Summer is almost here. Breathable and budget proof, smooth and silky, these featherweight foundations make it easy to achieve a flawless complexion no matter how hot and humid it gets. Ace your base with these 11 foundations that allow you to wear less and still aspire to be your best.
Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin
This foundation features a new and improved pump packaging that makes it even easier to use (and less messy). While it comes in two different varieties—combination/oily and normal/dry—we prefer the former for summer; the oil-free formula dries down clean and matte. If you find it a little too dry for your taste, try mixing it with a drop of moisturizer.
Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin, $12.99
Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation
This foundation has a water-based consistency and hydrating formula while drying down in seconds without any sticky or tacky residue. The coverage is on the lighter side but easily buildable with either your fingers or a brush.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation, $48
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup
It comes loaded with an anti-aging formula that’s loaded with skin-care ingredients (think wrinkle-fighting peptides and antioxidant-rich green tea) as well as an airy texture and flawless finish. The shade offerings aren’t only variations of light, medium, and dark; they have different undertones, making it easy to find a color that truly matches your skin.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, $40
Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation
This is a foundation for people who hate foundation. In fact, it’s featherweight feel and squeeze-tube packaging remind us more of a tinted moisturizer. Apply with your fingertips for a veil of color or use a brush to intensify the pigment (just be sure to give it a good shake beforehand). Either way, the radiant finish is spot-on—just dewy enough without ever going greasy.
Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation, $45
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation
Makeup artists rave about this Nars classic, which, true to its name, leaves skin with sheer coverage and a gorgeous glow. Despite how light it is, a little goes a long way (a nickel-size amount was enough for our entire face). The wide range of 20 shades is impressive, though many of the paler colors look very similar in the bottle and often appear lighter than they really are. Be sure to actually try it on your skin before you buy.
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, $45
Lorac Sheer PoreFection Foundation
Not only is Lorac’s newest foundation oil-free (a key quality to look for in summertime makeup) but it’s also void of parabens and fragrance, making it a great option for anyone with sensitive or temperamental skin. The creamy texture spreads easily and blends seamlessly with minimal effort.
Lorac Sheer PoreFection Foundation, $36
Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free All-in-1 ABC Cushion Foundation
If you still equate mineral makeup with dry powder, take a look at this newbie. Pop open the compact to reveal what looks like a foundation-soaked sponge. Use the included applicator or your fingers (we like the latter) to dab on the fluid formula. Bonus points for the packaging, which features an inside cover to keep the foundation from drying out.
Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free All-in-1 ABC Cushion Foundation, $16.95
Boots No. 7 Stay Perfect Foundation
The best-selling foundation in the U.K. is now available stateside, and it’s easy to see why the Brits are so obsessed. The staying power is impressive—no caking, creasing, or makeup meltdown here—as is the moisturizing texture that doesn’t settle into lines or imperfections.
Boots No. 7 Stay Perfect Foundation, $15.99
Laura Geller Double Take Baked Versatile Powder Foundation
Looking at this compact, it’s easy to mistake this powder for, well, just that—a plain old powder. But looks can be deceiving. Case in point: This baked-powder formula actually delivers medium to full coverage. The best part? You can apply it dry for a matte finish or wet to transform it into a more dewy cream.
Laura Geller Double Take Baked Versatile Powder Foundation, $36
Eve Lom Sheer Radiance Oil-Free Foundation
During the summer, there’s a fine line between glow-y and greasy. Luckily, this foundation is oil-free and also contains mattifying rice powder to help tamp down any unwanted sheen. The end result is fresh and natural, never chalky. And the formula is noncomedogenic, too, so even those prone to pimples can use it without stressing about clogged pores.
Eve Lom Sheer Radiance Oil-Free Foundation, $50
Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick
All makeup is easier to use in crayon form, and this foundation stick is no exception (we swiped it on minus a mirror). The formula glides on smoothly and feels velvety, yet nearly undetectable, on skin. Not to mention it’s ideal for summer travels—you’ll never stress about foundation spilling out in your cosmetics case.
Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick, $24