5 Long-Lasting Foundations Every Woman Needs

Whether you’re at work from 9-5 or simply need a long-lasting foundation for a special event such as a wedding, it seems like these products are usually few and far between.

Long-lasting foundations can often feel a little too-drying, or even just emphasise rough patches on the skin such as acne or breakouts.

Treat your skin to these refreshingly long-lasting formulas which work on all skin types, and are available in a number of shades and finishes to suit your skin tone.

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Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, $64

Pros: There are over 18 shades to choose from.

Cons: The price is a little steep for a foundation with no SPF.

A fairly new launch by Nars, but a great product nonetheless. The new foundation seems worlds away from the cult-favourite which is Sheer Glow, but instead, is made to last the distance.

You can set the foundation with powder for more of a matte look, but we would say that the finish is semi-matte, leaving the skin with a slight glow.

5 Long-Lasting Foundations Every Woman Needs

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation SPF 20, $17.95

Pros: The formula is lightweight and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, even after additional wear.

Cons: The colour range is quite limited.

Boasting more than 25 hours of heat and sweat-proof makeup is a big call for any foundation, but this product is great for keeping the skin matte, especially during the warmer months or in the humidity.

Buff the product into the skin with a stippling brush, then use a damp cosmetic sponge over your oily zones to leave the skin with a dewy finish. Overall a trustworthy product which comes in at a good price point for drugstore cosmetics.

5 Long-Lasting Foundations Every Woman Needs

Makeup Forever HD Foundation, $62

Pros: There are over 25 shades to choose from, which are both pink and yellow based.

Cons: You can essentially only purchase this product from Sephora.

Originally created specifically for actors on the big screen, this foundation has been dubbed as a cult-favourite by makeup artists around the world.

It applies very effortlessly on the skin, and doesn’t contain SPF, so you won’t get any white flashback from flash photography.

5 Long-Lasting Foundations Every Woman Needs

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup, $50

Pros: The formula is non-transferrable, and truly will stay in place all day.

Cons: Not ideal for dry skin.

Another cult product has to be the Double Wear foundation which is more suited for girls with an oily complexion.

If your skin is slightly on the dry side, this foundation is definitely not for you. Double Wear says in place all day long (regardless of if you set it in place with a powder or not), and doesn’t feel like it’s weighing down your skin.

5 Long-Lasting Foundations Every Woman Needs

Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation, $68

Pros: Wide selection of shades for all skin tones.

Cons: The packaging isn’t very hygienic.

Choose a powder foundation if you need the extra coverage, and your skin is slightly on the oiler side, or even combination. Powder foundation will stay in place all day long, and can be easily touched-up without creating additional creasing.

Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation

Yves Saint Laurent Teint Resist Long Wear Foundation, $78

Pros: Lasts for up to 14 hours on all skin types.

Cons: There are only 6 shades to choose from in the entire collection.

A long-wear foundation which stays in place all day, and is ideal for those long humid summer days. Set it with a powder to ensure it doesn’t transfer, especially if you summer from already oily skin.

5 Long-Lasting Foundations Every Woman Needs


  • To ensure that your makeup stays on all day, make sure to properly cleanse and moisturise your face. If you suffer from dry patches around the t-zone, use a heavy duty moisturise for dehydrated skin, and wait for it to settle before apply any makeup.
  • If your face does get oily throughout the day, use blotting paper to remove any excess oil from these areas. Rather than applying another layer of powder, a blotting sheet removes the shine without adding to your makeup.

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