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Guide to pick an Estee Lauder foundation for every day use

23 June 2022

Let me introduce myself. My name is Glenda and I am the Estee Lauder consultant at Kiana Beauty. Estee Lauder creates brilliant foundations. I know this, because I have been working with and wearing their foundations for over 25 years. I am also the first Australian to ever be inducted into the Estee Lauder Hall of Fame. My experience in the beauty industry makes me well qualified to share with you my honest thoughts, tips and tricks with you.

Estee Lauder foundation review

Firstly, the formulations sit so comfortably on the skin. This is an important consideration, because many of us apply our foundation in the morning and take it off late at night.

Secondly, their foundations stay in place. This means that they won't slip or move through out the day, even if it is humid or you have been active. 

Finally, I love that there is a foundation that suits everyone and helps you create the best possible version of your skin. 

Before you apply foundation, prepare your skin with a primer. Apply a pea-size amount of primer all over the face. This helps to create the perfect makeup base by smoothing out the skin. 

Estee Lauder Futurist Aqua Brilliance Primer 

Estee Lauder The Smoother Primer

I love Futurist Aqua Brilliance Primer. It melts into the skin and hydrates it so that it stays comfortable, smooth and soft all day long. I wear this primer every day as it adds a beautiful glow to my complexion, even on the days I'm not wearing any makeup.

If your skin has enlarged pores or imperfections, choose Estée Lauder The Smoother Primer. This is the best primer for large pores because it optically diffuses pores and imperfections. It leaves your skin looking smooth and creates a fabulous base for makeup.

Tips for choosing the best Estee Lauder foundation for you

With so many foundations to choose from, it can be really overwhelming to find the best one for your needs.

Historically, you would have gone into a store and had a sales assistant offer you advice. However, with most of us now choosing to shop online, that personalised service is often lacking.

I want you to treat Kiana Beauty as your personal beauty assistant. With this article, my aim is to help you find the best foundation for you. You can also choose the right Estee Lauder foundation shade for shade for you by reading my tips here.

I'm here to offer you a personalised service. If you need more help choosing a foundation, feel free to contact me via our Ask an Expert feature.

Best everyday foundation for dry skin

Estee Lauder Double Wear Sheer Foundation


The best everyday foundation for dry skin in Australia is the new Estee Lauder Double Wear Sheer Foundation. It is enriched with hyaluronic acid which gives beautiful hydration and a gorgeous glow.

If you love a fresh looking, sheer foundation, then you will love this foundation. 

  • Non-creasing or caking
  • Protects against pollution 
  • Fresh finish
  • Stays on for 12 hours

It has a beautiful runny texture which makes it very easy to blend into the skin. However, it has stayed true to the Double Wear philosophy and is incredibly long-wearing. This foundation stays in place for 12 hours. No transfers, no disappearing acts. It also contains SPF 20 gives your skin sun coverage as well as antioxidants to protect the skin against damage caused by pollution.

I actually recommend this foundation to everyone who is after a sheer, natural finish, not just to people with dry skin. It is suitable for all skin types, won't cause acne and it feels really nice and comfortable to wear. 

Tip: Remember to shake this foundation really well to get an even mix of makeup and hyaluronic acid.

Estee Lauder Futurist Aqua Brilliance Foundation


If you have dry skin and are after a little more coverage, then I recommend the Estee Lauder Futurist Aqua Brilliance Foundation.

I love this foundation because it provides medium coverage, with a radiant finish. It contains a great blend of moisturisers which give dry skin an extra boost of hydration. This means that it sits really beautifully on dry skin, without clinging to any dry patches.

This is a great foundation to wear on special occasions, on a night out or even during winter when our skin tends to be drier.

Many of us can look washed out in photos taken with a flash or in the cooler months, but this foundation makes your skin look brighter and lit from within. 

It can really be used by any skin type, but is my go-to recommendation for anyone with dry skin who is looking for a little more coverage.

Best everyday foundation for oily skin

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation



The best everyday foundation for oily skin in Australia is Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup.

  • Medium coverage
  • Stays in place for 24 hrs
  • Soft matte finish
  • Controls oil all day

This oil-free foundation is The One for anyone who has oily skin or is prone to breakouts. It provides medium coverage with a soft-matte finish. But most importantly, it controls shine!

It has 24-hour wear which means that it does not move. Not even during a workout! It feels comfortable on the skin all day, without settling into fine lines, feeling heavy or blocking pores. This is perfect for a busy day or special occasions that go from day to night or night to early hours of the morning.

Tip #1: To avoid a cakey look, start by applying a tiny amount over the skin, then go back and add a little more to areas that need more coverage.

Tip #2: This foundation sets quickly on the skin, so I recommend applying it in sections rather than dotting it all over the face.

Tip #3: On the days when you want a lighter finish or a little more radiance from your makeup, add a few drops of Advanced Night Repair Serum to your makeup.

Best everyday foundation for combination skin

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation


The best everyday foundation for combination skin is Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup.

It is oil-free and wonderful for controlling shine on the oily parts of your face. It provides a medium-to-full coverage that stays in place all day long. It looks fresh for 24 hours and won't smudge or rub off through humidity or exercise either.

It gives a soft-matte finish, which is great for oily skin.

For the parts of your face that are prone to dryness, I recommend adding a drop of Advanced Night Repair Serum to the Double Wear makeup to add some hydration. After you have done this, apply the foundation to the drier areas. This will keep dry skin more comfortable.

To reduce the amount of foundation wastage, I recommend using a pump with this foundation.

Best Estee Lauder foundation for mature skin 

Estee Lauder Renutriv Foundation



It's hard for me to pick favourites, but if I had to, then this would be it. I absolutely love how luxurious Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Foundation feels on the skin. It is infused with Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv skincare which means that it leaves your skin feeling soft and supple. This is even before we look at the foundation finish! 

  • Flawless finish
  • Radiant glow
  • Long lasting moisture

You will also notice that it gives your skin a beautiful, luminous look with medium coverage. Because this foundation is infused with effective skin care, it delivers long lasting moisture to the skin, which keeps your skin looking fresh & dewy all day. This is really important as we get older. We don't want the foundation drying into our fine lines and looking cakey. We need to add extra moisture to our skin.

Need more help choosing the best Estee Lauder foundation for your skin type and concerns? Feel free to contact me via our Ask an Expert feature. 

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I know that for many people the naming of foundations is confusing and makes it really hard to find the right foundation shade.

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