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The Best Foundation For Asian Skin

By Finlay Ferdinand and Rebecca Jenkinson - 2 months ago | Updated
Top foundations for asian skin

Finding the right foundation shade is never easy and those with a darker 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 radiant-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 SPF 15 - Warm Golden

Bobbi Brown Skin Long Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15

Makeup favorite 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 savior is an absolute must-have.

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NARS Cosmetics Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

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 tones.

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EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Liquid Foundation 30ml - 15.0

EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Liquid Foundation 30ml

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?

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MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation - NC45

MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation

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 colors to choose from. Once you’ve found your shade apply with your favorite foundation brush to achieve a natural matte finish. The lightweight formula feels comfortable on your skin, while still covering blemishes and imperfections.

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Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation - 9-Warm

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

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.

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bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation - 25-Cinnamon

bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation

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 color match.

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Fenty Beauty PRO FILT'R Soft Matte Longwear Foundation - 345

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.

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Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation Makeup SPF 10

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation Makeup SPF 10

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.

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Armani Luminous Silk Foundation - 11

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

For a glowy look, why not opt for the Luminous Silk Foundation? The award-winning formula boosts radiance and has a buildable coverage, which smooths your skins texture and corrects 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.

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Revolution Conceal & Define Foundation - F14

Revolution Conceal & Define Foundation

High quality foundations don’t all have to break the bank. This affordable foundation from Revolution 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 demi-matte finish to smooth your complexion.

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Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiere Foundation

Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiere Foundation

This super hydrating formula comes from the experts at Laura Mercier. As the name suggest it gives you a gorgeous, luminous glow that is perfect for dry skin types. Better yet, it also has color-true pigments that don’t oxidize. This means the hue stays the same all day long, with a long-lasting medium to full coverage finish.

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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Le Teint Foundation - 70-Beige

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Le Teint Foundation

A luxury option to add to your makeup bag is this YSL must-have. It feels weightless on the skin, while still providing 24hour coverage. It’s also non-comedogenic and dermatologically tested, so is perfect for sensitive, acne prone skin types. Simply buff into the skin using the specially designed Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Foundation Y-Brush.

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Shiseido Synchro Skin Self Refreshing Foundation

Shiseido Synchro Skin Self Refreshing Foundation

Fed up of your foundation fading, creasing and melting throughout the day? Shiseido have got you covered with his ingenious formula. It contains ActiveForce technology, which prevents the effects humidity, oil and heat. It’s also waterproof so you can rest assured your foundation is going to look glam all day long.

And, not to mention, it comes in 30 shades infused with responsive sensory technology, so it seamlessly blends with your skin tone for a flawless finish.

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Huda Beauty FauxFilter Skin Finish Buildable Coverage Foundation Stick

Huda Beauty FauxFilter Skin Finish Buildable Coverage Foundation Stick

This one is perfect for the beauty lovers who want a quick and easy-to-use foundation option. Simply swipe the stick over the specific areas you want to cover and buff into the skin with your favorite foundation brush or beauty sponge.

This Huda Beauty foundation lasts for up to 10 hours and gives you a buildable finish. It’s perfect for everyday natural looks or full on glam vibes.

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Uoma Beauty Say What?! Foundation

Uoma Beauty Say What?! Foundation

The Say What?! Foundation is a great option for Asian skin tones as it comes in huge range of shades, with 51 hues to choose from. It also has six custom formulas, which means you can achieve the best coverage for your skin type. With a featherlight finish, this foundation feels comfortable on the skin all day long and is a versatile addition to every makeup kit.

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Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

In order to achieve a flawless finish, get your mitts on the Born This Way Foundation. This is a super popular choice in the beauty world, thanks to the wide shade range, as well as the hydrating and nourishing formula. Simply buff, blend and bounce over the skin to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, blemishes and uneven skin tone.

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Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation

Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation

Get party ready with this full coverage, long-wearing foundation, which comes in a range of versatile shades. It’s the perfect formula to keep excess oil and shine at bay all night long. It also blurs any imperfections and ensures you look flawless no matter how many hours you spend on the dancefloor.

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The Ordinary Serum Foundation - 3.1Y-Dark

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

This cult-favorite foundation is a hit with beauty bloggers and editors not only because it has a wide array of shades in multiple undertones, but it also has a purse-friendly price tag. It’s super affordable foundation option for all skin tones, which provides a natural-looking, fresh and luminous finish.

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Dose of Colors Meet Your Hue Foundation - 122 Medium Tan

Dose of Colors Meet Your Hue Foundation

To say we’re impressed with the Dose of Colors shade range would be an understatement. They have 42 to choose from that vary from fair to deep, all with a lightweight, matte finish. This is a great choice for oily skin types who want a refreshing foundation option. Oh, and it’s free from nasties, as well as entirely cruelty-free and vegan.

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Natasha Denona Transformatte Matte Foundation

Natasha Denona Transformatte Matte Foundation

Last but not least, is this beautiful product from Natasha Denona. Again, this nourishing foundation has a matte finish that seamlessly blurs pores, uneven texture and blemishes. It also comes in 35 cool and warm toned shades so you can easily find the perfect match for your skin tone.

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This beautiful range of foundations is the answer to all your makeup prayers. You now have twenty(!!) incredible options to help you slay every day or at any special occasion.

If you're looking for more answers and inspiration, why not check out our articles on the Beauty Hub?

Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.