10 Foundations That Will Leave Your Skin Looking Dewy, Not Matte
These formulas create a natural sheen, instead of a flat canvas.
Keeping our skin clear, balanced, and luminous is, and always has been, a top priority. We're constantly learning about the newest ingredients that promise to deliver a boost in radiance and are always analyzing the latest makeup launches—especially when it comes to foundation. After all, a great base is the difference good and bad makeup, plain and simple.
The foundations that are known for giving skin that vibrant finish feature hydrating ingredients, which work to quench the skin, and light-reflecting pigments that offer a lit-from-within effect. However, these illuminating formulas are not one size fits all: You have to closely study their ingredient lists to ensure the product at hand will suit your specific skin type. Those with drier skin should look for bases packed with hyaluronic acid, while those searching for a formula to minimize fine lines and wrinkles should prioritize vitamin C or collagen; both brighten the complexion and leave it supple. As for those with oily or combination types? You'll need to take extra caution when selecting a hydrating, shine-boosting foundation: This finish type can be tricky if you're already battling excess oil (you wouldn't want your base to exacerbate the problem).
With all of that in mind, we've gone ahead and selected several our favorite dewy foundations for every skin type. These picks offer great coverage, are full of illuminating ingredients, and deliver a natural sheen—not a flat, matte canvas. Ahead, our very best recommendations, all of which will help you achieve that covetable glow.
Full of antioxidants and active ingredients, this foundation melts into the skin and leaves a radiant finish in its wake.
Shop Now: Westman Atelier Vital Skin Foundation, $68, bergdorfgoodman.com.
Here's another lightweight option: Becca's formula delivers impeccable coverage and is full of pure spring water, vitamin E, and illuminators to blur imperfections.
Shop Now: BECCA "Aqua Luminous" Perfecting Foundation, $44, dermstore.com.
This oil-free formula, which delivers buildable coverage, will leave your skin looking fresh; its light-reflecting pigments impart a lit-from-within look.
Shop Now: Chantecaille Future Skin Gel Foundation, $78, www.nordstrom.com.