No Lie—This Glowy Base Product Is the Reason My Skin Looks Like I Get Weekly Facials

Blame it on Hailey Bieber, the clean girl movement or our cultural obsession with skincare, but our preoccupation with dewy, glowing, plump skin isn't going anywhere. In fact, if the rate at which brands are dropping dew-rich products is anything to go by, we might just be getting started. And, while there is a glut of make-up and skincare products that can help imbue your face and body with dewy goodness, I prefer things that do multiple things at once. Like, a dewy foundation, for example.

Not only do they help to conceal the uneven skin tone dotted around my cheeks and forehead, along with my forever-friend, hyperpigmentation, but–and this is crucial–it doesn't flatten my complexion in the process. Oh, no. Because dewy foundations are designed to affect the type of healthy post-facial glow we covet, they don't take all the dimension out of the face in the process.

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As for how to best apply it, celebrity make-up artist Florrie White has a few, brilliant pointers.

"I like to apply foundation from the back of my hand so that the product is room temperature and glides easily onto the face," she shares, going on to explain how she does this when working on clients like Anne Hathaway, Rosamund Pike, Alexa Chung and Gillian Anderson. "At work, I do this with a flat synthetic brush to apply from my hand to the client’s face and then buff it in with a stippled foundation brush."

"If I'm working on my own face, I'll just use my fingers around my nose and outwards then sometimes buff all over with a foundation brush if I want a full face finish. This can also help the foundation to stay in place longer so it's worth the extra effort."

Heard enough? Ready to get to the good stuff? Don't blame you. Here are the 12 best dewy foundations out there today.

(If you're after cream foundations or matte foundations, we've tested those too. Along with the best drugstore and luxury foundation options.)

The Best Dewy Foundations:

1. Saie Glowy Super Skin Foundation

2. Glossier Stretch Fluid Foundation

3. M.A.C Studio Radiance Serum-Powered Foundation

4. Shiseido Revitalessence Skin Glow Foundation

5. YSL NU Bare Look Tint

6. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

7. Chantecaille Future Skin Gel Foundation

8. Kosas BB Burst Tinted Gel Cream

9. Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Beautiful Skin Foundation

10. Lisa Eldridge The Seamless Skin Foundation

11. Saie Slip Tint Dewy Tinted Moisturizer


Morgan is a Who What Wear contributor and freelance beauty editor published in Refinery29, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and more. She is the former beauty editor of Stylist Magazine. When not tapping away at her keyboard, Morgan is usually found interviewing brand founders and celebrities or creating beauty and skincare content for brands or for her own social media channels.