The first product you should reach for if you’d like to achieve a dewy Korean-inspired complexion, check out our top Teenage Beauty Awards 2017 cushion foundation recommendations for an effortlessly radiant glow. 

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream, $62

it proClinically proven to give wearers a whopping 179% of skin hydration while being able to camouflage any skin imperfections, this all-in-one product also contains SPF 50+ sunscreen to protect skin from UV rays.

ETUDE HOUSE Any Cushion All Day Perfect,$32 

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Need more coverage? The ETUDE HOUSE Any Cushion All Day Perfect features a new roll-spread technology that allows product to adhere better onto skin, allowing you to build on layers without caking up. It also provides a sweat-proof effect that lasts up to 24 hours to further reinforce the sustaining power of the cushion. Coming in six shades, the formula is created to look natural on your skin. 

THEFACESHOP Anti-Darkening Cushion V203, $33

thefaceshop proThe hero that’ll save us from humid weather, THEFACESHOP’s Anti-Darkening Cushion is formulated to withstand humid and high-temperature environments, whilst ensuring no oxidation takes place (turning the formula into a dull orange shade). It’s also lightweight, which allows breathability for your pores, and brightens your skintone for a radiant finish. 

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB 3 in 1 Superfruit Colour Correcting Cushion, $59

FAB proIncorporated with colour-correcting pigments – green to neutralise redness, pink to even out your skin tone and purple to reduce dullness and brighten your skin – the FAB 3 in 1 CC Cushion helps erase common complexion concerns. It is also great as a radiant base before your foundation. It blends into a pale pastel pink formula with a dewy finish that will add a radiant glow to your skin. 

M.A.C. Lightful C Quick Finish Cushion Compact, $63

mac proLightweight and fuss-free, the M.A.C. Lightful Cushion Compact releases liquid foundation in a superfine layer to achieve a natural satin finish and the coverage you desire. This way, you can wear it out for the entire day and still touch up without having to worry if the formula will cake up on your face. It has a matte finish, with medium to high coverage and still manages to brighten up your skin so you’ll look fresh for the day. 

Hada Labo Air BB, $19.90

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A lightweight, creamy formula that dries to a matte finish, the Hada Labo Air BB a great drugstore option. Able to be used as a standalone makeup base, or built up to full coverage, you won’t have to worry about it oxidising nor drying out your skin. With that being said, this product only comes in two shades, so those who require a more versatile colour range should give this a miss. 

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact, $59 

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Glowing skin is particularly trendy right now, and Urban Decay is one of the many cult-brands that is joining the hype. It’s latest Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact leaves your skin with a beautiful glow that lasts all day. Moreover, it contains nourishing ingredients such as rose centifolia flower extract, which has toning and firming properties, gentian root extract that provides skin-soothing and antioxidant benefits and peppermint extract that conditions the skin.

su:m37 Water-full CC Cushion Perfect Finish, $67

sum37 proThis CC Cushion is extremely hydrating, but you’ll be surprised to know it works really well on oily skin types too. It contains ingredients to control sebum, as well as a multi-veil technology that keeps your makeup on for a long time, making it an ideal formula for the hot and humid weather. It contains a blooming powder that helps cover redness like charm too. 

The Body Shop Fresh Nude Cushion Foundation, $39.90

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Coming in five different shades, this 100% vegan liquid foundation comes in a nice cushion compact that aids the application process, giving it a smoother finish. It is suitable for sensitive skin users, and does not clog your pores like most foundations will. Infused with aloe vera extract, this helps to soothe your skin and any redness on your face. 

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The one step of your skincare routine you should never skip, finding the right moisturiser for your skin type can be quite tricky. For example, getting one that’s overly hydrating can cause breakouts, while a moisturiser that doesn’t do enough will lead to dry and cracking skin. While not all moisturisers are created equal, here are the top Teenage Beauty Award 2017 recommendations ranging from high-end to drugstore brands to serve your different needs. 

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Protection Emulsion, $36.90thebodyshop moisturizer PROHydrate and protect your skin in one easy application with The Body Shop’s Moisture Protection emulsion. A lightweight multitasker that boasts antioxidant wheatgerm oil and hyaluronic acid that leaves your complexion feeling supple all day, it also contains SPF30/PA+++ to shield skin from harmful UV rays. 

