That sense of satisfaction and euphoria of finally finding the perfect foundation is so overwhelming that only women who have been there can relate to. Whether it is something that lasts long, controls oil or nourishes your skin, navigating the endless shelves and counters of beauty products can be a challenging task. So regardless of what your skin type and skin concerns are, here are the 8 best editors-approved foundations to answer your makeup prayers.
Long-Lasting: Dior Diorskin Forever Perfect Cushion, $78
With a lightweight texture, soft matte finish, buildable formula and round-the-clock wear, what more can you ask for in a foundation really?
Anti-Ageing: Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense, $105 for 15g x 2
Enriched with age-defying Red Pine extract, this nourishing cushion instantly drenches skin with hydration and energising ingredients. Thanks to its medium to high coverage finish, it smoothes out lines and banishes dullness for a plump and velvety complexion—perfect for those who struggle with foundation settling into wrinkles and fine lines.
Dull Skin: Shiseido Makeup Synchro Skin White Cushion Compact, $55 for refill, $20 for cover
Beyond providing coverage that hides skin imperfections, this delightfully lightweight cushion foundation also imparts skin with a lit-from-within radiance, thanks to its blend of ultra-fine brightening pigments. It also features an auto-adaptive Time Match Powder which diffuses skin according to skin’s sebum levels so your skin always glows but not shine.
Hydrating: La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20, $190
You will never look at makeup application the same way again, once you experience the very first application of this creamy foundation. Unbelievably smooth, it glides onto your skin seamlessly, diminishing the appearances of uneven skin tone, dry patches and fine lines. Throughout the day, your skin remains vibrant, plump and luminous.
Mattifying: Mamonde Brightening Cover Powder Cushion, $32
Perfect for those with enlarged pores and uneven skin texture, this medium-to-full coverage cushion sits on top of the skin like a sheer veil to conceal imperfections. Thanks to oil-absorbing powders, it also soaks up excess sebum during the course of the day so your complexion remains velvety matte even without setting it with a powder.
Full Coverage: M.A.C. Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, $56
Designed to meet the most demanding of conditions like photo shoots and runway shows, this full coverage foundation covers skin flaws in one simple swipe. Plus, its high performance texture stays vibrant and doesn’t oxidise throughout the day. Neither does it cake, streak, crease, fade nor sink into lines and pores for up to 12 hours. Best part, it doesn’t feel heavy at all even in our heat and humidity.
Sheer Coverage: KATE Secret Skin Maker Zero (Liquid), $29
For those looking a foundation that hides imperfection without forming a visible layer over skin, try this sheer foundation from KATE. It has a unique formula that enables it to adhere closely onto skin without feeling like you have makeup on. Also present is water soluble collagen, which keeps skin plump and dewy.
Text: Joyce Cheo / Additional reporting: Arissa Ha