In Singapore’s hot and humid weather, it can be hard to find a foundation that will last. Whether you are after a full, airbrushed coverage or a natural, dewy look, here are the best long-lasting foundations that can withstand the humidity and keep your skin looking fresh all day long
#1 Anessa Perfect BB Base, $30.90, exclusively from Watsons
Don’t let its name fool you. The Anessa Perfect BB Base is a makeup base, long-wearing foundation and sunscreen rolled in one. The lightweight texture goes on thinly, and evens out your complexion with its sheer-to-medium coverage that lasts up to 12 hours. It’s the perfect base if you’re going to be outdoors in the sun, or sweating it out doing sports as it is resistant to sweat and water. You get good sun protection with its SPF50+ PA++++, and it also comes with an amazing technology that strengthens its sun protection element when skin comes into contact with sweat or water.
#2 Chanel Le Teint Ultra Fluid Foundation, $85
This gives you serious staying power up to 10 hours even if you have oily skin. A little goes a long way as this densely textured foundation obliterates the appearance of greyish dark circles, redness and blemishes instantly with a thin layer. Start with a small amount and spread it quickly as it sets quickly and can be hard to blend if you take your time. The finish is semi-matte thanks to a formulation of two types of powders: one to blur the appearance of pores and the other to give you natural looking radiance.
#3 HERA Black Cushion, $75
This cushion foundation keeps skin shine-free through heat and humidity, and is perfect for anyone with normal to oily skin. It gives you a semi-matte, semi-radiant finish with medium to high coverage. This creates a beautiful complexion as it significantly reduces the look of enlarged pores, redness, dark circles, and even makes your skin look smoother. The matte finish doesn’t make your skin feel or look dry. And for those with oily skin, this doesn’t oxidise at all, has effective oil control and you may not need to blot until after four to five hours. While most Korean cushions have similar colour codes, this runs a shade lighter so you should test it against your skin before purchase.
#4 Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick, $76
Promising up to eight hours of wear, this is a long-wearing foundation stick that gives you concealer-like coverage, creamy texture of a liquid, and weightlessness of a powder for full coverage without a mask-like appearance. It covers redness and blurs imperfections like blemishes and fine lines, and provides a smooth, matte finish. It is also the perfect travel foundation being multi-purpose, lightweight and handy.
#5 Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation, $68
This oil-free liquid foundation leaves your complexion looking fresh even after a 10km evening jog outdoors – not that we are encouraging you to wear foundation to a run. The oil-free formula adheres to skin well and doesn’t come off easily when you accidentally touch your face. The medium-to-high coverage is buildable, and it covers redness and blemishes effectively. It also holds your blusher, highlight and contouring powder well. The finish is semi-matte, smooth and non-cakey looking. If you have combination or oily skin, this is your best bet as it has oil-absorbing ingredients to leave your complexion shine-free.
#6 Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation, $80, from Sephora
This won’t budge nor leave you blotchy-faced by your 3pm meeting. Designed to be resistant to sweat, humidity and water, the oil-free liquid foundation feels weightless on skin, provides medium to high coverage and helps blurs the look of blemishes in a lasting matte finish. It doesn’t leave skin feeling dry or tight, and coverage can last up to 10 hours without touching up. Good for all skin types, you should use a small amount at any one time as the formula dries down quickly to adhere to the skin.
#7 Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Liquid Foundation, $74
Made for those who prefer a sheerer coverage, this foundation gives you that your-skin-but-better look. Lasting up to 10 hours, its super-fine pigments create a natural-looking finish that is hardly detectable. The foundation sets beautifully shortly after application so you don’t need a loose powder after and can go straight to the blusher with zero product transfer. It comes in a handy squeeze tube so it’s easy to control how much product you need.
#8 Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation, $64
This budge-resistant, water-based foundation stays put on your skin for up to 12 hours. With a light coverage that is buildable, this lightweight formula makes fine lines look less obvious and can even cover redness and acne scars without looking cakey. It also doesn’t transfer much so you hardly get that foundation film on the screen of your mobile phones
Text: Simone Wu / Additional reporting: Arissa Ha
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