Many of us choose to skip foundation, or pretty much swear off all makeup, during the summer in order to avoid looking like a melting contour palette in the heat. We get that—but let's be honest: We don't always have the best skin days, and sometimes a little foundation can save everything. Whether you favor a lightweight CC cream or prefer a little more coverage via a traditional foundation, choosing the right formula is the difference between a makeup mishap and an I-woke-up-like-this complexion. Seriously, the last thing you need when you're trying to beat the heat outdoors is hot mess makeup. So naturally we've enlisted the help of makeup artists, who are pretty much the most knowledgeable people to consult when it came to this conundrum. They all shared their picks for heat-proof, lightweight, and long-lasting foundations, so you're bound to find a recommendation that's right for you. Heat and humidity may challenge your makeup, but they've got nothing on the foundations these pros swear by.
Keep scrolling to read about the best foundations to wear all summer long.
"I love Amore Pacific's Color Control cushion compact! It provides light to medium coverage and is super natural and dewy looking while providing a broad spectrum SPF 50. I use a wet Beautyblender to apply it. It's really hydrating and leaves your skin looking quite flawless and very luminous." — Jenn Streicher
"Depending on how you apply this awesome foundation, the coverage is adjustable from light to heavier coverage. It gives a skin beautiful finish and has long lasting staying power even during summer weather." — Kathy Jeung
"I would have to pick two. Usually, during the summer, I would use less foundation, so Nars's tinted moisturizer is perfect. It has a great color selection and SPF 30 because sunblock is a must." (continued in next slide)
(continued) "… But, for someone who needs more coverage with a foundation that can go on sheer and build to complete coverage, Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation is breathable and will look like skin instead of layers of makeup. It is great for summer since it holds up through water or sweat and won’t clog pores." — Tracey Levy
"My favorite foundation for skin types for outdoors and warm weather is BareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation. This is the lightest foundation I've yet to discover. It feels like water on your skin but offers an incredible amount of pigment, so just a few drops will give your complexion a flawless, radiant finish. It's free of oil, parabens, fragrance and silicone, making it healthier for your skin and giving it better staying power in warm and hot weather because of it. I LOVE the chemical-free SPF 20 in it. I wear a few drops of this foundation when I train, and it stays put through my sweat, keeping my skin looking fresh, and never breaks me out." — Roxanne Saffaie
"One of my favorite foundations year-round happens to be the absolute best for the summer months especially. IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream has wonderful, flawless coverage. It is absolutely a dream. Not too light, not too heavy—that sweet spot that can be sheared down for less coverage or built up for more.
And most importantly for summer, broad spectrum UVA/UVB non-chemical sunscreen. The SPF 50, is paraben-free and has anti-aging skincare properties. I have used it on so many red carpets and it never flashes back in camera, which some products with SPF can do.
It's also so great because it works on clients of all age ranges. It creates a flawless canvas on younger clients, but even on my mature ladies, it is the perfect formula for coverage, but still looks like skin and never settles into lines and wrinkles. And it really stands up through those long, hot summer days." — Toby Fleischman
"I love Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer for summer months. It's lightweight, has buildable coverage, and is known to be great for sensitive skin or skin that's prone to breakouts. I add it to my tinted moisturizer to even out my skin tone while still looking natural, sometimes going up a half shade to give my pale skin a little help." — Amy Strozzi
"If I had to pick just one foundation that provides coverage and stays put while being outdoors during summer, I would recommend Diorskin Forever. It's a liquid foundation that is lightweight, long-wearing, and blends effortlessly onto the skin.
I like using a round foundation brush to apply the foundation all over and then using a wet Beautyblender sponge to blend and sheer it down a bit. I love that this foundation works on all skin types. You can always blend a little moisturizer or a dab of liquid highlighter into it for a more dewy look.
The texture is ultra smooth and it dries down to a beautiful luminous matte finish, which gives you the effect of a natural looking summer skin, because the last thing you want when wearing foundation in the summer is for it to look obvious or visible. You want your skin to look real and natural but perfected, and this foundation will help you achieve both goals." — Kristee Liu
What is your favorite foundation to wear during the summer? Tell us in the comments!