Build a Better Foundation for Your Summer Makeup

Warmer months call for a change in how you approach your makeup. And when it comes to foundation, you'll want to transition from heavier formulas to light powders and liquids that will still provide ample coverage without morphing in the heat. Here, read our simple guide to the best warm-weather products, then shop our recommendations!

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This summer, there's no need to put up with heavy foundations that either melt when it's warm out, or dissipate when you break a sweat. Instead, you can fill your makeup bag with lightweight formulas that work well for any occasion, whether that's hanging out in a backyard with friends, a day of museum hopping, or an outdoor summer wedding.

Unlike heavier liquids and powders, thinner foundations contain different innovations, including polymers (which enable products to bond to skin more strongly than others) and brand-exclusive formulas that allow foundations to look and feel light. Some of these even include bonus ingredients such as aloe and essential oils, which keep skin healthy and radiant.

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No matter when or where you decide to wear makeup this season, consider these products that are blendable, easy to layer, and offer various levels of coverage. 

For Light Coverage 

Grab one of these for a "no-makeup makeup" look that will have your face glowing all day long.

Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15, $46,

Dry skin benefits from Bobbi Brown's tinted moisturizer, which neutralizes the appearance of blemishes and redness, yet still shows off your natural skin tone.

Perfecting Skin Tint, $26,
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This tinted moisturizer is sheer and smooths over sunscreen and moisturizer perfectly, with the help of diamond powder and glycerin.  

No Foundation Foundation No. 2, $60,

This barely there product uses vitamin C and alpha lipoic acids to brighten skin and erase signs of aging, so you won't have to cover up your skin with thick layers of concealer.

Medi-Matte Perfected Oil Control Tinted Moisturizer, $65,
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If you have oily skin, and don't want to use too much product on it, go for this tinted matte moisturizer that treats your skin with antioxidants and toning plant extracts.

For Medium Coverage

When you need to cover up blemishes, add a medium-coverage product to your routine. 

Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20 by Neutrogena, $13,

If you'll be out all day, especially if you're on a sunny vacation, use this drugstore staple, which provides added SPF protection and enhances the natural tone of your skin—that way, you won't look too made-up when you'd prefer to keep things casual.

Light Wonder, $45,

The Light Wonder is buildable, meaning you can use as little or as much as you want. Use your fingers to blend a few drops onto problem areas, then use a foundation brush for a thin coat elsewhere.

Dream Matte Mousse Foundation by Maybelline, $9,

Matte finishes look good in the summer, as long as they're created with a lightweight formula, like Maybelline's mousse, which has a smooth texture that will soften and even out the surface of your skin.  

For Full Coverage

If you're getting ready for a big night out, or you just want some extra color protection, apply a full-bodied formulation. (Tip: These ones tend to photograph really well, too.)

All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, $48,

This foundation is long-lasting and uses a variety of skin-enhancing technologies—polymers enable the product to seamlessly stretch over the face's natural contours, while color-correcting properties clear up redness and discoloration.

Pressed Foundation with Rosehip Antioxidant Complex, $34,

If you prefer a powder, pick a product that has healthy benefits.  Alima Pure's powder ingredients include rosehip oil, aloe leaf extract, and calendula, which heal, moisturize, and protect the skin.

Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact Foundation, $47,

The cushion pad that accompanies this foundation is a great tool that will help you to apply just the right amount of makeup; the resulting dewy finish will look fresh throughout the day.



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