A great base doesn’t necessarily mean that it should be able to erase all imperfections. It should even out your complexion effectively without making it look unnatural. Here are a few that you may want to try depending on your budget and on the type of coverage you prefer.


Pond’s Age Miracle Cell ReGen Anti-Aging Expert BB+ Cream

Coverage: Light to Medium

Price: P499, available at BeautyMNL and beauty counters

If you want a basic, blendable, and buildable BB cream, then this one is it. Best applied with clean fingers, this product gives you a clearer-looking complexion without caking or breaking. It’s also great in neutralizing harsh cheek tints—simply blend the two products on the back of your hand until you achieve the intensity you like.

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Revlon Colorstay Makeup Matte and Foundation for Oily/Combination Skin

Coverage: Medium to Full

Price: P825, available at Revlon counters in department stores

This buildable product won’t make an oil slick out of your face even when humidity is high. It may seem heavy at first swatch, but only because a little goes a long way—carefully applying it with a sponge or even your fingers can easily give you an even matte coverage that hides blemishes well.


Dear, Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream

Coverage: Light to Medium

Price: P1,310, available at BeautyMNL

This is a K-beauty favorite, and with good reason: it gives you natural-looking matte coverage with a luminous finish for a great, no-makeup look. While it does need reapplication especially during busy days, it neither smears nor cakes, and it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin even when you’re sweaty.


Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation

Coverage: Light to Medium

Price: P1,800, available at Benefit stores

Don’t be fooled by how light and slightly watery this product is as it definitely does the job right. Benefit’s newest foundation line blurs lines and dark spots and finishes with a natural-looking coverage—there’s no caking or cracking even later in the day. It also proves to be a great makeup base, as it adds a deeper dimension to powder blushes and blends well with cheek tints.


Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation

Coverage: Medium to Full

Price: P2,350, available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source

If you want a matte but glowing full-day coverage, then this is one of your best bets. One swipe can immediately blur out red and dark spots on your face while giving you a smooth finish. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, and it stays put even when you get damp from the monsoon rains. It can also go from medium to full with just a couple of drops, so use sparingly!


NARS Velvet Matte Stick Foundation

Coverage: Light to Medium

Price: P2,550, available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source

Many women with oily skin have lauded this product, as it’s light and buildable without the grease and hulas. You can also easily retouch anywhere you are as aside from its portable stick form, it also comes with a touch-up blender to either add more product or remove it. Don’t forget to apply your primer prior to the foundation for best results!


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