It's official: The top 5 foundations of all time, ranked by You Beauty.

Things that are fun: Going to brunch with friends. Hanging with your pet turtle. Eating 10 tacos in one sitting. 

Things that are not fun: Finding your Holy Grail foundation.

Goodness it sucks. It can be an expensive, exhausting task, trying to find a formula that ticks all the boxes for your face.

You want to find something long-lasty that'll stick around after lunchtime. Something that won't chill out in your cute creases. Something that won't go all patchy and gross. Shiny and slippy. And also: other things! 

Too much to ask? Maybe. 

But they DO exist - it just takes a little (a LOTTA) digging.

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So, how does one find these magical unicorn foundations without having to try 2,612 different brands?

Good question, friends.

Because there's nothing worse than spending your money on trying a bunch of bad foundations, you know what we did? Being the curious cats that we are, we asked You Beauty's Instagram followers for their all-time favourite foundations.

The type of foundations that match your skin tone, stay on your face for more than two hours, and just ~work~ for your skin type.

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Want to find out what they are? Of course you do! We all do.

Grab your beauty blenders and lets go!

5. L'Oréal True Match Liquid Foundation, $29.95.

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Expensive doesn't always necessarily mean better, folks. And we STAN an affordable formula that delivers the goods! 

Coming in at number five, the cult favourite L'Oréal True Match Liquid Foundation is truly one of those magical you-can-never-go-wrong kinda formulas. It's delightfully lightweight, long-lasting and delivers light to medium coverage. The perfect everyday formula.

Have you tried it yet? Ya gatta!

4. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream, $63.

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Everybody who has a face knows about IT Cosmetics CC Cream - it's a cult classic. And for good reason. The stuff is good. Very good. Like, good enough for it to be ranked at number four on You Beauty's list of best foundations.

A delightful skincare/makeup hybrid, this is a full coverage formula that doesn't crease, cake or any of that BS. It's hydrating, light and lovely on the skin and NEVER talks about you behind your back. 


Get around it!

3. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $105.

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We could go on for years about how we love this formula - YEARS, you guys. It's that bloody good. 

Beautifully lightweight and silky, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation feels like you're wearing nothing at all - that second skin kinda stuff. It offers light to medium coverage, so it's perfect for everyday wear. 

Bonus points for just how dingin' good it works on dry skin (no flaky, creasy tantrums to be seen).

2. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, $70.

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Coming in at number two is the sheer, buildable formula that's just a really good time for your face - NARS Sheer Glow Foundation. With a beautiful satin finish, it offers the perfect amount of coverage for flawless, glowy skin. 

If you're looking for a new foundation that's ideal for those evening or 'going out' looks, this is your guy. And yes - he dances VERY well.

1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup, $62.

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Here she is! Number one! Are you surprised? Excited? Already got a bottle on the way?

The one and only Estee Lauder Double Wear was voted the number one all-time favourite foundation - and we're honestly not shocked. Perfect for long-lasting coverage, this formula is legendary - offering buildable medium to full coverage and a semi-matte finish.

It's the kind of foundation that works well on all skin types, but oily girls are particularly partial to its ability to control oil and shine throughout the day. 

So, if you haven't tried it and still trawling through the beauty streets for a new foundation, get that cute face around it!

Have you tried any of these foundations before? Which is your favourite? Share with us in the comment section below. 

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