Cover These are the best foundations for Asian skin to add to your routine (Photo: Courtesy of Dior Beauty)

Whether you’re looking for full coverage or a no-makeup-makeup filter, these high-end foundations for Asian skin will work wonders to make your skin look flawless

Using the right foundation is an essential step to perfecting your beauty routine. From concealing imperfections to enhancing skin texture, it’s no secret that a good foundation is key to creating a smooth canvas for make-up.

With most Asian skin tending towards yellow or golden undertones, formulas without hints of pink and blue are exceptionally flattering on our warm complexions. But with so many formulas available on the market, finding the perfect shade that closely matches your unique skin tones can be tricky.

Luckily, there are more brands celebrating the diversity of Asian skin these days, offering extensive shade ranges to make the foundation matching process easier. Keep scrolling to discover Tatler’s selection of the best foundations for Asian skin. No matter your skin type or complexion goals, there’s bound to be an option that ticks your boxes. 

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Make Up For Ever HD Skin Foundation

Make Up For Ever’s reboot of its iconic Ultra HD Foundation offers up to 24 hours of buildable coverage with a semi-matte, natural-looking finish. Available in 18 shades from fair to tan, the formula is water- and sweat-resistant that’s ideal for Asia’s hot and humid climates. Bonus points for the exclusion of animal-derived ingredients and sustainable packaging. 

Nars Light Reflecting Foundation

Nars’ Light Reflecting Foundation has been a firm favourite among beauty lovers since it hit the market, and for good reason: the formula delivers ample coverage with a natural finish, while also being breathable for all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone skin. Featuring 19 shades formulated with a variety of Asian undertones light ivory to deep olive tones, the product also helps strengthen the skin’s barrier and improve skin’s clarity over time.  

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Charlotte’s Beautiful Skin Foundation

If you’re looking for a medium-coverage foundation that delivers radiance and contains skincare benefits, this formula from Charlotte Tilbury should be in your rotation. Hyaluronic acid, rose complex and coconut extract are the stars of the foundation, which offers all-day hydration and an impressive 16-hour wear while improving the skin's appearance. What more could you want? 

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Dior Forever Skin Glow Foundation

A little of this luxury foundation from Dior goes a long way, and it also does a decent job at keeping the skin looking supple while soothing it with nourishing ingredients for all-day wear. The formula is offered in a variety of shades ranging from cool to neutral and warm, which is also resistant to sweat and humidity, making it the ideal addition to your summer make-up routine.  

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

A roundup of the best foundations for Asian skin would be remiss without bringing up this long-wear formula from Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty. It comes in an extensive range of 50 shades to suit women of all skin tones, which is easily buildable to offer a soft matte finish that will stay put even in the warmer season. 

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Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Liquid Foundation

Those with oily or combination skin will love this foundation from Lancome. Specially developed for Asian skin tones, the long-wear formula promises to offer a velvety medium coverage and works to blur imperfections, keep shine away and resist sweat for up to 24 hours.  

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

All-day coverage? Check. Wide shade range? Check. Flawless finish that’s resistant to heat and humidity? Absolutely. Estée Lauder’s Double Wear is an all-around crowd-pleaser that’s easy to apply and long-lasting. No matter your skin type, the formula will glide onto the skin beautifully, leaving your complexion looking perfected without being heavy. 


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