For Beloved One Hyaluronic Acid GHK-Cu Moisturising Lotion, $57

for beloved one moisturizer PROThe moisturising lotion from Taiwanese brand For Beloved One is an all-in-one serum that serves to replenish moisture and protect your skin. It is suitable for all skin types, especially for dry and sensitive skin. Containing GHK-Cu, the serum claims to help to slow down the aging process and improve skin elasticity. It is also scent-free, which is a plus point for those who are more sensitive to perfumed products.

Garnier Light Complete Yoghurt Sleeping Mask, $19.90garnier moisturizer PROAimed to brighten up your skin, Garnier’s Yoghurt Sleeping Mask contains important skin-restoring niacinamide and brightening ascorbyl glucoside to work its magic. This works well on dry skin types, but not on sensitive skin users because it contains Lemon Fruit extract which may be excessively acidic. It is both sulfate- and alcohol-free too. Leave it on your face overnight, and wake up to brighter skin!

IDS Oil-Free Moisturiser, $89

IDS moisturizer PROHaving difficulty finding the right moisturiser for your troubled skin? This trooper might be the one for you. The IDS Oil-Free Moisturizer is specially formulated with ingredients that will regulate sebum, control acne, minimise shine and lighten blemish marks. It is packed with retinyl palmitate, a gentle Vitamin A derivate that aids in clearing up complexion by speeding up the recovery rate of cells. 

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Hydrating Moisturiser, $96

peter thomas PROCominng in a gel-like texture, the Peter Thomas Roth Cloud Cream lives up to its name as an extremely lightweight moisturiser that absorbs quickly and easily into your skin. It leaves skin feeling perfectly hydrated and exceptionally smooth, and it contains a very good mix of skin-repairing ingredients. What’s more, the mineral Mica is included to give your complexion an extra glow. 

Auolive Day Glower, $118 

auolive-moisturizer--PROA new name on the market, Auolive is founded by Claire Au, a Singaporean who knows the struggle of maintaining a proper skincare routine while juggling a busy schedule. Enter the Auolive Day Glower, an all-in-one moisturiser that’s created to bridge the gap for those with little time for their complexions. An antioxidant moisturiser, this local offering also provides sun protection of SPF30, and works well as a makeup base, making your routine a lot simpler and faster so that you can get to school just in time. 

Curel Moisture Face Milk, $32.80 curel PROWorks best on all skin types, this drugstore moisturiser is dermatologically-developed, ensuring that even sensitive-skin users can use it. The face milk contains pseudo-ceramide, an ingredient that is crucial in retaining the moisture in your skin, and eucalyptus extract, for its anti-inflammatory properties, ensuring that your face is protected and well-hydrated at all times of the day. Because it is so gentle on the skin, you do not have to worry about any potential breakouts when using this. 

su:m37 Water-full Timeless Water Gel Cream, $108

sum37 moisturizer PROA premium Korean brand that recently landed onto local shores, su:m37’s Water-full Timeless Water Gel Cream is amazingly lightweight and yet delivers rich hydration that absorbs easily and quickly into skin. It’s formulated with Fermented Rose of Jericho and ceramide cream to enhance and firm of skin’s texture. 

belif The True Cream Water Bomb, $58

belief-moisturizer-PRODesigned for combination to oily skin types, this is the third addition to Belif’s The True Cream line and the lightest in consistency. It is said to be able to cool your skin of about -2.8°C when tested at 35°C, which is caused by the bursting of water droplets upon contact with your skin, and it feels nothing short of refreshing. It hydrates and plumps up your skin without causing any sticky residue, and we can see why this is the Readers’ Choice for the year. 

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Premium Hydrating Cream, $35.90

hada labo moisturizer PROThe Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Cream is infused with four types of Hyaluronic Acid which deeply penetrates the skin to hydrate and help restore skin’s moisture barrier to prevent moisture loss. Its richness and intensity make it a perfect night-time moisturiser that works well on all skin types. It is fragrance-, alcohol-, oil- and colourant-free, making it a preferred choice for sensitive-skin users too. 

