Great makeup starts with a good base. Fake perfect skin with these award-winning primers, cushions, foundations and powders.
Best Makeup Primer (Splurge)
Cosme Decorte AQ Meliority Makeup Essence SOF 25 PA++, $145 (30 ml), forms a seamless base for makeup to adhere.
Best Makeup Primer (Steal)
Make Up Store Smoothing Primer, $69 (11 g), comes in a powder form unlike most primers. It mattifies skin while smoothing out fine lines for a flawless finish.
Best Makeup Primer (Readers' Choice)
shu uemura UV Under Base Mousse POREraser CC Beige SPF 35 PA+++, $65 (65 g), dispenses in a light mousse and counters redness for a more even skin tone.
Best Anti-Ageing Cushion
Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Brightening, $74 (15 g x 2), contains whitening and wrinkle-correcting ingredients to hide blemishes and fine lines.
Best Hydrating Cushion
innisfree Water Fit Cushion, $34, contains micro blur powder for smoother-looking complexion while giving skin a moisture boost throughout the day.
Best Whitening Cushion
LANEIGE BB Cushion_Whitening, $59 (15 g x 2), contains dual-whitening technology to achieve brighter skin from inside out.
Best Oil-Control Cushion
ETUDE HOUSE Real Powder Cushion, $32 (15 g x 2), has a cream-to-powder texture that controls sebum production so skin can stay matte.
Best Foundation – Sheer/Natural Coverage (Splurge)
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation SPF 25 PA ++, $82 (30 ml), imparts a natural-looking luminescence to the skin while keeping shine at bay.
Best Foundation – Sheer/Natural Coverage (Steal)
RMK UV Liquid Foundation SPF 50+ PA+++, $70 (30 ml), is resistant to sweat and sebum, while offering great UV protection
Best Foundation – Sheer/Natural Coverage (Revolutionary)
Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation SPF 20, $74 (30 ml), is an intuitive foundation that absorbs sebum from oily parts of the skin and hydrates dry areas for beautiful-looking complexion.
Best Foundation - Medium To Full Coverage
Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick, $72 (0.25 oz), has a long-wearing, waterproof formula that blends effortlessly into skin while concealing all imperfections.
Best Foundation - Medium To Full Coverage (Readers' Choice)
Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation, $62 (30 ml), is a foundation that stays up with you. It offers a matte finish and
Best Foundation - Radiance
shu uemura The Lightbulb Aerial Compact, $60 for refill, $8 for sponge, $12 for case, has a light-as-air texture that gives skin a luminous finish.
Best Foundation - Hydrating (Splurge)
Clinique Even Better Powder Makeup Water Veil SPF 27 PA++++, $53 for refill, $29 for case, gives skin a natural, porcelain finish.
Best Foundation - Hydrating (Steal)
Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation, $25.90 (30 ml), lasts for 12 hours and has a soft-matte finish that doesn’t dry skin out.
Best Foundation - Mattifying
L’Oréal Makeup Designer Paris Mat Magique Bright Mat Foundation, $28.90 (30 ml), absorbs excess sebum to leave skin matte and shine-free for 12 hours.
Best Tinted Moisturiser
Estelle & Thild BioHydrate All-in-One Tinted Moisturiser, $63 (50 ml), is enriched with hyaluronic acid to moisturise skin, while diminishing imperfections and erasing pores.
Best BB Cream (Tie)
ORBIS Whitening BB SPF 40 PA+++, $38 (35 g), is a serum, sunscreen, makeup base, foundation concealer and finishing powder in one – perfect for busy women.
Best BB Cream (Tie)
Dr.Ci:Labo BB Perfect Cream Enrich-Lift SPF 40 PA++++, $64 (30 g), this nine-in-one BB cream contains 85 per cent beauty ingredients and evens out skin tone as well.
Best CC Cream
IT Cosmetics – Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream SPF 50+, $62 (32 ml), hides imperfections and contains anti-ageing skincare ingredients to give you radiant-looking skin.
Best CC Cream (Readers' Choice)
SK-II Auractivor CC Cream, $115 (30 g), brightens, moisturises, protects while covering flaws to give skin a luminous glow.
Best Loose Powder
IT Cosmetics – Bye Bye Pores Poreless Finish Airbrush Powder, $42 (6.8 g), this lightweight powder smooth away pores and wrinkles.
Best Loose Powder (Readers' Choice)
Shiseido Translucent Loose Powder, $72 (18 g), gives skin a matte finish, while hydrating it with encapsulated Super Hydro-Wrap Vitalizing DE and Bio-Evening Primrose Oil.
Best Pressed Powder
ASTALIFT Lighting Perfection Pressed Powder SPF18 PA++, $49, is infused with antioxidants to defend against free radical damage while giving skin a bright finish.
Best Pressed Powder (Readers' Choice)
Maybelline White Super Fresh UV Powder Foundation SPF 34, $23.90, gives you 12-hour flawless protection against sebum and sweat so skin stays fresh all day.