STRUGGLING to shop for a new base?
Our beauty experts test out the all-new digital foundation finders that promise to find your perfect shade match in seconds.
Beauty Writer Tara Ledden beforeCredit: Wilfried Haubenberger
Tara after using the virtual matchmaker by NYXCredit: Wilfried Haubenberger
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Match Born to Glow! Naturally Radiant Foundation in Alabaster, £10
The NYX Born to Glow! foundation is best for finish variety
Beauty Writer Tara Ledden says: “Finding a foundation IRL is hard enough, so I wasn’t expecting much from a virtual matchmaker. But the shade couldn’t have been better, and the simple quiz caters to different formulas. Sadly, the one I matched with wasn’t my fave – despite the dewy finish, it clung to dryness on my forehead. But for £10 I can’t really complain!”
Celebrity Style Editor Nana Acheampong beforeCredit: Wilfried Haubenberger
Nana after using the Il Makiage quiz and baseCredit: Wilfried Haubenberger
Match Woke Up Like This Flawless Base Foundation in 230, £36
Il Makiage Woke Up Like This Flawless Base Foundation is best for shades
Celebrity Style Editor Nana Acheampong says: “I’m a big fan of Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, so I was sceptical about trying something new. But Il Makiage foundation comes in a whopping 50 shades, and the quiz is quick to do. My match looked too dark online, but it was actually perfect when it arrived. The full-coverage, matte finish isn’t for me, but the shade is spot on.”
See us test the finders and foundations on IGTV.
Editorial Beauty Consultant Shannon Lawlor beforeCredit: Wilfried Haubenberger
Shannon after trying the Mac foundation founderCredit: Wilfried Haubenberger
Match Studio Fix Fluid SPF15 Foundation in NW15, £27
Mac’s Studio Fix Fluid SPF15 Foundation is best for customisation
Editorial Beauty Consultant Shannon Lawlor says: “I’m not that into base, so doing a shade match for one of the heaviest formulas wasn’t my best idea. But if you’re already a fan of Studio Fix, this tool is definitely handy. Snap a selfie and you’ll be paired with a shade, as well as warmer and cooler options. My match was slightly too dark, but will work for evening.”