In the warmer weather, I often hear people complaining about wearing foundation as it can feel thick, heavy and uncomfortable on the skin - and of course you have the issue of trying to keep the foundation on your skin when all it wants to do is slide off.
This is where I recommend opting for a foundation that is more lightweight on the skin and gives you a sheer coverage. Here are some of my favourite summer-appropriate foundations to try…
Make Up For Ever reboot foundation, £32.50, MakeUpProStore.co.uk
While working backstage at fashion shows or photo shoots, us make-up artists have just minutes to erase signs of fatigue, fine lines, dehydration and imperfections from models' faces to create a flawless and photo-ready complexion. Now, during the coronavirus lockdown, women are facing a similar challenge - stress, lack of sleep and pollution all make the skin appear dull and tired. This is where Make Up For Ever's reboot foundation comes in. Thanks to a combination of make-up and skincare, this foundation corrects the five effects of fatigue on the skin. Its luminous finish instantly revives a dull complexion and its silky-smooth texture provides exceptional comfort for skin. It is so lightweight on the skin, and I love how natural the coverage of this foundation is.
Bourjois healthy mix serum gel foundation, £10.99, Lookfantastic.com
This light coverage foundation provides a natural and radiant finish. It is really almost weightless on the skin, and super affordable. However, with this foundation, I find that it does take more product to colour-correct some areas as the pigment is not as strong as some of my other hero sheer formulas.
No 7 Lift & luminate triple action serum foundation, £18, Boots.com
Enriched with anti-ageing ingredients plus a blend of blurring and light-reflecting particles, this foundation helps to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines while remedying uneven tones to leave radiant looking skin. I love the finish of this foundation as it sits beautifully and so naturally on the skin. Again, unlike the reboot foundation, you do need more product for any discolouration or blemishes, but this is definitely worth a try!
BB cream with SPF 20, £7.50, ElfCosmetics.co.uk
Personally, I love using BB Creams as I find they are so nourishing on the skin, due to the hydrating properties found in their components. This BB cream foundation blends super easily, giving you a clean complexion while also protecting you from the sun's harmful rays. Infused with cucumber, jojoba, aloe, and vitamin E, your skin will feel and look healthy and hydrated all day long.
NARS pure radiant tinted moisturiser £31, Cultbeauty.co.uk
I love tinted moisturisers for the same reason I love BB creams - they are so hydrating. Afterall, they are moisturisers first and foremost, with a tint added for a little lightweight coverage. This NARS tinted moisturiser comes complete with SPF 30 to protect the skin while kopara from French Polynesia and mineral rich seawater help to revive skin for a smoother complexion and brighter natural glow.
KVD Vegan Beauty True Portrait foundation £28, Debenhams.com
If you still want great coverage throughout summer, without heavy or 'cakey' feeling, this True Portrait foundation is perfect for you as it builds really easily and flawlessly onto the skin. The lightweight and long-lasting formula has a clever liquid-to-powder finish which feels weightless on the skin.
1. For a lighter and more even finish, apply your foundation using a damp beauty blender.
2. Use your beauty blender in a bouncing motion as this will help to apply the product more evenly and will also help the skin to absorb the foundation quickly and more naturally.
3. For extra coverage in areas of discolouration or blemishes, use a concentrated amount of any problematic areas.
4. Less is more. If you want to achieve a lightweight look, use small amounts and build up your coverage. Remember, you can always add, but it can be difficult to take away.
5. You should always set your foundation with a lightweight loose powder as this will help keep your make-up on all day.