Don’t like hiding your skin under layers of heavy foundation? If you’re more into fresh-faced beauty, we gathered our favorite lightweight foundations that can help you score a glowing, even finish while letting your skin shine through.
1. Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation
BENEFIT Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation, P1800, Greenbelt 5
The Claim: This matte foundation looks like skin, feels weightless, and has soft-focus optical blurring spheres to help soften any imperfections.
Why You’ll Like It: The coverage is good enough to hide light acne scars and the matte finish is easy to blend with your fingers. Application is fool-proof and easy, so it's perfect if you’re always in a rush and don't have much time to blend.
2. CliniqueFIT Workout Makeup
CLINIQUE CliniqueFIT Workout Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 40, P1850, SM Megamall
The Claim: Designed for those who want a little coverage while working out, this sweat- and humidity-proof foundation protects your skin with SPF40 and can last up to 12 hours. It’s allergy-tested, doesn’t contain parabens, and uses an oil- and fragrance-free formula to help prevent breakouts and skin irritations.
Why You’ll Like It: If you're a gym junkie or have an active lifestyle, this foundation can keep up with you and last through intense workouts without caking. It keeps your skin matte, helps camouflage post-workout redness, and doesn't towel-off when you dab sweat away. Just remember to shake it well and be prepared to apply it with a brush or sponge, since the liquid formula is a bit runny.
3. Light Velvet SPF50+ Lumi-Mat Cushion Foundation
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MAKE UP FOR EVER Light Velvet SPF50+ Lumi-Mat Cushion Foundation, P2700, Greenbelt 3
The Claim: Don't like the effect of matte skin? This foundation contains silicon powders that give your skin a natural radiant complexion with a semi-matte finish. It's medium in coverage (makeup pros suggest you use a brush for a lighter finish) and its creamy formula keeps skin extra hydrated.
Why You’ll Like It: The cushion and handy sponge make application and retouching a breeze. After pumping the foundation out, you can add a few drops of your favorite primer and mix it on the palette to create the perfect finish. P.S. It's already sold-out online on the local MUFE website, so it seems to be building a cult-following quickly!
4. Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation
NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, P2950, Central BCG
The Claim: This 16-hour foundation is fade-resistant and can go from medium to full coverage. The color stays true all day and it doesn’t feel heavy on your skin.
Why You’ll Like It: A little goes a long way, so one or two drops can already give you the coverage you want. It blends like a dream whether you use your fingers or a sponge, leaves your skin with a smooth finish, and works best for those with oily skin. Tip: If you have dry skin, prep with a primer to avoid enhancing any dry patches.
5. No Foundation Foundation Serum SPF30
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PERRICONE MD No Foundation Foundation Serum SPF30, P2950, Rustan's
The Claim: Scientifically formulated with neuropeptides, this foundation diffuses and softens imperfections while revealing the natural radiance of your skin.
Why You’ll Like It: The luxurious, velvety fluid combines skincare and makeup in one handy bottle. It's great for aging skin since it doesn't settle into fine lines and contains natural sunscreen to protect against damaging UV rays. It also comes in one universal shade, so you don't have to stress out about finding the right color.
6. Perfect Skin Foundation
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CLAUDIA SCHIFFER Perfect Skin Foundation, P1625, Beauty Bar
The Claim: This foundation contains light-scattering pigments that gives your skin a flattering satin finish and enhance your natural glow. It’s airy, easy to apply, and feels light on your skin.
Why You’ll Like It: The sheer, fluid formula blends into your skin and makes you look like you're not wearing makeup at all. The nourishing, water-based formula keeps your skin hydrated, fresh, and makes tired-looking skin appear more radiant.