8 lightweight foundations for hot, humid weather

Your skin, but better.

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Summer heatwaves are no joke, especially when your makeup is weighing you down. Say goodbye to cakey foundations and hello to lightweight formulas that enhance your complexion without the suffocating feel. These eight magical formulas blend seamlessly with skin—perfect for those hot, humid days ahead.


Best skin tint

Summer Fridays Sheer Skin Tint with Hyaluronic Acid + Squalane
Experience lightweight coverage that lets freckles peek through. This barely-there formula is perfect for days when you desire a touch of hydration, courtesy of skin-loving emollients squalene, vitamin E and avocado oil.
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Best SPF-based

Nudestix Nudescreen Daily Mineral Face Veil SPF 30
An oil-free SPF lotion with a hint of tint—what’s not to love? Enriched with potent vegan extracts, this mineral veil shields against free radicals and blue light, making it a must-have in your daily makeup regimen.


Best waterproof

Laura Mercier Real Flawless Weighless Foundation
Like a filter in a bottle, this viral foundation blurs the line between makeup and skin. It boasts cake-free coverage and waterproof wear, perfect for poolside hangouts. Infused with bamboo silk powders and a hydro-lipid matrix, it controls shine and balances skin moisture.
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Best skin-loving

Nars Advanced Skincare Foundation
Formulated with redness-reducing biomimetic oat and protective cacao peptides and milk thistle, this advanced makeup-skincare hybrid foundation is an all-in-one wonder. It delivers a natural finish that quickly blurs and smooths, while visibly improving skin clarity over time.


Best buildable

Highly buildable for medium-to-full coverage, this flawless product evens skin tone and texture with a weightless feel. Infused with glycerin for all-day softness and radiance, it leaves an irresistible semi-matte satin finish.
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Best mattifying

Glow-getting formulas are fantastic, but sometimes we crave a matte moment. Touted as Canada’s number one foundation, this pore-erasing formula imparts a natural finish, thanks to micro-powders that control shine and blur the skin.


Best hydrating

Skin on the dry side? This moisturizing foundation is the ideal BB cream for hot summer days. It delivers a lasting, glow-y finish with a silky texture that seamlessly blends onto skin. The light, yet buildable coverage lets your visage breathe while looking flawless.
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Best foundation stick

ILIA Skin rewind Blurring Foundation Stick
This jumbo foundation stick is what summer makeup dreams are made of. Blur imperfections with a swipe and enjoy long-lasting, lightweight coverage as powerhouse butterfly lavender extract magically smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
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