Looking for an effective but affordable foundation for acne-prone skin? All these foundations are under $25, but they won’t clog pores or trigger breakouts. Some of them even have ingredients that prevent redness and help shrink your pimples.
Maybelline Makeup Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation
Buy now: $15.90, Watsons
A lot high coverage matte foundations look so dry and flat on your skin that it ends up accentuating your pimples instead of actually hiding it. However, Maybelline’s formula still looks fresh and natural. Just ask the 72,054 reviews on Influenster!
The micro-powders blur out imperfections and hide pores, and the huge shade range means you can find the perfect match for your skin tone.It’s non-comedogenic and non-allegenic, so it’s safe for both acne-prone and sensitive skin. The oil-control formula fights shine and mid-day caking.
Innisfree Long Wear Cover Cushion
Buy now: $19.00, Innisfree
If you prefer a light, hydrating formula that will feel comfortable even in hot Singapore weather, try this Korean foundation. It can cover redness and small pimples, blurs your pores, and won’t budge even if you sweat.
The formula sets quickly, so blend well as you apply. Start in the center of your face, and blend outwards. It’s best for oily or combination skin. If you have dry skin, apply a heavy moisturiser and wait about 1 minute (or blot off excess with tissue) before applying foundation.
Neutrogena SkinClearing Oil-Free Makeup
Buy now: $19.49, iHerb
This is one of the best foundations for oily, sensitive and acne-prone skin! Aside from being oil-free, it also contains salicylic acid to prevent breakouts. Like all Neutrogena products, it goes through strict dermatological testing to be certified non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic and hypoallergenic.
It has a soft matte finish, and a good shade range. The creamy formula is best applied with a damp sponge or a very thick and dense stippling brush (it gets streaky if you use a flat foundation brush).
Wet & Wild Soft Focus Foundation
Buy now: $13.90, Watsons
Look good in every photo! This foundation was tested under 7 different light sources, so you know it will always look natural. It has a very light, fluid texture — which makes it a good foundation for mature or dry skin, or very hot days when you can’t bear to wear anything heavy.
While you’ll still need concealer to hide pimples, the foundation coverage is good enough to cancel out redness and make your pores look smaller. You may still need powder to set your T-zone. Still, it’s a good everyday foundation — especially if you’ll be indoors for most of the day.
Here’s another reason to try this affordable foundation for acne-prone skin: it’s a supposed dupe for YSL Fusion Ink Foundation!
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Foundation
Buy now: Now on sale at $17.94 at Redmart Lazada
It has nearly 4,000 glowing Amazon reviews. Some say that it’s their Holy Grail foundation: hides their blemishes, never cakes, and gives a smooth but still very natural finish. It has a wide shade range, and yellow undertones that flatter Asian skin.
And even if this is a matte foundation for acne-prone skin, it still looks like you’re not wearing any makeup at all. “It just makes your skin look better,'” says one review. The trick is to use a damp sponge or your fingers.