Hello Happy! NEW From Benefit

New Hello Happy foundation from Benefit – put your happiest face forward!

Hello YOU! Put your happiest face forward with NEW Hello Happy soft Blur Foundation from Benefit.  A lightweight foundation that helps to even out skin tone and blur imperfections with soft-focus optical blurring spheres. With a natural-matte finish and light-to-medium coverage, it looks like skin and feels like nothing at all.

  • 99% said it feels weightless*
  • 98% said it feels breathable*
  • 96% said it blurs imperfections*
  • 95% said it gives natural-looking coverage*

Available in 12 carefully crafted shades:

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Happy looks good on you!

Put on your happiest face with Hello Happy Soft Blur foundation – an easy-to-use, natural-looking formula that will have you feeling like your most pretty and playful self! Laughter is the best cosmetic

*Self-evaluation by 103 women after 1 week

Summer Foundation: Our Top Picks

In summer foundation can sometimes seem too heavy. Or worse, fight tooth and nail with your SPF. But don’t worry if you can’t bear to give up that cover, we have some alternative picks.

In summer foundation can just feel TOO MUCH! What with suncream and hot weather, it can feel like a  total no no. But what about those of us who need a little extra coverage? Yes BB and CC Creams are an option, but for those of us who love our base, there are plenty of summer alternatives.
Post updated July 2018

Max Factor Miracle Match Foundation – £6.95
Our favourite budget option (does Max Factor ever disappoint?) Available in 10 shades expect a natural, dewy finish, and a no-makeup look. You’ll look healthy and hydrated – perfect for summer. SHOP HERE

Revlon ColorStay Foundation for Oily/Combination Skin – £7.95
Now hold on, this is a heavy-cover foundation isn’t it? Well yes and no. You will get great coverage, but applied sparingly, or mixed with a little liquid highlighter, and we love this foundation in summer. Great for anyone who really struggles with oily or blemished skin. Oh and it’s available in more shades than you can shake a stick at. SHOP HERE

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay in Place Makeup SPF10Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay In Place SPF10 – From £30.15
Long-wearing yet light makeup that controls oil (hello summer!) and best of all, stays in place all day. The natural finish still offers light to medium coverage, leaving skin feeling fresh and looking natural throughout the day. SHOP HERE

Jane Iredale liquid minerals foundationJane Iredale Liquid Minerals  – From £21.95
Available in multiple shades,  the famous mineral powder is suspended in a gel that turns it into foundation! So sheer and light yet still providing enough coverage to diminish the appearance of imperfections in a dewy finish. Your skin looks natural and tanned skin glows. We can’t rate it highly enough. SHOP HERE

La Roche Posay Toleriane Teint Ultra Workable Fluid FoundationLa Roche-Posay Toleriane Teint Fluid Foundation – £9.95
Available in several shades, this ultra-buildable foundation contains SPF25 (so fine if you’re out and about) but still leaves a lovely, natural finish. Specially formulated for everyday use on sensitive or reactive skin prone to oiliness, redness, itchiness or burning, skin is left feeling hydrated and calm. Preservative-free, non-comedogenic, and it’s great for acne-prone skin. SHOP HERE

Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur FoundationBenefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation – £25.50
Brand new and just in time for summer 2018, this lightweight foundation evens out skin tone and blurs imperfections with soft-focus optical blurring spheres. Available in 12 build-able shades, it looks like skin and feels like nothing at all! With SPF15. SHOP HERE

If you have a summer foundation you absolutely love, then shout about it in the comments below! And you can shop all foundation online at allbeauty here. Prices shown correct at time of publishing.

Our Pick Of The Best Full Coverage Foundation

Many foundations currently on the market are sheer and lightweight and finding the best full coverage foundation can be tricky. We’ve rounded up our favourite foundations that give full coverage, available at allbeauty.

Tracking down the best full coverage foundation can be frustrating, especially if you’re suffering from breakouts, redness or have a special event that needs a flawless finish.

Why Full Coverage Foundation? Let’s be honest, there are times when “luminous”, “sheer” and “lightweight” just aren’t words we want to read! Unexpected breakouts happen to all of us. Or maybe you’ve been ill and need some extra help to look your best. And for formal occasions like a prom or wedding, a full cover look is top of our list.  Plus don’t forget the added benefit of full cover foundation: protection from the elements and pollution!

best full coverage foundation1. Vichy Dermablend 3D Correction Foundation Fluid

Dermablend has been on the market for so long now, it’s completely tried and tested. Dermablend is the absolute go-to foundation for blemished skin or skin with birthmarks, port wine stains, scars, rosacea or acne. Available in several formulas, this one is oil free so it’s perfect for acne-prone or oily skin. Promising to last up to 16 hours, it also contains SPF 25 for added sun protection. You can see the whole range here.