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Proper makeup removal is an essential step of any skincare routine; getting that gunk and product off is important to keeping skin fresh, prevent breakouts and get rid of dirt buildup after a long day out. From oil cleansers to micellar water makeup removers to cleansing gels, here are all the heavy lifters from our Teenage Beauty Awards 2017! 

Browhaus Erase Make-up Remover, $18.90browhaus proHaving trouble finding a makeup remover that’s gentle enough for sensitive skin and powerful enough to melt away stubborn makeup, the fragrance- and paraben-free Browhaus Eraser Make-up Remover does the job effectively. This oil-based makeup remover is easy to use too – simply emulsify three to four pumps of the formula with water, massage all over your face and rinse thoroughly – no tugging required!

Curél Makeup Cleansing Gel, $19.80curel proCurel’s Makeup Cleansing Gel thoroughly removes makeup from deep within your pores, including long-wearing makeup. Suited for all skin types, this gentle yet effective makeup remover helps to soothe your complexion without drying it out. 

Senka Perfect Water Cleansing, $17.90

senka proThe oil-free, dermatologist-tested and colorant-free Perfect Water Cleansing contains Natural Silk Essence Complex and Double Hyaluronic Acids that rejuvenates and nourishes the skin with essential nutrients. This water-based cleanser makes the removal of makeup an easy task by dissolving impurities and excess sebum, while cleaning up any residual dirt and oil along the way. Best part? There’s no need for an extra step of rinsing.

Estelle & Thild BioCleanse Micellar Cleansing Water, $38

estelle proAn organic micellar water that’s infused with aloe vera and coconuts, this lightweight no-rinse cleanser effectively lifts away impurities and gives skin a healthy glow. To refresh skin, simply saturate a cotton pad and gently wipe away all traces of makeup and dirt, then pat dry with a towel. 

ASTALIFT Lunamer AC Cleansing Oil, $35

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The formula of ASTALIFT’s Lunamer Cleansing Oil is far lighter than most oils, and it does not clog up your skin over time whilst still removing your eye makeup thoroughly. It eliminates pore-clogging sebum and any clogged gunk too. Infused with orange oil, this helps to purify and tighten your skin at the same time. This way, you can say bye to enlarged pores and say hi to clearer skin!

Biore Acne Care Micellar Cleansing Water, $18.90 

biore-PROThe Biore Micellar Cleansing Water contains an ultra gentle yet effective makeup removal formula – natural mineral water from Japanese Alps with Micellar Watery Technology for the thorough removal of makeup. Micellar water contains micelle molecules that latch onto dirt, make-up and other impurities sitting on your skin for effortless removal. On top of that, it contains an anti-bacterial formula that prevents further pimples and outbreaks, and minimizes pores for a clearer and more refined complexion.

Eucerin Acne and Makeup Cleansing Water, $39.90

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A micellar water that’s perfectly suited for acne-prone skin,  all products under the Eucerin DermoPURIFYER range are compatible with commonly used acne medication and suitable for all needs (minor blemishes, combination skin, oily skin, blemished skin, acne). They have been scientifically proven; people who’ve used it demonstrated a significant improvement in their acne symptoms, which means you can trust Eucerin to help manage any of your existing and potential outbreaks. 

NIVEA White Oil Control Make Up Clear Micellar Water, $18.90nivea proIn the NIVEA Make Up Clear Micellar Water, it is incorporated with Superior Micellar Cleansing Technology that easily removes oil, dirt and heavy makeup without stripping the skin of moisture and that is thanks to the Oxygen Boost technology, which hydrates the skin while cleansing. You’ll be happy to know its free from alcohol, parabens, fragrances and silicones too. 

Sephora Micellar Cleansing Gel, $9

faceshop proTravel- and wallet-friendly, this Micellar Cleansing Gel is part of Sephora’s skincare line that’s sounds good enough to be eaten. Massage the gel directly onto your face and you will notice how it melts into your skin to remove your makeup. Sephora’s new skincare line features other cleansing creams and micellar cleansing water too that can help cater to your skin’s different needs. 

