Without a Doubt, These Are the Best Foundations For An Effortless Glow

Let me preface this by saying that I have a very turbulent relationship with foundation. Any product that works to cover up all of the things that make skin look like yours is a big no-no if you ask me. And all too often, I find that so many foundations do just that. They leave skin looking flat, dull and void of life. Given the fact that every single aspect of my beauty routine is dedicated to bringing out my inner glow, whether it be via a BB cream or skin tint, trying to find the perfect natural-looking base that works to smooth and blur without totally repainting my complexion has proven tricky over the years. In fact, I’ve tried just about every foundation that’s ever come my way in a bid to find the most glowing, second-skin formula. 

It’s safe to say that it’s been a rough ride. Naturally, I have come across a bunch of heavy-duty, mattifying and pore-clogging bases that have made me want to bury them and run far, far away. Mostly, however, the foundations I have tried have been, quite frankly, so-so. These are the sorts of foundations that remain in your makeup bag for many months, but you gradually find yourself reaching for them less and less as you grow tired of trying to find a way to make them work. I discovered that, actually, most foundations fall into this category.

TyLynne Nguyen with glowing skin

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Occasionally, though, I come across a lightweight foundation so glow-boosting, dewy and healthy-looking (you know, the kind that gives off mega clean-girl vibes) that I find myself reaching for it day in and day out. Because, yes, glowing but natural-looking foundations are out there; they’re just a little harder to find. Luckily, years of trial and error on my behalf means that you can skip the hassle and just keep scrolling to shop my edit of the most glowing, dewiest foundations around for natural-looking radiance. You can thank me later.


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1. Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 30

2. Saie Glowy Super Skin Weightless Hydrobounce Serum Foundation

3. Shiseido Revitalessance Skin Glow Foundation

4. Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation

5. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Le Teint Foundation

6. Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation

7. Kosas BB Burst Tinted Gel Cream

8. Shiseido Synchro Skin Self Refreshing Tint 

9. Nars Light Reflecting Foundation

10. YSL Nu Skin Tint

11. Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation

12. Maybelline Super Stay Skin Tint Foundation

13. It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

14. MAC Cosmetics Face & Body Sheer Foundation

15. Revlon Photoready Candid Anti-Pollution Foundation

16. Shiseido Synchro Skin Radiant Lifting Foundation

17. Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Beautiful Skin Foundation

18. Urban Decay Stay Naked Hydromaniac Tinted Glow Hydrator

19. Dior Forever Skin Glow Foundation

20. Suqqu The Cream Foundation

21. The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation

22. Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter

23. Rare Beauty Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation

24. Glossier Stretch Fluid Foundation

This article was previously published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Freelance Beauty Editor

Shannon Lawlor is a renowned beauty journalist and has contributed to Who What Wear’s beauty content since 2020. As a leading beauty editor, expert and brand consultant, she has over eight years of experience working for some of the industry’s most esteemed titles, including Who What Wear (of course), Glamour UK, Stylist, Refinery29 and Fabulous.

Having also worked behind the scenes with some of the industry’s biggest brands and retailers, Shannon has a unique insight into what people really want from their beauty routines. Understanding that beauty lovers seek honest, open and responsible advice, she has it made her mission to demystify the intimidating world of beauty, taking a no-frills approach to the most relatable topics.

While Shannon is the first to admit she doesn’t hold the answer to every beauty question out there, she is dedicated to sharing her expert insights in a bid to help. As a self-proclaimed lazy girl, Shannon has an affinity for easy-to-use, foolproof beauty products and has made it her mission to scope out the best of the best.

When she’s not working, Shannon is likely soaking in the bath or giving no-holds-barred beauty reviews on Instagram from her bathroom floor.

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