With summer just around the corner and the days getting warmer and warmer, it's definitely time to edit our makeup bags to suit and embrace more season appropriate textures. Being a foundation maniac, on awfully hot days I might consider giving up on the rest of my makeup but I hardly ever ditch some kind of a base. That said, I went through my collection and picked up my top five spring/summer-friendly bases of the moment that will hopefully see me through the warmer months without any major melting issues.
A couple of new finds have made their way into the list. First up is the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream (£26), a tinted moisturizer-like formula that feels like 8 glasses of water for the skin. It's light and breathable but easy to build to roughly medium coverage and doesn't quite look like makeup. This base is perfect to perk up dull skin with its radiant but non-greasy finish, the gel formula should be more forgiving even on oilier complexions and I love the cooling effect you get when you start blending it in - I bet is gonna be brilliant in the super hot days yet to come! -.
Not as glowy but just as light on the skin is the Lancome Miracle Cushion Fluid Foundation (£29.50). This one I love for easy makeup days because application literally takes a handful of seconds and the finish looks absolutely natural. The liquid formula is so thin it truly melts into the skin and it allows its natural texture to shine through for an even but no makeup-makeup kind of look. It can be layered, and layered, and layered, even after a few hours, and it's therefore ideal for touch-ups during the day. The poor range of shades is a huge drawback but it's a really lovely product, pretty great for everyday wear.
The MAC Face & Body Foundation (£21.50) has been a firm favourite of mine for many years. If you're on the market for a base that's pretty much undetectable on the skin, this one is for you. Although it doesn't have any oil-control properties - I recommend pairing it with a primer and a light dusting of setting powder if needed -, the waterproof formula makes it ideal for summertime,. The coverage is sheer to begin with, but it's easy to build up to medium and it provides a gorgeous 'your skin but better' kind of finish. Looove it.
Finally we have two amazing drugstore options that are just as good as their high end mates. For a natural matte finish I love the L'Oreal Infallible 24H Matte Foundation (£7.99), which is the most long-lasting of the bunch. If you favour a long-wearing formula that controls shine but doesn't look like a mask, a semi-matte finish with a soft lit-from-within glow and full yet easy to adjust coverage, this is one tube you definitely want you get your mitts on. I've recently wrote a post on this little gem so I won't blabber too much about it but you can check out my full review here.
Lastly, the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation (£10.99) is an old favourite I insist everyone tries out. Its finish can only be described as 'healthy glow', so the name it's quite spot on, and with a subtle yellow undertone it's perfect to wave redness goodbye. In truth I wouldn't say it lives up to the promise of 16 hours wear but it's a beautiful and affordable base for someone looking for a pick me-up, instant lift and extra radiance.
Have you tried any of these? What's your favourite light base for the warmer months?