Sometimes, finding a foundation that ticks all the right boxes seems harder than getting your hands on a pair of furry Gucci loafers.
You've got dry skin so you need a foundation that hydrates but doesn't look shiny. You want an uber-glowy Bella Hadid finish, but you also need it to cover those random red patches.
Then there's getting the shade right. You're pale but with a yellow undertone. You've got olive skin but you don't want to look ashy. You've got black skin and the mystery of finding a brand that actually does a shade dark enough is too much.
Don't even get us started on nailing that dream Insta-worthy flawless matte finish without the foundation feeling cakey or getting caught in your face hair. Yes, that's a thing.
The list of possibilities is endless, and thankfully there's a foundation to match every need, but sometimes even that can feel overwhelming.
Finding the best foundation in a sea of products, whether online or on Boots' shelves IRL, can be way too stressful. There's so many finishes and formulas and ingredients, how are you possibly meant to know which one will make your skin look like Zoe Kravitz meets Blake Lively with a dash of Emma Stone's porcelain loveliness?
This is how. You gather the world's best make-up artists and get them to decide for you. Genius.
Tried, tested and used backstage and on celebs 24/7, these are the foundations that make-up artists actually use. Trust, they're the best in the biz.
Check out our edit of the best foundations for every skin tone, concern, finish... you name it, we've got a make-up pro recommended foundation for it.More
As Voted By...Val Garland
'This foundation is so fine that it can diminish the appearance of pores and wrinkles.'
Pro Tip: 'Use a duo fibre foundation brush like a MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush to 'airbrush' the foundation onto the skin with a circular motion. Or if you prefer, you can use a Beautyblender instead of a brush.'
As Voted By...Ruby Hammer
'My favourite foundation for sensitive skin is EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Liquid Foundation. It's lightweight and luminous, blendable, oil and fragrance free and non comedogenic so it won't irritate sensitive skin.'
Pro Tip: 'Use a brush to get the best effect with this base.'
As Voted By...Lisa Potter-Dixon
'My fave foundation for black skin is Make Up For Ever's Ultra HD foundation. The shade selection is great, and the coverage is buildable, meaning I can create a no-make-up make-up look or a full on face.'
Pro Tip: 'For a black complexion, I tend to use two shades of foundation to even out the skin and add brightness to the inner circle of the face. I custom blend the foundation on the back of my hand before applying.'