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The Long-Lasting Foundations Beauty Editors Actually Use (And Love)

You can’t go wrong with this tried-and-tested foundations that have won over discerning beauty editors.
Dior Forever, $85
“I am always out for more than 12 hours a day, which is why I prefer using foundations that actually last — and this is one I have been using on rotation. It did not make my skin look oily midday and I did not have to do any touch-ups thanks to two new structuring agents that help the product adhere to the skin, while preventing it from becoming destabilised by heat or humidity. It also has absorbent beads to neutralise shine and create a velvet, natural-looking matte finish. Plus, it blends so easily and feels weightless and comfortable on my skin.” — Sofia Kim, Writer, Female Singapore Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation, $93
“It’s transfer-proof, sweat-proof and water-proof, making it ideal for looking flawless in our weather. Plus, half a pump is all you need for a high-coverage, velvety finish. I was also told that you don’t need to use it with a primer, so it’s time-saving as well.” — Arissa Ha, Beauty Editor, The Singapore Women’s Weekly Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation, $59, at LookFantastic
“Whenever I have a long day filled with appointments, I reach for my Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation. I love it because all I have to do is put it on in the morning and forget about it for the rest of the day. It’s full coverage without looking cakey and has a beautiful velvety finish that doesn’t settle into lines as the day goes on. They have an option for oily skin as well in a wide range of shades.” — Smita Desouza, Beauty Editor, CLEO Armani Beauty Power Fabric Foundation, $90
“From the first time I used it, I was so impressed by its full yet natural-looking coverage. It is formulated with lightweight oils that give it a lightweight and bendable texture. Upon application, it glides on and melds into the skin seamlessly to give a luminous, second-skin effect.” — Lim Pei Mei, Associate Beauty Editor, Nuyou Singapore Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense, $105
“Unlike many Korean cushion foundations, this one gives a satiny finish instead of a dewy one. Even though it has a buildable to full coverage, the texture is still very fine and lightweight, which my oily-combination skin type appreciates. Plus, it blends easily and I just have to lightly dust some pressed powder on it and my skin stays flawless all day long.” — Joyce Cheo, Senior Content Specialist (Beauty), SPH Magazines Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick, $76
“Not a huge fan or user of foundations but when I need major coverage that goes the distance, I reach for Hourglass’ Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick. Its creamy, concentrated formula blends and builds effortlessly, and sets into a radiant matte finish that stays comfortable and crease-free for hours. Its wide shade range and long-wearing pigment just means I have sticks to highlight and contour too.” — Dana Koh, Beauty Editor, Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore Maybelline Superstay 24H Full Coverage Foundation, $24.90
“In the past, nothing stayed on my oily-combination skin and often by midday, I would look like I didn’t have any foundation on even though I spend time and effort applying makeup base, foundation and setting powder in the mornings. That is until I tried this foundation. It has a slightly thicker texture and takes a bit more time to blend out, compared to more fluid textures, but it’s totally worth the effort. It has a skin-like finish that isn’t too matte or too dewy, and lasts almost all day (sometimes I need a touch up on my oily T-zone if I’ve been out for lunch on a hot day).” — Melissa Chew, Associate Beauty Editor, Her World