14 brands you can count on to find the perfect foundation and concealer shade, from fair to deep

Still mixing in multi-toned products to get a perfect shade that blends seamlessly into your skin?

We totally get you! There’s always a limit to the amount of shades carried by your favourite (particularly Korean) brands. It’s either too light or not quite the right undertone.

In case you haven’t been looking at the right places, we’ve compiled a list of brands that offer an extensive range of shades to help you hit the jackpot!

Disclaimer: Some shades may not be available in Singapore stores, but you can purchase them online!

1. YSL Beaute All Hours Foundation

The newest foundation by YSL promises to be the go-to foundation for both day and night wear. In a matte finish, it is formulated to keep shine at bay while protecting the skin against urban pollutants. Very importantly, the All Hours Foundation by YSL Beaute offers 22 shades in all, which means we’re going to have an easier time finding the perfect shades on ourselves!

Recommended Foundation: YSL Beaute All Hours Foundation (SGD98)

 

DV Tip: The best way to find the shade that suits you is to the products on your jawline and not at the back of your hand! Remember to also avoid from swatching anywhere in the centre of your face in case your skin reacts badly to the product.

2. Urban Decay

The beauty market doesn’t lack cruelty-free or vegan products, and that long list includes Urban Decay. Both its All Nighter Liquid Foundation and Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup have a total of 24 shades each. Match them with your choice of Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer (11 shades) and you’re set to become an Urban goddess!

Don’t forget to complete your look with one of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes, which were all made to suit a variety of skin tones too!

Recommended Foundation:  All Nighter Liquid Foundation (SGD62), Sephora Singapore
Recommended Concealer:  Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer (SGD40), Sephora Singapore

3. Hourglass

Hourglass made waves in the media when it released its Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick for all the right reasons. The “revolutionary” and highly pigmented stick foundation has a total of 26 shades that are made to fit almost any skin tone.

Recommended Foundation: Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick (SGD76), Sephora Singapore
Recommended Concealer:  Hidden Corrective Concealer (SGD56 – 10 shades), Sephora Singapore

DV Tip: You’re on a budget and you had to pick between a concealer or foundation, which would you choose? We’d say stick foundations are the way to go! They do what concealers do and often have more coverage compared to liquid foundations. Pick one that’s for you, and you’ve got yourself covered for a natural or full-coverage makeup look!

4. Giorgio Armani

If you haven’t explored Armani’s beauty products, it’s about time you give it a try! Also touted as one of the Kardashian’s choice of foundations, its Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation’s 24 shades could easily be your lucky bet.

Recommended Foundation: Luminous Silk Foundation (USD64), Sephora USA
Recommended Concealer: High Precision Retouch (USD40), Giorgio Armani Beauty

5. NARS

Back in the days before the beauty marketplace introduced a wider shade range, NARS would be every makeup junkie’s go-to for perfectly-matched foundations and concealers. NARS’ All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, which come in 20 shades, remains as its best-selling foundation. Paired up with the Radiant Creamy Concealer (16 shades), the two products which claim to be buildable yet lightweight would give you that glow-from-within look.

Recommended Foundation: Luminous Weightless Foundation (SGD76), Sephora Singapore
Recommended Concealer: Radiant Creamy Concealer (SGD46), Sephora Singapore

6. Kat Von D

Is the lightest available foundation shade not fair enough to match your skin? Looks like Kat Von D heard the woes of our pale-skinned beauties because her Lock It Foundation comes in full on white! On the other spectrum, the brand also carries deeper shades that are suitable for those with tanner skin tones, thanks to a wide range of 31 shades in their collection.

Recommended Foundation: Lock it Foundation (SGD56), Sephora Singapore
Recommended Concealer: Lock It Concealer (SGD40), Sephora Singapore

7. Make Up For Ever

Need coverage? Make Up For Ever (MUFE) has always been our beauty gurus’ favourite for its full coverage properties. MUFE has a universal range, with 35 shades available for its Ultra HD Foundation and 10 shades ranging from fair to dark tones for its Ultra HD Concealer line. For more deep tone-friendly shades, however, its Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream would probably be a better option, offering 12 shades in total.

Recommended Foundation: Ultra HD Foundation (SGD72), Sephora Singapore
Recommended Concealer: Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream (SGD56), Sephora Singapore

DV Tip: Always try some samples before purchasing a foundation. This would help you identify your skin is fine with the product, and if the colour oxides to a tone that fits your skin.

8. Cover FX

Here’s one brand that prides itself in making specially formulated foundations that provide a precise match for all ethnicities. Its Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation has a total of 41 shades! Cover FX products are also made to be customisable, with its Custom Cover Drops (25 shades), which can be mixed with other products to create your desired foundation concoction.

Recommended Foundation: Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation (SGD62), Sephora Singapore
Recommended Concealer: Cream Concealer (SGD42), Sephora Singapore

9. Too Faced

Looking for an absolute perfect foundation? You’re in luck, because that’s what Too Faced’s Born This Way declared itself to be and we don’t think they’re lying! The medium-to-full-coverage foundation’s 24 assorted shades provides a natural finish for a variety of skin tones. This goes the same for its concealer from the same line, which has 16 shades altogether.

Recommended Foundation: Born This Way Foundation (SGD61), Sephora Singapore
Recommended Concealer: Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer (SGD44), Sephora

10. Marc Jacobs Beauty

Marc Jacobs did not overestimate the performance of his makeup line when he released the aptly-named Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate. The 22-shade full coverage foundation is also infused with nutrients that would re(marc)ably enhance the appearance of your skin.

Recommended Foundation: Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate (SGD86), Sephora Singapore
Recommended Concealer: Re(marc)able Full Cover Concealer (SGD46), Sephora Singapore

11. Becca

It’s common to see YouTube beauty gurus with deep skin swearing by Becca’s Ever Matte Shine Proof Foundation and there’s no question why! Its selection of 20 shades has flattering shades and undertones that complement dark complexions.

Recommended Foundation: Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation (SGD64), Sephora Singapore
Recommended Concealer: Ultimate Coverage Concealing Creme (SGD48 – 12 shades), Sephora

12. Bobbi Brown

When it comes to her products, makeup maestro Bobbi Brown does not neglect differences in skin colour and undertones. For foundations that claim to have the most natural skin-like finish, the Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation and Stick Foundation’s selection of 31 shades were made to easily match a wide range of tones.

Recommended Foundation: Skin Foundation (USD50), Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
Recommended Concealer: Creamy Concealer (USD27), Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

13. MAC Cosmetics

Once (and largely still) a staple for makeup lovers everywhere, MAC Cosmetics continues to produce shades that don’t only match one’s skin, but also undertones – from cool and warm, to neutral. Its Pro Longwear Foundation has 24 shades, while its Studio Fix Foundation boasts a total of 42 shades. It tops our list for having the most number of shades for its foundation!

Recommended Foundation: Studio Fix Foundation (SGD54), MAC Cosmetics
Recommended Concealer: Pro Longwear Concealer (SGD35), MAC Cosmetics

14. L.A. Girl

As far as concealers go, the L.A. Girl HD Pro Conceal has yet to meet its match in the drugstore arena. From Porcelain to Mahogany, there are 21 shades of the HD Pro Conceal collection, on top of seven other highly pigmented colour-correcting and highlighting shades.

Recommended Foundation: Pro Coverage Illuminating Foundation (SGD19.90 – 16 shades), Smoochiezz
Recommended Concealer: HD Pro Conceal (SGD9.90), Smoochiezz

 

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