11/08/2014 12:17 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

​Make Up: Top 5 Foundations

Shopping for a new foundation can be confusing. With so many new products, BB and CC creams shouting for attention on the beauty counters it's easy to be distracted. Yet, a good foundation is still one of the best ways to create a flawless face and smooth base for your make up.

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Jourdan Dunn wears a creation by Burberry during the autumn/ winter 2013 catwalk show, as part of London Fashion Week in Hyde Park, London.

When choosing a new foundation, ask yourself what are the most important factors you're looking for from your coverage. Do you want to cover spots, blur fine lines or even out skin tone? Are you after a 'no make up' look? Or do you want to create a smooth base? This will help you to narrow down the choices.

Also think about your skin type. If you're trying to mask a shiny T-Zone or coping with an outbreak of dry skin this will effect your choice of product. Dry skins should look for a foundation that gives glow. Oily skins look for foundations with a matte effect to give a shine free finish.

The absolute worst foundation disaster is to finish with the dreaded mask-like effect or more commonly known as the orange chin line. "The tip to applying your foundation like a professional is to always use a brush," says celebrity makeup artist Claire Ray. "With a brush you can blend your foundation really well into your skin and it gives a polished, flawless look."

To help you navigate the beauty counter maze here's our round-up of top five foundations to give you a glowing complexion all year round.

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