Summer can take a serious toll on your foundation—from causing the powder to cake to making your foundation transfer onto your sunglasses and everything else your face touches. If you live somewhere that experiences both ultra-cold and super warm weather, chances are that you just can’t get away with using the same foundation throughout summer that you do in the winter.
That’s okay, though, because we’ve compiled a short list to help you find your best foundation for summer.
1. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation: $44
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation comes in a large variety of shades and has a consistency perfect for the summer’s warmth. I recommend applying it with a dampened Beauty Blender or other domed sponge for a flawless finish and lightweight coverage. It’ll even out your skin tone without clogging your pores, and appears to just melt into your skin, providing just the right amount of coverage with a very small amount of product. I recommend using Make Up For Ever HD Finishing Powder to set it, or any other ultra-fine powder that is talc-free.
2. YSL Touche Éclat Foundation: $55
Although this lightweight, luminous formula foundation from Yves Saint Laurent is a little pricey—it’s worth it if you’re able to splurge. Your skin will look glowing all day long with just the right amount of coverage. The foundation comes with a built-in SPF 19, so you’ll be both protected and gorgeous.
3. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 Oil-Free: $43
If your skin’s feeling dried out and you love an SPF/foundation mix—this tinted moisturizer is for you. A little goes a long way with this product, and it blends like a dream. It’ll leave you with sheer coverage and a natural glow, so you can spend less time worrying about your complexion and more time enjoying the summer sun. We love this product for all the beach babes out there!
4. Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer: $27
Clinique is the choice for sensitive faces and those looking for more affordable yet high-quality products. Their Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer is no exception. Yet again, a little goes a long way and will give you an even complexion, natural appearance, and that “no makeup” look everyone tries for in the summer.