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The Korean Foundations And Concealers We Love

These are the Korean foundations and concealers that we've given the green light to.

Base makeup is a must-have for us, and we especially love cushions and makeup that come from the land of K-pop. After trying out a plethora of Korean foundations, there is a handful that we tend to re-purchase. What we ask for isn’t that difficult. We prefer our foundations to be high coverage (or at least buildable) with SPF. It should also have a weightless formula that feels like a second skin and not settle into my fine lines.

Besides foundation, concealers are also a must. They help to brighten the undereye area and of course, cover up any spots, blemishes and other imperfections. Here, the best ones that we’ve tried to date.

Amore Pacific Age Correcting Foundation Cushion Broad Spectrum SPF 25,
This cushion foundation from Amore Pacific will be both your foundation and your anti-ageing sunscreen. The formula combines potent anti-ageing ingredients and cushion technology for a tightened, polished appearance and a light, effortless application. The anti-ageing formula contains a powerful combination of potent botanicals and technology that improves skin visibly. Its Even-Layer Protective Technology conceals pores and visibly evens out skin tone to prime skin; Green Miracle T helps to restore skin and boosts natural suppleness and density for a youthful appearance, green tea polysaccharides protects skin’s surface from environmental aggressors and SPF protects skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays that cause skin aging. Innisfree My Foundation, $34.02
This one’s got our vote because it comes in a wide variety of 50 formulas to choose from. You can determine the moisture level, coverage, shade and undertone to find one that best fits your skin and its needs. Espoir Pro Tailor Foundation Be Glow SPF 25 PA++
Available in 10 shades, this foundation gives you that coveted Korean dewy skin and doesn’t compromise on its coverage and mileage. Aprilskin Perfect Magic Cover Dual Cushion, $29.50, Guardian
This compact houses both a cushion foundation and a matte powder in it, and its convenience is just one of the reasons that we adore it. This combination has been tested by the brand to last up to 48 hours for a flawless and radiant complexion. The foundation contains skin-loving aqua ceramide and hyaluronic acid to maintain the skin’s moisture and tea tree extract in the matte powder helps sebum control. Pony Effect Coverstay Liquid Foundation Beige, $55.90, Watsons
You won’t have to worry about oxidisation throughout the day when it comes to this foundation. Upon application, you’ll find yourself with a blank canvas – that’s matte but not cakey – to apply makeup onto. Hera Black Foundation, $75
Following the success of the signature Black Cushion foundation, Hera introduces the Black Foundation, a 24-hour long-lasting foundation that’s going to impress you. The semi-matte foundation blends into full coverage with a lightweight formula. We love that the product spreads easily regardless of how it’s applied to the skin –  with a BeautyBlender, fingers or brushes.   WakeMake Defining Cover Concealer
This concealer stands out because it doesn’t settle into fine lines, especially under the eyes. The only negative of the tea tree-infused formula is that it only comes in three shades, Porcelain, Warm Ivory, and Natural Beige.   Etude House Double Lasting Foundation, $33.90
This liquid foundation blends easily onto the skin, does not settle into fine lines and gives a semi-matte finish. It is also very long-lasting and provides a medium to full coverage without making the skin look cakey. Missha M Radiance Foundation, $29.90
If you want to achieve a radiant, flawless finish, this foundation is perfect for you. It is extremely lightweight and provides nourishing, moisturising and UV shielding benefits. Laneige Water Glow Gel Foundation, $59
Koreans are known for their dewy, supple skin so it’s no surprise that many of their foundations help you achieve that look. With a buildable formula, this gel-type foundation contains 70 per cent moisture and also smooths out the skin’s texture. 3CE Cover Cream Foundation, $41, Sephora
This creamy foundation gives medium to full coverage and gently melts into the skin for fresh, luminous wear all day. It is also formulated with camellia and moringa seed oil to ensure that the skin stays hydrated. Clio Kill Cover Airwear Foundation, $29.90, Watsons
This features the brand’s air touch technology which provides buildable coverage with a weightless texture. It is also made with a skin-lifting serum and aquaporin to even out skin tone and improve skin elasticity. Pony Effect Pro Fit Liquid Concealer, $29.70, Watsons
This is definitely in our roundup holy grail of concealers as it is very lightweight and does not crease especially when applied to the undereye area. Its smooth, blendable formula is another plus point. Tip: dot it across the areas that you want to conceal, as a little of this product goes a long way. The Saem Cover Perfection Tip Concealer, $7, www.lazada.sg
This covers spots and blemishes on the skin like a dream. It has a very creamy formula and even contains SPF to protect the skin from harmful UV rays. The best part? It brightens up the undereye and can even double up as an illuminator to give you a subtle, natural-looking glow.