A change of climate has a way of making us rethink our beauty kits and particularly our foundation choices. While matte, heavy foundations have a place in the world of full glam, when the sun begins to beat down and our social calendars go into overdrive, what we really yearn for is a lightweight, dewy foundation that makes us look like we've just enjoyed a week-long holiday in the Mediterranean. And despite what you might think, even moments of winter call for a glow-giving base, when the crisp climate and central heating begin sapping moisture from our skin.
The roster of new foundations that err on the lighter, dewy end of the spectrum aren't just comfortable and wearable come this time of year, they also tap into the trend for effortless, off-duty beauty – cue: glass skin and the clean girl aesthetic. Aside from making skin look healthy and plump, dewy foundations often strike the balance between skincare and make-up too, and offer up new-gen formulas that put skin first.
It means this category of foundations is likely to include a range of skin-hugging ingredients, including hyaluronic acid and rosehip seed oil, each catering to an array of skin types and conditions – whether you are dry, combination, or acne-prone. By nature, these foundations are often lighter in texture and coverage but it means you get the benefit of a satin, second-skin finish.
The Best Dewy Foundations At A Glance:
Best overall dewy foundation: Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Beautiful Skin Foundation
Best lightweight dewy foundation: NARS Light Reflecting Foundation
Best full coverage dewy foundation: Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Luminous Matte Full Coverage Liquid Foundation
Best dewy foundation for sensitive skin: It Cosmetics CC+ Nude Glow Lightweight Foundation + Glow Serum with SPF 40
The new kids on the block, everything from Charlotte Tilbury's Charlotte's Beautiful Skin Foundation to the It Cosmetics CC+ Nude Glow Lightweight Foundation + Glow Serum with SPF 40, are loaded with these skin loving heroes. The result? Breathable, clean-looking, radiant skin that improves over time. Curious to know more? Shop our edit of the best dewy foundations to try now within a range of budgets.
Shop: The Best Dewy Foundations
Best overall dewy foundation
Loaded with hyaluronic acid to hydrate thirsty skin and rose-derived ingredients to brighten, this
- A stunning natural finish
- A comfortable glow
- You will need to layer this for additional coverage
Best lightweight dewy foundation
Sitting at the intersection of skincare and make-up, Nars' latest foundation offering is a
- A long-lasting, second-skin finish
- High-quality foundation, defends against environmental aggressors and blue light while strengthening the skin’s barrier
- Some reviews on the brand's official website shared concerns about the pump and packaging
Best Expert-Backed Foundation
- Natural-looking glowing skin
- Multi-award winning
- May be too lightweight for some
Best Luxury Foundation
If radiance is what you're after, this is the one-stop shop when it comes to dewy foundations.
- Includes SPF15
- Boasts 24hr wear and hydration
- Higher-end price point
Best Budget-Friendly Foundation
Aside from being a tried and true classic that puts skin first – see: its fool-proof base of
- Promises to match 99.5% of skin tones
- Some may prefer a higher coverage
Best Skincare-Infused Foundation
While the 97% natural origin formula enriched with actives takes care of skin over time, the
- 90% skincare base formula
- A comfortable and believable glow
- Oily skin types won't love this
Best dewy foundation for sensitive skin
The newest iteration of It Cosmetics' cult favourite CC+ Cream sees welcomes a glowing update.
- A foundation and serum hybrid
- Limited shade range
Best Full Coverage Foundation
If you're after a full coverage foundation which doesn't compromise on comfort and radiance, this
- Full coverage matte luminous finish
- Non-cakey formula ready to deal with all the elements
- May be too heavy for those who prefer lightweight bases