Although summer is great for trips to the beach and the change in wardrobes, we could do without the high humidity and the constant problem of having our makeup melt – resulting in us looking a little too much like one of Edvard Munch’s paintings. Thankfully, these new spring/summer foundations are here to save the day. Lightweight and providing great coverage, these airy foundation promise a flawless finish with a healthy glow.
Can’t be bothered with any makeup? Get a natural glow with a regular treatment at one of Hong Kong’ best facial spas or spa hotels, or just opt for a quick pick-me-up courtesy of one of these awesome Korean face masks.
Lightweight foundations for spring and summer
This foundation collection is specifically designed for sun-phobic Asian girls. With a hint of ume flower oil, this oil-in-cream compact foundation instantly brightens and balances your complexion while keeping your skin looking soft and hydrated. Providing overall lightweight coverage that’s great at smoothing out flaws, the foundation also comes with SPF40 PA++ sun protection. It’s a win-win. $550.
Don’t want your sweat to screw up your makeup? Dior’s new Forever Undercover foundation is here to change your life. Enriched with concentrated pigments and promising 24-hour coverage, this baby keeps everything locked in for the entire day. Another big draw for this liquid foundation is its light, watery texture that’s easy to blend and leaves your skin oil-free and fresh all day long. Available in six shades. $420.
Thanks to Guerlain’s ‘Aqua Plump technology’ – yeah, we’re not exactly sure what it involves either but the results are impressive – this liquid foundation allows moisture to be evenly distributed over your skin and keeps it well-hydrated throughout the whole day. The foundation’s ultra-fine pigment evens out complexions to achieve the radiant skin you’re aiming for. Armed with this, you can definitely nail the no-makeup makeup look. Available in six shades. $425.
Koh Gen Do is hugely popular among celebrity makeup artists in Japan and Hollywood. Recreating that radiant effect you get after a facial, the brand’s best-selling Aqua Foundation provides dewy, medium coverage and it’s incredibly moisturising, using natural minerals from the deep waters of Bretagne. Apply this liquid gem for a luminous, hydrated finish that stays on and plump for eight hours. Get ready to look like a Japanese star! Available in six shades. $410.
When it comes to big night outs, you can’t afford cakey makeup issues. Try going for Laura Mercier’s Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation, which provides undetectable, long-lasting full coverage. Designed for oily skin types, the oil-free formula can stay put for 15 hours with extraordinary sweat and humidity resistance. Silky-smooth, light and most importantly, breathable, you can sweat up a storm at a club while keeping your makeup game strong. Available in eight shades. $450.
The perfect tool to achieve the natural makeup look, Nars’s Natural Radiant foundation collection comes in an impressive variety of shades and great for Asian complexions. Enriched with amino acid-coated pigments, the foundation sinks into your skin without leaving a trace and stays put for 16 hours. With the added fruity blend of raspberry, apple, and watermelon extracts, the liquid foundation adds a natural glow to your skin without hitting the spa. Available in 18 shades. $470.
Shu Uemura has been back in the spotlight lately thanks to the popularity of its Petal Skin fluid foundation. Launching a new cushion foundation from the same collection, this compact foundation features an irresistible design of sakura petals imprinted on a clean white case. Infused with Japanese sakura and SPF 25 protection, the featherlight foundation leaves you with a naturally flawless, poreless finish. Available in eight shades. $380.