As the summer draws to a close, the weather cools and our sun-kissed tan begins to fade, it is very tempting to turn to the trustee full coverage foundations in our make-up collections, safe in the knowledge that the summer heat will no longer cause our bases to melt away – we’ve been there. But just because we are wrapping up warmer doesn’t mean we have to cover our skin too. This autumn why not try skipping the full coverage base and dive into our fool-proof list of light coverage foundations that will help you embrace your skin this season.
Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint
We could not create a list celebrating light coverage foundations without kicking it off with the queen of natural glowing make-up, Glossier. The Perfecting Skin Tint has a light, breathable formula that creates the most beautiful dewy finish, that evens redness without hiding your natural skin. Formulated without fragrance; this product is great for sensitive skin types. Pair with their cult Cloud Paint blushes for that signature Glossier look.
Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint image via Glossier website
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
This tinted primer-highlighter hybrid fits into a category all of its own. Charlotte Tilbury claims that this unique product perfects your skin just like a real-life digital filter. Instagram, who? The Hollywood Flawless Filter offers little coverage but creates an unbeatable freshness; perfect for quenching dry and tired skin on a crisp fall morning. It blurs imperfections and softens the complexation with a stunning glow which creates the most perfect lit-from-within look.
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter image via Charlotte Tilbury website
Revolution Pro CC Cream Perfecting Foundation
Perfect for dry or combination skin; the Revolution Pro CC Cream Perfecting Foundation offers a sheer but buildable coverage. The addition of a pump to the packaging makes the product feel a lot more luxurious than the price would suggest. While the formula, infused with vitamin E, helps reduce redness and adds a healthy boost to dull skin. What more could we want?
Almost undetectable, the NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil glides over the skin without clinging to any dry patches or fine lines. As the name would suggest, the BB cream feels just like your own skin. Hassle-free, long-lasting, and affordable. NYX does it again.
BareMinerals Original Foundation SPF15
More of a powder foundation fan? No worries, this award-winning, finely milled powder is one of a kind. Made with just five mineral ingredients; BareMinerals Original Foundation is a must-have. It leaves the skin looking effortlessly luminous with just an easy sweep of a fluffy brush. The coverage can be sheer or built up to medium, depending on your desired look and it is perfect for setting make-up too.
Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation
Before cringing at the price tag, let us assure you that despite sitting comfortably at the higher end of budgets, we believe the Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation is worth every penny this autumn. Best applied with a brush or sponge, this foundation creates a stunningly lightweight hydrated look. No one does skin like Pat McGrath Labs. Go on, treat yourself!
The Ordinary Serum Foundation
The Ordinary Serum foundation could easily be mistaken as a higher-end product despite its low- price tag. Offering a more naturally healthy finish; this product is perfect for make-up lovers who gravitate towards matte/ satin finishes. The ultra-thin formula expertly achieves a medium buildable coverage without looking too cakey and lasts all day, which is perfect for reducing the risk of foundation stains on your face mask this autumn.
La Roche Posay Anthelios Hydrating Tinted Cream SPF50
Every skincare expert will tell you that SPF should be worn every day to shield your skin from sun damage. Yes, that’s right – even in the autumn. This beautiful formula from La Roche Posey makes it all the easier; it protects the skin while adding a subtle tint of coverage without feeling greasy or sticky.
ColourPop Hyaluronic Hydrating Foundation
Famous for their frequent launches, at times it can feel as if ColourPop is producing make-up faster than we can consume it, but this foundation is gaining a lot of attention online and rightly so. Suitable for all skin types and oil-free; this affordable, hydrating foundation gifts a natural medium my-skin-but-better look. And luckily, they ship to the UK too!
ColourPop Hyaluronic Hydrating Foundation image via ColourPop website
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
An old school favourite that was reformulated last year, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer remains one of the best on the market. It naturally enhances and gently blurs the skin to create an effortless, no-makeup look. Trust us, we know the struggle of getting out of bed on a cold autumn morning; but luckily this product seamlessly blends into the skin which makes it perfect for quick, run-out-the-door application.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer image via Cult Beauty website
Words by Yasmin Norvill
Graphics by Frances Scott