It takes trial and error to find the perfect foundation; one that provides ample coverage without caking on, a formula that stays on all day (rain or shine) without breaking you out, and even a shade that perfectly matches your skin tone. Get one step closer to finding your Holy Grail foundation with the ones that made it onto our Teenage Beauty Awards 2017 list!

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, $61


Best suited for dry to combination complexions, the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation is an oil-free, fragrance free foundation that contains coconut water, alpine rose and hyaluronic acid. Free of parabens, sulphates and phthalates (basically everything that’s bad for skin), this trooper promises medium to full coverage which minimises the need for concealer. And the product comes in a gorgeously frosted bottle and a pump for mess-free application. 

Kate Secret Skin Maker Zero Liquid Foundation, $29


Need a lightweight foundation that’ll hide pores and acne scars for a beautiful, flawless finish? Reach for the Kate Secret Skin Maker Zero Liquid Foundation. One of the most affordable foundations on this list, it’ll blend nicely and smoothly into skin thanks to its colour-correcting pigments that’ll help even out yellow undertones for a brighter looking complexion. 

essence Instant Matt Make-Up, $7.50


A mousse-type foundation that has long-lasting, high coverage and waterproof properties, essence’s newest foundation comes in three shades and is infused with a special blend of mineral powder pigments that glides on smoothly and gives skin a flawless, matte-finish. With that being said, at $7.50 a pop, the essence Instant Matt Make-up is great for students looking for products that’ll go the distance. 

Sephora 10HR Wear Perfection Foundation, $29


Great for those looking to have a fresh glow without looking oily by midday, the Sephora Collection 10HR Wear Perfection Foundation offers lightweight yet buildable coverage with a semi-matte finish. This means that any hyper pigmentation, uneven skin tone, etc. will be smoothed out sans any patchiness, for all-day perfection. Plus, it contains Hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to protect and hydrate skin – makeup that takes care of skin while applied? We approve! 

Kat Von D Lock It Foundation, $56 


It’s no surprise that Kat Von D’s Lock It Foundation won our Reader’s Choice. After all, it has garnered somewhat of a cult following thanks to its full-coverage (it can even cover tattoos!), sweat-proof and long-wearing formula that literally doesn’t budge the entire day. To avoid caking up the foundation (it does have a thicker and creamier texture than most), we find that it applies best with a damp beauty blender. 

Make Up Store Instant Perfection, $59


A silky smooth foundation with a lightweight texture that provides light to medium coverage, the Make Up Store Instant Perfection has a similar texture to BB creams and is perfect for everyday wear. Suitable for all skin types, its light formula helps keep skin looking fresh and dewy even in humid weather. Enriched with Vitamin E and completely free from parabens, you will be glad to know this is not tested on animals too. 

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation, $19.90


Ideal for normal to oily skin, this mattifying liquid foundation features micro-powders to help control shine and blur pores while giving skin a natural and seamless finish. And you can easily layer on more product for those who require more coverage – a little product goes a long way! For it’s affordable price point, there’s little wonder why the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation remains highly raved about amongst the beauty community. 

Catrice 24h Made To Stay Make Up, $12.50


Perhaps the most surprising product on the list, the Catrice 24h Made To Stay Make Up offers beauty addicts much bang for their buck. Offering decent coverage despite its runnier texture, this liquid foundation blends in nicely and gives a skin-like, natural finish. And it really stays on for long hours with minimal touch-ups required, thus making it on our To-Buy lists. 

The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation, $20


For those with acne-prone skin, this foundation is right up your alley. Infused with tea tree oil and Moroccan Lava Clay, which helps treats blemished skin without dehydrating it, this 100% vegan foundation applies effortlessly and provides ample coverage with a sheer matte finish. And its sweat- and water-resistant formula ensures you won’t have to worry about this foundation melting off your face or becoming sticky when exposed to heat.  

shu uemura Petal Skin Fluid Foundation, $68 


The winner of our Teenage Beauty Awards 2017 judges’ choice, the shu uemura petal skin fluid foundation features a unique and innovative combination of semi-matte and semi-glow characteristics that give skin perfect, dewy radiance that holds up well even in our weather. Suitable for most skin types, the formula helps to cover up pores and light scar marks –but acne-prone skin might not fare as well as this foundation gives a more natural and sheer coverage for that “I woke up like this” effect. 

NYX Total Control Drop Foundation, $26


Whether you’re going for a sheer, natural look or rocking a flawless finish, the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation will offer you the flexibility to do just that, and more. Available in 24 gorgeous shades, this affordable liquid foundation has a thin and watery texture that allows you to build up your coverage without looking cakey or streaky. Also, it’s extremely long-wearing and works best on oily skin types because it has a matte finish. The advantage of a watery formula is being able to mix different shades up to create the ‘perfect’ shade for yourself. Time to get creative!

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