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Lightweight Foundations for the Summer Months


Summer has officially arrived, and with it comes a surge in heat, humidity, and the universally dreaded feeling of putting anything heavy on your face. Naturally, it's not just time to mix up your wardrobe, it's time to pull out your lightweight foundation. You guessed it: It's also necessary to swap out heavy complexion perfecters for lightweight alternatives. After all, who wants to apply thick, hydrating foundation in the summer months? 

Fortunately, you don't have to sacrifice an even complexion. It's time to shelve those rich foundations and invest in a lighter base that delivers a glowing finish — all without the feeling of foundation. Translation: Your skin will look great but won't feel suffocated.

Whatever your skin type, skin woe, or skin aspirations, you'll find a formula ahead that delivers without the weight. Here are our favorite lightweight foundation picks...

Perfect For: Those who hate foundation

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue, $29.50, available at Sephora.
This little number calls itself a BB, a CC, and a tinted moisturizer. Ideal for the indecisive, yes, but we love it because it gives skin a flawless, dewy finish without looking like you have any makeup on. Bonus? Six new shades are being added to the collection in July.

Coverage: Light
Finish: Dewy

Perfect For: A natural-looking glow


Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base, $48, available at Sephora.
Cited as a makeup-kit essential by iconic makeup artist Wendy Rowe (an artistic consultant for the brand), Fresh Glow is one product you need to get your hands on if you crave a slight glow in the summer. Wear over sunscreen for a radiant finish, or use it to dilute your foundation while adding a glow.

Coverage: None — just a bit of natural-looking shimmer
Finish: Luminous

Perfect for: Full coverage without a heavy feeling

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NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, $45, available at Sephora.
Just because it's hot out, doesn't mean you must forgo a full-coverage foundation. Fortunately, Nars has this oil-free, weightless base that still offers very buildable coverage while giving a natural-looking finish. What's more, it lasts for 16 hours — ideal for humid weddings and nights out.

Coverage: Full
Finish: Matte

Do you have a favorite lightweight foundation? Share your comments belwo or join the conversation online! @elainavaune and @blackbride1998

Elaina Vaune

Elaina Vaune, is the Fashion Editor for BlackBride.com and Black Bride Magazine. Elaina is also a Fashion & Lifestyle expert and owner of Vaune's View LLC, a fashion editorial & marketing consultancy firm based in NYC. Keep up with Elaina Vaune on Twitter & Instagram here: @elainvaune!

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