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil, $55 


A clear winner amongst many makeup removers is Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil. The lightweight and slippery elixir is enriched with an aromatic blend of pure botanical oils, including squalane – a plant-derived lipid with a natural affinity for skin – evening primrose oil – rich in Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids – and lavender essential oil. These oils leave your skin feeling replenished and rejuvenated and yet it’s non-comedogenic, which means it does not clog your pores too. The natural formula of this cleansing oil is what makes it so attractive because you know what’s exactly going onto your face without a ton of other foreign ingredients. 

Garnier Oil-Infused Micellar Water, $19.90 

garnier proFor the first time, Garnier’s Micellar Water is formulated with oils. This helps you cleanse your face thoroughly because it attracts all your makeup like a magnet, while the oil in the formula strips off even the toughest of water-proof mascaras and eyeliners easily. The bottle of Micellar Oil-infused Cleansing Water claims there are 200 uses, which makes this an excellent beauty buy without the hefty price tag. This affordable, drugstore makeup is easily one of your skincare staples. 

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Apart from being instant perk-me-ups, many blushers now double up with contour and highlight features to give your complexion that polished glow. Here are some of our top Teenage Beauty Awards 2017 picks!

Maybelline Master Flush Creator, $19.90Maybelline Blush PROWhile we’d usually be a tad apprehensive about shimmery blushes, the Maybelline Master Flush Creator gives a soft glow that doesn’t overwhelm the face. Its colour palette consists of a lighter shade that can be used as a highlighter, whereas the darker shade creates a sculpting effect that’ll lend definition to your mug. Lightly dust it on for a subtle glow or build it up for an intense flush. 

NYX Ombre Blush, $18 


If you can’t already tell, ombre blushes are definitely a trend that’s here to stay. Essentially a three-in-one product (highlighter, blush, and contour). The NYX Ombre Blush features intense pigments with a satin finish that’ll give you a gorgeous glow all day. And despite its rich colour pay-off, even makeup beginners will be able to get their desired look effortlessly as it swipes on and blends easily without looking patchy. Fans will also be pleased to know that the our Teenage Beauty Awards 2017 judge’s choice winner comes in eight gorgeous shades that vary from natural hues to brilliant brights – all the better for you to play with! 

ETUDE HOUSE Play 101 Stick Contour Duo, $24

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The Play 101 Stick Contour Duo is a creamy blusher and highlight stick that works in tandem to create the popular “non-touring” K-beauty glow; it provides a muted yet more refined contouring effect to help create subtle definition. And its stick packaging makes it super easy for precise application while on the go – simply dot on and blend out with a contour brush or even your fingertips.  

essence Mosaic Blush, $5.50

essence Blush PROFeaturing a tri-colour palette that’ll add an oomph to your everyday look, essence’s Mosaic Blush is a quality blush with the advantage of an affordable price tag. You’ll have to use a dense blusher brush to better pick up the pigments, but its silky texture allows the product to blend seamlessly. Tip: Double up this handy blusher as an eyeshadow for a monochromatic look! 

Catrice Light And Shadow Contouring Blush, $6.90

catrice Blush PROThe Catrice Contouring Blush consists of two varying textures; a matte shade and a subtle shimmer. While both are slightly sheer, this powder blusher is easily buildable, which makes it easier to control. 

Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duo, $68 –> Reader’s Choice


Worth the rave, it is not hard to see why the Marc Jacobs’ Soft Glow Duo is the Reader’s Choice for the year. The product comes in two different shades in one pan, and they are stripped with alternating colours which makes blending of both perfect. Each end has a slightly larger area of color so you can actually customise the intensity or colour. Swirl the brush more on the left side for a lighter finish or dip it into the right side for more pigment and deeper colour. The beautiful, intense formula of Marc Jacobs gives you the seamless flush that looks flattering on many skin tones. 

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Suffering from painful acne that just won’t ease up? We know your pain. Check out our list of top Teenage Beauty Award 2017 nominees that’ll tackle pesky pimples, improve your complexion and keep blemishes at bay! 

