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There’s nothing like a great base to set everything else in your makeup routine.

There’s nothing like a great base to set everything else in your makeup routine. The good thing is that there are reliable coverage products to help you enhance what you already have and give you your best complexion. Here's a roundup of some of the most luxurious and hardworking primers, foundations, concealers, and setters to help you fake it till you make it.

 

PRIMERS

 

M.A.C Studio Fix 12hr Mattifine
Mattifying

M.A.C Studio Fix 12hr Mattifine

An incredible pore-blurring, skin smoothing, oil-controlling primer, this is a new must-have from M.A.C. We use this on our pore-plagued nose and cheeks for a shine-free surface and better makeup hold that last all day. Lazada Official Store

P2,300 | SHOP NOW

 

Victoria Beckham x Augustinus Bader Beauty Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturizer
Anti Aging

Victoria Beckham x Augustinus Bader Beauty Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturizer

It was a brilliant idea to tap lauded name in skincare Agustinus Bader for VB Beauty. The result of the collaboration is a skincare line for the ultraluxe brand founded by the former Spice Girl backed by 30 years of research and innovation. It's also powered by Agustinus Bader's patented formulation TFC8 known for its gamechanging results. This priming moisturizer is a great skincare base that works on fine lines, pores, imperfections without getting in the way of makeup. victoriabeckhambeauty.com

$95/30mL | SHOP NOW

 

Make Up For Ever Redness Corrector Step 1 Primer
Color Correcting

Make Up For Ever Redness Corrector Step 1 Primer

Make Up For Ever's Step 1 primers are truly all winners, but this one with a green base is a standout. It effectively neutralizes the redness around our mouth and chin area, and while it works as a great base for foundation, it can also be worn on its own, working as a true corrector. It holds for up to 24 hours. Lazada Official Store, Zalora

P2,200 | SHOP NOW

 

Stila One Step Correct Skin Tone Correcting & Brightening Primer
All in One

Stila One Step Correct Skin Tone Correcting & Brightening Primer

Rarely do we find a product that claims to do it all and actually delivers, yet this primer does everything it says it will do and then some. Its gel-like serum formula comes in a triple-swirled helix that aims to correct, brighten, and prime your skin. The green pigment neutralizes redness, the peach tone brightens and illuminates the skin, and the lavender pigment counteracts sallowness to give the skin an invigorated look. It also contains Stila’s Youth Revival Bio-Available Mineral Complex, which helps hydrate the skin, control sebum production, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores. Rustan's

P1,950 | SHOP NOW

 

FOUNDATION

 

Nars Soft Matte Complete Foundation
Natural Matte

Nars Soft Matte Complete Foundation

Matte without looking flat, this foundation from NARS will be your new favorite everyday base. Its light, runny, oil-free formula provides full coverage that lasts all day—even when wearing a mask. It’s also transfer-resistant and sweat-proof. And thanks to the foundation’s Anti-Oxidation Complex, you’ll be able to find your true shade match and not have to worry about it oxidizing on your skin. Rustan's, Lazada Official Store, Power Plant Mall

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Shiseido Synchro Skin Radiant Lifting Foundation
Radiance

Shiseido Synchro Skin Radiant Lifting Foundation

The Radiant Lifting Foundation is a welcome addition to Shiseido’s Synchro Skin range. Like its predecessor, the Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation, it has a weightless formula that still delivers full, crease-resistant coverage. What sets it apart is its innovative Light-Adjusting Technology, which addresses fine lines, uneven skin tone, and loss of hydration. It contains a blend of humectants and mandarin peel extract to help hydrate and brighten the complexion, while its combination of transparent pearls, radiant microcrystals, and advanced optical filters adapts to any lighting condition, so you can expect a refined, luminous, and lifted look wherever you are. Rustan's, Lazada Official Store

P3,000 | SHOP NOW

 

Benefit Hello Happy Air Stick Foundation
Stick

Benefit Hello Happy Air Stick Foundation

The soft blur finish of this stick foundation is commendable, reducing shine while delivering medium coverage that feels light. It's great for those dealing with oily skin as it acts to absorb sebum. It also works better over moisturized skin. Sephora.ph, Lazada Official Store, BeautyMNL. Use our code THEBEAUTYEDIT at Sephora.ph for 10% off your cart.

