A foundation helps cover all imperfections, blemishes, and dark spots on your skin. However, finding the best foundation for Asain skin tones is a real task. Asian skin tones are unique and native to this continent. We have cooler and warmer undertones with skin tones ranging from fair to deep. Not only this, but you must also find one with a formula that glides effortlessly, stays on the skin for long periods with melting off, and offers a non-cakey finish.
It might be challenging to land on the perfect one with so many things to keep in mind while finding a foundation for Asian skin tones. To help you and make things easier, we’ve curated a list of the top 10 foundations for Asian skin tones. Check and grab them before it’s too late.
Let’s Understand The Asian Skin Tone
Considering how Asia is only the largest continent on this planet (Geography 101, anybody?), it goes to say then that the diversity in the various skin types found here is astounding too. Now, whether you’re just starting out in the world of makeup, or are already a pro at it, here are a few things to keep in mind before you set out to find your perfect match –
1. Undertones and complexion don’t always go hand in hand.
A rookie mistake most people do while buying a foundation is to match the foundation to the color of their skin simply. You’d think that if the foundation matches your skin, then it must complement it too, right? Wrong. Fair or dark or somewhere in between, you could carry warm or cool undertones to your skin. While people with cool undertones have a pink or blue hue to them, people with warm undertones carry yellow or olive hues to their skin. Most Asian women have strong yellow undertones, but remember that this is not the rule, and you might be fair with warm undertones, or dark with cool undertones, or vice versa.
2. Checking your undertone is not nuclear physics.
An easy way to check what sort of undertone you have is to stand under a bright overhead light and check the color of the veins on your forearm. If your veins appear green, you have a warm undertone; if blue, then cool. If even this seems too difficult, just use a MAC NC shade chart to know.
3. Finding the right foundation may not be a cakewalk.
Sometimes even though you may identify your complexion and undertone correctly, stores may not carry your particular shade of foundation in which case, do not go for a shade lighter or darker as that’ll make your face look pasty white/caked up. Instead, mix two shades to get an intermediate one that suits you better. If you feel you aren’t accomplished enough to do it by yourself, get a friend or cosmetician to help you.
How To Choose The Best Foundation For Asian Skin Tone – Important Tips
- The most important thing to remember while buying the right foundation is to test it on yourself instead of blindly buying something online. Even if you feel like you’ve found the right match on the shade chart, trying it on yourself in person will give you a better idea of just how well the foundation goes on your skin and looks under different light conditions.
- Always test the color of the foundation you’ve picked on your jawline to check how seamlessly it blends in with the rest of your skin. Avoid testing it on your forehead or cheek.
- Blend the foundation into your skin and check under conditions of both natural light and artificial light for the best results. Once again, do not buy shades darker or lighter than your actual color unless you want to look like a ghoul/pancaked ghoul, in which case, more power to you!
That said, here’s our list of the 10 Best Foundations for the Asian skin tone –
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Best Foundations For Asian Skin
With its broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15 protection, the MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation is a modern foundation that gives you medium, buildable coverage for a natural matte finish. Easy to apply and easy to blend, it’s the perfect long-wear foundation that helps minimize the appearance of pores and imperfections to give your skin a smooth and flawless finish.
- Absorbs oil to give a great matte finish
- Good coverage, easy to build
- Combines SPF
- No breakouts
- May cause dryness if used as a standalone
MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation Review
The MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation has been an obsession with us for years now. No, really. If we had to lock something up from this age in a time capsule for our future generations to see, this foundation would definitely make that list. As pioneers of the undertone shade chart, they carry a wide range of foundation shades that covers pretty much every woman on this planet, but if you still don’t make it to that list, BLEND!
A no-fuss, no-muss foundation, the MAC studio foundation is a liquid foundation that gives you decent coverage allowing you to build it up quite nicely. A true boon to oily skinned women particularly, the oil-absorbing formula in this foundation does a fantastic job of absorbing every little hint of oil from our skin to give it a superb matte finish that we can’t help but touch. The only ‘con’ if we had to think of is that women with dry skin might find this formulation a little too drying for their skin. However, you can always fix that by starting off with some moisturizer before applying this liquid foundation. Yes, it really is that simple! 5 cherry-topped stars for this little ‘genie in a bottle.’
