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.
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
Perfect for: Full coverage without a heavy feeling
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.