6 Breathable Foundations That Won't Slide Off in This Heat

Updated 06/28/18
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11 Breathable Foundations That Won't Slide Off in This Heat

It’s warm, it’s sticky, it’s summer, and we are absolutely not moaning, but boy can that temperature rise mess up your makeup. Shiny patches, foundation inching its way towards those eye-squinty creases and flare-ups of flakiness where your skin’s feeling a touch thirsty. Add in a few spots, and it’s just what you want when alfresco drinks and summer weddings beckon.

But are you going to sacrifice your foundation? Hell no. And we wouldn’t ask you to. It’s in times like these that you need some help achieving flawless skin. While the list of alternatives is never ending—BB creams, CC creams, tinted moisturizers—the reality is, if you crave that coverage, foundation is the only way to go.

The breaking news is that you can finally shelve your thicker formulas for a few months because there’s now a long list of lightweight skin-benefiting bases to choose from. Pumped with summer-appropriate additions, alongside hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid to replenish moisture-starved skin, there are SPF, anti-shine technology and antioxidants that protect skin from dulling pollution and UV rays.

They don’t scrimp on that all-important coverage either. They just have the added bonus of being buildable, so you just apply a touch more as needed, rather than the uniform forehead to décolletage coverage you might be used to.

Ready to make the summer switch up? Discover our favorite lightweight summer foundations right here.

best summer foundations: La Mer The Soft Fluid Foundation SPF 20
La Mer The Soft Fluid Foundation SPF 20 $120

With the same Miracle Broth blend found in the brand's cult moisturizer ($175), La Mer's Soft Fluid Foundation ($120) practically feeds the skin as you wear it, so it's not just the top layer of coverage that looks glowy, it's the skin underneath too.

Best summer foundations: The Ordinary Colours Serum Foundation
The Ordinary Color Serum Foundation $7

Just adding the word serum in the title will make you want to apply this. Saturating skin with color and moisture, expect a natural effect that doesn’t fade after a few hours. It also contains an SPF 15 that’s free from chemical sunscreens, which means it won’t clog your pores or cause irritation.

Best summer foundation: Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup SPF 30
Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup SPF 30 $42

A number one foundation has had a summer makeover. It has the same superb coverage, but the water-infused formula with added mineral gels and hyaluronic acid means you don’t get any heavy dry down like the original Double Wear. Apply with a brush for guaranteed Insta face. Good SPF game too.

Best summer foundations: MAC Next to Nothing Face Colour
MAC Next to Nothing Face Colour $31

Like a sexy piece of lingerie, this covers all the necessities while letting the best bits shine through. Enhancing your skin’s natural highlights, even if you’re hungover or have dehydrated skin, this will say otherwise. It also contains nourishing ingredients that quickly soak in and feed parched patches.

best summer foundations: Laura Geller Quench-n-Tint Hydrating Foundation
Laura Geller Quench-n-Tint Hydrating Foundation $33

You know that buzz you get from your first caffeine hit of the day? This does the same thing for your skin. Containing the coffee extract to revive tired faces, olive oil and marine botanicals boost cell regeneration so you can feel like you’re getting coverage while protecting your skin from aging at the same time.

Summer foundations
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation $60

The best delivery format for a natural finish and the easiest to apply. The fact that Chanel is made with water indicates just how hydrating and dewy this is, but it would be rude not to mention the special antioxidant complex that helps to oxygenate the skin so it can breathe freely despite being covered in foundation.

Now you know what foundation to wear, find out how to apply it properly.

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