The perfect man might be unattainable in the real world (yes, we’re fans of Mr Grey), but perfect looking skin isn’t. Here are the 5 best foundations for flawless skin:
Burberry Cashmere Flawless Soft-Matte Foundation, $85
Despite giving the heaviest coverage of all the brand’s foundations, the Cashmere Flawless Soft-Matte Foundation feels as soft and comfortable as, well, cashmere. “I compare it to the sensation of wrapping yourself in a cashmere scarf because it’s lightweight and so comfortable to wear,” says Wendy Rowe, Burberry’s makeup artistic consultant. The liquid foundation glides effortlessly over the face to even out skin tone and hide excess shine, while still giving the complexion a natural glow.
Diorskin Nude Air Nude Healthy Glow Ultra-Fluid Serum Foundation SPF25/PA++, $88
One of the lightest, if not the lightest, liquid foundations in the market today, this feels more like a watery skincare essence than a makeup product. In fact, it’s so fluid and weightless that it has to be dispensed with a dropper instead of the usual pump bottle or tube.
Despite being infused with oils to hydrate and treat skin, it leaves a velvety finish that never looks greasy, and even has a slight mattifying effect. What you get: glow that doesn’t cross into shine, and natural coverage that looks as if you’ve got nothing on.
Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Brightening, $80
Think of this as instant gratification, a shortcut to the dewy, glowing complexion that all K-pop stars seem to have. This foundation gives you a flawless-looking complexion – think near-invisible pores, radiance and an even skin tone – and you won’t look like you’re faking it. Its oil-control formula helps to absorb excess oil, so your complexion looks fresh for up to 12 hours.
Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Fusion Ink Foundation, $89
Made with a combination of oils that quickly evaporates upon application, this has a unique liquid-to -pigment formula. Velvety and serum-like, it melts into skin within seconds of contact, giving coverage that is so lightweight that you’ll forget you have foundation on. It also has a blend of minerals to balance skin and keep it looking fresh and matte.
Tom Ford Complexion Enhancing Primer, $100
The brand’s (and the man’s) beauty philosophy has always been about flawless, radiant skin. And this tinted base helps you achieve exactly that. While most of its peers tend to be slightly gel-like or even sticky, this hydrating primer feels more like a lightweight emulsion. It brightens skin’s undertone to reduce the appearance of fatigue, minimise the look of pores, as well as neutralise discoloration. Use it on its own to perk up dull, tired skin, or under foundation to guarantee a perfect complexion.
Photography Jasper Yu Art direction Leyna Poh
An adapted version first appeared in Female‘s September issue.
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