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The Best Foundation For Asian Skin

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

Finding the right foundation and concealer 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.

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 bag.

Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer

Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer


While this Stila foundation doesn't have quite as many variations as the Uoma Beauty above, the long-wear formula carries plenty of cool and warm shades to choose from. If you've got oily or acne-prone skin, you'll love the oil-free formula, which gives you a matte, full-coverage finish infused with vitamins and minerals. Plus, the multi-tasking product saves you the extra step of putting on a concealer.

bareMinerals Original Liquid Mineral Foundation SPF 20

bareMinerals Original Liquid Mineral Foundation SPF 20


Another skin-loving option for sensitive and acne-prone complexions is this super lightweight foundation from bareMinerals. Once you've picked your perfect shade from anything between Fair to Deepest Deep, enjoy the buildable coverage that not only hides imperfections but protects the skin with mineral-based SPF.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Hydrating Foundation - 345

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Hydrating 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 PPro Filt'r Hydrating Foundation. Discover the perfect shade and create a stunning base for the rest of your makeup.

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.

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.

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation


Choose from over 20 shades with different undertones (pink, red, neutral and yellow) and get a natural matte finish that feels incredibly comfortable and lightweight while still hiding your blemishes. With added SPF 15 to prevent future dark spots and premature ageing, what's not to love?

The Ordinary Serum Foundation - 3.1Y-Dark

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

$7.50 $8.00 (7% off)

Another entry from The Ordinary, 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.

L.A. Girl Pro.Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Liquid Foundation

L.A. Girl Pro.Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Liquid Foundation

$8.62 $17.22 (50% off)

Another reasonably affordable choice, this L.A. Girl foundation delivers serious glow, gliding on comfortably and blurring imperfections for photo-worthy, long-lasting makeup. And the wide of range of shades with various undertones means everyone can enjoy their moment in the spotlight.

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation


What about the days when you just want sheer coverage for that little extra oomph without looking overdone? We always reach forIllamasqua's Skin Base, a lightweight, creamy foundation that gives you a wash of colour and healthy dose of hydration. You'll be looking radiant in no time.

This beautiful range of foundations is the answer to all your makeup prayers. You now have ten 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 the best foundations for acne-prone skin, the best foundations for oily skin and the best foundations for dark skin.

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.

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