These are the foundations our editors are actually using (and repeatedly buying again and again)

foundations-fq-editors_feature_1000x1250Photography: Karen Inderbitzen-Waller & Delphine Avril Planqueel.
Stylist: @danielleclausen for Fashion Quarterly Issue 3, 2018.

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:

“I don’t like to wear a lot of foundation, but this long-wear foundation is easy enough for even makeup rookies like me to apply. It goes on as a cream and transforms into a powder, and can be used all over or as a spot treatment – I like its versatility and lightness. And being YSL, the packaging is also incredibly chic.” — Zoe Walker-Ahwa, editor

Shop:  Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Foundation Stick, $ 91 from Mecca

“ My Holy Grail, desert island, death row foundation; I’ve lost count of how many of these compacts I have bought over the years. Perfect for touch-ups during the day, as a foundation on its own or over the top of a liquid foundation for a little extra coverage – it’s a total multi-tasker. I’ve also lost count of the number of friends I’ve converted to this unassuming gem – so just ignore the packaging and take my word for it, ok?” — Lucy Slight, features director

Shop: Thin Lizzy Compact Mineral Foundation, $40

“I have temperamental, breakout-prone skin so always look for a base that lets my face breath. Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation evens out redness in my skin and offers a super fresh finish when buffed on with a flat-top foundation brush. I prefer lighter formulations that don’t mask my skin too much and then come back in with concealer on problem areas. Shout out to Lisa Eldridge for her intel.” — Danielle Clausen, fashion editor

Shop: Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation, $56

“For me, shopping for a new foundation is as agonising as shopping for a bikini in winter. I’d heard a few celebrities and beauty gurus sing the praises of Giorgio Armani’s foundations and decided to buy into the hype when I was on the floor of an airport Duty-Free lounge, without so much as a tester in sight. My jet-lagged risk-taking has paid off immensely – the brand’s Luminous Silk Foundation is light but buildable and delightfully dewy. Best of all, it blends in and evens out your complexion while still letting your true skin shine through. As you can imagine, I was overjoyed when the brand opened its own dedicated beauty counters across Auckland last year. With a renewed sense of confidence, my next must-try is the Crema Nuda Supreme Glow Reviving Tinted Cream, which has an even lighter coverage.” — Jessica-Belle Greer, features editor

Shop: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $109 from Smith & Caughey’s


Foundations our editors are actually using

“I’m not really one for foundation and stick to my tried and true formula of a tinted moisturiser base with mineral powder swept over the top. I swear by Dove Essential Nutrients tinted moisturiser, $12, with a sweep of Thin Lizzy Mineral Foundation in Pacific Sun – I can credit Lucy for the Thin Lizzy recommendation (and yes, I am forever indebted to her for that one). However, if I need a slightly heavier coverage, my go-to is MAC Studio Waterweight SPF30 Foundation, with Thin Lizzy brushed over to mattify. Every time I wear this people compliment my skin, so it’s a winner for sure!” — Kelly McAuliffe, digital editor

Shop: Thin Lizzy Compact Mineral Foundation, $40; MAC Studio Waterweight SPF30 Foundation, $78

“I never thought a flawless, lightweight finish with full coverage was possible – let alone in a natural formula – until I tried the perfecting liquid foundation by Arbonne – it says it all in the name really! What I love most is that there is absolutely no scent and it feels creamy and moisturising for that barely there glow yet works hard on my fine lines, blemishes and dark under eye circles. On clear skin days, I blend it in with my moisturiser. A little goes a long way.” — Terri Dunn, digital content producer

Shop: Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation SPF 15, $72

“Because I’m an avid wearer of fake tan, my foundation colour and my actual skin colour generally differentiate. So when I purchase my foundation, the colour is often darker than my skin is. Without having a long-lasting, all-day foundation that I can rely on to last, I’m in trouble. StudioFix is a dream to apply and lasts me all day without having to reapply and worry about being obviously two different shades: ultra brown and ultra-white” — Maxine Fourie, junior digital content producer

Shop: MAC StudioFix Fluid Foundation SPF 15, $62 from Smith & Caughey’s

Photos: Supplied, Karen Inderbitzen-Waller & Delphine Avril Planqueel