P2,100 | SHOP NOW

 

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Soft Radiance Foundation
Medium coverage, dewy finish

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Soft Radiance Foundation

A foundation that truly feels like second skin, this skin quenching product is ideal for those with dry skin, tackling flakey patches while providing a radiant, healthy looking finish. It has SPF50, hyaluronic acid, and other natural oils to boost its effect as a skincaring foundation. It also has such a diverse shade range that we found the perfect true to tone shade for our skin that it works like Photoshop's healing brush when applied.
Rustan's, Adora

P7,000 | SHOP NOW

 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Foundation
Full coverage, matte finish

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Foundation

For the natural looking full coverage it gives, it’s creamy and lightweight, and more important, comfortable to wear. We could usually skip our concealer when we use this. It’s the type of foundation you’ll keep going back to and you’d want in your vanity as an ultimate go-to. It delivers without caking or settling into lines, and while it dries matte initially, it sets demi-matte for a natural looking complexion.
Rustan's, Lazada Official Store

P2,500 | SHOP NOW

 

Dior Forever Matte Foundation
Full coverage, airbrush finish

Dior Forever Matte Foundation

Easily blendable and buildable, this foundation delivers an airbrushed finish that adheres all day. It's non-sticky, it won't settle into lines, and feels ultra-comfortable. A winner year after year.
Rustan's, SM Makati, SM Podium, SM Aura, SM Mall of Asia, Ayala Malls Manila Bay

P3,650 | SHOP NOW

 

Armani Luminous Silk Perfect Glow Flawless Oil-Free Foundation
Medium coverage, satin finish

Armani Luminous Silk Perfect Glow Flawless Oil-Free Foundation

Armani Luminous Silk Perfect Glow Flawless Oil-Free Foundation
Once the most covetable foundation that beauty editors swear by, this icon comes in this natural-finish, oil-free formula. As with the original, it's bound to impress with its coverage, buildability, and lightweightness without caking or settling into lines. An icon to try and consider if you still haven't.
Sephora.com

$44 | SHOP NOW

 

Guerlain L’Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation 16H Wear SPF20
Medium Coverage, Dewy Finish

Guerlain L’Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation 16H Wear SPF20

Rarely could you rely on a foundation that tries to be many things (skin-caring, sun-protecting) to deliver the sole purpose of a foundation which is perfect coverage, but this new release by Guerlain definitely changes the game. The L’Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation—silicone-free and with 97 percent of its ingredients naturally derived!—“hydrates, balances, and protects the skin from pollution” while delivering that glass skin glow especially when buffed in using its special retractable brush. Once you’ve found your match (from 30 available shades), expect a perfect complexion as this wonder quenches flakey patches and neutralizes discolorations with its buildable coverage. Sephora.ph

P3,600 | SHOP NOW

 

BYS PSJ Cream Cushion
Cushion Breakthrough

BYS PSJ Cream Cushion

Formulation and innovation make this cream cushion collaboration with Korean star Park Seo-jun a real standout and winner. The sponge, or what it calles a V Puff, is pretty intruguing. It vibrates 12,000 times per minute, delivering an airbrush-like even application and allowing high makeup adhesion. We can rely on this for an all-day glow. While it's a coverage product first, it features star ingredients in skincare including Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) for strengthening the skin barrier, among other benefits. With SPF50+ and PA++++, it's considerably high in UV protection, making it a great sunscreen layer and retoucher. Lazada

P2,999 | SHOP NOW

 

La Mer The Luminous Lifting Cushion Foundation
Skincare Cushion

La Mer The Luminous Lifting Cushion Foundation

This luxurious compact provides a dewy finish, perfect for those with dry patches or uneven skin texture. Infused with La Mer’s signature Miracle Broth and featuring its Color Capsule Technology, this hardworking compact hydrates and plumps while providing serious coverage. It comes with a cushion refill and an extra sponge applicator. Rustan's

P7,300 | SHOP NOW

 

POWDER

 

M.A.C Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation
Coverage

M.A.C Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

This holds so well and gives commendable coverage without overdrying the skin, this is set to be a lifetime M.A.C. favorite. As it's ultra-matte, it really is able to control shine. We find applying with sponge (than a brush) to deliver a longer hold. It's something that can transform complexions radically, whether making pores disappear or smoothing out surfaces (optically). With M.A.C's shade range, you're sure to find a match. Rustan's, Power Plant Mall, Lazada Official Store

P1,950 | SHOP NOW

 

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder
Blurring

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder

The finest powder you'll ever try, this ultra-blurring finishing powder works like Facetune. It has a light-diffusing effect so the finish is never flat. As part of the Ultra HD 4K line, it's designed to be invisible to the naked eye (and Ultra HD 4K cams), giving you an instant filter. Sephora.ph, SM Mega Mall

P2,350 | SHOP NOW

 

Issy & Co Loose Powder
Setting

Issy & Co Loose Powder

This is a talc-free, weightless, loose powder specially formulated to give a matte but not flat finish, removing shine but letting your skin’s glow shine through. Infused with vitamin E, the translucent finish formulation is non-drying and ideal for people with normal to dry skin (though to be honest, any skin type would work well with this powder).
This finely milled powder blends seamlessly on skin, eliminating shine and blurring the appearance of pores. The lightweight formula ensures that the powder won’t feel heavy or get cakey even after wearing it all day. It can also be used to set makeup to keep it looking fresher for longer. Shopee Official Store

P349 | SHOP NOW

 

