Picture the scene - you've spent a good fraction of your morning painstakingly applying your foundation only to inadvertently side-eye a glimpse of yourself in the work loo mirror to find that every scrap of your make-up has evaporated. Where did your base even go? The same mystical place as your hair clips, socks and house keys, no doubt.
Thankfully there are some great long-lasting, full-coverage foundations out there that actually do last all day (and even make it to your post-work drinks).
Whether you are after a full, airbrushed coverage or a more natural look – we have rounded up the best long lasting foundations available to buy now.
Which foundations actually last all day? Which won't have worn off by your 3pm meeting?
1. No 7 Stay Perfect foundation
This product is perfect for achieving a natural finish and though feeling uber light on the skin, will last the entire day. No 7 Stay Perfect foundation, £14.50
2. MAC Pro Longwear foundation
Not only does this foundation boast added SPF, it promises to make your skin look 'photo-friendly' for 15 hours, making it stellar for selfies. MAC Pro Longwear foundation, £27
3. Charlotte Tilbury Magic foundation
This foundation really does seem magic as it promises full coverage whilst feeling completely weightless. It has anti-aging benefits and is recommended for skin problems such as acne and rosacea. 11 bottles in our shopping basket, please. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, £29.50
4. NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
This blends easily and you only need a small amount to achieve perfect skin. It is complete with 'Tone Technology' which neutralises redness and dullness.
NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, £35
5. Revlon ColorStay Foundation
This non-greasy formula lasts for ages and doesn't look cakey. This is perfect for those of you wanting a high-coverage at a low price. The cult-favourite comes in two formulas to specifically address different skin types.
Revlon ColorStay Foundation, £12.99
6. Bobbi Brown Weightless Powder Foundation
This looks like a powder but feels like a cream. It keeps skin shine-free through heat and humidity and is perfect for anyone with normal to oily skin.
Bobbi Brown Weightless Powder Foundation, £33.50
7. Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation
30 A firm favourite and is probably used by 85% of your friends at any given one time. This foundation promises to (and definitely does) last 15 hours, regardless of heat, humidity and constant face touching.
Estee Lauder Double wear foundation, £32.50
8. Rimmel Long-lasting Finish 25 Hour foundation
This promises to last a whole day and an extra hour for good measure. Although, we can't confirm it definitely does (we cannot forgo the nightly cleansing for anyone) we can confirm it does last for ages and it also has a nice high-quality finish.
Rimmel Long-lasting Finish 25 Hour foundation, £8.29
9. Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear foundation
Who needs a Valencia filter when you have Fenty Beauty's Pro Filt'r foundation? The makeup bag staple comes in 40 boundary-breaking shades and gives skin an instantly smooth, pore-diffused, shine-free finish.
Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, £26,
10. Avon True Colour Flawless Liquid Foundation
A lightweight liquid foundation that won't budge nor leave you blotchy-faced by your 2pm meeting.
Avon Flawless Liquid Foundation, £12
11. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
A firm favourite with the A-List - this wonder product is a must-have in any beauty junkie's arsenal. Not only does it blur imperfections, but it lights up your skin to give you that 'Just-been-to-the-Maldives' glow.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, £40
Now, here are 5 foolproof tips to make your foundation last all day
Now you have settled for one of Grazia's recommended non-budging foundations, it's now time to become acquainted with some tips 'n' tricks to give your make-up the staying power. No-one wants to spend their lunch break massaging beige liquid into their face in the work loos, agreed? ## Tip 1) Use the right foundation for your skin type
1) Use the right foundation for your skin type
No brainer, right? But you can really maximize your product's lasting-power by being smart about your skin's needs. As a rule of thumb, if your skin is oily opt for a powder/ oil free foundation and if your skin is dry then anything with 'moisturising' in the description is a firm choice.
2) Don't skip the primer
You wouldn't paint your Gogh-inspired masterpiece on an old Zara receipt would you? Even if you did want to deface the fact that you dropped half of your paycheck in under one hour (though kudos to you for not messing around). You'd want to start your painting extravaganza on the finest paper you can get your well-manicured paws on and as we are not all blessed with naturally perfect skin (note: too many late nights and red wine) sometimes you need to cheat it. That brings us to primer - a make-up bag staple, which often get's wrongly demoted to the bottom of your make-up drawer.
3) Use a damp beauty blender
MUA Kate Lee who paints everyone from Keira Knightley to Rooney Mara's face, is an avid fan of using a beauty blender for a flawless base that lasts all day. The dampness on the sponge (MUA's always keep a cup of water near by) leaves your make-up streak-free with a dewy finish. You can buy a beauty blender here or if you have lots of holidays planned which is making your bank balance ghastly, here is one from Kiko that is less than a 1/4 of the price.
4) Use a finishing powder
Depending on your skin type, a regular face powder can leave your skin looking cakey which was definitely not a look championed on the runway. To compromise, we recommend setting your foundation with a light finishing powder like Bare Mineral's Mineral Veil which is hydrating, minimises pores and keeps your base in place all day.
5) Opt for a more natural finish
Reality check - we all have imperfections - they are what make us beautiful and what makes you you. Channel your inner-hot mess, by mixing your foundation with a moisturizer for a sheer look thats super healthy and natural.