Many of us have a beauty routine to start the day so here are our recommendations of the best long-lasting foundations to wear under your mask in Singapore. Rest assured that these foundations are budge and transfer-proof!

1. Best overall: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10 Foundation

5 Women Test: Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation | Glamour UK
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Estee Lauder’s Double Wear (DW) foundation comes in other variants such as the DW Stay-in-Place Matte Powder Foundation (for those looking for a powder alternative), the DW Cushion BB Compact with SPF 50 (especially for those who wants more sun protection). A classic foundation that celebrities and MUAs use for weddings – all the more to wear a light layer for mask days or even if you just want to stay dolled up at home. All in all, truly one of the best long-lasting foundations to wear under your mask in Singapore!

CoverageMedium to High
Shade Range40
Suitable for Skin TypeAll skin types; mainly oily
InfoGet it here in Sephora stores, TANGS, Shopee or your nearby Estee Lauder outlets
Features– 24hr wear
– Dermatologist tested
– Oil-free; non-acnegenic
– Non-comedogenic which means it will not clog pores and cause blackheads during extended wear
– Hydrating and oil-controlling
– Waterproof

2. Drugstore Favourite: Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation

MAYBELLINE Fit Me Matte SMALL TUBE + Poreless Foundation TUBE 18 ml |  Shopee Singapore

This foundation is a cult favourite at an extremely affordable price and boasts an average 4.3/5 rating wherever it is being sold on. The value-for-money and quality make Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless best for our everyday all day.

CoverageMedium to Full
Shade Range40 shades but only 18 available in Singapore
Suitable for Skin TypeNormal, Combination, Oily
InfoGet it here at your nearest WATSONS or GUARDIAN drugstore or Shopee
Features– Contains dimethicone, a micro-powder that blurs/minimises pores (known to clog pores so make sure to cleanse after use)
– Contains glycerin for oil control and mattifying throughout the day
– Dermatologist and allergy-tested
– Fragrance-free

3. Comfort on the skin: Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Fluid Foundation

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation | MYER
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Luminous Silk Foundation is a cult product used by both everyday women and make-up artists. It’s very lightweight and comfortable with perfect hold. Luminous Silk Foundation produces a flawless make-up effect for a fresh and natural healthy glow.”

Linda Cantello, International Make-Up Artist Giorgio Armani (source)

If you love the Kardarshians and Jenners, this foundation has famously appeared in some of their tutorials. Not only do celebrity MUAs love this product, so do other MUAs who actively use this product for weddings. Although this foundation is rather pricey, it is indeed a wonderful investment for long-term wear if you have the extra coin to spend.

CoverageMedium to Full
Shade Range40 shades
Suitable for Skin TypeAll skin types
Info TANGS, Shopee or at the ARMANI Beauty Store at TANGS Plaza
Features– Luminous
– Lightweight
– Inspired by “The Fabric of Emperors” – Charmeuse silk, comfortable for long wear
– Oil-free

4. For Dry and Patchy Skin: KEVYN AUCOIN Sensual Skin Enhancer

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As a personal favourite, I have been using this foundation for 2 years. Its balm-like texture reveals how thick the product is and it works as an even better concealer. The jar it comes in is tiny but don’t be fooled by its size! You need just a little drop for it to cover nasty scars or the occasional hormonal acne. While it does not dry down as quickly compared to liquid foundation, once you set it with a translucent powder, which you should do anyway with all foundations in humid Singapore, it becomes transfer-resistant. Less is more with the Sensual Skin Enhancer. Definitely one of the best long-lasting foundations to wear under your mask in Singapore.

Shade Range16 shades
Suitable for Skin TypeDry
Info$59.75 on BEAUTYBAY, Singapore delivery available!
$83 on cosmeticsnow and ZALORA
or on Shopee
Features– Impeccable coverage and seamlessly covers scars and tattoos
– Enriched with honey and jojoba oil for hydration

5. Want a powder foundation instead? MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation | ASOS
Photo credit: ASOS

For those who want a light layer of powder instead of packing on liquid foundation, this is a cult-classic foundation powder that many professional MUAs use. Use a powder brush for a light layer directly on skin or above a BB cream/foundation or even just a moisturiser. If you’re planning to wear this alone, make sure to wear SPF under and use a facial sponge to get more coverage in areas where you need it. This powder works wonders and is guaranteed transfer resistant.

CoverageMedium to Full
Shade Range53 shades and counting
Suitable for Skin TypeAll skin types
Get it here at SEPHORA, TANGS or your nearest MAC store
Features– 12-hour wear
– Ultra matte finish
– Velvety texture
– Oil-control for 6 hours
– Non-acnegenic

6. Drugstore Dupe: L’Oreal TRUE MATCH Super-Blendable Perfecting Powder

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For those that want a dupe for the MAC Studio Fix, look no further as L’Oreal TRUE MATCH Perfecting Powder works well too. Although it doesn’t cover as much as the MAC one, with a little more blending and time, you can build it up to a nice layer. In fact, if you’re just looking to set your foundation, this might be a more affordable and lighter option. The shade range for this powder is limited for now but the L’Oreal INFALLIBLE PRO-MATTE Powder has us, brown girls, covered.

CoverageLight to Medium (Buildable)
Shade Range6
Suitable for Skin TypeAll skin types
Info$26.90 Get it here on LAZADA or Shopee
FeaturesMicro-fine powder gives a versatile coverage: blot, blend, buildProvides flawless coverMattifying powder

7. Here’s our choice for cushion foundation lovers out there: Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiere Radiance Perfecting Cushion SPF50

A Flawless Face: LAURA MERCIER Introduces the Brand's First Cushion Compact  for a Perfectly Natural Dewy Finish - Lifestyle Asia

For those cushion-holics, fret not! There is an indeed an option for you with Laura Mercier’s Radiance Perfecting Cushion which offers a transfer-resistant matte finish while maintaining your skin’s luminousity. Definitely the best long-lasting cushion foundations to wear under your mask that you can buy in Singapore!

CoverageLight to Medium
Shade Range6
Suitable for Skin TypeAll skin types
Info$70Get it here on SEPHORA, TANGS , ROBINSONS
FeaturesSPF50 / PA+++Formulated with an Anti-Pollution Barrier complexSmootheningInfused with diamond dust to deliver a luminous effect

Writer’s Note: For any foundation use, your skincare before and after use is essential to maintain your skin texture. The pandemic has grounded all of us in our homes so this is the best time to give our skin a breather from the daily rigour of makeup. However, if you do need to wear a light layer, these are the best picks in Singapore. Stay safe everybody!

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