Two things should never be missing in our summer foundation: SPF (hopefully enforced by a precedent layer of sunscreen) and light textures, to prevent that ugly, cakey effect and the risk of our makeup melting in the middle of the day.
Yes, the skin needs to be the perfect “canvas” for the makeup, but covering it fully is seldom a good idea, especially in the hot months when the cells ought to breath and, although protected from sunburns and UV rays, it should be flaunted in the most natural way possible. Thankfully, we’re long past the time when everything unique such as freckles and birthmarks were seen unjustly as something to cover.
Don’t ever feel like you should cover your skin and be ashamed of how special you are, because nobody has to live makeup as a way to hide one’s uniqueness.
You should embrace it, feel its texture under your fingertips, learn to take care of it through the skincare that works best for you and then ask yourself: I love it, but am I the best version I can be? And then decide. Do you want to leave the skin bare? Great! Do you choose to go for a foundation? Great again!
The choice is up to us, not to some old rule that doesn’t even matter anymore: follow your taste and what you think is best for your skin. We love a good buildable foundation that allows us to go for the coverage we prefer (and according to the needs of our skin) but not every foundation has to be full-to-medium coverage. If you are looking for a subtle wash of color, now the beauty industry offers an in-between zone that thrives between bare skin and the makeup we usually see in drugstores.
But what are the life-changing foundation options we should try this summer to enjoy both a flawless complexion and a comfortable feeling? We chose a few of our faves to help you prevent your face from feeling greasy, oily or clogged during the hot summer days.
Les Beiges Eau de Teint
Chanel presents its first ever water-based skin tint, a new technology that unveils a healthy glow plus through hydration.
Lightweight, hydrating thanks to the Natural Tamarind seed extract and refreshing, this foundation is assured to make every skin look gorge with its ultra-light formula, composed of 75% water; but how does it work? The appearance is clearly different from any other foundation, and the micro-droplets of encapsulated pigments melt into the skin, thus creating the faux effect of bare skin but with an entirely sheer and natural-looking finish thanks to its blurring and smoothing effect.
Flawless Lumière Foundation Radiance Perfecting
If you like a smooth feeling, like applying moisturizer, and a featherlight comfortableness, this is your next go-to foundation: it is extremely radiance-boosting too, thanks to the Vitamin C revealing brighter and clearer skin tone. It promises to make the skin look brighter under every light, and it cuddles it with 15 hours of continuous hydration thanks to the Silver Ear Mushroom Extract. Perfect for the warm season thanks to its moisturizing and yet weightless formula, this foundation offers a medium to full coverage, a comfortable sensation of freshness and a long staying power.
Lingerie Souffle Skin Perfecting Color
Stila offers a new way to live and apply skin tints: this whipped foundation is opulent and, yet refreshingly lightweight. The advanced pigments and light refracting particles create a photoshop effect and smooth every imperfection, evening while creating a skin that looks naturally fresh and perfected.
This sheer foundation is perfect for summer, thanks to Peach Flower extract, coconuts to boost hydration and over 70% water in the formula, for a comfortable feel that lasts all summer.
Even Better Refresh Hydrating and Repairing Foundation
This full coverage foundation has two essential perks, together with a lightweight application perfect for the season. One: this foundation offers 24 hours of protection and hydration, for a natural finish that never looks cakey. Two: it mixes makeup to skincare to prevent dull and unhappy skin, thanks to the Hyaluronic acid that plumps fine lines and potent peptides to keep skin smooth, helping us become our best versions of ourselves day after day.
It’s perfect for every kind of skin and offers the ideal protection and the most comfortable finish.
Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup
A hero product in the foundation range and a favorite of many, the Double Wear is a worry-free, long-wearing foundation that looks natural through heat and humidity, with a 24 hours staying power and a lightweight sensation on the skin. In this new version, perfect for summer, you get a non-drying, satin natural finish that lasts up to 24 hours, rich with anti-oxidants and anti-pollution.
The coverage is light to medium, it’s oil-free (and non-pore-clogging, perfect against sweat and humidity) and has SPF 30 against UV rays, but the best part is definitely its finish, natural, feather-light and seamless.