Light, medium, full coverage: how to pick the right foundation for you

Choosing the right foundation coverage is a bit of a Goldilocks situation: one foundation could be so right for brunches on the weekend and the beach, but not right at all for a concert or going out for drinks with the girls. It’s important to be able to have a line-up of the right ones for your skin type, and for days when you need different levels of coverage. Here’s our guide to choosing the right kind of foundation, no matter what kind of makeup mood you’re in.


A barely-there makeup look is easier than you think. If you want a foundation that gives you that “I woke up like this” look then try a base that offers a breathable veil but still evens out your skin tone and brightens your natural features. If you also have dry skin, a light foundation will help tint your skin without being too heavy.

Try: Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation, £8.99


Use one pump of Match Perfection foundation. It gives skin a smooth, medium coverage, without settling into lines or shifting during the day.

Try: Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation, £7.99