6 Foundations That Won't Suffocate Your Skin

It's 8 a.m. and you've just applied a fresh coat of foundation before leaving the house. You walk outside and you're immediately assaulted with a shot of hot, humid, muggy air straight to your face. Your foundation, which looked amazing in the comfort of your air-conditioned apartment, now feels like the ultimate cake fest. You give yourself a good blot, but nothing gives.

Let's face it, we're in the peak of summer and that means heat and humidity has our makeup on the fritz. But that doesn't mean we're willing to ditch foundation altogether; it just means we have to reach for lightweight formulas. A good rule? When in doubt, opt for a water-based blend. Unlike their oil-based counterparts, water-heavy iterations tend to be almost weightless and buildable on the skin.

Haven't found your perfect bottle? Check out our favorites ahead.

Bobbi Brown's Serum foundation feels just like, well, a serum. The hydrating formula has an almost watery consistency making it perfect for anyone looking for sheer coverage.

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation, $65, available at Nordstrom.
If you want a dewy finish, try this creamy formula from CoverGirl. If you have oily skin though, we suggest setting it with a bit of loose powder for added longevity.

CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation, $11.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
This medium-coverage foundation will see you through just about any situation — including sweat, humidity, and a night at the club (we tested).

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation, $34, available at MAC.
If you're on the hunt for a base that feels like moisturizer (read: not makeup) then give this one from Charlotte Tilbury a whirl. One layer will instantly even out redness and discoloration.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, $44, available at Charlotte Tilbury.
This drugstore workhorse offers buildable coverage and a matte finish.

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
Unlike many long-wear foundations, a layer of Koh Gen Do's Aqua Foundation looks and feels like skin. Plus, it's fragrance- and mineral oil-free, making it a winner for sensitive skin types.

Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation, $62, available at Sephora.
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