Stashing your lighter monsoon shades away and looking for a colour which matches your freshly bronzed-complexion from your recent summer beach vacation? Your moisturizing foundations for the dry air-con environment and cooler months now too oily for the hot and humid summer temperatures? Time to hit “add to cart” for that right shade that showcases your summer glow and one that withstands and lasts throughout the warmer season.
I pick out my top five summer & Southeast-Asian-weather-ready foundation picks:
Maybelline Fit Me! Matte and Porelesss Foundation Available in 10 different shades on LookFantastic, this drugstore foundation is an affordable holy grail option suitable for almost all skin tones. A medium coverage foundation, it has a natural and satin finish with amazing longevity which wears well throughout the day. Suitable for normal to oily skin, this foundation is true to its name and blurs out pores with micro-powders and absorbs oil for a natural semi-matte to matte finish. At just $11.00 a pop, I see this as a good choice for your darker months and its wide shade range provides a good transition option when your skin lightens. Can’t find the right shade? Simply mix and match and blend it to a shade which suits you!
Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation SPF20 An “intelligent” foundation which is designed to sync and adapt to different types of skin; lives up to its name of being developed by the top beauty manufacturer in Japan, Shiseido. I’ve always been a supporter for Asian manufactures for a simple reason - Asian people make cosmetics for Asian people. As per the beauty trend in Japan, this foundation is weightless and buildable with medium coverage. Choose from 7 different shades and watch how this foundation wears throughout the day, maintaining a satin finish. Suitable for oily to combination skin.
Rimmel's Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation Another drugstore number - who says makeup has got to be expensive? This foundation is raved about claiming that its a full coverage, humidity resistant and transfer proof foundation made with comfort serum designed to last up to 25 hours. 25 hours might be a stretch but it stills stay on long enough for you to achieve that almost my-skin-but-better look throughout the day. As its name suggests, this foundation is a lightweight breathable formula which covers on quite full and finishes with a satin sheen. Comes in 7 shades and suitable for all skin types, its doe foot applicator is easy and convenient to use and the formula also works wonders in evening out the skin tone. Coverage remains consistent throughout the day and is highly recommended for dry to combination skin types.
Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation This foundation’s a winner - it comes in 26 shades and boasts amazing coverage. Think medium varicosity foundation, creamy texture that blends easily on your skin. The Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation has been around for a long time and is “award winning” for good reason. The foundation sits well on the skin throughout the day, achieving an effortless and non-cakey base makeup. Tip: Some concealer formulas can be drying and cakey, use this foundation’s lightest shade 01 as a highlighter / for brightening, especially under the eyes.