Miacare Acne Patch for Day, $4.50 miacare PROIf you have the habit of picking at your pimples, then the Miacare Acne Patch is perfect for you. An effective blemish buster, each pack comes with super thin, flesh-coloured medical grade hydrocolloid dressings that help to absorb excess sebum and oil from the pimple and allows the area to heal quickly while acting as a protective layer to minimise bacteria. Simply patch onto clean skin and watch as your spots ‘magically’ disappear in less than 72 hours! 

For Beloved One Mandelic Acid Advanced Renewal Serum, $55 acne-treatment-for-beloved-one-PROTreating acne from deep within, lightening dark pigmentation left by blemishes, brightening skin tone and exfoliating dead skin cells – For Beloved One’s Mandelic Acid Advanced Renewal Serum does it all. Infused with mandelic acid, the gentle chemical peel will even help to control oil secretion and deep cleanse pores to reduce the chances of acne outbreaks. And it’s safe for sensitive skin, so you don’t have to worry about irritating your acne-prone complexions further. While this acne saviour is definitely pricier, its multi-tasking abilities makes it an essential for any skincare routine. 

Porcelain Balance Hydraclear Gel, $128

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Porecelain’s Hydraclear Gel is a watery gel that helps to control sebum, supply moisture, increase water retention and sebum balance in skin. It helps to reduce inflammation and microbial activities which prevents acne formation without causing peeling, sensitivity or redness. Additionally, it helps to brighten and refine the rest of your face, giving you the clear, healthy skin you’ve always dreamed of. 

Acnes Oil Control Cleansing Sheet, $3.10 

acne-treatment-acnes-PRONot like most makeup remover or cleansing sheets, the Acnes’ Oil Control Cleansing Sheet has perforations in it that helps exfoliate, lift dead skin and loosen some whiteheads. The sheets are saturated with liquid, but not dripping wet, and after each use, your skin will feel like it has been deeply cleansed. It contains a number of herbal extracts such as Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract and Centella Asiatica Extract that keep bacteria at bay, decreasing the chances of breakouts occurring.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution, $32.90thebodyshop PROA lightweight, pre-serum concentrate that helps to fight breakouts, The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution is formulated with tea tree oil that helps to purify skin, treat acne and soothes redness and inflammation. Do remember to apply plenty of moisturiser after using as the formula can be quite drying on skin. 

Kiehl’s Breakout Control Acne Treatment Facial Lotion, $80

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This Kiehl’s lotion is an all-over treatment that aims to prevent acne from forming whilst soothing your skin and reducing dullness. It contains gentle exfoliating acids that help remove dead surface skin cells that can trap oil, and ingredients that calm and brighten the complexion. The ingredients include 1.5% salicylic acid that reduces inflammation, aloe vera to soothe the skin, and vitamin B3 (or niacinamide) that helps in skin-restoration.

OXY Anti-Bacterial Acne Patch, $6.50

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Similar to Miacare’s acne patch, the OXY Anti-Bacterial Acne Patch works to fight acne by using a hydrocolloid ingredient to absorb excess oil and dirt directly from blemishes like a sponge. It also comes with UV protection that helps prevent sun rays from aggravating the acne spot, and is water- and sweat-proof, so you can apply it on comfortably throughout the day without it falling off midway. 

IDS DermProbiotic, $55 and IDS Probiotic Mask, $67IDS PROUsed in tandem with IDS’ Probiotic Mask, the brand’s DermProbiotic pills contain a live strain of bacteria that’ll help calm blemish-ridden skin instantly. Simply empty a capsule into a small amount of the mask and blend it in. Then, apply it on acne-affected areas and watch as it helps to reduce inflammation and destroy harmful bacteria lurking on the skin’s surface. 

THEFACESHOP Dr. Belmeur Clarifying Spot Calming Ampoule, $43

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Part of THEFACESHOP’s Dr. Belmeur line, the Dr. Belmeur Clarifying Spot Calming Ampoule helps to soothe sensitive problem areas and relieve dry and flaky skin around healed acne spots. The spot treatment comes with a dropper tool (yay for hygiene!) and spreads easily once applied onto skin – you’ll notice budding pimples disappearing within a day and that active acne heals faster. 

What are some of your skincare must-haves? Share your recommendations with us! 

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