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The Best Long-Lasting Foundations To Wear According To Your Skin Type

The Best Long-Lasting Foundations To Wear According To Your Skin Type

By Wei Yin on 07 Feb 2020
Digital Editor

A good foundation to set the base for the rest of your makeup is essential as it can make or break your entire look.


Just like how you wouldn't want cracks in your foundation, you wouldn't want it to smudge and melt away easily too. That is why choosing the right foundation for your skin type is important.

We have compiled a list of best long-lasting foundations to wear according to your skin type, so read on to find out more!

For dry skin type

Ulzzang with matte makeupPhoto from Pinterest

When you have dry skin, it's best to avoid matte products and look for products that are hydration-centric. Some keywords to look out for are: glow, radiant and dewy.

NARS Sheer Glow FoundationPhoto from NARS

The NARS Sheer Glow Foundation ($74) is a glowing, radiant-finish foundation. Don't be fooled by the word "sheer", it's buildable to achieve a coverage that immaculately evens the skin tone.


The glycerine ingredient in this foundation moisturises the skin and serves as a protective layer to prevent moisture loss. Complete with skincare benefits, it improves the skin's brightness and texture, leaving it hydrated, softer and smoother.

Reviews have stated that it's lightweight and gives the face a natural, dewy look without emphasising any dry or rough spots.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation SPF 15Photo from Sephora

The Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation SPF 15 ($60) delivers the ultimate hydration-boosting coverage. Said to last up to 12 hours, the foundation in a watery consistency is packed with antioxidant ingredients and non-chemical SPF 15 sunscreen.

Also great for those with dry skin, the hypoallergenic formula helps to restore, brighten, and defend the skin from free radical damage and early signs of ageing, along with moisturising it!

It's a foundation that many re-purchase over and over again, so if you are looking for a breathable foundation with good coverage, try this one.

For oily skin type 

Girl with dewy makeupPhoto from Pinterest


For ladies struggling with oily skin, look for products that will balance sebum production and keep your skin matte so that makeup doesn't slide.

Esteé Lauder foundationPhoto from Sephora

The Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10 Foundation ($71) has a buildable medium-to-full coverage for a natural matte finish.

Its oil-free, oil-controlling, waterproof and transfer-resistant formula lasts in hot and humid weather, great for those with oily skin! It's also dermatologist-tested, won't clog pores and fragrance-free.

A holy grail for many with oily skin type, this foundation will last all day long, keeping your makeup looking flawless.

Fenty Beauty foundationPhoto from MakeupAlley

Fenty Beauty's Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation ($52) is also a soft matte, long wear foundation with buildable, medium to full coverage. It gives the skin a smooth, pore-diffused, shine-free finish instantly, great for those with oily skin and large pores.

Its oil-free formula is made with climate-adaptive technology that is resistant to sweat and humidity, and won't clog pores.


This foundation has been highly-raved for its light-as-air texture that feels great on the skin and lasts all day.

For combination skin type

Girl's skin glowingPhoto from Pinterest

It can be tricky if you have combination skin as some parts of your face produce oil quicker while other parts feel dry. You will need a foundation that will give you a satin or semi-matte finish.

Tom Ford cushionPhoto from Sephora

The Tom Ford Traceless Touch Foundation SPF 45 Satin-Matte Cushion Compact ($72 for refill) will give you optimal sun protection and a seamless semi-matte coverage.

It also controls oil and shine while giving the skin moisture. High performing antioxidants in the foundation help to protect the skin, leaving it looking renewed, resilient and smoother.

Although this is another highly-raved product, some have said that it can be drying, so those with combination skin should still use a hydrating primer on the drier areas to compensate. However, many have said that the foundation looks flawless when applied on the skin!


Too Faced foundationPhoto from Sephora

Too Faced's Born This Way Foundation ($61) is an oil-free, medium-to-full coverage foundation with a natural-looking, radiant finish.

Infused with coconut water, it helps to replenish the skin's moisture levels without over hydrating. Get a smoother, more youthful appearance with this foundation.

The semi-matte finish will help to control oil on your T-zone while keeping the dry areas dewy. Many have also said that this foundation lasts all day on the skin, for as long as 12 hours!

For sensitive skin type

Girl holding her facePhoto from Pinterest

For people with sensitive skin, finding a foundation that will not irritate your skin and cause redness, bumps or breakouts is most important.

The Body Shop foundationPhoto from The Body Shop

The Body Shop's Fresh Nude Foundation ($32.90) is a lightweight and moisturising foundation with SPF15. It gives you a semi-matte and fresh-faced finish.

Dermatologically tested, it's suitable for sensitive skin as it doesn't clog pores or feel heavy on the skin.

Use this foundation for a natural and dewy look!

Tarte foundationPhoto from Sephora

The Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF15 ($60) is a hypoallergenic foundation free of mineral oil.

Made with Amazonian clay that will intuitively adjust to meet and address your skin concerns, it's a foundation that will not clog pores. As it's full coverage, it will cover up any redness and bumps on your skin!

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Text by: GirlStyle SG