Light Bases For Spring & Summer



What’s your perfect, warm-weather foundation?

When it gets extremely hot, I just forget makeup altogether. When the sun is out, and the temperatures are slowly rising, when it starts to feel a little humid, I put away all of my thick, creamy, full-coverage foundations and dig out some of my favorite lightweight bases.

During warmer months, I love using foundations that feel light and airy on my skin. Foundations that make my skin look like skin.


Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer

With creamy water-proof formula, the Sensual Skin Enhancer isn’t exactly what I’d call a “light base” but since it’s such a multitasking product (you can use it as concealer, highlight, contour, foundation, tinted moisturizer) it also works great when mixed with a primer. Mixing a very small amount with primer or moisturizer will thin out the formula and create a lightweight base that’s very long-lasting and has a nice coverage.

Clarins True Radiance Perfect Skin Foundation

Weightless with decent coverage, True Radiance foundation from Clarins has a lovely finish and formula. Having skin that’s both oily and dry at the same time, means that finding foundation can be a pain, but this works really well with my skin. It gives it a healthy glow, but doesn’t get too oily throughout the day- I always set my foundation with powder though, even when my skin feels dry. Love the packaging and the fact that the undertones are neutral and don’t look pink on me.

L’Oreal True Match Foundation

I always say that that this is probably one of the best drugstore foundations. True Match is amazing because it comes in so many different shades so it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll find your match. The formula is light, but buildable and has the most natural-looking finish.

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet +

This is hands-down my favorite summer foundation. The formula is oil-free and water resistant, which makes it a perfect base for warm weather. It’s a bit more creamy than other foundations here, but it still feels light and weightless on skin. At the same time, it provides amazing coverage and despite being a matte foundation, it doesn’t leave a flat finish on skin. Anyone who has oily skin would love this foundation.


Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation

Dream Velvet is probably one of my favorite drugstore products I came across over last couple of months. It has a very unique formula- sort of a mousse-to-liquid with a velvety finish. It feels really nice on skin; the perfecting, smoothing formula is really fun to work with. Again, really nice coverage and lightweight finish.

Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow Sheer Makeup 

This has been my go-to base for the last couple of weeks and I love it because it just makes my skin look so healthy. I love that it matches my skin tone almost perfectly, it’s light but provides a nice coverage and gives my skin that healthy glow, without making it look oily/greasy. This is the exact kind of foundation I’ve stayed away from for years- because my skin was in such a bad shape I only went for very thick, matte, full-coverage formulas and I love that now I can get away with using products like this one. I have so much love for this foundation, I just think it’s a shame it contains so much fragrance. Whenever my skin feels a little irritated and red, I always want to reach for Baby Glow because it’s so light yet good at evening out my skin tone, but the fragrance makes it impossible for me to use it when my skin is sensitive. It burns the hell out of my skin.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Out of all the foundations mentioned here, this one probably has the least coverage, but it’s still very lovely. It’s a water-based foundation that gives minimal coverage (although it can be built up) and also gives a natural, healthy finish. I really like this foundation because of how light and easy to work with it is.

Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint

I think this might be the newest addition to my collection and while I do love it, I also have a few issues with it. First, the shade that I picked up Light 2 Alaska is a bit too warm for me- I’m definitely picking up another shade. Second, despite being a matte product, this stuff gets really oily throughout the day if you don’t set it with powder. The good news is, I absolutely love the formula of this Skin Tint. It’s amazing- has good coverage, feels light, has a matte yet natural-looking finish that isn’t flat, leaves skin feeling and looking smooth. I really like the packaging as well. It seems like a perfect warm-weather product, but if your skin gets extremely oily (like mine) definitely set it with powder and keep those blotting papers handy.

Click on the image to enlarge it and see the swatches better. 

What are some of your favorite bases for spring and summer?


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    May 26, 2016 at 9:56 am

    The L’Oréal True Match is one of my go-to’s as well, even though during the summer I tend to prefer even lighter bases, like a tinted moisturizer or BB. That Clarins foundation sounds really brilliant though since I have the same issue of having a face that can be both dry and oily! xx

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      Paula @
      May 30, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      If your skin is more oily, than dry, then I’d stay away from the Clarins one. If it’s the other way around, I’m sure you’d like it! :)

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    Aleksandra // bunniesaremagic
    May 26, 2016 at 10:53 am

    True Match hype everywhere ;)

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    Liz | Lipstick & Confetti
    May 26, 2016 at 11:06 am

    The NARS one has been on my wishlist for a while now, it sounds lovely! I’ve really been liking the Maybelline BB cream lately though for lighter coverage days :)

    xo, Liz

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    Elizabeth Mayce
    May 26, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Mat Velvet+ has been my go to summer foundation for years!! I also really love the Clarins UV Plus HP Tinted Daily Shield with SPF 40, it is so lightweight and perfect for beach & pool days.


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    Rebecca Fletcher
    May 26, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    The Nars one sounds great, loads of people have been raving about it. I usually just mix my normal foundation with some moisturiser. I should probably buy something lighter! X

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    Ela BellaWorld
    May 26, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Agree that True match is one of the best drugstore foundation, colour range is really good and feels so light on the skin. I need Nars velvet matte before it gets so hot!

