There is a misconception in beauty that you have to spend a lot on your foundation to achieve a flawless complexion that would give Bella Hadid a run for her money. But that’s just not the case. Of course, we love a luxury foundation as much as the next beauty-obsessive but we’ll happily save those for special occasions because there are plenty of brilliant, cheaper foundations out there for under £10 that are ideal for everyday use. Here at Byrdie HQ, we asked makeup artists which affordable foundations they rely on, whether they’re working with brides, celebrities, models or real women. Keep scrolling for five foundations that will give you a flawless face and change from a tenner. Plus, can you guess which foundation got the seal of approval from not one but two makeup artists?
“I discovered this by accident as I was on my way from the gym to a night out and forgot my makeup bag so I went into Boots to buy emergency supplies! This formula is great because it has a lightweight, hydrating formula that gives a soft airbrushed matte finish. It’s high-coverage without the mask effect, to give beautiful, even skin tone and it lasts forever on the skin! I was actually shocked how well it stayed on without any retouching. It’s a great little buy!” — Victoria Percival Smith, makeup artist.
“This is my favourite ‘drugstore’ foundation. It’s a lightweight foundation that creates a dewy, hydrated finish. It looks like you’re not wearing anything because it blends so beautifully. I would recommend this over lots of the expensive products, not only because it’s a bargain but because it really is a keeper! A makeup bag must-have.” — Lauren Naylor, makeup artist and bridal specialist.
“This is ‘The One’ for acing your base thanks to its super light and creamy formula, plus top shade selection. It lets skin breathe while giving a natural, expensive-looking finish when blended on with fingers, then buffed over with a fluffy brush.” — Carly Hobbs, makeup artist and author of Supermodel Tips.
“I have been trying out this foundation recently, it is very luminous and light to wear, yet has a buildable formula that leaves the skin looking flawless and healthy,” — Sally Orchard, makeup artist.
[Ed note: This is usually £11, but you can snap it up on Amazon for £9].
“The finish is very similar to Chanel Lumière. It evens the skintone nicely but you can still see your natural skin behind the finish.” — Holly Fowles-Pazdro, makeup artist.
“This has a special place in my pro makeup kit. It’s easy to apply leaving a natural dewy look to the skin. This is my go-to foundation for anyone with dry to normal skin.” — Marcos Gurgel, makeup artist.
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