Best Foundation for Asian Skin

Veronica Yoo
25 February, 2021

While a foundation may not be a staple in your everyday makeup routine, it’s a must-have item for when you need a pick me up and want to be feeling and looking your best. There’s a whole array of foundations out there with different functionalities like tone-up, types of finishes, and the most dreaded part finding your shade.

We don’t know about you but finding the right foundation is the easy part, you can simply feel how it reacts to your skin by doing a patch test. But what’s difficult is finding the right shade of undertone to make sure it’s not too chalky or too yellow-ish. To make finding your perfect foundation a little bit easier, we compiled a list of the best foundations that is flattering to many Asian skin tones.

Warm Tone: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation

Before we go into the foundation, let’s make a distinction between your undertones. Most distinctively, there are two types: warm and cool. You can find your undertone by looking at the color of your veins under your wrist. If they are olive-colored you lean towards warm tones, if you lean towards blue colored veins; you’re a cool tone! Now that’s covered Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation is a holy grail item if you have warmer undertones. Their shades are categorized by undertones, C for Cool, N for neutral and W for Warm, making it easier to find your shade. Their warm shades have a natural yellow tint that works to complement your warmer skin tone, making it seem more even and brighter.

Cool Tone: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Foundation showcases 44 shades of foundation. For each shade you can expect three kinds of undertones, just like the Double Wear Foundation, making it easier to find the right shade for you. If you are ever in doubt of your undertone, test the foundation on your wrist to see if it is similar to your foundation shade. In addition to the vast range of shade ranges, you can expect the Airbrush Flawless Foundation to stay on all day with its full-coverage formula.

Color Correcting: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream SPF 50+

Don’t let the name fool you, this CC cream is still a foundation! It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream is a hit amongst the Nana team with its full coverage but light application, you’ll feel like you’re wearing nothing on your skin! What’s more, this foundation boasts high SPF and UVA/UVB protection making it our go-to product every day. What we love most is how the formula blends in perfectly with the skin which ultimately diffuses the appearance of any minimal skin imperfections. Packed with collagen, peptide, hyaluronic acid and more – it’ll instantly give you a healthy-looking glow from within.  

High Coverage: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

We’re sure you’ve seen the Giorgio Armani foundation on the pages of your in-flight magazine and duty-free store. A highly popular pick amongst stewardesses due to their long-lasting effect and high coverage, the formula of Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation is undeniably radiant on the skin. The award-winning formula allows buildable coverage, allowing you to layer foundation to your desired skin appearance.

Long-Lasting: NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

Move aside NARS Orgasm blush, another scene-stealer amongst NARS products is the Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation. Just as you’d expect from the name, this foundation offers long-wear while not compromising the weight of the foundation. This lightweight foundation provides 16 hours of fade-resistant wear with buildable medium to full coverage allowing you to achieve that my-skin-but-better complexion. Not to mention, it’s infused with various fruit extracts such as Raspberry, Apple and Watermelon to smooth and improve the look of your skin instantly.

Dewy Finish: Make Up For Ever Water Blend Face & Body Foundation

Back in the day, Make Up For Ever was popular amongst professional makeup artists for their performance and a rainbow of shade ranges, but now that makeup has become more accessible, don’t fear to try some of their products. If you’re looking for a dewy finish. The Water Blend Face & Body foundation is formulated with 80 percent water! As such, the consistency is very watery, but don’t let it fool you – once it’s applied to the skin, it’ll feel like a second skin and won’t smudge easily.

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