Full Coverage Foundation Tip #1 Dilute heavy foundation with primer or liquid highlighter for days when you want lighter cover

best full coverage foundation

2. Clinique Even Better Foundation SPF 15

Containing SPF 15 this oil-free formula contains active ingredients that treat skin over time. Combat hyper-pigmentation and see brighter skin both immediately and with continued use. The finish on this is really natural thanks to a mineral blend. Plus the finish can be moderate to heavy depending on how much you apply. 


Full Coverage Foundation Tip #2 Mix with day cream to make tinted moisturiser

best full coverage foundation

3. Sisley Phyto-Teint Expert Foundation

Beautifully mask imperfections with a smooth, natural finish. Containing a combination of ultra-pure pigments and soft focus powders, this oil-free formula from Sisley offers gorgeous colour. In addition, ingredients including frangipani, cucumber and gingko provide moisture and a circulation boost.

Full Coverage Foundation Tip #3 Mix leftover base with body butter and apply to legs for an instant glow that covers imperfections!

best full coverage foundation4. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup SPF10

With up to 15 hours of staying power, Double Wear by Estee Lauder is a bestseller the world over. Through heat, humidity and activity, this foundation won’t let you down. A natural look with a semi-matte finish, it promises not to change colour, smudge after application or come off on clothes. The matching powder is also available and can be worn over the foundation for a full-coverage effect.

Full Coverage Foundation Tip #4 From Autumn consider switching to fingers or a sponge to apply foundation. Brushes can scratch at dry skin and exfoliate top layers

best full coverage foundation

5Clinique Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation and Concealer
If a powder foundation is your thing, then you’ll really love Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation and Concealer in one. Application is with the sponge provided and the finish is smooth, oil-free and high-coverage. Pores are minimised and skin can breathe even through sweat and humidity. To see this product in action, take a look at this amazing YouTube demonstration:


Do you have a favourite full cover foundation? Comment below and tell us which brand you love plus any you’d like to see at allbeauty

6 Areas You Miss Most When Applying Foundation

You’ve been applying foundation for years but are you a pro? Discover the 6 areas you’re still most likely to miss when applying your base.

When applying foundation it’s easy to go onto auto-pilot! Natural or full-coverage both need to look ‘real’ so eyes down…

  • 1. Corner of the eye

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Oops, we see this a lot! Carefully applied makeup all over the nose with a noticeable line around the eye. Apply foundation to the bridge of the nose but blend it down. Even if you’re applying eye makeup too, you still need a blended look. This foundation blending kit by Tweezerman is a great basic to have.

2. Hairline
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Remember foundation doesn’t stop in a neat line around the hair!
Ideally you’ll have a perfect colour match, but you still need to blend up into the hairline.
Use light strokes (fingers are great) to ‘disappear’ the product into the hair.

3. Ears
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Blend into the ear softly, don’t end foundation at the side of the face.
Recent trends have seen some makeup artists cover the whole ear. This is worth doing if you’re going to a formal occasion and wearing hair up. Otherwise just buffing into the lobes is enough.

4. Nose and sides of the nose
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You may be buffing away at your cheeks, but take a few seconds to blend into the sides of the nose. We all tend to have larger pores in that area so blend in well to disguise them. Beware of foundation (or powder) ‘sitting’ on the skin making pores look even worse. THE tool you must have is of course a beautyblender!

5. Inside the nose
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Always make a last check for foundation (and powder) residue. We know, it’s easy to forget when you’re rushing, but it only takes 2 seconds. No-one wants to give a presentation with soft beige rose up their nose!

6. Around the eye
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As well as the inner eye, also blend a light layer of foundation across the whole eye. This gives a natural look and makes a great primer for eye makeup. If you have hooded eyes or deep sockets, you don’t want a layer sitting in the crease, so use a light hand. Go for a natural, all-over colour.

Make sure you’re always applying foundation correctly by pinning our handy image:

Applying Foundation Most Missed Foundation Spots
Fed up with your current routine? Browse our foundation range here or for beauty tools such as brushes and blenders click here.