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According to a survey done by Daily Vanity in 2015, foundation is ranked as the most important makeup product by most respondents and it’s not surprising why. The first step of our makeup routine, foundation helps us create the complexion we’d like to have, and forms the canvas on which we do the rest of our makeup.

You may have read reviews or hear of friends swearing by a certain foundation, only to be disappointed when it doesn’t work as well on your skin. This is probably because your skin’s needs are very different from these reviewers. Instead of telling you exactly which ones we are gushing over, we thought it’ll be a better idea to give you recommendations for 10 different foundation, according to your heart’s (and skin’s) desires.

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1. High coverage

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick in Porcelain

If coverage is a top concern, chances are, you’re always dealing with the discomfort of piling on a thick layer of foundation, followed by tons of concealer. If this sounds familiar, consider the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick. It comes with the coverage of a concealer, with the fluidity of a liquid – this way, you can achieve great coverage while it glides on easily onto your skin. You’ll be thankful that it also has a relatively lightweight finish, compared to most other foundations that offer high coverage. This retails at SGD72 and is available in 26 shades. Find it at Sephora stores.

2. Buildable coverage

Clio kill cover stamping foundation 2

Perhaps you’re looking for something that can offer you a light, airy look on off-duty days, but versatile enough to build up coverage on occasions when you want to hide a few blemishes. Look no further than Clio Kill Cover Stamping Foundation. It has an innovative double-layered net structure that allows you to pick up just the right amount of liquid, and also comes with a unique stamping sponge that helps deliver a natural-looking finish. Simply bounce the sponge a few more times on areas that you’d like to see more coverage on, and watch it pile on seamlessly. This retails at SGD39.90, and is available at selected Watsons stores.

3. Natural-looking, luminous glow

Shu Uemura Lightbulb Aerial Compact Foundation

Is dull-looking complexion the bane of your life? While highlighting powder can add a glow to your skin, for a more natural look, a radiance-boosting foundation will be your best friend. Try the Shu Uemura Lightbulb Aerial Compact Foundation. This contains crystalline pearls that reflect cool spectrums of colour so your skin no longer look dull, but clear and bright instead. With a light-as-air application, thanks to the aerial sponge that is designed for it, this foundation is able to deliver a sheer veil that gives the look of luminosity. This is available in 11 shades tailored for Asian skin tones, at SGD60 for refill, SGD12 for case, and SGD8 for the sponge. It will be available from 1 September at all Shu Uemura counters and boutique.

4. Freshen up dry skin

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation

The problem that people with dry skin face is that foundation may sometimes make dry lines and flakiness look more obvious. This is why you should look for an intensely hydrating foundation that can leave your skin looking fresh throughout the day. The Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation is a lightweight, water-gel foundation that is formulated with 80% water and enriched with pro-vitamin B5, both of which ensures hydration in your skin. Those with dry skin and hoping to achieve a dewy glow will find some hope in this product. (By the way, this is also a body foundation!) It retails at SGD72, and is available in 20 shades, at Sephora stores and at the Make Up For Ever Academy & Pro-Loft (#01-06, 36 Armenian Street).

5. Matte finish for oily skin

Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation in G40

The most annoying thing for someone with oily skin when it comes to foundation is probably how it can make your skin look shinier and “dirty” when sebum mixes with foundation in an unflattering way. If you have this problem, go for the Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation. This gives a matte finish thanks to the oil-absorbing microspheres and Amazonian Kaolin Clay in the formula. If you have acne-prone skin, you’ll be glad to know that it also contains anti-inflammatory ingredients to reduce redness and irritation. This retails at SGD56 at all Sephora stores.

6. To hide obvious pores


Is enlarged pores a pet peeve? The Laneige BB Cushion_Pore Control will keep them in check. First, it targets at sebum, which is the key factor that makes pores look more obvious, by controlling oil to keep your skin looking matte. At the same time, it has moisturising properties to help skin look fresh. It also gives a light reflection effect and excellent coverage to conceal the appearance of pores. Bonus: This product is part of the Laneige x Lucky Chouette collection, which features super adorable owl mascots! The limited edition Laneige x Lucky Shouette BB Cushion_Pore Control retails at SGD59, and will be available exclusively at Takashimaya D.S. B1 from 25 August, and at all Laneige boutiques and counters from 1 September.

7. Great for touch-up

Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup

When it comes to touch-up, you may not want to re-do everything, but to only reapply on areas where needed. This method will keep your complexion looking fresh and natural. Use the Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup. This is an innovative stick that combines the liquid foundation and cushion applicator in one, making it easy for on-the-go application – you simply twist the base of the stick to dispense the product. The cushion applicator gives a light touch to help buff and blend the product. This product will be available from September at all Estee Lauder counters and boutique.

8. Easy application

Sephora 10hr wear perfection foundation

If you’re a makeup novice and are looking for a foundation that’s easy to use, you’ll probably love the Sephora 10HR Wear Perfection Foundation. Its formula is filled with hyaluronic acid for moisturising and vitamin E for protection, and can be easily applied using a sponge or even your fingers. It gives a natural coverage, smooth texture and long wear. This is a crowd-pleaser that’s easy to use – even if it’s the first time you’re using foundation. This retails at SGD29, and is available at all Sephora stores.

9. Comfortable wear

chanel sublimage le teint

Spend a lot of time wearing your makeup? Then a foundation that feels comfortable on your skin all day long will please you. The soon-to-launch Chanel Sublimage Le Teint has a hydrating formula that feels like skincare, thanks to its creamy texture that eases comfortably onto your skin. Besides boasting of a radiance-boosting formula that’s backed by years of research, it also offers 12 hours of hydration, achieved by retaining moisture within the skin. To further help with seamless application, it comes with a specially-designed brush that complements the formula. This retails at SGD207, and will be available from 7 October at all Chanel counters and boutique.

10. Multi-functional

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ SPF 50+

If you’re a little lazy when it comes to your beauty routine, then a product that works as a foundation, but also serves as everything else you need, will be perfect for you. Consider IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Illumination SPF50+. This delivers seven products in one: a foundation, sunscreen (it offers SPF50+), brightening colour corrector, anti-ageing serum, pore-minimising primer, dark spot corrector, and moisturising day cream. It retails at SGD62, at all Sephora stores.

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