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.) At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. 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.
'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.
Serum Foundation, $6.70
Buy Kosas Tinted Face Oil
This celeb-favorite tinted face oil (
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.
Tinted Face Oil Foundation, $42.00
Buy Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free
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.
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