Made with the NARS Complexion Brightening Formula, the NARS Sheer Matte Foundation is an oil-free, matte-finish foundation that provides buildable coverage to control oil and shine throughout the day. Use regularly for improved skin brightness, radiance, and texture. Recommended for normal to oily skin types.
- Minimizes discoloration
- Lasts long
- The oil-free foundation, replete with oil-absorbing formula
- Brightens skin
- Sheer, lightweight foundation
- Can be built up well
- Not suitable for people with dry skin
- Lacks SPF
- Lacks a pump to dispense the product
NARS Sheer Matte Foundation Review
Close on the heels of the MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation, comes the NARS Sheer Matte Foundation. Quite similar to the MAC foundation in terms of buildup and coverage, NARS is one step ahead of MAC when it comes to its oil control formula. We tested this foundation on ourselves to find that even after a full day out in the Sun (4-5 hours out and about), the foundation had great staying power and continued to keep the oiliness under control. Hello. What. Will You Marry Me Already? NARS claims that if worn regularly, it helps improve complexion and skin texture too. Now, while we haven’t used this foundation long enough to test that claim, we sure are digging how great it looks on us and makes us feel. Women with dry skin would be well advised to stay away from this, though, as the oil control can get too much in their cases, leaving the skin looking flaky. Another teeny con for us was the lack of SPF. So, if you do decide to get this product, make sure to add a good sunblock to your shopping cart too.
The Estee Lauder Double Wear SPF 10 Foundation feels so lightweight and comfortable to the skin that you won’t believe it’s super long wear. Specially formulated to give you a flawless and natural look, it lasts through heat and humidity without changing color or coming off on your clothes!
- No breakouts
- Good coverage
- Lasts long
- Combines SPF
- The glass bottle makes it difficult to carry
- Needs a strong makeup remover to be taken off
- Not recommended for women with dry skin
Estee Lauder Double Wear SPF 10 Foundation Review
There seems to be a wide market out there for women with normal to oily skin. And if you’re in that category, then here is another great product for you. Estee Lauder has always been on our watch list for its moderately affordable products that go on our faces like a dream. Coming to the foundation itself, the Estee Lauder Double Wear SPF 10 Foundation is a super long wear product that beats both MAC and NARS in this category. If you’re a busy woman that doesn’t want to deal with the hassle of constant reapplication, the Estee Lauder Double Wear is your new best friend. Waterproof, transfer-proof, and with the goodness of SPF, our only complaint with this little baby is that it doesn’t work very well on dry skinned women as it has a tendency to start looking pancake-y. The glass bottle too makes for a bummer for the jet-setting woman as it isn’t very travel-friendly. However, if those are cons, you just rolled your eyes at, then, like our top pick for women with oily to combination skin, make sure you get your hands on it. It will definitely stay with you longer than your boyfriend ever will!
The Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation is a unique formula that boasts of light-reflecting pigments that capture your skin at its best light, day or night. The added goodness of moisturizers gives your skin a double boost of hydration all day long for that perfect dewy finish.
- Hydrating and moisturizing
- Recommended for women with dry skin
- Low coverage
- Not recommended for women with oily skin
Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation Review
Finally! A foundation created keeping the needs of the dry skinned women in mind. With an absolute lack of anything matte, which is a boon for women with dry skin, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation is a lightweight, sheer foundation that has provided the best dewy look we’ve seen in recent times. Though marketed as a medium coverage product, it’s really more of a sheer product that needs to be built up for medium coverage if that’s what you’re looking for. The hydration formula present in it did a good job of keeping the skin feeling moisturized and not like it’d been trapped in the Sahara for the past century. Oily to combination skinned women, especially ones with fading scars, would be well advised to stay far, far away. But if you have normal to dry skinned and looking for that perfect dewy finish, our advice to you would be to hold on to this foundation and never let go.
The Advanced Real Moisture Liquid Foundation from the beauty brand Touch In Sol is the perfect foundation for dry skin. It is lightweight yet intensely hydrating. The formula is creamy and rich in moisture and gives you flawless coverage in a single swipe.
