The Best Dewy Foundations for Glowing Skin

By Rebecca Jenkinson - 2 years ago | Updated
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Whether you want glowing skin all year round or you're partial to a dose of radiance in the summer months, dewy foundations are a must in your makeup bag. This base makeup is the perfect way to even out your complexion, while still providing that dreamy lit-from-within look.

However, it’s not always easy to find the best foundation to get that godly glow. Will it last all day? Will it have the right amount of coverage? Luckily for you we’ve come to the rescue with our rundown of the best dewy foundations to save you the time and effort of scrolling…

1. Best cruelty free dewy foundation

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation

£29.12 £33.00 (12% off)

Enhance your natural complexion with this lightweight foundation from Illamasqua. It’s perfect for everyday looks when you want a sheer and undetectable foundation base.

Infused with a unique blend of minerals and vitamins, it delivers a dewy glow that leaves your skin looking healthier and radiant. Better yet, it blurs imperfections and never clogs pores.

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating SPF 25 Foundation Stick - Cocoa

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating SPF 25 Foundation Stick

£24.00 £30.00 (20% off)

This is a great vegan-friendly and cruelty-free foundation from bareMinerals . It provides a fresh-faced, natural look that doesn’t feel cakey or heavy on the skin. Instead, it feels soothing and hydrating thanks to the hyaluronic acid and squalane combo. Simply swipe across the areas you want to cover and buff into the skin using a foundation brush for a buildable/medium finish.

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

£21.75 £34.00 (37% off)

Searching for the best cruelty-free formula? Here at Cosmetify we have a range for you to choose from, but one of our favourites has to be the Too Faced offering. It has a medium to full coverage finish and plethora of moisturising ingredients.

2. Best affordable dewy foundation

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

£6.25 £6.50 (4% off)

This budget-friendly option is perfect for achieving a fresh-face makeup look. Not only is it super easy to use, but it also comes in a variety of shades and undertones to suit every skin tone. Pair with the matching concealer for a little more coverage.

Max Factor Radiant Lift Foundation

Max Factor Radiant Lift Foundation

£7.95

Another affordable dewy foundation comes from the experts at Max Factor. It has long-lasting finish that feels fresh and comfortable on the skin all day long. Buff and bounce into the skin using a beauty sponge, your fingertips or a foundation brush for a light to medium coverage.

3. Best luxury dewy foundation

Colorescience Tint Du Soleil SPF 30 Whipped Foundation

Colorescience Tint Du Soleil SPF 30 Whipped Foundation

£36.09 £37.99 (6% off)

This may be on the pricy side, but this luxury foundation is perfect for creating a radiant, dewy foundation base. It has a super lightweight finish, enriched with light-reflecting pigments to minimise blemishes and even skin tone. Better yet, it contains SPF30 to protect the visage from future sun damage.

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

£32.25 £43.00 (25% off)

At the other end of the budget, this must-have luxury formula from Giorgio Armani helps you achieve that sought-after luminous, silky glow. Loved by beauty editors and A-listers alike, this is an award-winning foundation you need in your makeup collection.

4. Best full coverage dewy foundation

Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation

Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation

£43.29 £46.00 (6% off)

Laying down a natural, luminous, airbrushed canvas has never been easier. Staying true to its name, the Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation delivers a full-coverage, radiant base. Made with a unique blend of ingredients that boost hydration, plus light-diffusing particles, it's all you need to perfect the skin.

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick

£45.00

Need a foundation that’s a little heavy duty without compromising on the glow? No problem, this hassle-free foundation stick has a high concentration of pigments for a full-coverage finish. Despite its long-lasting, 12-hour coverage, this Hourglass formula also feels lightweight on the skin.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation

Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation

£21.60 £43.00 (50% off)

Another great long-wearing and medium to full coverage option comes from the pros at Anastasia Beverly Hills. It provides a luminous finish using light-reflecting particles that stays put all day long. Not necessarily a dewy, wet-look finish, but it certainly provides that radiant glow we’re all after.

5. Best light coverage dewy foundation

SOSU by SJ Dripping Gold CC Me In Foundation SPF 45

SOSU by SJ Dripping Gold CC Me In Foundation SPF 45

£20.79 £21.95 (6% off)

This CC cream from SOSU by SJ combines all the benefits of skin care and makeup for a great everyday complexion product. It blends seamlessly across the face and ensures a healthy-looking, glowy finish. Use it to hide minor imperfections and smooth uneven skin tone.

NARS Cosmetics Sheer Glow Foundation - Mali

NARS Cosmetics Sheer Glow Foundation

£28.00 £35.00 (20% off)

Of course, we had to mention the NARS Sheer Glow. This one tops plenty of foundation lists thanks to its radiance-boosting formula. It’s also both dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested so you know it’s perfect for sensitive skin.

6. Best dewy foundation for dry skin

Clinique Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup SPF 15

Clinique Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup SPF 15

£19.95

Add a burst of hydration with this formula from Clinique. It gives your complexion a radiant wash of colour to cover blemishes and redness, while also nourishing your skin at the same time.

It contains a winning combo of vitamin C and SPF to ensure dry, dull skin types are perked up and protected. Better still, it’s been dermatologically tested so is suitable for even the most sensitive skin types.

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Dewy Finish Second Skin Foundation

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Dewy Finish Second Skin Foundation

£22.50

You can also tackle dryness with this Dewy Finish Second Skin Foundation from Sculpted by Aimee. It feels lightweight and comfortable on the skin all day long, thanks to the nutritious and hydrating formulation. Not only does it provide a natural-looking glow, but it also improves overall elasticity for softer and smoother skin.

Florence by Mills Like A Light Skin Tint - D200

Florence by Mills Like A Light Skin Tint

£10.80 £14.40 (25% off)

Struggle with dry skin? We feel your pain. This lightweight skin tint from Florence By Mills is your new secret weapon. It uses squalane, jojoba oil and meadowfoam seed oil to give your skin some much-needed hydration and glow.

7. Best dewy finish foundation for oily skin

Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup

Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup

£26.50 £30.00 (12% off)

On the other hand, if you have oily skin sometimes the last thing you want is a dewy formula. However, this foundation helps smooth and conceal any blemishes while still leaving you with a fresh-faced feeling.

Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer

Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer

£25.85

Oily skin is known for making your foundation slip off, leaving you with a patchy and shiny finish. This foundation fights back against oil and stays put for hours on end, while its hydrating formulation that leaves the skin illuminated. The best part? It covers up stubborn blemishes caused by excess oil thanks to its 2-in-1 foundation-concealer formula!

8. Best dewy foundation for mature skin

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

£34.00

This foundation is perfect for mature skin due to the botanical alternative to retinol and SPF, which helps protect your complexion and renew cell regeneration. Plus, it's not cakey on the skin.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation - 12-Dark

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

£34.00

A top pick for mature skin types is another offering from Charlotte Tilbury. This time it’s her Magic Foundation, which contains anti-ageing hyaluronic filling spheres, firming mushroom extract and vitamin C. These goodies help plump up wrinkles, while also imparting a glow to the skin.

Whichever takes your fancy, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to the best dewy foundations. To find out more makeup must-haves, take a look at the best full coverage foundations for a perfect complexion and the ultimate blush guide for beauty lovers.

Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.

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