I had never loved a foundation that much to warrant owning it in two shades at the same time... until now. It's actually happening with two foundations in my collection and I want to revisit them in this post and to bring them to your attention if they have somehow slipped your mind. These are my fail-proof staples for both everyday wear and special occasions:
I will start off with Smashbox Studio Skin, which I have in 2.1 and 2.3 - my winter and summer shades, respectively. Both colours match my skin perfectly when needed. I rarely get dark enough for 2.3 these days, but it has come in handy for blending in with foundations that are too light/too pink for me. The undertones are perfect for me and the colours do not oxidize on my oily skin. The coverage is medium and this foundation contains no SPF, making it suitable for flash photography. It's not very buildable in my opinion, but you can definitely sheer it out to light/medium coverage. It leaves a natural satin finish on the skin. Oils do break through (if you have combination/oily skin) after about 4 hours but it never looks greasy. They just mix in with the foundation and give a nice glow do the skin - you never lose the coverage. This foundation is my top pick for everyday wear during the summer. My favourite way of applying it is with the beauty blender and here's an older demonstration video showing you how I apply it in the summer when my skin is at its oiliest:
Next is By Terry Cover Expert, which I just recently purchased in a lighter shade. I wear shade #9 Honey Beige in the warmer months or if I have some fake tan going. #7 Vanilla Beige matches me perfectly when I have no tan going on. What I adore about this foundation is that it can be applied with fingers, brush or sponge and it looks amazing all ways. It also has this smoothing technology in it that literally blurs out and improves the appearance of uneven/rough skin texture. This is my favourite foundation for special occasions or to bring around when I travel because I don't need to pack any extra tools with it. The finish is a soft velvet finish, perfect for oilier skins. The texture is emollient and it blends in easily, without accentuating dry patches - I know people with dry skin that love this foundation as well. Anyone can use it, really. You can read my full review and see photos of me wearing it in this post.
Which foundations are your fail-safe options? Do you own any formula in multiple shades?