I’m all about that base!
In a world filled with super matte, full coverage foundations something dewy this way came.
These are some of my favourite, natural finish, lightweight foundations for everyday!
Illamasqua Beyond Foundation, RRP £33.00, available at Illamasqua, Selfridges and selected retailers
Infused with glow particles like the rest of the beyond range, this gorgeously ultra-lightweight, light coverage, super dewy foundation delivers exactly as it promises. Gorgeous, even, glowing skin. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E to help keep skin hydrated and fresh throughout the day. Ideal if you tend to prefer tinted moisturisers to traditional foundation, this feels just as light and comfortable and delivers a gorgeous, light finish without feeling “put-on”. It also has a pretty good shade range with 25 shades covering different undertones and depths, that embrace darker skin tones.
Chanel Vitalumiére Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF15, RRP £37.00, available at Chanel, John Lewis, Selfridges and selected retailers
This gorgeous, lightweight foundation delivers light coverage with a natural fresh, dewy finish. Refreshing and moisturising, it’s perfect for everyday, particularly for those that tend to have slightly dehydrated or dull skin and tend to opt for BB creams or tinted moisturisers, as it feels just as light and slightly hydrating while delivering a gorgeous dewy finish. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid, Seaweed derivatives and Lotus water to keep skin feeling hydrated, fresh and energised. For radiant, glowing skin. Although it has a great texture and feel, it’s still a bit short on shade options, with a selection of only 12 shades. Time to step up the game Chanel and add some darker shades to your portfolio, maybe?
KVD Vegan Beauty True Portrait Medium Coverage Shake Foundation, RRP £28.00, available at Boots and Debenhams
A lightweight liquid-to-powder foundation with a longwear finish that has true medium coverage for perfect looking skin. Very easily buildable finish and blendable texture, this delivers a luminous demi-mate finish and smooth application. Best for normal to oily skin and was created to help control shine with a unique formulation that features their exclusive Elastic Essence™ Effect, a blend of powders with a flexible, elastic core to help prevent cracking and caking. With a large surface area, these hybrid powders act like a sponge to help absorb excess oil without creating a flashback effect. This formula balances sheerness and opacity, with a unique texture that ensures that your skin will not look shiny halfway through the day and won’t clog pores. They call it a shake foundation because you literally have to shake it to mix the bi-phase formula properly before application, otherwise it will look watery. This carries the best shade selection with 40 shades to choose from, covering a range of different undertones and ranging from light to deep tones.
This is a lightweight natural finish foundation with a blend of skin loving ingredients and brightening minerals. Formulated as an innovative Korean skincare formula with tinted pigments that are buildable to even and brighten skin tone with natural actives such as Tea Tree, Green Tea, Grape Extract, White Mulberry and Cranberry Extracts to protect from environmental skin aging, moisturise and improve overall texture. It has absolutely gorgeous texture and blendability, and a truly naked skin feel. Super lightweight, perfect for that everyday nude skin finish. Available in 14 shades that compliment most skin tones.
Morphe 2 Hint Hint Skin Tint, RRP £16.00, available at Morphe
A melt into the skin, buildable, sheer-to-medium coverage tint. The naturally radiant finish lets skin shine through while also smoothing and blurring imperfections. Slightly hydrating also, you’ll look fresh-faced with just a few drops. Long-lasting and transfer-resistant, you can customise your coverage by mixing a couple of drops with your moisturiser, blending it directly after moisturising or building layers for a medium coverage. With 20 flexible shades, that are distributed across a range of five skin tones: light, medium, tan, rich, and deep you will find they have a pretty decent shade selection.
Diego dalla Palma Geisha Lift Foundation, RRP £34.50, available at Marks & Spencer, Look Fantastic, Beauty Bay and Diego dalla Palma
This foundation comes in a creamy texture that delivers a bit more coverage (medium, not heavy). Great for more mature skins looking for something extra with their foundation, this is packed with skin loving, revitalising, anti-ageing ingredients, and enriched with White Peony Extract and their unique IN-TENSE Complex to help unify skin tone, reduce redness and signs of ageing as well delivering an instant smoothing effect. Being available in only 8 shades it unfortunately does not have the best selection, but it does deliver great skin results.
W7’s It’s Glow Time Radiant Foundation, RRP £5.50, available at W7 Makeup and selected retailers
It’s Glow Time Radiant Foundation is a lightweight foundation that gives the skin a natural, luminous finish! Formulated for a medium coverage, the foundation blends seamlessly and evens out complexion. Does a pretty decent job for the price point, doesn’t feel heavy or weighted on the skin and has a lovely dewy finish, downside is it’s limited shade range with only 6 shades that don’t really cater to darker skin tones.
Stila Hide & Chic Fluid Foundation, RRP £31.00, available at The Fragrance Shop
A beautiful blend of plush pigments and good-for-your-skin ingredients that smooths, blurs and nurtures for a healthier-looking, more refined and even-toned complexion. Incredibly great coverage that you build from medium to full. Another bi-phase formula that you need to shake to activate with innovative silica-coated pigments and Plant Collagen Extract, to help firm skin and improve elasticity, Irish Sea Moss, known to improve texture and hydration and Baobab Seed Extract to help defend and nurture. Long-wearing and humidity-proof it delivers a natural, smooth satin finish. Also has a very good shade range with 30 available shades to choose from.
EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation, RRP £12.50, available at The Fragrance Shop
A lightweight, luminous and ultra-blendable liquid base which, as the name suggests, envelops skin in a seamless ‘second skin’, blurring the appearance of imperfections. The Invisiwear Liquid Foundation was created originally exclusively for olive skin tones or for those who want that superstar glow skin finish. Formulated with a unique “true match” pigment base to micro match undertones ranging from very fair to deep tan, it provides a seamless match with a lightweight, luminous finish that’s virtually undetectable.
Features encapsulated pigment technology to prevent the formula from oxidation when it comes into contact with the skin’s natural oils.
It has a pretty decent shade range with 16 available shades.
W7 Skin Fresh Foundation, RRP £6.95, available at W7 Makeup and selected retailers
The Skin Fresh Foundation leaves the skin with a light, dewy finish all day. Feels quite comfortable on application and doesn’t feel heavy throughout the day. For the price point, it’s a really good product. Providing a light to medium coverage, this foundation keeps skin looking bright and luminous throughout the day. Again downside, only 5 shades available on this formulation (W7 does have a wider shade selection for darker skin tones in other foundation choices, but none in ranges that deliver a lighter, more dewy finish, unfortunately).