The IMAGE Beauty Awards 2019: the best new foundations

Welcome to the 16th annual IMAGE Beauty Awards! We've gathered the best beauty launches from the last year, across hair, make-up, skincare and bodycare, and shared them with Ireland's most authoritative industry experts to bring you the ultimate breakdown of the products you need in your arsenal. The judging panel below spent months trialling and testing on themselves and their clients and the results can be found in the fabulous 32-page IMAGE Beauty Awards supplement in association with McCauley Health and Beauty Pharmacy, on sale now with the May issue of IMAGE Magazine.

Before you pick up the issue, take a sneak peek at the best foundations of the last year here.


TOP ROW, FROM LEFT Holly O’Neill, IMAGE junior beauty editor; Christine Lucignano, celebrity make-up artist; Corinna Tolan, owner and manager of Monica Tolan Skincare Clinics; Jennie Hingston, owner of Elysian Therapy; and Lyndsey Cavanagh, make-up artist and owner of One Dame Lane BOTTOM ROW, FROM LEFT Triona McCarthy, beauty and fashion journalist and presenter; Anna Keely, managing director at the Bronwyn Conroy Beauty School; Dearbhla Keenan, make-up director at Brown Sugar; and Paula Callan, make-up artist and owner of Callan & Co


TOP ROW, FROM LEFT Dr Rosemary Coleman, consultant dermatologist and skincare specialist; Roisin Hynes, stylist at Sarah Mason Professional Galway; Drs Katherine and Jane Mulrooney, cosmetic dermatologists and founders of the Dr Mulrooney Clinic; Rosaleen McMeel, IMAGE group brand director; Nuala Woulfe, therapist and owner of Nuala Woulfe Beauty Salon and Serenity Day Spa; Jenni Crawford, stylist at Kazumi BOTTOM ROW, FROM LEFT Olga Kochlewska, beauty therapist and owner of SKIN by Olga; Matthew Feeney, hairstylist at Williams & Rice, London; Melanie Morris, IMAGE group contributing editor; Darren Lacken, artistic director and owner of Crow Street Collective.


IT Cosmetics CC+ Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40, €39

“This foundation gives incredible coverage with a matte finish while keeping skin looking hydrated and moisturised.” – Dearbhla Keenan

BEST FOR Matte lovers


YSL All Hours Foundation Stick, €39.50
“It’s not a dry matte, it’s a satin matte, so if you like to wear something sheer but want skin that looks like skin, this gives a flawless, velvet finish.” – Lyndsey Cavanagh

BEST FOR An even finish

My Armani To Go Tone-up Cushion Foundation, €69
“It’s really handy – it’s liquid in a compact, so you don’t have to bring a bottle out with you. It’s also really light and beautiful on the skin.” – Paula Callan

BEST FOR Small handbags


Clinique Even Better Refresh Hydrating and Repairing Makeup, €36
“This gives a plump look to the face for healthier-looking skin, and it’s lightweight and hydrating too.” – Lyndsey Cavanagh

BEST FOR A weightless feel

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Soft Matte Hydra Makeup, €40
“This has infused hyaluronic acid and controls oil. I didn’t need to powder it and it’s suitable for all skin types.” – Lyndsey Cavanagh

BEST FOR 24-hour wear

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Nude, €40
“I love light to medium coverage, and this felt like silk on my skin. The texture was stunning.” – Paula Callan


BEST FOR Medium coverage

No7 Hydra Luminous Moisturising Foundation, €20
“The foundation gives a radiance-balanced complexion, and I found it really easy to apply. I really like the hydrated finish, and it’s got really good ingredients in it.” – Dearbhla Keenan

BEST FOR Radiance

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation, €32
“I love that they have 60 shades and the finish is really forgiving. It’s great for anyone who wants an SPF built into their base and who has never found their perfect shade.” – Christine Lucignano

BEST FOR Finding your perfect shade


Clarins Skin Illusion, €35
The texture was really light, reflective and luminous. It glides on and didn’t need a lot of setting – it just relaxes into the skin. If you don’t want a heavy look, want dewy skin but need a little coverage, this is what you need.” – Lyndsey Cavanagh

BEST FOR Foundation that looks like skin.

Judges photographs by Kieran Harnett. 

The IMAGE Beauty Awards supplement comes with the May issue of IMAGE Magazine, on sale now. 

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