From Dewy To Nourishing, These Are The 4 Foundations For Every Finish
1. Dewy Skin
We probably have the Koreans to thank for popularising this long-staying trend of dewy skin or glass skin. To emulate this look, go for hydrating foundations (and not just skincare) that are a dry-skinned girl’s best friend. Moisturising foundations are also great at combating dehydration as a result of environmental stressors.
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Cushion Foundation SPF 25/PA++,
The brand’s Healthy Glow Booster instantly delivers a fresh radiant glow when you apply this sheer, water-based foundation that boasts of buildable coverage – it’s got a hydrating hyaluronic acid derivative to thank for that. It’s also got Kalanchoe extract, an active botanical ingredient with protective properties, and SPF 25/PA++ sunscreen, that helps it strengthen and protect the skin against external aggressors.
Enhanced with nourishing rose hip oil, this foundation from Zoeva comes in medium, buildable coverage with a weightless, natural-looking and luminous finish. Available in 44 inclusive shades with a variety of warm, cool, or neutral undertones, the radiant foundation has a formula that’s designed to maintain the skin’s natural protective barrier while evening out the complexion and allowing your skin’s natural luminosity to shine through.
A medium-coverage, a luminous finish, water-resistance and a lightweight formula that masks discolouration, unevenness and blotchiness are just some things that you can expect from this pick. This one’s also good for the days where you need to be photo-ready as the formula ensures no flashback and leaves a covetable soft-focus effect.
Every blemish, dark spot, pimple scar will not stand a chance from being seen with this trend. Cue foundations that have long-wearability, high-performance formulations that do not oxidise or wear-off and can take you from day to night.
This Estee Lauder foundation is a top-shelf one for me. Why? Because it’s so much more than just a long-lasting one. True story: I once wore this to a full day at a water theme park and it didn’t budge. Though it had help from a setting powder and setting spray, the majority of the credit goes to its ability to stay put. It stays colour-true and unifies uneven skin tone, covers imperfections and won’t look grey on deeper skin tones. Even for an oily-skinned girl who lives in a humid climate like myself, it stays true to its waterproof and transfer-resistant claim.
Kat Von D Beauty Lock-it Powder Foundation, $55, Sephora
Housed in Kat Von D’s signature, sleek black packaging, this vegan powder foundation claims to deliver full coverage, instant blurring of imperfections and extreme long-wear. Smudge- and sweat-proof, this foundation won’t cake or crease too. Formulated with rice powder extract to blur away imperfections, it also contains kaolin clay that helps to give a diffused matte finish without feeling dry.
Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation, $80, Sephora
As its name suggests, this full-coverage foundation works to give your skin an airbrushed effect of a skin-perfecting filter without looking cakey. It’s reportedly as natural-looking as a second skin that erases blemishes, conceals hyperpigmentation and smoothens out the skin’s texture.
3. Weightless formulas
The no-makeup-makeup look is one that we foresee is going to be evergreen. This look allows for the occasional freckle or imperfection to peek through from under the makeup – to lend a natural effect to the base makeup, so that it won’t look OTT. This also allows for the skin to get a breather from heavy coverage days.
Stila Hide & Chic Fluid Foundation, $56, Sephora
You won’t feel like you’re wearing – on your face that is – when you have this featherweight foundation layered atop of it. With innovative silica-coated pigments that have a comfortably-cushioned, bouncy feel, it stays silky-smooth and breathable all day without caking or flaking. Plant collagen extract from a combination of five roots and veggies help to firm skin and improve elasticity, while Irish sea moss improves texture and hydration.
Nudestix Tinted Cover, $52, Sephora
This tinted foundation features an innovative Korean skincare formula with buildable tinted pigments. Natural active ingredients protect your skin from environmental ageing, moisturise your skin and improve overall texture, hydra-technology softens your skin and lightweight minerals blend with your natural tone rather than mask it.
Lately, it isn’t enough for a complexion product to just bring sufficient coverage to the table. As time-poor as we are, efficient multi-tasking products that do more because they double up as skincare products are where the money’s at.
Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Foundation, $100, Sephora
Available in a range of 36 hues, this long-wearing sheer to medium coverage product features Vita-Serum Complex to moisturise and help fight the formation of wrinkles, while Diamond Core Powder Technology helps smoothen and blur the appearance of fine lines, pores and imperfections.
Tarte Babassu Foundcealer Multi-Tasking Foundation SPF20, $60, Sephora
Touted as a one-stop complexion solution, this skincare foundation has the coverage of a foundation with the wearability of a foundation. Formulated with nourishing super balm babassu, essential fatty acids and antioxidants, it helps to hydrate and plump the skin while minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in SPF 50+, $62, Sephora
Developed with plastic surgeons, this CC cream contains skin-loving hydrolysed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins. Think of it as a seven-in-one product – it’s a full-coverage foundation, brightening colour corrector, hydrating and anti-ageing serum, poreless finish primer, dark spot concealer and moisturising day cream in one tube.