It's only too easy to be bewildered by the swathe of bases out there. Do you want a suede or satin finish? Something sheer or with a bit more coverage? Buildable? Mineral? Matte...? If you're bamboozled by the infinite variety of foundations on offer, we've distilled the array of choice into a concise edit of the latest (greatest) heroes in each category - the newest crop of game-changers which promise to fulfil your niche-est needs and take the guesswork out of gorgeousness...

{Sheer}

For those who're blessed with great skin or who simply like to keep things understated, a breathable, barely-there base is the best way to subtly unify tone and add 'polish' without looking 'done'. NIOD's only-just-tinted {Photography Fluid} has scattering pigments to lend luminosity, while Perricone's aptly named {No Foundation Foundation Serum} is a featherweight veil that conceals without masking your precious freckles.

{Dewy}

If you like things fresh and beautifully dewy, Kjaer Weis's {Foundation} comes housed in a chic compact that twists to reveal the most exquisite, creamy camouflage. Brilliantly buildable, this can be layered to adjust the coverage, and the fact that its brimming with precious plant oils makes it great for dry skin types - maintaining moisture while bestowing a 'real skin' finish. Or alternatively, opt for Stila's {Aqua Glow Foundation} which replenishes cells' reservoirs with water and line-plumping hyaluronic acid to immediately boost skin's 'bounce'.

{Matte}

For a flawless suedette finish, a matte or velvet formula will help to control excess oil and ensure you look enviably cool, calm and collected under unforgiving camera flashes. Often going hand-in-hand with coverage, Jouer's {Matte Moisture Tint} breaks with convention, providing a light veil of buildable colour that won't 'cake' or settle in creases. Alternatively, NYX Professional Makeup's latest {Stay Matte Not Flat Foundation} has a pocket-money price tag, an impressive 30-shade range and an oil-controlling formula to keep the dreaded shine at bay all day.

{Satin}

Ever on the fence? For those who like the best of both worlds, something with the right amount of radiance is often hard to come by. Most commonly classed as 'satin', these bases scatter light without the sheen (or tell-tale shimmer) of more 'luminising' options. Perfect for those with oil-prone complexions, who want 'dew' without looking too wet-look, Surratt's {Surreal Skin Foundation Wand} does what it says on the 'tin' - blurring everything to lend a realistic, your-skin-but-better effect.

{Full}

If you prefer something that hides a multitude of s(k}ins - from tell-tale signs of too-late nights to unwelcome monthly breakouts - Huda Beauty's {#FauxFilter Foundation} is THE ONE. In an impressive range of shades, this heavy-duty, long-wear base is an essential camouflage for those who like to put the make up through its paces. It's water-resistant, quick-drying and sets with a matte, almost powder-like finish that never looks cakey or settles or in crease.

{Powder}

For fans of powder formulas, Laura Geller's {Balance-n-Brighten Baked Foundation} is a thing of beauty and a joy to use. The gorgeous marbled pans boast several shades of baked mineral pigment, along with pearlescent, skin-brightening veins to blur imperfections while granting a 'soft focus' glow. Packed with free radical-fighting antioxidants, this lightweight base is semi-sheer but buildable - ideal for a seamless transition from desk to dancefloor.

{Custom}

For those who like to keep their options open, the new crop of 'drops' are everyone's own bespoke base. Completely customisable, foundations such as Cover FX's {Custom Cover Drops} and NYX Professional Makeup's {Total Control Drop Foundation} can be mixed with moisturiser to create your custom coverage. A great way to adapt the same foundation to address the changing needs of your complexion, these also make it ultra-easy to create your perfect shade - just mix two shades together for a flawless finish.

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