These are the foundations our editors are actually using

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One of the perks of the job when you work for a magazine is the beauty.

It’s part of our job to trial new products, usually before they’re out and sometimes before the packaging is even finalised. We’re testing stuff all the time; some of it good, some not so good, and some of it so great that we head out to buy it ourselves… And then we buy it again… And again.

So what products do we turn to when we’re looking to achieve a flawless base? These are the foundations the FQ team can’t live without:

La Mer Skin Tint

La Mer The Reparative Skintint SPF30, $155, is my go-to base if my skin is clear. I love the glow and medium coverage this luxe tinted moisturiser gives my skin. I’m also a fan of the fragrance and packaging. I mean, who doesn’t love a little everyday luxury?” —Sally-Ann Mullin, editor

Clinique Super Balanced Foundation

“I have a range of foundations and switch them depending on the texture I want to create that day, but most regularly I reach for Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup SPF15, $65. It’s hydrating without being oily and dries off to a satin finish.” —Bronwyn Williams,  features and beauty editor

Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation

“My morning beauty routine is so involved that I only really want to have to do it once. Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation, $72, from Mecca, totally supports this cause. Not for all you BB-cream and mineral foundation free-spirits, it’s full-coverage, richly pigmented, and with a matte finish that really does keep your face flawless all day. And/or night.” —Phoebe Watt, features writer


Mac Next to Nothing Foundation

“I’m a tinted moisturiser girl for the most part. But when I need a tiny bit more coverage, I can’t look past MAC’s newest foundation: Next to Nothing Face Colour, $64. The lightweight formula contains opalescent microspheres (I know right?) which gives a luminous glow to the skin, while the nourishing ingredients means you’ll be left looking airbrushed, and not dry and cakey which happens all too often with other foundations. Just visualise yourself with the ‘Beautiful’ Snapchat filter overlaid on your face ALL THE TIME and you’ll get a pretty decent idea of how good this foundation is.” —Kelly McAuliffe, digital editor

Thin Lizzy Mineral Foundation Pressed Powder

Thin Lizzy Mineral Foundation, $40.99. Don’t judge me… it’s amazing! Quick and easy to apply – it gives me a glowy finish with a medium coverage. I like how my skin can show through it and it doesn’t look cakey. I am traditionally not a fan of powder foundation, but once I tried this I was absolutely hooked. I literally could not live without it anymore. I always have one on me in my handbag to touch up throughout the day.” —Jess Thomson, fashion and editorial assistant

Jane Iredale Pressed Foundation

“When it comes foundations, my ride-or-die is no Jane Doe; she’s Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation, $97. This product is so good for your skin, I consider it my daily supplement. If you’ve got acne, sensitive skin or scarring, it will cover all that and provide protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays.” —Skye Ross, Miss FQ digital and associate editor

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