Pro-Talk: Best Foundations for Summer

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Summer beauty is something that every woman looks forward to every year, especially in the Philippines where summer means vacations and parties. However, looking polished at this time of the year can be quite tricky – intense humidity, longer days, and next-level hot summer nights— all that can take a toll on one’s makeup. But the biggest challenge in keeping a fresh face this summer is to find a good base that won’t sweat off despite the weather. While layering on primers is a good start for making sure that everything is in place, let’s face it, it can only do so much. For flawless skin that stays that way, a quality budge-proof foundation is still the best bet. The question though is, where to find one that does the job while still keeping the skin breathe? We asked Ms. Leila Soriano, a celebrity make-up artist, to make a short list of all the best bases and foundations for summer and why these should be included in every Filipina’s makeup kit this season.

L’oreal Infallible Foundation

L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation is an all-year favorite of Ms.Leila because of one, its undeniable great coverage and two, its very affordable price. However, Ms.Leila added that this foundation is particularly great for the warm weather as it is clinically proven to be water-proof and steam-proof hence it will not budge. Note that this foundation is very lightweight, buildable, and glides effortlessly onto the skin so it looks natural and perfect for summer. The package also says that it is enriched with perlite technology which helps in reducing the appearance of unwanted shine, leaving the skin flawless for up to 24 hours.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation

According to Ms. Leila, there’s no better way to describe this foundation than to read its name. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation does exactly what its name says. Boasting a 15-hour staying power, it will endure the test of time through the heat, humidity and any activity one may get herself to. No matter what, one can be sure that she will stay looking fresh all day long.

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation

Just like other impressive foundations of Make Up For Ever, this formula conceals imperfections yet the finish looks sooo natural! And that’s exactly what Ms.Leila loves about this product. As she puts it, ‘gandang natural’ (natural beauty). Its texture is so fluid as well which makes it easy to blend. Furthermore, this foundation does not only look natural on the skin but it also feels natural. The lightness of the product against the skin makes it a perfect choice during the hottest days of summer. But don’t be fooled by its lightweight formula because it can do the work for long hours too. A great choice for normal skin.

Clinique Stay Matte Oil-Free Foundation

For women with oily skin, summer can be quite a nightmare! But with the right product and the right application, anyone can turn the nightmare into a dream-like reality. Ms.Leila highly recommends Clinique Stay Matte Oil-Free Foundation for women who have this kind of skin. This foundation manages to keep one’s skin matte plus it has a very light and silky formula. Moreover, it is so absorbent that setting powder may not be needed anymore. And the best part? Its staying power is really strong that one might forget that it is even summer at all!

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

For women who prefer a little shine on their faces during summer (Korean look, anyone?), Nars Sheer Glow Foundation is the one. The silky formula of this foundation provides a sheer satin finish on the skin. The profile of this product also says that it is enhanced with the NARS Complexion Brightening Formula which leaves skin hydrated, luminous, softer and smoother. With continuous use, it will improve skin brightness, radiance and texture. Ms.Leila recommends this one for women who want to pull off a dewy kind of look as this foundation leaves a gorgeous glow like no other.

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

The list won’t be complete with the brand favorite of MANY makeup artists. And for this category, Ms. Leila instantly chooses Mac Pro LongWear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation. This foundation from MAC is totally waterproof and actually repels moisture from the surface of the face so it will not budge no matter what the weather condition may be (so one can actually use this even after summer!) Wearing for an unprecedented 16 hours, this one can last from morning through night without the need of re-application.

So basically, these are Ms. Leila’s recommendations in a nutshell! Now there’s nothing that can stop you from enjoying the summer heat yet maintaining a beautiful skin all day long. ZH

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