Beauty & Style

How to pick the best foundation for your skin type

It’s not enough to find the perfect shade, you also need the right formula to achieve flawless-looking skin. Otherwise, you risk having skin that looks patchy, cakey, oily or even dry.
 

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT FOUNDATION FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE

Tips to help you pick the best foundation for dry-combination skin

How to choose foundations if you have oily skin

How to pick the best foundations to help dry skin

 

 

GET THE FOUNDATION FINISH YOU WANT:

Marvellous Matte

What’s not to like about a matte look, which gives skin a touchable yet refined and flawless finish?

Get matte perfection with these:

Givenchy Eclat Matissime Fluid Foundation Airy-light Mat Radiance SPF 20/PA++, $86
Sephora 10hr Wear Perfection Foundation, $29
Lancome Blanc Miracle Bright-light Creator SPF50+/PA++, $72
Guerlain Tenue de Perfection Timeproof Foundation Ultimate Lasting Perfection SPF 20/PA++, $77
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder, $73 Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super-charged Foundation, $70

{TIP} Begin with Good Skincare: To get a flawless matte look, exfoliate regularly to get rid of rough patches, and keep skin well moisturised so that foundation can glide on smoothly, and not look uneven.

 

A Touch Of Radiance

Even if your skin is less than glowing, you can still fake radiance with a foundation.

Bring out your natural glow with these:

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence with BB SPF50/PA+++, $19.90
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Bright Transformer SPF35/PA+++, $19.90
Biotherm White D-tox CC Smoothing Base SPF 50+/PA++, $62 Shiseido Sheer and Perfect Foundation SPF15, $56
YSL Beauty Youth Liberator Serum Foundation, $89

 

{TIP} Get More Radiance: If your radiance foundation doesn’t give you enough of a healthy glow, dab on a blue or lilac makeup base under the eyes and above the cheekbones, before concealer and foundation, to boost the glow, says makeup artist Larry Yeo.

 

Go Dewy

Recreate the dewy complexions of Korean starlets by applying a brightening makeup primer before foundation, and dabbing a highlighter on top of your cheekbones and over your brow bone.

Light up your complexion with these:

Dior Glow Maximizer Light Boosting Primer, $65
Cle de Peau Beaute Brightening Enhancer Base, $105
RMK Glow Stick, $33
Shiseido UV Protective Liquid Foundation SPF43/PA+++, price unavailable
Shu Uemura The Lightbulb Fluid Foundation, $75

 

{TIP} Maximise It: Bring out your dewy cheeks by dabbing a mattifying powder over your nose bridge, under your eyes, and above and below your lips.
 

 

Photography Veronica Tay 
Art Direction Chelza Pok 
Hair Alvin Foh/Urbanhair Ginrich at Seviin (6737-7813), using Goldwell 
Makeup Larry Yeo, using Cosme Decorte 
Model Wang Bei/Mannequin Studio

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