Even the most luxe foundation formulas can flake, cake or blotch if the consistency isn’t suited to your skin. So before we share with you our edit of the best dewy foundations, ask yourself: is hydration and radiance what my skin needs?
For those with dry and dull skin, the answer will probably be a resounding yes. However, those with oily skin may want to reconsider and go for a matte-finish foundation instead. Likewise, those with acne-prone skin might prioritise a serum foundation hybrid to ensure their skin is cared for while covered.
We’re not trying to steer you away from dewy foundations, of course, it’s just that these ones pack a lot of juice. Enriched with pearlescent pigments and nourishing oils, they’re bound to make dull and thirsty skin glow.
So if that’s what you’re after, here are six carefully-selected dewy foundations for a natural, luminous finish…
Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup SPF 25
Unlike ordinary foundations, the Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup SPF 25 doubles as a restorative and radiance-inducing serum. It’s formulated with perfecting priming beads to reduce visible imperfections, while filling in fine lines.
“Love the look this moisture binding foundation fluid provides. Glides over skin effortlessly and it seems to sort of adapt to your skin tone without masking it. Just looks like skin” – Gemini Jen
$72 at David Jones
Maybelline New York FIT me! Liquid Foundation
This drugstore foundation deserves a spot on every ‘best of’ list. Maybelline New York’s Fit me! Liquid Foundation provides a natural, breathable finish and comfortable wear, leaving even the driest of skin dewy and luminous.
“As a dry skin gal, I’ve been through numerous ‘dewy’ foundations before I gave up and went to a BB cream. Then Fit Me came into my life and I haven’t looked back!” – Hoots
$21.95, currently $10.97 at Chemist Warehouse
M.A.C Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation
The Waterweight Foundation SPF 30 by M.A.C delivers sheer to medium coverage in a fluid, elastic gel serum. The innovative formula offers immediate and long-lasting hydration, leaving the skin soft, supple, and silky to the touch.
“Best I’ve ever worn. Even the MAC MUA who recently did an express eye makeup on me recently said it applied on me ‘like butter’. I don’t wear it every day but a bottle lasted me 10 months so it’s worth every cent.” – Research_is_half_the_fun
$58 at Myer
Lancôme Teint Miracle
Lancôme’s Teint Miracle is a lightweight fluid foundation that promises full coverage. The inclusion of pearlescent pigments reflect light, creating the appearance of luminous, dewy skin.
“It feels very light and watery yet the coverage is good. The great thing is it doesn’t feel thick or oily on the skin. It gave a more natural look too.” – Mara550
$65 at Myer
Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow Foundation
Even during harsh environmental conditions, the Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow Foundation cream formulation produces moisturised, radiant skin. Upon application, dry skin will appear hydrated and plump, while lines and wrinkles will be visibly reduced.
$105 at Bobbi Brown
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Le Teint
If you’re a longtime fan of the under eye illuminator, Touche Éclat, you can now extend that brightening formula across your entire face. The Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Le Teint delivers weightless coverage to visibly awaken and energise dull skin.
“This is a really beautiful dewy and light foundation with good coverage. It suits my dry skin with psoriasis really well and doesn’t cling to my dry patches” – Stephv351
$90 at Sephora
Clinique Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup
Clinique’s Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup is a dermatologist-developed foundation that diffuses light to soften imperfections and impart a dewy, radiant finish.
“This is an easy, no brainer foundation I can wear everyday. It gives a solid medium coverage when applied with fingers which is great for the morning rush.” – Tea91
$56 at Clinique
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Do you have a favourite dewy foundation? If so, which one?