My Top 5 Bridal Foundations

What foundation do you prefer to use on brides? I get asked this question a lot and to kick off this brand new beauty review page, I decided on this topic.

This list is in no particular order, I often work on all ethnicities and skin tones so I possibly can’t use one type of foundation on all skin types.

There are factors that influence my choices which is mainly the skin type – Dry, Normal, Combination and oily. Another factor is the amount of pigmentation and blemishes on the client’s skin.

Its also important to note that I use various primers on different skin types to match the foundation of  choice.

  • Lancome teint idole ultra 24hr Foundation 

lancome A beautiful silky and lightweight foundation that provides medium to sometimes full coverage depending on how many layers used. Even with layers added it still feels very light! The finish is what I like to call Demi-matte or soft matte. It’s not overly matte which is how I love my brides skin to look. I use this foundation on all skin types with the right face primer. On very dry skin I would mix in a bit of moisturiser with the foundation to tone down the mattifying effect of the foundation.

  • NARS All day luminous weightless foundation.


Do not let the name luminous deter you with oily skin. This foundation can be used on all skin types with the right primer and moisturiser. It also gives a soft matte finish. I detest foundations with overly matte finishes as a bride should have a radiant glowing look that is still shine free. Its very runny but with the pump, it can be controlled. The coverage can go from light to full coverage, again depending on the layers used. Its long wearing, looks and feels amazing too.

  • Black opal stick foundation


This foundation is targeted more towards women of colour. It gives medium to full coverage without looking cakey. I tend to use this on clients that have normal to dry skin type with the right primer. I do not use or recommend this foundation for oily skin types. Combination skin can use it but I do advice to carry a blot powder or blot papers for touchups. The finish from this foundation is beautiful and clients with pigmentation enjoy the amazing coverage without so many layers added. Long lasting and photographs amazing too.

  • MAC Full coverage foundation


This is a heavy duty foundation that I use mostly on clients with pigmentation problems. I also use this to cover tattoos with the right corrector. It’s oil free and long lasting. Unfortunately due to its thick consistency, a lot of buffing is required to get a flawless finish on the skin to avoid it looking heavy.

I also use this foundation as a concealer on clients with dark under eye circles. Its a staple in my kit and goes everywhere with me.

  • Cinema secrets


Not a well known brand in the UK. Its a pro product targeted mostly at makeup artist than everyday users. I’ve had this foundation for years and go everywhere with it as I can use it on all skin types except oily skin. The finish on this foundation is similar to Black opal stick foundation. The difference, this brand covers absolutely all skin tones while black opal is more for women of colour.

Final note : I will also like to add that I do carry other foundations other than these listed such as Kevyn Aucoin Sensual skin enhancer, Estee Lauder Double wear stay in place foundation, MAC studio fix foundation, MAC match master foundation, MAC studio fix powder, Graftobian foundation, Mehron Foundation, Black Opal concealing foundation and Bobbi brown stick foundation.

Those listed are the ones I use the most on brides.