The best lightweight foundations and skin tints for summer

Nothing beats a good makeup day, but as the temperatures rise, it gets more and more difficult to get your makeup to stay put, avoid makeup meltdowns and protect your skin from the elements. Every year, summers take a toll on the skin as the scorching heat, humidity and pollution wipes out its natural glow. To keep your skin radiant, here are our pick of lightweight foundations and skin tints to keep you looking fresh, and glowy all season long.

Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint

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Fenty Beauty’s latest release is a skin tint with lightweight, pore blurring coverage. Eaze Drop is the brand’s first light-to-medium coverage complexion product that leaves skin with a flawless filtered effect and natural, soft blur finish. This formula is available in 25 shades and contains Fenty Beauty’s signature Quickblur Complex and sodium hyaluronate to nourish skin, leaving it feeling hydrated, while diffusing the look of pores and wrinkles for a flawless, smoothing effect. It’s non-comedogenic, sweat, humidity and transfer resistant so it won’t clog pores, cake up or settle into fine lines.

Available at Fenty Beauty and Sephora

Shiseido Synchro Skin

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Synchro Skin is a two-product collection comprised of two weightless complexion products that work together to create a multidimensional glow in any light. Using ground-breaking Japanese technology this formula visibly lifts and illuminates the skin. The Synchro soft blurring primer can be worn on its own or beneath the Synchro Radiant Lifting Foundation which boasts spf35 to protect your skin from harsh UV rays. Blurring the appearance of pores and fine lines, these weightless formulas act like filters for everyday life, highlighting your natural beauty.

Available at Shiseido

Shu Uemura Unlimited Breathable Lasting Fluid Foundation and 3D Face Shaper

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Tailored specifically to Asian skin, Shu Uemura has unveiled their latest foundations in both a liquid and powder format. The 3D face shaper (HK$400) is an easy one-step full-face powder containing duo colour angle-dependent pearls that help create a natural glow available in two shades: light and medium. The unlimited breathable lasting fluid foundation (HK$420) is a semi-matte formula that blends seamlessly with the skin. Presented in a bottle reminiscent of a traditional Japanese rock garden, the foundation contains Japanese organic rice extract, is humidity and sweat resistant with SPF24, and is available in 21 shades.

Available at Shu Uemura

Nars Pure Radiant Protection Aqua Glow Cushion

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Nars’ latest launch features the Pure Radiant Protection Aqua Glow Cushion SPF 50+/PA+++. Championing a glowing-from-within look, it provides buildable coverage and sun protection. Available in six shades, the multi-action product guarantees all-day breathable hydration and a 360° defense complex with ingredients such as bio-hyaluronic acid which locks in moisture for all-day hydration and optimal light reflection. Visibly reducing signs of fatigue and fine lines, the foundation evens out skin tone and feels light on the skin.

Available at Nars Cosmetics

Givenchy Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Glow Foundation

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Fusing hydration and coverage, Givenchy’s Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Glow Foundation delivers all-day moisture while minimising the appearance of pores and imperfections. Keeping skin hydrated for 24 hours and bringing a 12 hour glow and colour correction, this foundation has a light but buildable coverage. Silicone-free and presented in recyclable packaging, this foundation provides light, buildable coverage.

Available at Givenchy and Sephora

Guerlain L’essential High Perfection Foundation spf15

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L’Essential is made with 96% naturally-derived ingredients with a natural matte finish and high coverage despite its lightweight texture. that lasts for 24 hours. With L’Essentiel, bare skin is elevated to a flawless pore-less complexion, while looking natural. This formula lets skin breathe while preserving its natural hydration and the SPF15 protects from the sun. Encased inside a bespoke, recyclable bottle designed by Mathieu Lehanneur, the 30 shades are displayed behind frosted glass.

Available at Guerlain and Sephora

Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40

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Ilia’s Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 (which picked up a 2020 Allure Best of Beauty Award), contains moisture-boosting hyaluronic acid and plant-based squalene and niacinamide to calm and even out the skin tone. With 30 shades available, this formula is a skincare makeup hybrid that boasts integrated SPF40. Providing sheer coverage for a ‘I woke up like this’ look, the super serum keeps your skin looking fresh, dewy, and rejuvenated.

Available at Ilia Beauty

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint

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The Glossier perfecting skin tint is the ideal inbetween bare skin and full on makeup. This barely-there formula is ultra-thin with an almost watery texture. It evens out the skin tone for a dewy, smooth finish. Ingredients such as diamond powder gives a brightening effect while glycerin moisturises. Available in 12 shades, this sheer veil of colour won’t hide your freckles or cake your pores. Plus, it’s wallet-friendly at just USD$26.

Available at Glossier

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