Choosing the right foundation is probably one of the most challenging tasks you’ll face in your makeup repertoire. There are just too many questions to ask yourself, and even more foundations to choose from:

  • Do you need a sheer or full coverage?
  • Do you prefer matte or dewy finish?
  • Do you like liquid, cushion, or powder foundation more?

To help you cut the clutter and find “the one”, here are recommendations from some of the newest launches, organised based on what you want to achieve as your “dream skin”.

Your dream skin: Hydrated, luminous, and natural

You don’t have visible problems on your skin and you prefer that your skin still looks like skin after foundation. The barely-there makeup look is what you’re after, and you are looking for a foundation that’s lightweight and hydrating.

Try: Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Aqua Nude

This lightweight foundation is formulated with the Aqua Plump technology that ensures that skin is hydrated and plump by distributing water evenly over skin surface and the heart of epidermis. Its finish is supposed to feel like luxurious lingerie – hugging the curves of your face snugly and delicately, and with absolute comfort. The Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Aqua Nude will retail at SGD81 from September, and is available in nine shades (and in three tones). It will be launched together with the Lingerie de Peau Cushion, for those who prefer a compact packaging.

Your dream skin: Blemish-free, smooth-looking finish

Your ideal foundation is one that helps cover blemishes and redness, but most importantly, it has to do it subtly so your makeup still looks smooth.

Try: Kate Secret Skin Maker Zero (Liquid)

This liquid foundation is designed to help cover problematic areas including smoothing out the look of pores, and concealing redness effortlessly. Dispensing just the right amount of product, it makes it easy for even makeup beginners to get their makeup routine right. The Kate Secret Skin Maker Zero (Liquid) is available in six shades and retails at SGD29 at Sasa and Watsons.

Your dream skin: Radiant skin that exudes a well-rested glow

Your skin looks fatigue and dull because of your stressful lifestyle. You love your skin looks after a good holiday – it looks bright, even without much makeup on. All you need to do is to apply some lipstick and you’re good to go!

Try: Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

Tired of being told you “look tired?” You can probably tell from the name of the product that this is what you need. Infused with vitamin C, it has anti-fatigue benefits to reduce the look of tiredness and dullness, and improve radiance of your skin. The Wake Me Up Foundation retails at SGD24.90, and is available in six shades, at selected Watsons stores.

Your dream skin: Dewy skin that looks lit-from-within

You know that the secret to the je ne sais quoi about your favourite celebrities is the natural-looking glow in their skin. This is why when it comes to choosing a foundation, you look for one that can help you look lit-from-within without heavy strobing.

Try: YSL Beauté Touche Eclat Le Cushion

Most people are familiar with the iconic Touche Eclat by YSL Beauté, the highlighting pen loved by professional makeup artists. Now, the 25-year-old product combines with modern technology to offer you the Le Cushion, designed to deliver fresh dewiness, and a youthful-looking glow.

The most exciting part of this product is probably its ability to let you customise the amount of highlight and coverage you like. It comes with a bi-material sponge (that has a smooth side and a flocked side) to help you achieve the complexion you desire, like an adaptable dimmer switch for your skin.

The YSL Touche Eclat Le Cushion will retail at SGD92, and its refill at SGD58. In four shades, it will be available at all YSL counters and stores from October.

Your dream skin: Oil-free, matte finish that’s long-lasting

You’re practical – you know that the humid weather of Singapore is makeup’s great nemesis, and definitely works against your combination or oily skin type. This is why a mattifying foundation that keeps your skin looking shine-free even after an extended period of time wins your favour.

Try: Sephora Collection 8HR Mattifying Compact Foundation

Formulated with micronised pigments to seamlessly blend into the skin, this powder foundation refines and evens out your skin tone, creating a full and natural-looking coverage. You’ll also love its ergonomic sponge that is built for precise application, so you can reach every curve on your face easily. This is available at SGD29 at all Sephora stores.