The globe is becoming increasingly ethnically diverse by the day and yet many beauty brands still fail to uphold inclusivity when it comes to foundations. One colour does NOT fit all and the prominent disparity you see between the face and neck when you’re wearing a shade that isn’t your perfect match is never a good look. While we are only sharing with you eight shade-inclusive foundation ranges today, know that many well-loved brands like Maybelline, L’Oreal and Clinique do carry over 30 shades though unfortunately they aren’t all made available for the Malaysian market. Enjoy!

1. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (40 shades, RM136)

Rihanna pretty much inspired many other brands to go inclusive with this foundation range and it is as amazing as expected. Leaving a soft matte finish with buildable medium to full coverage, the lightweight foundation diffuses the appearance of pores and controls shine while being resistant to sweat and humidity.

2. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation (27 shades, RM188)

Professional makeup artists in the entertainment industry can’t seem to put this foundation down and it’s easy to see why. Lightweight and ultra comfortable, this foundation becomes undetectable once blended in properly and extends medium to buildable coverage, leaving the skin looking flawless. Also, it doesn’t give off flashback.

3. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Foundation (27 shades, RM207)

Wave ashy, grey undertones goodbye with the Shameless Foundation that boasts 24-hour wear and SPF 25, flashback-free. Fusing skincare and makeup, the oil-free foundation leaves a natural, medium to buildable coverage and pumps hydration into the skin, leaving it looking plump and healthy. It’s also self-setting, so there is no powder needed.

4. ColourPop No Filter Foundation (42 shades, $12, approx. RM48.30 at the time of writing)

Oil-free, lightweight and easily customisable for the exact coverage that you desire, this natural matte foundation is delivered for perfect selfies with innovative soft-blurring pigments that blend seamlessly into the skin, all while looking natural. When it is this affordable, there really is no harm trying too. Good luck deciding on a shade though!

5. Kat Von D Lock-It Liquid Foundation (32 shades, RM179)

Although it is advertised as a full coverage foundation, this particular one is surprisingly flexible and the coverage you get all depends on the amount of product you apply. This hyper-performance vegan foundation promises a matte finish and 24-hour wear that is transfer-resistant, waterproof and fade-proof.

6. Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick (32 shades, RM208)

Stick foundations are intimidating since they tug and aren’t blendable. This one by Hourglass is anything but, fusing the fluidity of a liquid and weightlessness of a powder in one. Its innovative formula blends effortlessly according to the body temperature and leaves a semi-matte finish that is long-wearing and waterproof. A little product goes a long way!

7. M.A.C Cosmetics Studio Fix Fluid (31 shades, RM150)

This foundation needs no introduction as it has long been a cult favourite for many makeup artists around the world. There is nothing it can’t do – It lasts a full 24 hours without fading, controls shine, and minimises the appearance of pores and imperfections while feeling comfortable on the skin with a medium to full coverage.

8. Cover FX Power Play Foundation (40 shades, RM207)

Should you have excess sebum that is tough to control throughout the day, this matte foundation will be your best friend as its formula is pumped with ultra-fine, sweat-proof powders that control shine and blur imperfections for the illusion of a smooth and even complexion. Offering medium to full coverage, we love this on without powder.

Carmen Chong
YouTube-obsessed and a beauty junkie at heart. Find her on Instagram: @carthemen