- No mineral oils
- Contains added fragrance
- Not recommended for women with oily skin
Touch In Sol Advanced Real Moisture Liquid Foundation Review
The Touch In Sol Advanced Real Moisture Liquid Foundation is an excellent option for those with dry skin who don’t want to aggravate their skin with drying makeup. This foundation comes highly recommended by beauty editors and makeup artists alike. We particularly loved how easy it was to apply. All we had to do was apply a sufficient amount after the primer or makeup base and spread it evenly all over the face. A little dabbing finished the job flawlessly. The formula is surprisingly lightweight for such an intensely hydrating and creamy foundation. The liquid foundation is available in 5 shades that perfectly match various skin tones, although we do feel that there is scope for more accuracy and range in the shades available. As a foundation, the performance is reasonably standard, and it delivers what it promises. You get buildable coverage that can help hide blemishes, uneven patches, and redness. The foundation incorporates a water-holding technology that retains moisture on the skin’s surface and keeps it from drying out. You also get three additional benefits – it works as a sunblock, whitens the complexion, and prevents the appearance of wrinkles – that protect your skin from external aggressors. The 5-free formula is free of harmful chemicals like parabens, mineral oils, ethanol, tar-based pigments, and animal ingredients. Oily-skinned beauties would do well to stay away from this product as it is recommended for dry skin only.
Since its debut, Etude House has made subtle but steady inroads into the global fashion market. As an Asian beauty brand, they understand the Asian beauty market better than most Western competitors. Coming to their foundations, the Etude House Double lasting Foundation is a lightweight, watery foundation that provides BRILLIANT coverage.
Etude House Double Lasting Foundation Review
We decided to test their claim of 24-hour power on ourselves, and are happy to report that summers, humidity, and sweat; notwithstanding, the foundation stayed on for a long time without needing any reapplications. Our only grouse with this foundation would be that somewhere around midday, the foundation started to oxidize, giving the skin an ashy, tired appearance, which is why it definitely needed some tinkering. But if you’re looking for a foundation that works for a set duration, this is an affordable foundation that students and working women alike can afford. Keep in mind, though, that since this is a highly pigmented formula, you absolutely must apply it with a light hand if a soft, natural look is what you have in mind. Overdoing this may just land you a role in the next Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Maybelline Dream Urban Cover Foundation Makeup SPF 50 is a protective foundation makeup that gives a natural-looking finish and protects the skin with a broad spectrum SPF 50. It is a lightweight formula enriched with antioxidants for protection against pollution. It blends smoothly, giving you an even-toned, flawless coverage.
- Variety of shades
- Suitable for all skin tones and textures
- Might not suit sensitive skin
- Contains fragrance
Maybelline Dream Urban Cover Foundation Makeup SPF 50 Review
Maybelline is a trustworthy, immensely loved American brand known for its wide range of skincare and personal care products. This dream urban cover foundation from the brand is a lightweight formula that provides full coverage while looking naturally flawless on your skin. The range has got a shade for every skin tone and texture, making it usable for everyone out there. The gentle formula blends effortlessly with fingertips, a makeup sponge, or a beauty sponge. We like its thin texture that allows the skin to breathe while keeping it moisturized. It doesn’t feel cakey, emphasize fine lines, or break out the skin. Overall, this product is a must-try to quench all your skin needs.
Shiseido’s Maquillage Dramatic Powdery UV Foundation is a unique powder foundation made from the mousse. Using a one-of-a-kind ‘Mousse Press Process,’ the fluffy mousse made of beauty essence water wand powder is converted into a powder foundation that blends seamlessly into the skin to cover visible pores and give you an even skin tone. The best ‘barely there’ natural finish to bring out the beautiful you.
- Great coverage
- Powder-Mousse formulation
- Can be used by women of all skin types
- No fragrance
- Needs to be used with a light hand
- Overdoing it may lead to a caked up look
Maquillage Dramatic Powdery UV Foundation Review
Another Japanese favorite, don’t be fooled by its appearance. The Shiseido Maquillage Dramatic Powdery UV Foundation may call itself a powder foundation but actually goes on like a liquid foundation. With some seriously mind-blowing coverage, it can be used by women of dry or oily skin alike thanks to its mousse formulation that keeps the skin suitably moisturized at all times. Great for use as a standalone product, too, i.e., minus a primer and/or concealer. The only glitch with this foundation is that there’s a very thin line between just this much and too much, and it can go from being perfect to over the top within a matter of seconds. Hence, usage with a light hand is highly recommended.
