Glow Guide

Glow guide: Best liquid foundations for a radiant look

A good foundation should make you look like you're not wearing foundation yet your skin appears flawless

Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation.
Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation.PHOTOS: NARS, SHISEIDO, LAURA MERCIER, IT COSMETICS
Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation.
Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation.PHOTOS: NARS, SHISEIDO, LAURA MERCIER, IT COSMETICS
Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation.
Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation.PHOTOS: NARS, SHISEIDO, LAURA MERCIER, IT COSMETICS
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil-free matte (SPF 40).
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil-free matte (SPF 40).PHOTOS: NARS, SHISEIDO, LAURA MERCIER, IT COSMETICS

If you've ever thought, "Wow, that girl's foundation is great", perhaps it actually isn't.

Foundation is the ultimate self-effacing product. You shouldn't be aware of it. It should disappear into one's skin, matching it exactly and alchemising it to look better and more even-toned than before.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 20, 2018, with the headline 'The foundation of good skin '. Print Edition | Subscribe