The definitive guide to MAC foundations.



There are just so many different variants when it comes to choosing a foundation: colour, texture, tone, finish – and the rest.

Finding the perfect colour is hard enough, let alone finding the right texture for your skin type. The one thing I’ve realised about people is that often they are wearing the wrong texture foundation and not making the best out of their skin.

Here is a quick guide to understanding liquid MAC foundations. So you can go forth and choose wisely.

Let’s kick this off with the most famous and most bought:

  • Studio Fix Fluid

Fix is a medium to full coverage foundation and is buildable. It’s a matte finish so it great for oily skin. Thick formula, so lasts up to eight hours. SPF 15.

  • Studio Sculpt



Medium to full coverage, gel based formula, build-able. It’s a satin finish, better for a dry or mature skin. However, I feel this foundation is a bit misunderstood. When you heat it up in your hands it turns to a cream. Use your finger tips to pat it into your skin. Less is more. The finish is really lovely when it’s applied correctly.

Sometimes, I like to use it on the high planes of my face, like nose, forehead, chin, and cheek bones, over my regular foundation to give the skin a nicer finish. SPF 15.

  • Mineralize 


This is a light to medium coverage foundation with a light reflecting satin finish. Best on dry skin, this foundation has almost a shimmer effect, and for people like me with open pores and fine lines it’s not the best. This foundation just highlights imperfections. If you have perfect, young flawless skin and you just need a subtle glow, this is the one for you. SPF 15

  • Face and Body



Low to medium coverage, buildable shine finish, water resistant and long wearing. This foundation gives a skin like finish and has no SPF so is ideal for photographic and bridal use. It can be worn two ways: very light, or if it’s left to oxidize or rubbed vigorously between your hands, it will be fuller in coverage.

There are three more types of MAC foundation; find out if one product is right for your skin over on