If your winter skin is lacking its summer glow, we’re right there with you. But don’t stress, we got you; well technically, these six dewy AF foundations do. We’ve rounded up our fave foundations (from the drugstore to Dior) that will give you a glow even J-Lo would envy. Of course, the first step to glow-ready skin is to always to address your skin first (find out how here), but when that falls short, these foundations will save the day.
For Glass Skin In A Bottle: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Broad Skin Spectrum SPF 20, $11
One of our all-time fave drugstore foundations, this Neutrogena foundation leaves your skin looking healthy and glowing (just like it promises) as it’s packed with skin-loving antioxidants. Plus it’s SPF 20 so it helps protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun, and it doesn’t get much healthier than that. The liquid foundation offers light to medium coverage, but it’s easily buildable and blends easily, so you can cater the finish to your preference. Despite there only being 14 shades, as it’s not super full coverage, each shade works across a spectrum of skin tones (although we definitely wish there were more choices).
Tip: We recommend lightly setting this foundation with a loose powder, especially if you have combination or oily skin.
The Cult-Favorite: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $64
This 30-shade foundation range has a worldwide fanbase, including the office at HB HQ. The award-winning oil-free formula provides medium coverage with a luminous, skin-like finish that gives the ultimate summer glow. The formula is made with Micro-fil technology with pigments that lay flat on the skin (others are typically round) meaning it can layer seamlessly, helping you achieve a natural finish. As with most dewy foundations, it’s a good idea to dust a setting powder along your T-zone to prevent any midday shine.
Tip: Apply with a damp makeup sponge for maximum glow goals. Check out all our beauty blender hacks here.
Our Drugstore Fave: Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation, $8
Another bomb drugstore foundation that does everything a good foundation should; it builds easily, blends like a dream, and gives your skin a stunning luminosity. It also smoothes the appearance of pores and what’s not to love about that? The formula is non-comedogenic so it won’t block your pores, plus it’s allergy-tested and fragrance-free so it’s suitable for all skin types from oily to sensitive. Finally, it helps protect your skin from UV damage with SPF 18. As we said, it ticks every box.
Tip: Our top tip with all foundations in winter is to hydrate well beforehand, and don’t forget SPF is still necessary even in winter!
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For Long-lasting Wear: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation, $35
As soon as Fenty dropped the dewy counterpart of its signature Pro Filt’r Foundation, the beauty world went wild. As you’d expect, it majorly came through. The dewy foundation has a natural finish, offering medium-to-full coverage. It’s targeted for dry skin (perfect for winter) as it’s infused with mega-hydrator grapeseed oil, which is bursting with antioxidants that’ll help up your glow game. Just like the OG Pro Filt’r, it’s super long-wearing and the formula is designed to be humidity and sweat-resistant, perfect if you’re caught in rush hour in 1700 layers of sweaters. The foundation comes in 50 shades from fair to rich.
Tip: If you have oily skin, make sure you set with powder along your T-zone to prevent any movement.
For Full Coverage: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, $39
If you love a full-coverage foundation like we do but are still thirsty for that glow-up, this foundation is perfect. The oil-free foundation provides medium to full coverage yet still maintains that dewy, natural finish. The formula is infused with hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin so that it’s naturally more radiant. Plus, it contains coconut water to replenish moisture levels as well as alpine rose to boost skin health. In short, it’s going to help your skin achieve a real glow and a flawless finish.
For a Flawless, Radiant Finish: Dior Forever Skin Glow 24h Wear Radiant Perfection Skin Caring Foundation, $52
If you’re looking for a foundation that looks flawless ALL day, this is it. The hydrating formula is medium coverage and has a gorgeous velvet finish. Plus, unlike some other dewy foundations, it’s long-lasting (we tested it for about 18 hours, and it stood with us). The formula is definitely hype-worthy; it blends beautifully and builds up well, plus it contains pansy extract to prevent your skin from drying and rosehip extract to defend against aging free radicals. It’s also SPF 35 with PA+++ protection, although as always, we’d recommend wearing an SPF as well.
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