Wearing a face mask with foundation on is a situation that always begins with good intentions. Until you step out the door.

Living in a tropical climate already wreaks havoc on bare skin cloaked by surgical masks, given how the essential accessory doubles as bacteria breeding trap. Add foundation into the mix, and you’ll have all that in the recipe, plus skin-toned streak marks on your surgical mask as the hot mess of a result.

This is because many foundations, despite being long-wearing, are not equipped to be transfer-proof. This is especially so when dealing with the added humidity and sweat caused by our climate, as well as the friction that a facial mask causes against your skin.

We understand that the world is plagued by 99 problems, and if we can help you ease one of them, it’s by road-testing as many foundations as we can to find transfer-proof gems that will prevent those dreaded face mask stains.

Mark this down for when we’re all required to return to the office, where face masks are mandatory round the clock, or for your next grocery run if you’re that extra.

1
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup Foundation

This foundation from Estee Lauder has truly withstood the test of time. An oldie but a goodie — The Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup Foundation is truly an icon of the brand, that is loved by many up until now. It is made to last for 24-hours — yes you read that right. Provides medium-to-full coverage for a natural matte finish.

Price
S$71
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2
Shu Uemura Unlimited Foundation

Tested by professional makeup artist, Ummi Nasir — this foundation from Shu Uemura is proven to be transfer-proof on her social media. Unlimited Fluid Foundation lasts up to 16 hours on the skin. Its texture is lightweight, thanks to the technology that halves the thickness of standard foundations once you applied. A stick-version of this foundation is also available.

Price
S$72
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3
YSL Beauty All Hours Foundation

This is a liquid foundation that will last all day and night thanks to its waterproof, transfer-resistant and oil-absorbing formula. It provides full coverage with a soft matte finish without a mask-like effect. It also contains skincare ingredients that helps blur pores and fine lines. The foundation stays fresh and comfortable all day and night long.

Price
S$91
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4
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Not surprised to see this foundation in the list? Fenty Beauty’s Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation has become one of the best foundations in the market since its release. Its oil-free formula is made with climate-adaptive technology that’s resistant to sweat and humidity. Once applied, it immediately gives the skin a flawless-looking finish — aka no pores, lines and shine-free.

Price
S$35
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5
Benefit Cosmetics Hello Happy Air Stick Foundation

Now available in a stick formula, Hello Happy Air Stick Foundation lasts up to 16 hours and is a waterproof and sweat-proof formula. Just one effortless glide gives you medium coverage — and by effortless we mean really, effortless. It’s made out of shea butter and a combination of soft, lightweight powders for that seamless glide and weightless application.

Price
S$55
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6
Givenchy Teint Couture Everwear

Another foundation that sports a 24-hour wear feature is Givenchy’s Teint Couture Everwear. This one blurs imperfections, hydrates and revives the skin’s natural glow while providing a silky, high-coverage finish. The formula is non-oily, and it’s made to resist any sort of day and/or night. Rain, shine, humid, basically anything under the sun.

Price
S$76
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