Rain, rain, go away—dryness will run high when the cold months come in. Give up your lightweight BB creams and bring in foundations that can deal with skin problems the weather, its humidity, and quick changes in temperature will bring.
It’s also a good time to switch to foundations with thicker formula that can offer better coverage, especially if your skin is still recovering from hyperpigmentation and unsightly spots your beach forays and excess sun exposure have brought about.
We’ve rounded up 10 different foundations for every need, day or night as you navigate new challenges in the coming months.
1. Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
Pro: Weightless this may be, this foundation provides full coverage that will leave little for your concealer to do.
Con: While best for people with oily skin, its ultimate matte finish might also guarantee caking if your skin is of the dry or combination type.
Nars. Available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source, Glorietta 4. For more information, visit their website
2. L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup
Pro: Slowly making its way to cult status, this foundation acts like a second skin and hardly budges throughout the day.
Con: It might be a bit too sheer for some, so apply a few more layers to achieve the coverage you desire.
L’ Oreal. Available at SM Makati, PCX Glorietta 3. For more information,visit their website
3. Clinique Super Balanced Makeup
Pro: Developed with the dermatological precision Clinique is known for, this foundation won’t irritate your skin or aggravate a pimple as it evens out your skin tone.
Con: The formula is a bit oily and can be tricky to store and apply. Make sure to shake before applying so the oil binds with the pigment well and always keep in a cool, dry place.
Clinique. Available at SM Makati, SM Megamall, Rustan’s The Beauty Source Glorietta 4. For more information, visit their website
4. Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide
Pro: This foundation can be used as a sheer base for a light, daytime look but can also be piled on for medium coverage.
Con: Since it’s in a squeeze tube, application can get messy especially since it’s designed with the dispenser below.
Laura Mercier. Available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source, Glorietta 4. For more information, visit their website
5. MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation
Pro: Touted as a waterproof foundation, this won’t go anywhere even after drenching yourself in sudden downpours. It’s also good for those whose tans have caused a major disparity between the face and the neck
Con: Since it’s waterproof, you need a tough makeup remover when you need to take it off at the end of the day. Too waterproof can be a bad thing since the product, when not cleaned thoroughly, can cause your pores to clog up.
MAC. Available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source in Glorietta 4, SM Makati, and SM Megamall. For more information, visit their website
6. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup
Pro: A Lisa Eldrige favorite, this foundation gives full coverage for 15 hours, and is good to use when layering on lots of other products.
Con: Since it’s oil-free and gives a smooth finish, it can be very drying on the skin.
Estee Lauder. Available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source Glorietta 4. For more information, visit their website
7. Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation
Pro: This bright red tube doesn’t seem to deliver much at first sight, but trust us when we say it gives a camera-ready finish with a few drops.
Con: The shade range is limited and favors light-skinned individuals with yellow to pink undertones.
Koh Gen Do. Available at Beauty Bar outlets. For more information, visit their website
8. Make Up Forever Face & Body Liquid Makeup
Pro: This unique foundation offers a gel-like texture for a more moisturizing and long-lasting finish.
Con: It can look a little too dark especially if you’re acidic or if you have combination skin.
Makeup Forever. Available at Glorietta 3 and Mega Fashion Hall. For more information, visit their website
9. Lancome Miracle Cushion
Pro: Cushion foundations are the newest trend in this makeup department. Reach for this if you want a dewy glow on gloomy days. It’s moisturizing and cooling too
Con: The shade range is a very limited for darker skin tones while those with fairer skin tones might find it too yellow or too pink.
Lancome. Available at Greenbelt 5. For more information, vist their website
10. Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation
Pro: Packed with SPF 15, this foundation helps cover up acne scars, blemishes, dark spots and redness while reflecting light to complete the illusion of healthy skin.
Con: It’s a little pricier given the amount of product you are getting per bottle and compared to similar brands.
Shiseido. Available at Greenbelt 5 and Greenbelt 3. For more information, visit their website
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