Paris Fashion Week at on September 26, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

Saint Laurent SS18 Paris Fashion Week. Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images.


Perfect to slip into your handbag, powder foundations come in convenient compact form. A combination of a foundation and powder, these beauty staples are offered in a number of different formulations, and are a particularly good option for those who are prone to oily skin.

“Compact and portable, powder foundations are generally easy to apply, and tend to offer a more matte and velvety texture, making them a great option for oily or combination skin, or for anyone wanting to reduce shine.  I use a dusting over my liquid foundation for extra coverage at night.”


As a general rule, stick foundations tend to offer heavier coverage, making them ideal for concealing blemishes such as scars, hyperpigmentation and dark under-eye circles. Best for formal to oily skin, these foundations are also perfectly portable, making them a great option to carry in your handbag.

“The creamy formulation and portability of stick foundations makes them ideal for quick application and touch ups throughout the day (or night!).”

Keep reading to shop the latest foundations online now…

CHANEL | Le Teint Ultra Fluide SPF15

Want a radiant complexion from sunrise to late evening? Offering the guarantee of an impeccable complexion all throughout the day, Chanel’s Le Teint Ultra Fluide pushes back the limits of long-wear for a flawless matte finish. We love it for its ability to create a luminous, second-skin affect – what more could you want?

DIOR | Diorskin Forever Undercover Foundation

Dior’s in-house experts in finish and wear have reinvented extreme correction with Diorskin Forever Undercover, and we’re incredibly grateful. This ultra-fluid, full coverage foundation combines maximum complexion control with a natural matte finish for a result that is kiss and touch-proof, night and day. Our favourite part: the finish is extremely fresh, and matte enough so that you don’t need powder.

TOM FORD | Traceless Foundation Stick

Rich in hydrating ingredients, this foundation stick’s unique cream formula creates a flawless and smooth finish. Portable and precise, this beauty essential delivers sheer, medium or full coverage, depending on your preference. Beautifully natural and undetectable, Tom Ford’s traceless foundation stick can also be used as a concealer to diminish imperfections – talk about versatility.

BOBBI BROWN | Skin Weightless 

Long-Wear Foundation SPF 15

Bobbi Brown’s skin weightless is a 16-hour wear, full coverage foundation with a natural, multidimensional matte finish. Boasting an ultra-silky emulsion, this new release offers a perfectly balanced blend of skin-loving ingredients, oil-controlling actives and skin-true pigments. We love it for its comfortable and weightless feel.

MAC | Studio Waterweight Powder/Pressed

Offering a smooth, medium-buildable and natural finish, this pressed powder boasts a finish that’s creamy yet elastic, and cashmere-soft. The dual-toned compact features both warm and cool variations of your skin tone, infused with a serum-like blend of nourishing ingredients. The result? Flawlessly smooth and even skin, with a make-up finish that looks utterly imperceptible. 

YVES SAINT LAURENT | All Hours Foundation

If you want your foundation to go that extra mile, you need Yves Saint Laurent’s All Hours Foundation. Waterproof and transfer-resistant, this innovative formula offers up to 24-hours long-wear, with no compromise on comfort. That means less time touching up, and more time enjoying the look of your flawlessly covered skin. Boasting an oil-control formula, this product also keeps your complexion shine-free, simultaneously reducing the appearance of pores.

LA MER | The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20

A weightless texture meets luxurious, long wear. The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20 seamlessly blends soft colour, healing hydration and Miracle Broth. Pores look refined, imperfections virtually disappear and antioxidants protect.

CLINIQUE | Even Better Light Reflecting Makeup SPF 15

This moisturising foundation by Clinique instantly creates a natural radiance with subtle luminizing pigments. Wear it every day and over time bare skin glows on its own, thanks to the added benefits of Vitamin C. This foundation’s broad spectrum SPF 15 also helps prevent future dark spots. Our favourite part? It’s long-wearing and oil-free. 

Head into your local David Jones store for your free colour matching consultation with one of our instore beauty advisors, or

shop foundations online now