The Best Foundations for Asian Skin Tones

Say goodbye to orange streaks and pink casts.

The Best Foundations for Asian Skin Tones
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The art of foundation matching is harder than it looks. As an Asian woman, I can attest to how hard it is to find a formula that fits your skin tone to a T. Although a handful of brands have recently diversified their shade ranges, Asian skin still tends to be something that many brands don’t quite nail when it comes to foundation. Some brands still operate under the assumption that all Asians have the same skin tone (very much not true). 

It all boils down to your undertone. Here’s a quick breakdown: Whether you’re fair or dark or somewhere in between, you could carry warm or cool undertones to your skin. While people with cool undertones have a pink or blue hue to them, people with warm undertones carry yellow or olive hues to their skin. Most Asian women have strong yellow or golden undertones, so the key is finding a formula that doesn’t look too orange, pink, red, or ashen. 

In any case, remember that not all Asian skin is created equal. You might even want to mix a couple shades to create the perfect blend. But after many botched trials, demarcation lines, and freaky oxidation mishaps, I can tell you that these are the top foundations I've found for Asian skin tones.

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Hana Hong is the beauty assistant at Marie Claire, where she covers skincare, makeup, and haircare, and is identifiable by her signature cateye.