The invention of the BB cushion has definitely changed the way we use beauty products. (You can read more about the history of cushion; we won’t go into it in this article.)
If you’re already using cushion foundation and love the lightweight, airy texture it provides, then perhaps you’ll want to look into expanding your cushion repertoire – and invest in other cushion products with other functions. Here are some of the products you can consider
1. Concealer cushion
Concealers in cushion form can help to disperse the product more evenly onto targeted area so the result looks more lightweight, instead of cakey.
Try: ETUDE HOUSE Big Cover Cushion Concealer (SGD20.90). In a cream-to-powder texture, this concealer comes with a cushion puff that helps to conceal dark eye circles and blemishes effortlessly. In six shades, including three colour-correcting ones, these cushion concealers help you achieve a more flawless-looking complexion.
2. Colour corrector cushion
The best formula for colour corrector to use with your favourite cushion foundation? Colour corrector cushion, of course. Its airy formula will ensure that you retain the dewy, airy look that you hope to achieve.
Try: Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Cushion Corrector + Primer Duo (USD16.95). A two-in-one formula that doesn’t just help correct undesirable tones on your complexion but also serve as a primer, this product comes in an adorable quilted pin cushion case that we simply can’t resist. In two variants, Yellow/Green (correct dark eye circles and redness respectively) and Peach/Lavender (make skin look more pink and brighten skin tone respectively), the product also comes with a sponge applicator and mirror.
3. Setting and oil control cushion
When we want to set our makeup to make sure it wouldn’t budge, or to touch up during the middle of the day when our skin oil up, we typically use a setting powder. A cushion that helps to get rid of sebum presents less risk of cakiness, and at the same time, ensures that your makeup still look dewy, instead of matte.
Try: Murad MattEffect Blotting Perfector (SGD39). Developed by Dr. Murad, a dermatologist, this is a translucent formula that absorbs oil and visibly minimise pores. Use this cushion compact to refresh skin and set makeup; the unique formula dries almost instantly and leaves your skin looking fresh instead of a dull, matte look. This is available at Sephora and the Murad counter at Robinsons The Heeren.
4. Eyebrow cushion
If you’re looking for an easy-to-use brow makeup, an eyebrow cushion may be what you’re looking for. It’s easier to adjust the amount of product you apply so you can achieve a clump-free look.
Try: Laneige Eyebrow Cushion-Cara (SGD36). This has a long-lasting liquid-to-powder texture that is water- and sweat-resistant. With two-tones in each palette, you can mix the colours to customise a shade that goes with your hair and eye colour. Best part? Refills are available, so don’t be too quick to throw out the product after you’re done! This is available at all Laneige counters and boutiques, as well as Zalora.
5. Cushion blusher
If you like how natural and subtle cream blusher looks on your cheeks, you may also like blusher in cushion form, which gives a radiant and glowing finish.
Try: L’Oreal Paris Lucent Magique Cushion Blusher (SGD18.90). This has a hydrating and lightweight formula that offers an illuminating finish, and makes your cheeks look naturally flushed with a gentle tap. This is available at all major drugstores, and on Zalora.
6. Cushion highlighter
If you’re into strobing, you’ll know that the trick to it looking fabulous is if you can create a natural-looking glow – unfortunately, because of the texture of powder highlighters, it may not have a natural effect up close. Cushion highligher, with its lightweight and moist formula may be your best bet.
Try: Laneige Cushion Highlighter (SGD34). This has a hydrating formula that uses moist glow pigments that doesn’t just adhere well to skin, but also complement cushion foundation perfectly. Its unique formula also ensures that the glowing effect looks natural, as if skin is glowing from within. This is available at all Laneige counters and boutiques, and at Zalora.
7. Contouring cushion
If an easy, natural contour appeals to you, then you can consider using a contouring cushion. Made to work better on top of your cushion foundation, this is a fuss-free product that can help you achieve a more sculpted look.
Try: Wet N Wild MegaCushion Contour-Cafe` au Slay! (USD5.99). With its formula infused within a soft and bouncy cushion compact, this product has a lightweight, buildable coverage that makes it easy to apply. Best part? It’s very affordable too!
8. Cushion lip colour
To achieve a subtle barely-there rosy lips, or the full coverage lip look, a cushion lip colour with its buildable formula will be able give you the best of both worlds.
Try: Sephora Collection Wonderful Cushion Lips (SGD16). Its formula is enriched with shea butter and oils derived from cotton seed so it can nourish and smooth the lips at the same time. With an innovative rubber-in-cushion packaging, this product is able to deliver a high coverage if you wish to get a full colour look. It finishes matte, so it’s more long-lasting. This is available at Sephora, and in six shades.