In an industry that’s all about glitz and glamour, male celebrities are sadly looked past when it comes to makeup looks on the red carpet. While most do not usually wear eyeshadow or lipstick, these male stars actually don a full face of foundation that looks so natural, we tend to forget they are even wearing makeup.
Just like us ladies, men are also victims of dark eye circles, hyperpigmentation, and all sorts of blemishes that can be exposed, especially under the unforgiving flashes of Hollywood cameras. Yet, they still show up to award shows with flawless skin, making us wonder, “What sort of products do they use to attain that natural finish?”
Today, we’re unveiling eight foundations that their makeup artists swear by for a perfect “no makeup” makeup look we can achieve by ourselves.
Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation
Worn by X-Men‘s Nicholas Hoult and That ’70s Show‘s Topher Grace, Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation is makeup artists’ secret weapon to create a natural matte look that resists humidity and high temperatures. This lightweight foundation has a sheer finish with buildable coverage, making it a great option for problematic skin.
Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation (50ml) retails for S$65.
Kosas Tinted Face Oil Foundation
Containing six nourishing botanical oils that moisturise and nourish your skin, this skin tint is perfect for people who do not usually wear foundation. With a light coverage and velvety finish, this is the product behind Bohemian Rhapsody‘s Rami Malek’s “natural sun-kissed” look throughout award season last year.
Kosas Tinted Face Oil Foundation (30ml) retails for S$75.
MAC Cosmetics Face & Body Foundation
According to Ben Affleck’s makeup artist, she uses MAC Cosmetics Face & Body Foundation with a bit of lotion to make the foundation look almost invisible. At a more affordable price, this product will still deliver that sheer buildable finish to give your skin a healthy sheen.
MAC Cosmetics Face & Body Foundation (50ml) retails for S$45.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Foundation
Best Actor nominee Daniel Kaluuya wore this foundation at the Oscars, giving him long-lasting glowing skin throughout the night. While providing slightly heavier coverage, this foundation gives a dewy, skin-like finish, getting you as close to Rihanna’s flawless skin as possible.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation (32ml) retails for S$55.
Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation
While a little on the pricier side, Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation is said to give you that same youthful glow after a facial. Combining precious botanicals with Japanese skincare technology, this weightless, buildable foundation is used by Oscar’s head makeup artist Bruce Grayson on many male stars to give the skin a healthy glow.
Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation (20ml) retails for S$103.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation
If you’ve ever wondered what foundation SM Entertainment artists use to give them that coveted Korean glass skin, it is the Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation. With 24-hour wear, this fresh matte, oil-free formula is lightweight and sweat-resistant, giving you a natural non-cakey finish that lasts throughout the day.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation (30ml) retails for S$71.
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
Used by one of the biggest boy bands in the world, NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is applied on BTS members to impart a glowing, satin-finish on their faces and get them looking like they have flawless skin wherever they go. Ideal for normal to dry skin, this buildable foundation illuminates the face while providing moisture as it evens out the skin tone.
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (30ml) retails for S$74.
RMK Creamy Foundation EX
Formulated from a blend of five different oils, this creamy foundation is responsible for the luminous glow of Chinese actors like Zheng Zhehan and Wei Daxun. The new formula offers a sheer and buildable coverage while being extremely long-lasting during hot and humid days.
RMK Creamy Foundation EX (30ml) retails for S$86.