The Best Foundations for Bad Skin Days

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There’s nothing like a bad skin day to make you feel like you want to crawl back under your covers and lie low until the breakout/dryness/dullness has eased up. But this is the real world, not fantasy-land and there’s no need to let complexion troubles deter you from getting on with your life. Here are the bases that keep you covered.

best foundations for bad skin days

1 Best for IRRITATION
Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation* Some high coverage formulas can look like a mask, but not this one. It conceals fully, yet leaves skin looking fresh. Works perfectly post lasers/peels too as it promotes skin healing and is the one to choose if you suffer from rosacea or scarring.

2 Best for DRYNESS
Bobbi Brown Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm* Even the driest most dehydrated skin will look and feel dewy with this ultra emollient water in oil formula.

3 Best for UNEVENNESS
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream With SPF50* Though it feels creamy, this packs a punch – fully covering with a serious physical sunscreen to prevent further discolouration.

4 Best for BREAKOUTS
Vichy *
Dermablend 3D Correction I rate the entire Vichy Dermablend range for their corrective products. This formula not only completely covers the look of breakouts but also treats with salicylic acid and is incredibly long-lasting.

5 Best for DULLNESS
Dr Gross Instant Radiance Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF40* Revives lifeless skin like nothing else I have ever used – not ultra covering, but skin looks like you’ve got a Lumee shining on it all-day long.

6 Best for OILYNESS
Becca Matte Skin Shine Proof Foundation* is a total lifesaver – it controls shine throughout the day (no dreaded mid-morning oil slick) and it’s oil, fragrance and alcohol free. Also perfect to minimize the look of visible pores!

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