The 3CE Glossing Waterful Foundation combines the goodness of foundation and moisturizer to give you a sleek product that leaves the skin looking flawless and never cakey.
- Sheer foundation
- Creamy liquid consistency
- Glossy finish
- The highly limited shade range
- Low coverage
- Not travel-friendly
3 Concept Eyes Glossing Waterful Foundation Review
After all the waves K-pop has been making the world over, it’s now time for K-beauty to make its entry on the global stage. 3CE is a Korean brand that manufactures a wide range of beauty ranges that are quite popular in the local market. Coming to the 3CE Glossing Waterful Foundation itself, you’d be well advised to read the name again. It is a glossy, super-watery foundation, and anyone who wants otherwise would be well advised to stay far away. Most reviews on this offering from 3CE have been conflicted due to its low coverage that hides no blemishes, but we’re of the belief that if you live in a cold country, or are looking for a lightweight foundation for the winter months, you cannot have chosen a better product than this. The foundation is extremely runny and goes on the skin quite smooth, though it hides pretty much nothing, except for evening out the skin a fair bit. Another thing we like about this product is that it’s a great glossy foundation for someone looking to try a look other than dewy or matte, but minus any shimmer. The added moisturizer benefits are a huge plus too. All in all, a decent product provided you know what to expect when you pick it up.
Benefit Cosmetics’ ‘Hello flawless’ Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation is an oil-free foundation that instantly brightens and provides a natural finish. Combining the goodness of Benefit Cosmetic’s exclusive Oxygen Wow Hydrating Complex, it hydrates and boosts cellular respiration for a skin-plumping effect that combats varied environmental stressors. Vitamin C and E derivatives present in it are known to prevent signs of aging.
- Contains SPF
- Oil-free foundation
- No breakouts
- Dewy finish
- Does not last long
- Not recommended for women with oily skin
- Not transfer-proof
‘Hello Flawless’ Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation Review
Benefit Cosmetics’ ‘Hello Flawless’ Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation runs high on cute. A light to medium coverage formula is a liquid foundation that is ideal for everyday wear, especially if you have dry to normal skin. While there are many better foundations out there in the market, why we feel Hello Flawless is a decent bet is because, at the said price point, it does a good job of coverage without causing any breakouts. The hydration factor and added SPF makes it a good standalone product for dry skinned women as it gives it a great dewy finish. Though not particularly recommended for oily to combination skin women, if you must use it, make sure you use a good moisturizer or hydrating primer on your face before using this foundation. As it isn’t transfer-proof and doesn’t last too long either, we’re going with three and a half stars for this one.
*Subject to Availability
The Asian skin type is peculiar and unique. Finding the right foundation for your skin tone can be slightly tricky. You need a foundation that will glide smoothly on the skin’s surface and will not give a cakey finish. The foundations on our list help hydrate the skin, keep your skin soft and supple, and provide great coverage and flawless glowing skin. These products are oil-free, waterproof, and lightweight. However, some products are not made for every skin type. So read the reviews and the buying guide well to choose the foundation that complements your skin tone and undertone.
Why Trust StyleCraze?
Jyotsana Rao, the author, is a skin care enthusiast. She has spent hours going through several health and beauty forums and reviewing customer feedback before curating this list of the top foundations for Asian skin tones. These products are available in matte, powder, or dewy finish to add that perfect coverage.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which foundation color is best for Asian skin?
Asian skin tones are unique and vary largely. Most Asian women have a warm or yellow undertone, but this is not the rule. While people with cool undertones have a pink or blue shade, people with warm undertones carry yellow or olive hues to their skin.
So, choose a foundation color keeping in mind your specific skin tone and undertone. Also, always test the color on your jawline to check how seamlessly it blends in with the rest of your skin.
Should the foundation be lighter or darker than your skin?
The foundation should be a shade lighter than your skin tone as it will blend with your contour and bronzer to match your skin tone.
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