13 Lightweight Foundations To Get You Through The Summer

The sweltering summer heat can make wearing foundation seem more like a battle than a basic step in your makeup routine — this is a small but very real beauty matter that we're all too aware of. However, whether you're looking for daily sheer coverage or need to glam up for an outdoor wedding (i.e., me, last year), finding a melt-proof foundation for the months of June through August isn't as onerous as you may think.

If you're looking for a foundation your skin won't hate, look no further. The 13 picks here include velvety-matte powders to fluid-like liquid formulas, each one bearing our sweaty stamp of approval. (If standing at the altar in the heat of August sun isn't the ultimate foundation test, then we don't know what is.)


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UOMA Beauty Say What?! Foundation

This soft-matte finish foundation is weightless in texture, but pigmented enough to create a beautiful finish. Plus, it's got added skin-care benefits tailored to your complexion's needs.
UOMA Beauty Say What?! Foundation$39.00 Buy

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Hydrating Longwear Foundation

This Rihanna-approved foundation has the feel and finish of a tinted moisturizer, but is buildable (and lightweight) enough that you can layer more for added coverage without feeling heavy on your skin.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Hydrating Longwear Foundation$35.00 Buy

Maybelline Dream Urban Cover Full Coverage Foundation SPF 50

This brand new drugstore drop delivers on full yet breathable coverage, and even contains SPF 50 for added sun protection.
Maybelline Dream Urban Cover Full Coverage Foundation SPF 50$12.99 Buy

Tarte Babassu Foundcealer Skincare Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...foundcealer? Tarte's concealer-foundation hybrid has a comfortable, medium-coverage finish that won't feel gross by 3 p.m., and is also certified vegan.
Tarte Babassu Foundcealer Skincare Foundation$39.00 Buy

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

The name says it all. The Ordinary's fluid-thin liquid foundation feels like a serum, but acts like a buildable foundation: One pump gets all-over coverage that you'll forget is even on your skin.
The Ordinary Serum Foundation$6.70 Buy

Kosas Tinted Face Oil

This celeb-favorite tinted face oil (Rami Malek wore it on the 2019 Golden Globes red carpet!) doesn't just feel incredible on skin, but boosts your natural glow thanks to a trifecta of jojoba seed, avocado, and red raspberry seed oils.
Kosas Tinted Face Oil Foundation$42.00 Buy

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free

This R29 editor-favorite tinted moisturizer is the ultimate skin care-makeup crossover star. The dewy (but never greasy) formula contains vitamins C & E and broad spectrum SPF 20 to provide antioxidant and UV protection.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free Broad Spectrum$46.00 Buy

Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Sunscreen Makeup

It's as fancy as a séjour in the South of France, minus the jet lag. Chanel's water-like foundation disappears into skin, but leaves behind a sheer, glowy finish with built-in SPF.
Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup$50.00 Buy

Covergirl Outlast Active Foundation

Want a foundation that'll last through your SoulCycle class? Covergirl's new Active Foundation is sweat-, transfer- and humidity-proof for up to 24 hours.
COVERGIRL Outlast Active Foundation$8.94 Buy

W3ll People Bio Based Baked Foundation

W3ll People's pressed powder foundation has smooth, satin-matte coverage with an ingredient list you can feel good about.
W3LL People Bio Base Baked Foundation$27.99 Buy

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint

Glossier's reformulated tint gives the same lightweight, buildable coverage you love with more shades than ever before.
Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint$26.00 Buy

Smith & Cult Veiled Threat Weightless Micro-Blurring Foundation

Who would've thought that one of our favorite nail polish brands would be behind some pretty incredible summer foundation? Veiled Threat delivers on weightless, filter-like finish, and is available in an impressive 42 shades.
Smith & Cult Veiled Threat Weightless Micro-Blurring Foundation$42.00 $29.40 Buy

Benefit Cosmetics Hello Happy Velvet Powder Foundation

This isn't your basic pressed powder. Benefit's velvety formula has a luxuriously soft texture, and includes a sponge and mini flat brush, so you can be in total control of coverage.
Benefit Cosmetics Hello Happy Velvet Powder Foundation$30.00 Buy
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