If there's a sentiment even the most opposing voices in beauty can agree with, it's that skin is in. It seems like everyone is moving towards makeup that let the skin "breathe," particularly foundations.
Below, let’s take a look at a few lightweight formulas you can try, from new skincare-infused products to reformulated versions of full-coverage classics. And with summer in full swing, there’s no better time to find the best match for you.
Here are 10 lightweight base products to add to your makeup kit:
1. Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation Sheer
Much to the delight of makeup enthusiasts, Estée Lauder released a sheer version of their iconic Double Wear Foundation. It has all the makings of a lightweight product—sheer coverage and runny consistency—while still keeping to that well-loved long-wear quality. On days when you want a light base that survives mask-wearing, we recommend reaching for this one.
Double Wear Foundation Sheer P2,550, ESTEE LAUDER, Lazada
2. Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Tint
Lightweight coverage and staying power are rarely in the same conversation for makeup, but Shiseido is changing the game. For a weightless base product, their Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Tint hustles hard. It’s formulated with ActiveForce, their trademarked technology that makes it resist heat, humidity, and oil.
Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Tint, P2,525, SHISEIDO, Zalora
3. Rare Beauty Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation
We appreciate products that were designed to adapt to your needs, and the Rare Beauty Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation is just that. It’s a lightweight formula that’s made to be buildable, so you can seamlessly layer it on days when you want a heavier coverage. It comes with a doe foot applicator (which skews towards being unsanitary), so we recommend either pouring it on the back of your hand, or using a sanitized beauty tool to scoop the product out.
Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation, P1,950, RARE BEAUTY, Sephora
4. Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint Foundation
With the word "blur" beeping on the beauty radar (that is, the smoothened out look that softly conceals visible pores, texture, and other skin imperfections—think of your average Instagram filter), a ton of beauty companies have been coming out with their spin on the trend. The Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint Foundation is Fenty Beauty’s, and it has the perfect soft-matte finish that blurs the skin without making it look dull.
Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint Foundation, P2,020, FENTY BEAUTY, Sephora
5. Make Up For Ever HD Skin Foundation
The latest addition to the famed HD line, Make Up For Ever's HD Skin Foundation is a light coverage foundation that’s designed to give a natural finish. It definitely delivers that "undetectable" promise, as it blends seamlessly and effortlessly into the skin. With this on, you'd always be ready for your close up!
HD Skin Foundation, P2,450, MAKE UP FOR EVER, Sephora
6. Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint
If there’s one makeup brand that truly has skincare infusion embedded into their DNA, it’s Ilia. Their Super Serum Skin Tint holds hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and squalane, which makes it our go-to when we're in a rush and have zero time for skin prep. In fact, even without prep, the formula is weightless (truly almost skincare serum-like), and provides a light coverage with a radiant finish.
Super Serum Ski Tint, P2457, ILIA, Beautylish
7. Happy Skin Dew Cooling Serum Foundation
Foundation-averse ladies, meet your match! Happy Skin’s Dew Cooling Serum Foundation feels like virtually nothing on your skin. It has a super lightweight formula that’s specially designed to keep your skin comfortably cool (perfect for the summer)! As weightless as it is, it somehow manages to give a good amount of coverage that instantly evens out the skin.
Dew Cooling Serum Foundation, P999, HAPPY SKIN, happyskincosmetics.com
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