The Best Liquid Foundations for Indian Skin Tones

Last modified on January 25th, 2019 at 3:33 pm

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Liquid foundations are the most common foundation type in use and for good reason. Not only can liquid foundations be used for dry and oily skin types, they’re available in a wide range of  coverage options, from light coverage to even out the skin tone, to heavy coverage to cover enlarged pores and dark marks. However, liquid foundation does have its drawbacks, and it takes a little bit of research to find the right liquid foundation for yourself from our list of the best liquid foundations available in the market.

In this post we tell you all about:

  • What are the best foundations for Indian skin
  • Which foundation has the best coverage
  • Which foundations are best for oily skin types

Here’s a price-wise list of the best liquid foundations for Indian skin:

The Best Liquid Foundations That are Light on the Pocket

Lakme 9 to 5 Naturale Foundation Drops

Sheer coverage with matte finish | Price: Rs.250

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This Lakme liquid foundation gives sheer coverage to even out your skin tone with a matte finish. It feels light on the face and is great pick for daily wear. And at Rs.250 for a 30ml bottle, it is also easy on the pocket. On the flip side, the limited shade range covers only light to medium skin tones.

Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation

Sheer to medium coverage with matte finish | Price: Rs.500

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Oily skin types will should definitely try this Maybelline liquid foundation a go. In terms of shades, Maybelline’s Fit Me has a wide range of 15 shades that covers most skin complexions. True to its name, this Maybelline liquid foundation gives your skin an evened out flawless, poreless, matte finish that lasts long. However, the coverage is between sheer to medium, making it difficult to hide blemishes and fine lines.

Need some help with choosing the RIGHT FOUNDATION SHADE for your skin? Read our post to learn how.

The Best Liquid Foundations That Swing in the Middle

Colorbar Aquafeel Pro Foundation

Medium coverage with semi-matte finish | Price: Rs.550

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Colobar’s Aquafeel Pro Liquid Foundation is a great  pick for dry skin types since it hydrates the skin. It gives medium coverage with a semi-matte finish. The drawback here is it’s limited shade range – it has only five shades. It’s too creamy for oily skin types to use, and they will have to set it with a powder. During summer months, it’s not very good at controlling sweat and oil, which makes the foundation fade faster.

Nyx Professional Makeup Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation

Full coverage with matte finish | Price: Rs.900

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Do not get bogged down by that tongue twister of a name! This full-coverage liquid foundation from the NYX brand hides light blemishes well. It’s also available in 15 shades which cater to most Indian complexions. However, the water-based foundation doesn’t stay on for more than 2-3 hours (which is quite a pity for this price) . Oily skin types can set it with a powder to make it last longer. Dry skin types should use a moisturiser before applying.

Revlon Nearly Naked Make Up SPF 20

Medium coverage with matte finish | Price: Rs.799

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A foundation with a sunscreen is must-have in your daily-makeup kit. Not only does this Revlon liquid foundation feel light on the face, it is packed with natural ingredients like green tea, jojoba extracts, and oatmeal to nourish the skin. All this makes it a great pick for sensitive skin types. However, the Revlon Nearly Naked foundation range comes in just three shades! Some extremely dry skin types might find the foundation too cakey in spite of using moisturiser.

Need some help on HOW TO APPLY FOUNDATION ? Read our post on for tips.

The Best Liquid Foundations on the Steep Side

L.A. Girl Pro Coverage Illuminating Liquid Foundation

Full coverage with dewy finish | Price: Rs.1250

best-liquid-foundations-L.A-liquid-foudation If you want a youthful, dewy finish, this LA Girl liquid foundation is good choice for you. Available in a diverse range of 16 colors, this foundation gives full coverage and stays on all day. It is also paraben-free (parabens are known to disrupt hormonal activity). Oily skin types would find the formula too creamy. Some may even find the price too steep.

LÓreal Paris Infallible 24h Foundation

Full coverage with matte finish | Price: Rs.1200

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This full coverage liquid foundation by LÓreal covers acne and blemishes quite well. It’s oil-absorbing formula and matte finish make it a good foundation choice for oily skin types. It also stays on for long periods of wear. Interestingly, even though this LÓreal liquid foundation comes in 10 shades, they mostly cater to light and medium skin tones. Also, dry skin types will have to moisturise before applying this foundation.

The Best Liquid Foundations When ‘Luxury’ is Your Middle Name

MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15

Medium to full coverage with matte finish | Price: Rs.2500

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There’s a good reason why MAC liquid foundations have so many fans. For starters, MAC Studio Fix comes in 30 shades that cover most Indian skin tones. It also comes added with SPF which makes it good choice for daytime makeup. It also lasts all day, for a good 8-10 hours. The medium-full coverage formula hides light blemishes and reduces the appearance of pores. On the down side, it is a costly foundation,  but many would argue that it is worth the cost.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup

Full coverage with natural finish | Price: Rs.2670

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If you have oily, acne-prone or blemished skin, this Clinique liquid foundation is tailor-made for your skin type. Clinique’s Anti-Blemish Solutions liquid foundation conceals acne marks and blemishes. Its special formula also controls acne and minimizes further skin eruptions. However, with just 8 shades, it does not fit all Indian skin tones.

Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15

Full coverage with matte finish | Price: Rs.3700

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If not for that costly price tag, we’d crown Bobbi Brown’s liquid foundation the king (or queen, rather) of our best liquid foundations list. It comes in 30 skin shades, it stays on for 16 hours, and comes added with sunscreen (light skin complexions might have problems with the limited coverage of SPF15), it gives full coverage and hides acne scars well, works well for oily and dry skin types, and comes paraben/sulphate/phthalate-free – it’s even vegan friendly! Is there anything not like?

HUDA Beauty Faux Filter Foundation

Full coverage with matte finish | Price: Rs.2990

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HUDA Beauty says that they have done extensive research into skin complexions and skin tones, and it shows in their 30-shade foundation range. It gives full coverage – you won’t find the need to apply a concealer in the case of light blemishes – and a matte finish. While the formula works well for oily skin, dry skin types will need to moisturise their face to avoid the foundation cracking up.

Liquid foundation might not be the best foundation for your skin. Read our post to find the RIGHT FOUNDATION TYPE for your skin.

The Best Liquid Foundations Price List

Liquid Foundation Product Name Price
Lakme 9 to 5 Naturale Foundation Drops Rs.250
Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation Rs.500
Colorbar Aquafeel Pro Foundation Rs.550
Nyx Professional Makeup Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation Rs.900
Revlon Nearly Naked Make Up SPF 20 Rs.799
L.A. Girl Pro Coverage Illuminating Liquid Foundation Rs.1250
L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24h Foundation Rs.1200
MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Rs.2500
Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup Rs.2670
HUDA Beauty Faux Filter Foundation Rs.2990
Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15 Rs.3700

Last Words on the Best Liquid Foundations to Buy

What foundation has the best coverage?

Coverage depends on your skin. If you have flawless, blemish-free skin, a sheer to medium coverage foundation is all you need to even out your skin tone. Maybelline and Colorbar have good medium coverage foundations. If you have blemishes  and large pores, you need to go with a full coverage foundation, like L.A. Girl’s Pro Coverage or Clinique’s Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup.

What is the best foundation liquid foundation for oily skin?

Oily skin types can try Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation, LÓreal Paris Infallible 24h liquid foundation, and HUDA Beauty Faux Filter Foundation.

In case you need some more help finding the right foundation type, the right foundation shade, or even how to apply foundation, follow our blogs for makeup advice, shopping lists, and how-tos.

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