CONCEALER

 

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer Duo
Duo

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer Duo

Coverage is something Laura Mercier has long perfected as a makeup brand. In fact its Flawless Fusion Longwear Concealer is a true holy grail, naturally hiding every spot and shadow, so when this new Secret Camouflage Concealer Duo Stick launched this year, we had high expectations. True enough, this duo delivers with one end for brightening under eyes, and another for covering up facial imperfections—aka all our secrets! It makes application a no-brainer because the shades are coordinated and would seamlessly blend out and look even when used together. The formula is creamy, hydrating, and crease-resistant so it won’t tug the delicate skin under the eyes or settle into lines. It’s incredibly easy to use—just dot, line and blend to perfection. Rustan's

P1,850 | SHOP NOW

 

Issy & Co. Active Concealer
Steal

Issy & Co. Active Concealer

Issy & Co has succeeded in making itself known for quality formulations, giving even more credence to its Gen Z/ millennial chic branding. This newly launched concealer is creamy with high coverage that looks natural. It's comparable to many of the iconic concealers in our arsenal in terms of performance. Get it in two shades, a lighter tone to brighten undereyes and a truer tone to conceal blemishes. Lazada Official Store, BeautyMNL, Shopee

P399 | SHOP NOW

 

La Prairie Skin Caviar Perfect Concealer
Skincaring

La Prairie Skin Caviar Perfect Concealer

Truly a concealer and skincare product in one, this indulgent eye treatment by La Prairie provides both immediate and long-term results. Featuring the same Skin Caviar formula and backed by the same science and level of research at the La Prairie labs, this hardworking concealer delivers as it should, hiding every trace of your late night bingewatching with its creamy, high coverage formula and working on fine lines, dark circles, and elasticity in the area with continued use. It comes with a depuffing applicator and a concealer brush. Rustan's

P10,200 | SHOP NOW

 

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
Icon

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

No one tries this iconic concealer without getting converted to it. You will try others and get obsessed with others too, but this one is something you'll choose to have always. When it comes to coverage, flexibility, and hold, it will always be one of the most reliable. Rustan's, Lazada Official Store, LOOK

P1,800 | SHOP NOW

 

TINT

 

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 20
Oil-free

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 20

This icon keeps on getting better. Now available in an oil-free formula, this Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer has a mattifying effect without taking away dimension. It has enough tint to cover imperfection without being heavy and a great way to create the no makeup makeup look. Rustan's

P2,595 | SHOP NOW

 

Issy & Co. Active Skin Tint
Coverage

Issy & Co. Active Skin Tint

A product of a passionate desire to deliver a quality but attainable product for coverage, this skin tint has three light shades, three medium shades, and three deep shades to cover the full spectrum of Filipinos’ skin tones and undertones. “Light, medium, and deep are the main categories, but within those, there’s depth,” says Issy & Co's Joel Andrade. And so this range also has options to match undertones. As for application and hold, it blends easily and sets to a beautiful natural finish. With skincaring ingredients, it also delivers all-day moisture. A huge steal for the formulation! Lazada Official Store, BeautyMNL, Shopee

P499 | SHOP NOW

 

SET

 

Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix Beauty-to-Go
Multiuse

Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix Beauty-to-Go

We've never met a MUFE setting product we didn't love, and this is no different. This icon has been reformulated to provide more hydration all while locking your makeup in place for up to 12 hours. The best part is that is icon can also be used as a priming mist and refresher. Just spritz over the face before foundation and allow to dry or refresh your look any time throughout the day with a spray or two. Lazada Official Store, Zalora, Sephora.ph

P1,600 for 100mL or P700 for 30mL | SHOP NOW

 

MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Shimmer
Shimmer

MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Shimmer

We have this in Goldlite and Pinklite. We use it when we want our face to look glowing on video calls and meeting. Its prismatic pigments just give us that flawless glow, all while setting our makeup. Rustan's, Power Plant Mall, Lazada Official Store

P1,300 | SHOP NOW

 

Benefit The POREfessional: Super Setter
Setter

Benefit The POREfessional: Super Setter

This last step is something most us skip, but setting our makeup is actually the best way to make the look last longer and hold better and ensure it doesn’t transfer to your phone when you take a call or your facemask. The best setting sprays can be counted on for that. This new Benefit Super Setter, the brand’s first setting spray, does even more with some pore blurring action, all while locking in makeup for up to 16 hours.
We were eally impressed by how it held our foundation at its prime for over half a day. We did a tissue transfer test, and were surprised at how it didn’t budge. It also didn’t transfer to our phone after making calls. Another notable feature is its spray nozzle, which delivers superfine mist necessary for an even application. It’s a Super Setter, indeed. Lazada Official Store, Zalora, Sephora.ph. Use our code THEBEAUTYEDIT at Sephora.ph for 10% off your cart.

P1,950 | SHOP NOW

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