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The Best Foundation For Asian Skin

By Rebecca Jenkinson - 1 year ago | Updated
Top foundations for asian skin

Finding the right foundation shade is never easy and those with a brown complexion know the struggle all too well.

There are a vast range of shades within the Asian community, something that beauty brands previously didn’t take into consideration. The result was often an unnatural orange finish or an ashy complexion. Luckily, things are thankfully changing (and about time to) and brands are finally starting to get it right by catering to all skin tones.

That's why we’re happy to be sharing a diverse selection of foundations for Asian skin that will make you look and feel phenomenal, no matter the occasion.

How to find your skin tone

Choosing your foundation shouldn’t be a lucky dip, instead you need to be prepared before you make your purchase. To do so, it's important to understand your skin undertone. This can either be cool, warm or neutral. Broken down that means:

  • Cool is pink, red or blue tones
  • Warm is yellow, peach or golden tones
  • Neutral is a mixture of the two

More often than not, Asian skin has a warm or neutral undertone. In fact, yellow, peach and golden undertones can help Asian skin tones achieve a brighter and healthier looking complexion. However this of course all depends on the individual and what you feel most comfortable wearing.

So whether it’s a glowy finish or a matte look, the Cosmetify team are here to help.

Bobbi Brown Skin Long Wear Weightless Foundation SPF15 - Warm Golden

Makeup favourite Bobbi Brown offers a range of complementary shades for brown complexions, like this incredible full coverage, mattifying, 16-hour foundation. Skin Long Wear Weightless Foundation is waterproof, sweat-proof and contains nourishing, skin-loving ingredients for weightless and comfortable wear. You'll be left looking picture-perfect – this complexion saviour is an absolute must-have.

NARS Cosmetics Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

This super lightweight bestseller by NARS gives you incredible smudge-proof coverage for up to 16 hours and comes in 35 shades that contain innovative skin-matching technology for an immaculate finish. Radiant Longwear Foundation is infused with raspberry, apple and watermelon extracts that smooth your skin and give you a beautiful, dewy glow, meaning it fully deserves to be on our list of the best foundations for Asian skin.

EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Liquid Foundation 30ml - 15.0

Newcomer EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Liquid Foundation has earned a place on our list of the best foundations for Asian skin through its lightweight, liquid consistency that evens your skin and uses light diffusers to conceal imperfections. The super blendable formula gives you a seamless finish that’s buildable yet breathable, and the result is a dreamlike, luminous complexion. So why not give this vegan, oil- and fragrance-free foundation a try?

MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF15 Foundation - NC45

Shop the iconic MAC Studio Fix at Cosmetify. This liquid foundation has a buildable coverage with SPF15 which protects your skin against harmful UVA/UVB rays. With a whopping 67 shades, there is a huge range of undertones and colours to choose from. Once you’ve found your shade apply with your favourite foundation brush to achieve a natural matte finish. The lightweight formula feels comfortable on your skin, while still covering blemishes and imperfections.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation - 9-Warm

Celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury is famed for her gorgeous line of luxury products and it’s no wonder there was a long waiting list for this foundation when it first hit the scene. With 44 shades which cater to all skin tones and textures, there’s truly a foundation for everyone. Jam packed with nourishing ingredients, this formula feels weightless on your skin while also providing a natural matte finish.

bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation - 25-Cinnamon

Struggle with oily skin? Don’t worry. This mattifying compact powder foundation is a great option for medium to full coverage makeup looks. Brush over your complexion to control shine and blur any imperfections. It offers a long-wearing solution that is great whether it’s in the office or on the dancefloor. And with 20 shades, it’s never been easier to find the perfect colour match.

Fenty Beauty PRO FILT'R Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Of course we couldn’t make a list of the best foundation for Asian skin without including the brand of the moment, Fenty Beauty. Queen RiRi has graced us mere mortals with a vast array of fantastic products, but one that truly stands out is the wide ranging PRO FILT'R Soft Matte Longwear Foundation. Discover the perfect shade and create a stunning base for the rest of your makeup.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation Makeup SPF10

With more focus on diversity, it’s great to see more brands widening their shade range. Thankfully, another brand that stocks a vast range is Estée Lauder. Their Double Wear foundation has built cult status as it stays put all day - beating heat, humidity and smudging. The intelligent combination of ingredients provides a buildable semi-matte finish.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation - 11

For a glowy look, why not opt for the Luminous Silk Foundation? The award-winning formula boosts radiance and has a buildable coverage, which smooth your skins texture and correct any imperfections. It is one of the best hydrating foundations for Asian skin tones and feels weightless all day long. Not to mention, it blends and buffs effortlessly.

Sleek MakeUP Lifeproof Foundation - LP09

High quality foundations don’t all have to cost an arm and leg. This affordable Sleek MakeUP Lifeproof Foundation is a great affordable option for people searching for the best foundations for Asian skin on a budget. It is perfect for oily and combination skin as it creates a soft-focus finish to smooth your complexion. You also have the choice of 24 shades which look fantastic all day.

This beautiful range of foundations is the answer to all your makeup prayers. You now have ten incredible picks to help you slay every day or at any special occasion. The only downside is having to decide which to get first!

If you're looking for more answers and inspiration, why not check out our articles on the best foundation for dry skin, the best foundation for pale skin and the best foundation for dark skin tones?

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