These are the makeup-skincare hybrid foundation formulas to invest in

These are the makeup-skincare hybrid foundation formulas to invest in

Be good to your skin

Text: Angelyn Kwek

Debating between full coverage or a lightweight finish when it comes to your base? Consider putting ‘skin-loving’ on your checklist too

We want our foundation to do lots of things. It has to provide cover for the appearance of acne and pores from two paces away, control shine, stay flawless throughout the day, and look like skin. The laundry list of what makes the perfect foundation is pretty much as long as the litany of skin issues we're always rattling on about. To that end, we sink in a small fortune in skincare products and invest in ridiculous 12-step routines. But what if you could feed your skin the good stuff starting from your everyday foundation? With more and more hybrid formulas coming up, here are some of the next-gen bases that work both the makeup and skincare angle like a pro:

THREE Angelic Synthesis Foundation Serum, $85
The Koreans aren't the only ones to bottle baby skin. Japanese import THREE has a new serum-infused foundation that gives a natural yet airbrushed-looking matte finish, containing naturally-derived ingredients that include botanical extracts and oils to nourish your face. The formula is so good that the brand's global makeup artist Yuta Sato recommends applying it with your fingers so you don't waste the serum by leaving it trapped within the bristles of your foundation brush.

THREE Angelic Synthesis Foundation

Benefit Cosmetics Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation, $49
If the instructions tell you to shake well before using, you know there's more than just foundation in there. Designed to be skin and camera-friendly, Benefit's latest innovation packs smooth, spherical beads within a light-to-medium coverage for optical blur effects to even out skin tone and imperfections. It's even light diffusing so you can have that soft-focus looking skin all day, everyday. #Nofilter

Benefit Hello Happy Foundation

La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation, $365
Famed for their breakthrough use of caviar, queen of skincare La Prairie has formulated their first compact foundation infused with its signature Caviar Water for the ultimate complexion perfection. Their cutting-edge Exclusive Cellular Complex is in there too to help the caviar essence sink deep into your skin cells instead of just sitting as a layer on your face. Think of it like a cushion compact on steroids. And if it's foundation tips and tricks for healthy glowing skin you're after, we've got pointers from celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation

Shiseido Synchro Skin Tinted Gel Cream
It says 'gel' and 'cream' on the tin, but Shiseido's new foundation is actually mostly water. Meant to mimic your skin's natural water content, pure mineral water from the mountain springs of Kirishima, Japan (famed for its healing properties) are encapsulated with superfine powder that burst on contact, giving you coverage and instant hydration. Besides being anti-pollution, UV protective and moisturising, it's been formulated to be so compatible with skin, lab tests have shown it can be washed off with water alone.

Shiseido Synchro Skin Tinted Gel Cream