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12 Best Lightweight Foundations for the Perfect Sun-Kissed Summer Glow

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It is finally time to ditch the heavy-duty foundation bottles and opt for the lightweight wonders that summer demands. As the sun graces us with its warm presence and the humidity levels begin to skyrocket, it's the perfect opportunity to let your skin breathe while still looking flawless. Ahead, we're unveiling the top picks for lightweight foundations that will keep you glowing through those sizzling-hot summer days.

From dewy finishes to matte marvels, these foundations offer the perfect blend of coverage and comfort. Whether you're lounging poolside or at the beach, these formulas have you covered—quite literally! So grab your sunscreen and your shades, and let's chat about the best lightweight foundations that will have you looking like a sun-kissed summer goddess in no time.

1. Best Lightweight Anti-Aging Foundation for Summer:

YENSA Super Serum Foundation

YENSA Super Serum Foundation

This serum foundation is supercharged with skin-loving peptides and an age-defying complex of vitamins C and E, ferulic acid, and bakuchiol oil. This potent combo works together to help brighten, firm, and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, the full coverage and flawless finish that it gives doesn’t hurt!

2. Best Face Oil Foundation for Summer:

KOSAS Tinted Face Oil Foundation

KOSAS Tinted Face Oil Foundation

KOSAS Tinted Face Oil Foundation is your go-to for a flawless finish with skincare goodness. Packed with six botanical oils, this weightless foundation moisturizes, evens tone, and gives you a natural velvety glow. In a consumer study, 100% of people agreed it blurs imperfections and helps even skin tone, and one IPSY reviewer raved about the flawless coverage: "Nice coverage and a little bit of product goes a long way."

3. Best Antioxidant-Packed Foundation for Summer:

YENSA BEAUTY Skin on Skin BC Foundation

YENSA BEAUTY Skin on Skin BC Foundation

Get ready to meet your new favorite foundation that offers full coverage without sacrificing that radiant, skin-like finish. "Wonderful foundation. I love it! It stays on and has great coverage. My skin looks natural," says an Ipster. YENSA BEAUTY's Skin on Skin BC Foundation is infused with their exclusive 8 SuperBlacks Essence, which gives your skin a boost of antioxidants while you wear it.

4. Best Buildable Foundation Balm for Summer:

KVD BEAUTY Good Apple Skin Perfecting Foundation Balm

KVD BEAUTY Good Apple Skin Perfecting Foundation Balm

Natural finish? Check. Lasts all day? Check. Covers everything from blemishes to tattoos? Check! This formula is the superhero of full-coverage foundations. Whether you have balanced, dry, or even oily skin (yes, it's for you too!), this foundation will have you looking flawless with nourishing apple extract and sodium hyaluronate. "AMAZING! Super nice coverage but not too heavy. The word balm had me scared it would be oily and greasy, but it is not. A little does go a long way," explains one IPSY reviewer. Plus, it's flashback-free and non-comedogenic, so that you can say hello to smooth, healthy-looking skin.

5. Best Lightweight Foundation for Melanin-Rich Skin:

AMI COLĒ Skin Enhancing Tint

AMI COLĒ Skin Enhancing Tint
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This satin-finish fluid smooths and adds a soft glow, giving your skin the spotlight it deserves. With a blur effect that doesn't mask your skin, a breathable formula that feels weightless, and nourishing ingredients like baobab seed extract and hibiscus extract, you'll radiate confidence in no time.

6. Best Lightweight Blurring Skin Tint for Summer:

FENTY BEAUTY Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint

FENTY BEAUTY Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint
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Ready to blur the lines between makeup and skincare? Rihanna's got you covered with this skin tint. This light-to-medium-coverage foundation is your ticket to instantly blurred skin in just a few easy drops. Its hydrating QuickBlur Complex is perfect for achieving that no-makeup makeup look or effortlessly put-together vibes. Plus, with 25 adaptable shades, there's a match for every skin tone. Get ready for smooth, flawless skin that's humidity-, sweat-, and transfer-resistant.

7. Best Lightweight Matte Foundation for Summer:

GUCCI Éternité de Beauté 24H Wear Breathable Foundation Luminous Matte Finish

GUCCI Éternité de Beauté 24H Wear Breathable Foundation Luminous Matte Finish
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This 24-hour gem is the perfect means to flawless longwear coverage with just one drop. With its lightweight formula, you'll experience a radiant matte finish that enhances your natural glow. Infused with hydrating hyaluronic acid and soothing black rose oil, it keeps your skin feeling fresh and comfortable all day long. Plus, bamboo powder controls shine for that perfect glowing complexion.

8. Best Hydrating Foundation for Summer:

SUMMER FRIDAYS Sheer Skin Tint with Hyaluronic Acid + Squalane

SUMMER FRIDAYS Sheer Skin Tint with Hyaluronic Acid + Squalane
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Want a fresh-faced, no-makeup look? You’re going to love this skin tint. This lightweight product adds a touch of sheer color while hydrating your skin with hyaluronic acid and squalane. Glide on this weightless formula for a natural finish that's sheer perfection—and finally say goodbye to redness and uneven skin tone!

9. Best Lightweight Foundation for an Airbrushed Finish:

ARMANI BEAUTY Luminous Silk Perfect Glow Foundation

ARMANI BEAUTY Luminous Silk Perfect Glow Foundation
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We haven’t met a person who isn’t obsessed with this foundation. This iconic pick blurs imperfections, delivering up to 24 hours of wear and hydration with medium coverage and a radiant finish. With its Micro-fil technology, color pigments lay flat for seamless blending, leaving you with a lit-from-within glow that improves skin's natural radiance over time.

10. Lightweight Foundation Stick for Summer:

WESTMAN ATELIER Vital Skin Foundation Stick

WESTMAN ATELIER Vital Skin Foundation Stick
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Who knew enhancing your skin and letting your beauty shine through could be so easy? This easy-to-use, luxurious cream foundation and concealer stick contains antioxidants and calming actives to combat redness, even out complexion, and boost moisture. Just a few swipes of this buildable gem will give you a radiant, natural finish.

11. Best Skincare-Based Foundation for Summer:

ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint Foundation

ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint Foundation
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Meet your skin's new best friend: the ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint Foundation. This award-winning clean skin tint delivers light coverage, potent skincare, and mineral SPF—all with a dewy finish that brings your skin to life. Plus, it's clinically proven to improve dryness, blemishes, wrinkles, and uneven tone over time, making it the perfect blend of makeup and skincare.

12. Best Undetectable Lightweight Foundation for Summer:

GLOSSIER Perfecting Skin Tint

GLOSSIER Perfecting Skin Tint
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We love a formula that lets your inner glow shine through. This undetectable wash of color evens out your skin's appearance without hiding your freckles or being cakey. We love how this ultra-thin, breathable formula, brings out the best of your skin with its smooth, dewy finish. It's the perfect choice for a fresh-faced look, and is even infused with diamond powder for a brightening effect and glycerin to effortlessly lock in moisture and banish dry skin.

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About the author
Chelsea Hall
Chelsea Hall
Chelsea is an NYC-based fashion and beauty writer with over 7 years experience. She has held roles at publications such as Harper's Bazaar, WWD, InStyle, and Marie Claire. Her writing has also appeared on ELLE.com and POPSUGAR.com.
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Article Last Updated May 21, 2024 12:00 AM