The 6 Best Lightweight Foundations for Summer

Beauty & Style | Melanie Yvette Martin | 06/09/2015 | 11:06 AM EDT

Your foundation shouldn't weigh you down this summer

By now, it should be a well-known fact that the makeup you use in the winter should not be used in the summer. For the warmer months, you’ll want lighter formulas (that are also waterproof) to let your skin breathe through the humid days. Since foundation creates the smooth palate for your beauty look, we wanted to offer up some of our favorite lightweight formulas. Take your pick at our summer picks for weightless foundation that will still offer ample coverage.


Lancome Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact ($46.50)
This dermatologist approved, lightweight formula also has a cooling system and offers the perks of a BB and CC cream, while providing ample hydration to your skin.

Perfect for: Women with sensitive skin

Coverage: Light to Medium

Finish: Dewy


Cover FX Custom Color Drops ($44.00)
The Flash Fusion Technology used in creating this formula allows women to customize their foundation by adding drops to moisturizers, serums, primers and even oils. With only a few drops needed for ample coverage, you can use this foundation by itself, or mixed with your favorite moisturizer to create an extremely natural look.

Perfect for: Women with hyper-pigmentation; neutral skintones

Coverage: Sheer to full

Finish: Matte


YSL Le Teint touché Eclat Illuminating Foundation ($57.00)
This formula was created for the woman yearning for that touch of radiance. Lightweight and illuminous, this foundation also provides sun protection. The only thing to beware of is its tendency to transfer. It’s a bit silky in texture, so expect to reapply every few hours or so.

Perfect for: Women who want added radiance and sun protection

Coverage: Sheer to full

Finish: Satin


bareMinerals bare skin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation ($29.00)
Infused with extracted Lilac plant stem cells, this formula helps protect skin against environmental stressors. The liquid foundation is very thin, providing a natural finish. Dermatologist approved, the formula is perfect for women with acne prone skin and is created without silicone, fragrance, oil or water. 

Perfect for:
Women with acne prone skin and dullness

Coverage: Sheer to full

Finish: Natural


NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation ($48.00)
NARS makes the claim that this formula has passed an “anti-humidity” test, allowing for a 16-hour wear. As their first high coverage foundation, this product has an amazing Weightless Long-wear Technology that blends perfectly. It’s best applied with clean, dry fingers and only takes about 2 drops for maximum coverage. 

Perfect for:
Women who want long lasting coverage; living in humid areas

Coverage: Sheer to full

Finish: Radiant, satin


Cargo Liquid Foundation ($36.00)
The squeezable packaging is created to help you dispense just enough foundation for your preferred coverage. Oil-free and lightweight, the formula is also blendable and hydrates without adding excess oil to your skin’s surface. 

Perfect for:
Women with oily skin types

Coverage: Sheer to full

Finish: Satin

(Photos from left: Cargo cosmetics, Cover FX, NARS)

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