    Ela BellaWorld

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    Audra Nicole Koch
    May 26, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    True Match is a great one, I agree! For more high-end, I love the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation, it’s almost like a tinted moisturizer, but with a tiny bit more coverage and a gorgeous glowy finish!

    Audra |

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    Katya Van Bick
    May 26, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    The Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Enchancer sounds lovely. Also wanting to try the Nars Skin Tint. It sounds like a strong contender to take on my summer holiday!

    Katya | The Beauty Harbour

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    Jess | The Indigo Hours
    May 26, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    I love the sound of the MUFE one! So helpful to read your recommendations as I have oily/dry skin too and it can be such a struggle to find bases that suit. Thank you! :)

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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    May 26, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Great picks! I love the Loreal true match foundation. I actually just mentioned it in a 10 under $10 post! I still want to try the nars matte velvet skin tint! It has so many positive reviews. Great post!


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    Andy // A Certain Romance
    May 26, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Clarins True Radiance looks like a great match for me and sounds awesome!

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    Millie Robinson
    May 26, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I love the Chanel Vitalumiere for the summer, it’s such a great lightweight base! x

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    Leanne Page
    May 26, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    I’m really intrigued by the NARS one, I’ve been hearing so many good things. The Clarins one sounds lovely too. I love the UD one and done, its so light weight. I also love the Bare minerals complexion rescue in the summer xx

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    Akanksha Swami
    May 26, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    I love the maybelline fit me foundation!

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    May 26, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    I LOVE the maybelline dream velvet! Chanel’s les beiges is one of my favorite lightweight bases out there as well

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    May 26, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    great collection of foundations, ive tried the loreal true match and i love it! would really like to try some of the others you’ve mentioned!

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    Ambar Syed
    May 26, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    I love the Clarins True Radiance! These are gorgeous options – I much prefer lighter bases, particularly this time of year :)
    – Ambar x

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    Katie M
    May 26, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    I’m more a BB cream or a tinted moisturizer is more my style during the summer time. If I need a little more coverage I just throw on some concealer and that seems to help. I wouldn’t mind friend that Clarins one though that sounds amazing !!

    Katie |

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    May 27, 2016 at 4:38 am

    These all sound absolutely dreamy, I have been loving the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser for the past few weeks. It gives good enough coverage for this time of year and looks super dewy on the skin xx

    Amanda –

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    The Sunday Mode
    May 27, 2016 at 5:00 am

    The L’Oreal True Match foundation sounds really good, and from the swatches it actually looks like they might have a shade pale enough for me as well! I am Nars Siberia though…

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    May 27, 2016 at 5:49 am

    I’ve wanted to try the Kevyn Aucoin SSE as I’ve heard so many great things, plus I love that it’s such a fab multi tasking product. I tend to skip on a full face most of the summer and just use concealer where needed x

    Beauty with charm

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    May 27, 2016 at 7:10 am

    When the weather is hot, I never use a base, only a day cream, that’s all. But the True Match foundation sounds very good to me, maybe I have to try it :)

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    Cyra Berlan
    May 27, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Great Post !

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    May 27, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I must admit, I do tend to stick to full coverage foundations all year round! That said though, the Guerlain base you’ve described sounds really lovely. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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    Roxy | The Happy Momster
    May 28, 2016 at 1:09 am

    Weirdly enough, I prefer my full coverage foundation (Estee Lauder Double Wear), even in the middle of summer. Do take note I have very oily skin, and live in a warm, tropical, very humid country. Would have been lovely to be able to wear my Chanel VA or NARS tinted moisturizer when the temps are at the highest, but sadly that is not the case. They slide and melt off, and only ELDW stays and controls the oilies. I just compensate by applying it lightly, putting on a luminizing primer, or even mixing some moisturizer plus cream illuminizer. :) I can probably get away with a tinted moisturizer, but I’ll have to powder it like crazy during summer here. LOL.

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    Kiss & Make-up
    May 28, 2016 at 6:18 am

    I might check out the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. The original never worked for me, so maybe this one will.

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    Laura Kroczek
    May 29, 2016 at 10:38 am

    I prefer very light dewy bases for spring and summer so my favourites are the Body Shop’s All-In-One BB Cream and my newest addition the L’Oreal Cushion Foundation will hopefully be a winner :)

    Laura ||

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    Jasmine Talks Beauty
    May 29, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    The MUFE Matte Velvet and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua have been on my wish list forever! I’m really enjoying the Nsrs Velvet Matte st the moment

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    Cindy with a Heart
    June 2, 2016 at 3:28 am

    I seriously need to give that NARS one a try but seeing as I have 4 foundations and tons of tinted moisturizers to go through, this’ll have to wait :(

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    Candice Petersen
    June 2, 2016 at 9:00 am

    That palette is absolutely gorgeous

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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    June 2, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    I usually use a tinted moisturizer during the summer but I also love to mix in a bit of moisturizer/primer to thin out a foundation! The NARS Velvet Matte sounds lovely, I’m not a big fan of completely matte finishes anyway x

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    The Gossip Darling
    June 5, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    I want to try the Chanel or Nars. My bff LOVES the Nars….I normally prefer Chanel tho…

    Mel |

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    January 2, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    That clarins shade Matches your skin tone perfectly ! I do like that foundation but found my skin does look a little oily wearing it

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