After years and years of makeup hoarding and trips to Sephora stores, we've successfully established that finding the perfect foundation for your base makeup is not an easy job. It takes a lot of research and a few trials and errors to get to the right type and shade of foundation.
Before trying a shade you also need to figure out what form of a foundation will suit your skin the best. Liquid, cream, powder, mineral powder, tinted moisturiser, stick, BB cream or CC cream. For instance, liquid foundations are great for daily use and cream foundations work well on dry skin. Once you know your type, you must choose the right shade to complement your complexion. Always choose the closest shade to your natural skin colour. Test your foundation in natural light and do not try it on your arms. First, apply it to your hands, then on your jawline and then on the neck.
If you aren't sure which foundation you should start with, we have compiled a list of the best foundations in India that'll smoothly cover redness, spots, acne and blemishes.
When you are masking your dry skin with makeup, you must make sure that your base makeup products have some hydrating or nourishing ingredients. Stay clear of the foundations with salicylic acid. Skip matte products and products with scents.
If you have not been able to experience the joy of dewy finish because of your dry skin, we feel you and we have a solution. Get your hands on Clinique's Even Better Glow range. The brightening formula in this foundation will leave your skin looking clear and fresh. It's comfortable to blend and dryness is not a problem for this potion. It moisturises the skin. It's light and if you wish for medium coverage, go for a layered application.
This range has 30 shades so you can always find your colour. Even when this one is a lightweight foundation, it's lasting power is impressive. You can fearlessly wear it for the entire day without worrying about it getting cakey. You might need a touch up if there's a party to attend after work but otherwise, you're golden.
Price: Rs 5,406. Buy it here.
This silky serum foundation will give you all the luxury feels. It gives an instant luminous finish. It's available in 13 shades. Its formula contains lychee, bamboo, grass and cordyceps mushroom extracts that can nourish the driest of skin. Apart from covering the blemishes, and scars, it also protects skin against environmental stresses.
Price: Rs 5,198. Buy it here.
For oily skin, make sure you pick a water-based foundation. You wouldn't want to tame the pores of your skin with extra creamy or oily products. Also, products usually wear off within a few hours on oily skin, so try going for products that claim to be long-lasting. A water-based foundation has a lightweight formula and it can easily control the extra-shine on your skin.
Available in 24 shades, Dior's Diorskin Forever Undercover foundation comes out as creamy and thick but it doesn't feel heavy. It blends very easily and provides full coverage. It's great for oily skin but it's even better for uneven texture because it covers really well. It stays on for the entire day without wearing off (even when you can feel the sweat.) You can wear it on trips, holidays without worrying about the results in your selfie.
Price: Rs 5,945. Buy it here.
Laura Mercier's Silk Creme Oil-free foundation comes in 12 shades and I love the way it blends. It's easy and smooth and gives a nice soft matte finish. It's the best at providing medium coverage. Believe me or not, once you are done applying this baby on your pretty face, you'll be as photo-ready as any celebrity. The only thing you have to be careful about is to not apply too much of it as on oily skin, it may feel heavy after it's blended in. Be careful as you squeeze the creme out of the tube as due to its packaging it's easy to take too much out at a time even when not needed.
Price: Rs 16,310. Buy it here.
Gone are the days when we had to mix a couple of shades to get the perfect foundation colour for our gorgeous dusky skin. Almost every makeup brand is coming up with new collections that have more options for dusky skin colour and here are some of the best of them.
L'Oréal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation provides full coverage so it's best for people who are looking to cover blemishes, hyperpigmentation, redness, acne and acne scars. It conceals acne without being too oily. It's lightweight and oil-free. It's a long-lasting matte foundation that doesn't allow your skin to look dull.
Price: Rs 799. Buy it here.
This foundation provides great coverage. It hides fine lines and spots by creating a blurring effect. Its light-reflecting, natural satin finish makes your skin look revitalised and refreshed. It stays on the skin for long, protects it against harmful UV rays and hydrates it. The product features 77-Mineral Complex, shea butter and vitamin E. It's suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.
Price: Rs 3,300. Buy it here.
The 30 shades of Bobbi Brown's buildable stick foundation come formulated with base and skin tone correcting pigments. It helps you even out your skin tone and reduces dark spots. The best part of this foundation is that you can dare to wear it on a warm day. It is humidity and sweat resistant.
Price: Rs 4,000. Buy it here.
This is one of the best selling products of the brand and there's a good reason behind it. Make Up For Ever's Ultra HD foundation comes in 40 shades and it is created with advanced formulas. It has ultra-lightweight texture. It's brilliant how it remains invisible even under the most focused camera lens. Did you know it was initially created for TV stars and people who work in front of the camera? So rest assured, it'll leave your skin with a flawless look.
Price: Rs 3,700. Buy it here.
If you often shop for foundations internationally, you know that there are many brands like Fenty Beauty, Huda Beauty, Smashbox, Dior, Colourpop and so on who make foundations in 40 or more shades. This makes them really popular amongst the countries that have people from all races. Global brands that are available in most countries including India like Maybelline, M.A.C, Lakmé, L'Oréal also feature foundation shades close to the Indian skin tones.
With the variety of gorgeous skin tones we see in India every day, it's safe to say that everyone has a unique shade of their own when it comes to foundations. Some people mix and match their foundations to get the right results and some are just fortunate enough to get the exact shade in a collection. But when it comes to the climatic conditions and pollution, Indian skin needs a long-lasting, waterproof foundation that also contains SPF. Brands like M.A.C, Bobbi Brown, Lakmé, L'Oréal have a good range of such foundations.
Now if you are using a foundation with SPF, it is protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays. It's acting like a second protective layer after your sunscreen so that's great, right? Some professionals do recommend wearing foundation every day. But in a case like that, you wouldn't want a foundation that's cakey and feels heavy whenever it's on your skin. If you are someone who loves to apply foundation every day, go for liquid foundations, BB cream, CC cream or DD cream. They are much lighter than the usual cream foundations and are best for the times you are not looking to cover any major scars or spots.
Due to the climate in India, the type of foundation you choose is different than many other countries. Be it winters, summers or monsoon, you wouldn't want your foundation to wear off and ruin your entire makeup. Hence, go for a foundation that's not too heavy on the skin, is long-lasting, waterproof, sweatproof and comes with SPF. As for the shades, warmer shades like beige, honey and almond blend into the Indian skin beautifully.
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