The Best Foundation For All Skin Tones & Textures

M·A·C’s iconic Studio Fix Fluid Foundation bridges the gap between a radiant base and long-wear coverage. With a light-as-air, but buildable texture, it hides discolouration, breakouts and uneven tone, while still allowing skin to breathe with a dewy, luminous finish. Plus, with a total of 67 shades, it is easily the most inclusive option on the market and has been for years. Here’s everything you need to know.
The Best Foundation For All Skin Tones & Textures


The Hype:

This foundation has been a staple for years – we’ve lost count of how many times we’ve spied it backstage at shows. Often misunderstood as a full-coverage only foundation, the formula is buildable and oil-free with a lightweight, liquid consistency that seamlessly hides uneven tone, texture, scarring and breakouts. Our favourite thing about this base however is the veil of coverage it lends that's breathable and seriously long-lasting, with up to 24-hours wear. Meanwhile, SPF15 and hyaluronic acid simultaneously hydrate and protect the skin. The benefits don’t end there either – the clever formula also works to control excess oil and shine for budge-proof results – no wonder it remains a global bestseller with consistently good reviews. 

The Shades:

With a total of 67 shades, M·A·C's Studio Fix Fluid Foundation is easily one of the most inclusive options on the market and has been for years. The vast offering ranges from fair to darker skin tones, while catering to warm, cool and neutral undertones, too. Thankfully, it’s easier than ever to shop for your shade online, by using their clever try-on tool via mobile. Simply click on ‘find your shade match,’ and it will instantly activate your camera – just make sure you allow access. Once it captures your face, it will select the best options and shade for your skin tone, taking out any guesswork for the most reliable results. You can also speak to one of their pro make-up artists via video chat (a service which is available seven days a week) if you need further advice, or want any burning beauty questions answered. 

Oil-free and with a lightweight, liquid consistency, this foundation seamlessly hides uneven tone, texture, scarring and breakouts, leaving you with a veil of coverage that’s breathable but lasts all day.

The Tools & Techniques:

As the formula is quite lightweight, experts recommend you build it up in layers and buff it into the skin for a more seamless finish. Look for brushes with firm yet fluffy hairs to push the foundation into your skin. Above all, if you see creases forming, keep working the foundation in and be sure to buff around the jaw and hairline to avoid tidemarks. We recommend trying M·A·C’s Dual-Ended Foundation Brush for best results. “The beauty of [Studio Fix’s] texture is it’s so versatile,” says Global Senior Make-Up Artist, Dominic Skinner. “Try adding a drop of facial oil or moisturiser to it, too. This will give it a fresher feel and provide skin with a dewier glow.”  

The Key Benefits & Claims Recapped:

  • Provides 24-Hour Wear

  • Vast Shade Range (67)

  • Controls Excess Oil & Shine

  • Non-Acnegenic (It Won’t Clog Pores)

  • Suitable For All Skin Types

  • The Colour Stays True

  • Provides Immediate And 8-Hour Hydration

  • Sweat & Humidity Resistant

  • Added SPF15

  • Dermatologically-Tested

SL Reader Offer: 

Receive a free, dual-ended foundation brush (worth £22) when you buy any MAC Studio Fix Foundation. Offer ends 18th February.*

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* T&C:  Free dual-ended foundation brush available when you buy any Studio Fix Fluid SPF15 Foundation, Studio Fix Soft Matte Foundation Stick, Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation or Studio Fix Tech Cream-To-Powder Foundation. Gift appears automatically upon qualifying, pending gift availability. No code(s) necessary. One gift per order, while stocks last. Offer available on MACCOSMETICS.CO.UK,,,,,,, and May not be used in conjunction with any other offer (including staff or MAC PRO discount) and past purchases do not apply. Offers ends 11.59PM on 18th February 2021.

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