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11 Pinays On Their Favorite Flawless Foundations

From sheer to full-coverage, here's a tried-and-tested roster of great bases.
PHOTO: (LEFT) Courtesy of Mara, (RIGHT) Courtesy of Chelsea

For makeup lovers (a.k.a. most girls), time can probably be divided into before and after they’ve found their perfect foundation. It’s a tall order finding a formulation that matches your complexion, works with your skin type, and covers flaws while still looking natural. For these 11 Pinays, the search ended with these foundations that got them glowing. 

A no-touch-ups-needed formulation

"I tend to get caught up with my work, so I’m not the type to be conscious about my makeup. But what I love about Esteé’s Double Wear Foundation is that it stays put all day, whether I’m at a shoot or running around the city. Plus, I have dry skin and yet this product looks amazingly supple on my skin." – Maita Baello, Fashion Stylist

Esteé Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Rattan, P2,400, Rustan’s The Beauty Source

A morena-friendly homegrown find

"I’ve tried a lot of high-end foreign brands, but none matched my skin tone like Detail Make Over’s Liquid Matte Foundation. It’s light and breathable but gives medium to full coverage as well, so it doubles as a concealer, too. I also love that it’s a local product."  Moki Ramos, Entrepreneur

Detail Make Over Liquid Matte Foundation in Fair, P345, SM Department Stores

An all-day foundation that gives a healthy, glowing finish

"My fave foundation is Double Lasting Foundation from Etude House. Despite being long-lasting with high coverage, it’s one of the few formulations that isn’t powdery or dull. It gives my ‘dehydrated oily’ skin a comfy feeling and a healthy, radiant finish."  Mari Perez, Beauty Blogger 

Etude House Double Lasting Foundation in Sand, P1,098, Greenbelt 4

A pressed powder with a natural look

"I love Cargo’s HD Pressed Powder because it makes me look fresh-faced but not too made up. After smoothing it on, I can just rush out the door without having to worry about touch-ups. It’s breathable and airy with just the right amount of coverage." – Gladys Siao, Entrepreneur

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Cargo HD Pressed Powder, P1,750, Beauty Bar

A handy stick that’ll get you ready for your close-up!

"As an actress, I need to look flawless on TV and the EB Advance Studio Finish Stick really helps hide my imperfections (like super dark under-eye circles!). It’s gentle on my skin, and I like that it gives me full coverage without making my skin feel sticky." – Max Collins, Actress

Ever Bilena EB Advance Studio Finish Stick in Miel, P230, Watson’s

A lightweight liquid with party potential

"My all-time fave is RMK because it feels very light. Its skin-like finish makes it great for everyday use. It has buildable texture, so it’s also suitable for dressier occasions. As a makeup artist, I’ve been using RMK on my clients for years now. I find their bases very workable, and their shade has yellow undertones that work well on Asian complexions." – Alexis Ching, Makeup Artist

RMK Liquid Foundation in 103, P2,800, Independent online sellers

A full coverage compact that’s great for travel.

The Face Shop’s Ink Lasting Foundation is really good! It lasts all day, doesn’t cake, and has great coverage. I apply it in the morning and just touch up a little at night. Plus the case is so small and cute; it fits even in my evening purse. – Chelsea Robato, Model & Blogger

 The Face Shop Ink Lasting Foundation To Go in V203, P 1,495, Shangri-La Plaza

A glamorous Asian fave that’s kind to your skin

My current pick is Shiseido’s Synchro Skin Glow, which makes me look fresh but not shiny. It goes on seamlessly, and it is great for both hot and cold climates. It was actually my derma that first mentioned that Shiseido's bases were non-comedogenic. And as soon as I switched, I’ve had fewer breakouts. – Mara Aquino, Event Host & Sports Reporter

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Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Fluid Foundation in Rose, P2,750, Trinoma

A silky foundation that’s great for evening

The MUFE Ultra HD is so good because it provides such a natural finish to the skin. It’s lightweight, and I especially love using it for parties. I use it on my clients and they rave about its flawless finish. – Erica Ng, Makeup Artist

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid Foundation, P2,830, SM Megamall

A sneaky marvel for that no-makeup look

I like to appear makeup-free but flawless. The NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation grants a Photoshopped in real life finish, without looking overly-edited. Also, being a morena with tanned, yellow undertones, NARS was pretty on point with the Barcelona shade for me. – Jamine Gabriel, Interior Designer

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation in Barcelona, P2,950, Rustan’s The Beauty Source

A no-fuss base that’s great for looking pore-free! 

I use Maybelline’s Fit Me because it leaves a seamless finish and blurs my pores. It works well for my combination skin, and the lightweight feel is great for our tropical climate. - Muriel Orais, Model & Flight Attendant


Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation in Classic Ivory, P399, Landmark

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