Cover Photo: Courtesy of shu uemura.

The beauty market is vast and wide, and there is every chance that we may feel overwhelmed at the variety and choices available. However, it is indeed a given that the search for the perfect foundation is hard and yet so necessary. After all, one needs a clear canvas to paint a work of art. Worry no further, we've got you covered, so to speak. Let us alleviate some of the stress of searching with our recommendations of the best ones – tried and tested, of course.

1. Laura Mercier Skin Crème Moisturising Photo Edition Foundation

The term ‘foundation’ is not to be taken so lightly, especially when it comes to Laura Mercier. The brand was the pioneer and creator of the ‘Flawless Face.’ They have recently released the Skin Crème Moisturising Photo Edition Foundation, to adapt to the needs of the fervent photo-taking crowds these days. There will be no need to touch up before that flash goes off on your cameras (or others’) because this foundation is designed to be photo-ready, heat-and light-resistant and long-lasting—imagine 12 hours of photo-taking, and you still looking flawless after!

2. Burberry Fresh Glow Gel Stick

In the same vein of employing a slapdash technique to makeup, Burberry’s Fresh Glow Gel Stick is an innovative, water-infused foundation and concealer (and if you’re going all out, get a darker shade for contour, too) which provides flawless, medium to high coverage and weightless wear. It just needs to be dotted across the face and blended with fingers, or a brush.

3. Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation

Bobbi Brown has infused its Intensive Skin Serum Foundation with special emulsions that feed skin with energising cordyceps mushroom, radiance restoring bamboo grass and plumping Indian mukul myrrh tree extract. This one a must-have for the beauty junkies out there who prefer to take care of their skin instead of just masking it.

4. Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation

Those racing for time, yet like to look radiant should consider the Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation. It takes next to a minute to apply (press puff twice over the foundation and it’s enough to cover half of the face), and it keeps the skin flawless and moisturised for 24 hours! On a side note, it doesn’t cake, and has a dewy finish.

5. Chanel Vitalumière Glow

Fine and lightweight, the Chanel Vitalumière Glow provides a fresh, hydrated, plumped and comfortable formula that glides over bare skin—ideal for touch-ups, giving instant radiance on-the-go. 

6. YSL Beauté All In One Glow

YSL Beauté came up with the solution for every modern girl—a cream-to-water transformative texture which quenches and allows for dewy skin. Easy to spread, better to build. Plus, it’s non-oily and does not shimmer. It just feels like your skin, but better.

7. shu uemura lightbulb fluid and cushion foundation

That enviable glow, the ‘lightbulb’ effect that we all strive for is now achievable through shu uemura’s the lightbulb fluid foundation. Now formulated for Asian skin, this second-skin shade doesn’t need any highlighter because the formula does it all for you!

8. Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin

Mattifying, blurring and high-coverage – are those the three things you look for in a foundation? This works best if you're especially oily and shiny around the face (there is a nice type of shine, and there is another unattractive shine that we all try to avoid), so it gets rid of imperfections and shine, leaving your complexion looking smooth and flawless. Thanks to its flexible texture that moves with the skin for a breathable flawless, rest assured that your face will never look chalky. It is also water-resistant, long-lasting, and comes in 30 shades. 

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