Your Guide to the Most Effective Foundations for All Skin Types

A great foundation is key to nailing any beauty look.

It creates the perfect canvas for other make-up products by covering imperfections, evening out skin tone, and imparting a dewy, natural or matte finish that’s long-lasting. Another hallmark of a good foundation is its oxidation-proof properties, which ensures it doesn’t change shades throughout the day.

Read on for our picks of the best foundations to add to your vanity now.

This story first appeared on Prestige Singapore

(Main image: NARS; Featured image: Dior)

NARS has launched its new Soft Matte Complete Foundation, which is transfer-proof and promises full coverage with a matte finish. The foundation is oxidation-resistant thanks to the incorporation of Anti-Oxidation Complex — so you can be assured it’ll retain its shade throughout the day — and can last for up to 16 hours. It’s also infused with Hydramatte Balancing Complex, a blend of micro-algae and Bio Hyaluronic Acid which hydrates your skin while keeping excess sebum at bay, as well as superior oil absorbing powders for that flawless, matte complexion. Available in 19 shades, the foundation is exclusively available only in NARS boutiques.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation offers high coverage with a transparent finish. Formulated to last 24 hours without caking, the foundation is favoured by make-up artists for photo shoots. Available in 29 shades, it is buildable to a medium finish with hyaluronic spheres to ensure comfortable wear on all skin types.

The Le Cushion Encre de Peau is arguably one of the most iconic products from YSL Beauté. Now available in eight shades, its reformulation, infused with jasmine petals from the YSL Ourika Gardens, is buildable to a medium finish with shine control and provides a matte glow without drying out skin.

Burberry introduces the Matte Glow foundation that imbues skin with a long-lasting luminous matte finish. Available in 30 shades, the formula helps keep shine under control and for those who perspire easily, it is also resistant to humidity and heat.

If you want a very natural, almost matte nude finish, the Neo Nude Foundation from Armani is your pick. A buildable formula that hydrates all day, it is also more suited for oilier skin types since it is in the form of a water-based light oil emulsion. It also contains hyaluronic acid, glycerine and mineral pigments to impart a natural glow to skin.

Two new foundations by Dior – Dior Forever, for a comfortable matte finish, and Dior Forever Skin Glow for a vibrant glow – boast impressive 24-hour wear and are infused with nourishing floral extracts of moisturising wild pansy and skin-refining rosehip. For a perfect colour match, use with the complementary Dior Forever Skin Correct concealer and Dior Forever Couture Perfect Cushion for touch-ups.

Each bottle of the Estée Lauder Re- Nutriv Ultra Radiance Liquid Makeup has been infused with two peridot stones, rhodochrosite, green jade and micro-fine gems like sapphires, rubies and South Sea pearls to impart radiant, glowing skin. Available in five shades.

By Terry’s latest vegan Hyaluronic Hydra-Foundation offers long-lasting and hydrating buildable coverage for a lumi-matte finish. With hyaluronic acid as its key ingredient, it holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water, has antioxidant properties and is suitable for all skin types and ages. Available in 18 shades.

Shu Uemura’s signature foundation suitable for Asian skin tones now comes in a semi-matte glow finish. With 24 shades, the new Unlimited Glow Breathable Care-In-Foundation formula is infused with Japanese organic rice extract and white peony to condition and soften skin while imparting radiance.

Urban Decay’s Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation is a matte, waterproof and vegan formula that lasts up to 24 hours. Available in 24 shades spread over six intensities, three master tones and three undertones, the buildable medium coverage is lightweight and breathable too.

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