The secret to any good makeup look is well… The foundation, quite literally.
Arguably the most crucial step to ensure an even surface upon which all other makeup steps can shine atop, finding a foundation that not only works with your skin, but also Malaysian weather, can take quite some work. And over the years foundation formulations have evolved to offer all manner of different textures and form factors for that very purpose.
Well in this case, if you’re looking for your next bottle of foundation that would resist Malaysia’s hot, sweaty humidity and keep your glam going all day, we’ve got a few picks just for you!
(List is in no particular order)
Our top 7 foundation picks for Malaysian humidity
As we explore the different types of foundations on offer, it’s important to note that the effect of each foundation may differ according to your skin type. Naturally for best effect, always start off by moisturising your skin and applying your sunscreen and primer first, before layering your foundation on.
Now, on with the list!
- Maybelline Fit Me Foundation
For many Malaysians this particular brand is not a stranger as they produce makeup products that are long lasting, of good quality with a fairly affordable price point.
And in the case of Maybelline’s Fit Me foundation, they offer quite a comprehensive range of 25 shades that caters to Malaysian skin tones! This lightweight foundation offers full coverage and SPF 120, while mattifying and bluring pores to create a natural, seamless finish. Suitable for long wear, it is capable of staying put on the skin even through a brief sweat.
For those who are interested, Maybelline is available at Watsons Malaysia retailing at RM56.90. Click here to purchase!
- Abib Hydration Cushion
Abib is a South Korean beauty brand that not only offers makeup, but also skincare products.
Their foundation comes in a compact form with SPF 50+, and the best part is that for the price of RM108, it comes with a refill too! Depending on your needs, you can either go for their hydration cushion compact which offers a natural coverage that allows improved breathability for your skin. Or if you prefer a brighter complexion along with higher coverage, you can opt for their brightening cushion compact that gives a bright and matte finish that prevents it from slipping under oily skin. For those who are interested, click here for more information or to purchase!
- Rare Beauty Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation by Selena Gomez
American pop star and teen actress Selena Gomez is also now a beauty entrepreneur, with the debut of her own cosmetics company called Rare Beauty. Rare Beauty Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation comes recommended from one of our own editors, and offers up to 32 shades in their range. Described as being lightweight without a greasy finish, it offers medium coverage that can cope with extended humidity with remarkable aplomb.
But owing to its more mattifying properties, those who have really dry skin are advised to hydrate their skin prior to using for improved comfort. For more information or to purchase it through Sephora Malaysia, click here!
- Bounce Liquid Whip Long Wear Foundation
You’ll be surprised to know that the Beauty Blender brand, best known for their lineup of makeup sponges, also offers makeup products as well! Dubbed the Bounce Liquid Whip Long Wear Foundation, the company claims that it is fragrance-free, oil-free, paraben and sulphate-free.
The Bounce liquid foundation offers up to 40 shades and is available to purchase at Sephora Malaysia. With a full coverage formulation that leaves a velveteen-matte finish on the skin, you won’t have to sweat it over your makeup streaking. Retailing for RM179, you can purchase Beauty Blender’s Bounce Liquid Whip Long Wear Foundation by clicking here!
- Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation
Offering a flawless, natural matte finish, that lasts a remarkable 24-hours (as attested by another one of our editors who swears by it), the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24-Hour Long Wear Foundation will take you from day to night without budging an inch. What’s more, it’s also incredibly lightweight and remains breathable on the skin, so don’t worry about that cakey feeling that can often come with wearing makeup for extended periods of time.
Asides from that, it is said to be transfer and humid resistant, while offering 50 shades! It currently retails for RM200 and can be found at any Lancôme stores or counters in Malaysia. For more information, click here to visit their online store!
ESTÉE LAUDER Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation
This ESTÉE LAUDER foundation has been around the market for quite a bit and is often a favourite go-to for makeup enthusiasts for good reason. As its name implies, it will quite literally stay in place all day, with medium to full coverage that won’t oxidise over the course of your busy schedule, as some foundations will do. It’s also transfer resistant, so don’t worry about getting any on your clothes!
Just like the Lancôme one, this foundation is heat and humidity resistant, and leaves a matte finish. For the perfect hue, you get to pick from 45 different shades. The foundation currently retails for RM210 and for more information or to purchase, click here!
Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Foundation
The Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation is said to be a long-wearing liquid foundation that mattifies on the skin upon application. With full coverage for 15 hours, you’re sure to look your best even as the skies turn from sunny afternoons to dusky evenings. Coming in at 30 different shades, this foundation is a fair bit more expensive than any other option on our list at RM225 from Sephora Malaysia.
For more information or to purchase, click here!
Please note that our recommendations are purely for reference and not professional advice! Happy trying fellow Malaysians, here’s to having makeup looks that brings the best out of you!
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