You have to take the subject of summer foundation seriously- after all the heat and the humidity of the season can make even the savviest makeup pro a little uneasy when it comes to staying cool. Even if you have a tried and true favorite all year round, we recommend buying a new foundation for summers- one that is a shade that suits your tan, definitely oil free- and most importantly won’t melt off your face by 10am. We’ve been testing foundations for months now and have rounded up our five favorite ones that will keep you looking radiant (never sweaty) in the heat.
Clinique Stay-Matte Oil Free Makeup: True to its name, this foundation really does keep your skin matte and fresh even in hot weather. The formulation has been tested to resist melting and streaking at up to 88 degrees in 80% humidity and the foundation actually helps to adsorb oil and control shine throughout the day. The coverage is light to medium and is suited for all skin types.
Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation: Applying this foundation even feels a bit like applying water to your face- it’s cool, light, absorbs instantly and doesn’t leave a trace of oiliness, sheen, or greasiness. The formulation also contains a fine light-diffusing layer which helps minimize pores and other imperfections and creates clear, satiny smooth skin even under the harsh sun light. Plus it’s packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals to keep your skin nourished all day. Best for those seeking medium to heavy coverage and is suited for all skin types.
La Prairie Anti-Aging Hydra Tint: La Prairie simply calls this a “complexion perfector” and it is. This product is a tinted moisturizer and anti-aging serum treatment all in one that is super easy to apply even without a mirror. In fact, if I had to choose one “beach bag” essential, this would be it. The product is designed to blend easily and allow natural skin tone to show through and contains an SPF 20 for extra protection throughout the day. The result is a very low maintenance finish that leaves you looking like your gorgeous natural self- the perfect look for summer.
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation: This foundation is ideal for the summer because it actually turns into a powder upon application for a totally matte finish. In fact, the Hourglass artist who showed me the product actually recommends buffing the foundation to its perfect finish with a brush. Then, as a powder, the product helps to absorb oil and keep your skin fresh throughout the day. This product is ideal for people looking for fuller coverage and is a long last formulation so you can apply in the morning and let it do its job all day without the need to touch up.
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream: Think of this newly launched product as a tinted SPF for your face- the active ingredient is a Titanium Dioxide sunscreen with broad spectrum SPF 30 protection. In addition, the sheer tinted formulation blurs imperfections, brightens the skin, smooths and hydrates throughout the day- everything we need in a summer foundation. What I love about this product also is that it also self-adjusts to your skin tone- so you can continue to use the same product even if you go a shade or two darker in the sun.