Editors Swear By This Product for Glowing Skin Year-Round


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Foundation is a polarizing topic. As with other touchy products like liquid eyeliner and red lipstick, some people love it, some can't stand it, and some fall somewhere in that zone of ambivalence. I identify with the latter group, as I adore a full face of makeup right down to the perfect foundation but could just as easily skip that step in my day-to-day regimen.

What matters most to me is that any formula I wear, whether it's for all day or just a couple of hours, needs to feel lightweight on my skin. We've all experienced heavy, cakey foundation that might look nice in photos but is an absolute nightmare to wear. It smudges, it transfers, and sometimes you can actually feel it clogging your pores. No, thank you!

Even if full coverage is your goal, lightweight formulas can get you there. There are tons of gorgeous, weightless options that deliver impressive pigment and still feel like you're not even wearing makeup. Ahead, check out our edit of the 16 best lightweight foundations that both makeup artists and editors praise.



Wearing Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation in Carob
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Wearing L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation in 211 Creme Cafe
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Wearing Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation in Pavones
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This article was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated. Up next, experts say these seven makeup cheat codes help you look more youthful.

Associate Beauty Editor

Courtney Higgs is a Cancer sun, Libra rising beauty enthusiast with about six years of experience in the editorial space. She was previously Who What Wear's associate beauty editor after spending many years working on the West Coast edit team at InStyle Magazine. She graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a BA in communication studies and pivoted to editorial after spending her college years working in the legal field. Her beauty philosophy is simple: She believes there are no wrong answers and that discovering our favorite beauty products and rituals is a journey, not a sprint. When she's not geeking out over products, she can be found adventuring around L.A. with her fiancé; watching reality TV with their French bulldog, Bernie Mac; or relating way too hard to astrology memes.