(Closed) What foundation is that best for Asian skin?

posted 12 years ago in East Asian
Post # 3
52 posts
Worker bee

I just went to a larger Prescriptives counter at a Dillards where they did a custom blend foundation (not all counters do this, you have to go to a large city.) I am so pale that she had to add in 12 shades of white (obviously I am so pale, a normal foundation would not work!) I told her I am also very dry so she added a mild moisturizer (it will not replace your true moisturizer) into the foundation – I even had her custom blend a concealer for under my eyes and she added a vibrancy ingredient to perk them up a bit. They can pretty much blend whatever to make it match your skin perfectly and it wasn’t that expensive. I paid $62 for the foundation and $32 for the concealer! They also do custom lipgloss. Go here: http://www.prescriptives.com/custom/custom_blend_landing.tmpl

If you have any more questions PM me, hope that helped!

Post # 4
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Here is my two cents about SKII …it is great…but not for a wedding, IMO.  It’s very very light…it makes you look like you just have natural, glowing skin which is great for everyday, but I don’t think that would translate in pictures b/c it’s so light.   And if you need to cover anything (acne scars, blemishes, etc.) it’s really too fine for that, IMO.  

Another thing to consider with SKII…once you have it on you can’t put anything over it (so you would put your blush/eye shadow on first then spray over it with the foundation).  You can put mascara over it and lipstick but anything else you really risk ruining the finish

And it really does need time to set.  You spray then wait at least 5 mins preferably 10 before you touch your skin or else you will get a noticeable smear that is hard to cover.  Even then sometimes by the end of the day I noticed the foundation on my nose would wear off a bit. You need to give yourself time to become proficient in the application.

There are days where I love my SKII and think it’s amazing and others where I don’t think it’s worth the hype.  The inital investment is a lot so I don’t know if you’d want to fork out $150 just on foundation if it wouldn’t work well for the wedding.  Before you spend the money I’d recommend watching this video to become more familar with it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XbH7NOZ1Iw&NR=1

For the wedding I’d recommend going to an Elizabeth Arden spa…they have a machine that takes a picture of your skin and analyzes the color…then a machine mixes the right tones to make your own unique bottle of foundation.  It’s the best I’ve ever seen for color matching…and I’m so pale it’s normally impossible to find a good color match.  

Post # 5
21 posts
  • Wedding: June 2008

I don’t know exactly what ethnicity you are- there’s a lot of skin tone variation among Asians.  I am half Filipino and the only foundation brand I’ve ever found to match my yellow undertones (ie. versus a red/pink) is Stila.  Even the lady who did my facials commented on how amazingly well it blended into my skin.  Check it out- good luck!

Post # 7
33 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

you could also give some of the asian brands a shot, like shiseido or shu uemera. i’ve tried shiseido’s foundation and had nice results in terms of the color match! i’m not sure if there would be makeup counters at your local mall for these brands, but that’s what sephora is for =P.

Post # 8
41 posts

I’m Chinese and I alternate use two forms of foundation.  For everyday wear, I use bare minerals in the color "light" (don’t use the mineral veil ’cause it adds a slightly pink hue).  For evenings out (longer wear and more coverage), I use foundation (#2) from Thi Cosmetics (http://www.thicosmetics.com/) and use the bare minerals foundation very lightly to set it.  If you have really pale skin with lots of yellow undertone, set your makeup with T LeClerc’s loose powder in


Good Luck!!

Post # 9
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I will second Red on T. LeClerc’s loose powder. This stuff is the most amazing powder ever and it gives a great finish that lasts and lasts.

I have normal-dry skin and I use Stila’s Illuminating Powder Foundation and buff it in with a kabuki brush. If you are looking for something liquid and more traditional, Giorgio Armani’s LSF, Chanel Aqualumiere Foundation, or Chanel’s Skin Fluide Foundations are also excellent for dry skin. Shu Uemura also has great foundations for Asian skin as their tones are more geared towards us. Good luck!

PS: I’m Chinese. 🙂

Post # 10
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

I like Laura Mercier’s Foundation.  I am very pale, but found that this foundation blended very nicely with my skintones.  My face and neck were the same color when my makeup artist was done with me!  And it was very light.  I didn’t feel it caked on my face.

Post # 11
24 posts

I use Armani Luminous Silk and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

I’m Korean, not too pale, and love the way it gives me a dewy glow without being too sheer or too cakey.

I highly recommend it!

Post # 12
59 posts
Worker bee

one of the girls on the knot forums recommended Bobbi Brown foundation/concealer to me.  i visited their store and was really satisfied with how well the foundation blended with my face (i have olive skin, but my face tends to look white with makeup). my friend did my makeup using the bobbi brown foundation and powder that i had purchased and i really liked how natural it turned out.

Post # 13
19 posts

I actually have great luck with Bare Escentuals.  I have seriously sensitive skin, plus the yellow undertones.  I use the medium beige for all-over color, then summer bisque as a concealer.

Post # 14
2 posts

As a medium toned Chinese American, I also second Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.  However for a bit more coverage than that(which is still sheer — it does not completely cover freckles), of late I’ve been using a combination of Armani’s Designer Shaping Cream in 5.5 shade, with a pump or two of Armani Sheer Fluid (I don’t have the shade # with me at work, but it’s a gold tone).  This works best for me and I used it at our second wedding reception, where I did my own make-up (for the actual wedding day I had pro make-up, which was thicker, but looked great overall).  If you are at all interested, go by the Armani counter (Saks carries the full line) and have the Armani make-up artist put them both on you for comparison.  The wedding make-up artist recommended and used a Laura Mercier loose powder as being very fine, but I have yet to try it on my own, since I normally don’t wear that much make-up.  If you’re still not sure, you should ask for samples from Armani.  

Also, one of the recent Weddingbee brides (now married) did a detailed post on foundation for Asians about 6-9 months ago.  I forget which one, but I think she was from the Los Angeles area.

 Good luck on your search.

Post # 15
6 posts

For Asian skin it is better to stay away from pinkish shades and stick to a yellow base foundation. Your best bet is to go to a large department store that stocks dozens of brands and shades (like Sephora) and test out different colors. See more of my ideas at  my gift registry at

mydreamhomeregistry dot com

Some great brands to try: Prescriptives makes 500 shades so chances are you’ll find your perfect fit. Also Shu Uemura and Shisheido are two Asian-based companies that cater to Asian skin. You might also try custom blending. The trick to testing foundation is to stand near a window to view the shade in natural light.

Post # 16
212 posts
Helper bee

i also third armani.  i’m chinese and have found that it works really well for me.  (medium tone complextion).

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