When you’re on summer vacation, the last thing you want is to feel like you’re doing too much. This extends to makeup: the key is to keep it minimal, giving your skin its space to shine. Now, we’re all for that, but we also recognize that not all of us are comfortable going au naturale. Maybe we’ve got some blemishes we feel prickly about, or dark circles that make us look decidedly un-chill.
So, what do you do when the skin you’re in isn’t where you want it to be? There’s no shame in giving it a bit of a boost! Skincare does the legwork (whatever you do, don’t skip SPF!), but light coverage goes a long way when you’re trying to look your best through sun, sweat, and sand.

Below, we’ve rounded up 5 base makeup products that’ll give you an instant beach-ready glow-up. They’re lightweight enough to feel barely there in the hot, hot heat, while giving your skin something extra. Scroll!


1. Lioele Super Gold Snail BB Cream, P900
This BB base offers up a golden trio of sun protection, hydration, and lightweight coverage with its high SPF content (SPF50+!), gold and 10% snail slime extract, and incredibly buildable formula. It’s also delicately scented and free from the burden of white casts. Good news for anyone who hates anything that reminds them of sunscreen!

2. Face Republic Perfect Cover BB Cream (40ml), P599
This up-and-coming brand prides itself in being K-beauty for the Filipina and its BB cream certainly does plenty. While it may not appear suitable for morenas at first swipe, it becomes skin-compatible once blended out. It also covers fine lines, blurs pores, and evens out skin tone while keeping coverage light and natural. Best of all, it even boosts radiance with consistent use.

3. The Ordinary Serum Foundation, P770
People who love a weightless base tend to skip the foundation display when shopping, but give this one a second look. It’s part-skincare, part-makeup, offering decent coverage that doesn’t settle, with a formula that’s gentle even on sensitive skin. It’s super easy to work with, too—exactly like applying your favorite silky-smooth serum.

4. L.A. Girl PRO Conceal, P349
If you’re not feeling a full face of base in the heat but still want heavy-duty coverage, try spot-concealing with a long-wearing concealer. This cult favorite is opaque, budge-proof, and as creamy as they come, so it’ll keep you flawless without feeling like you’re wearing anything at all.

5. L’Oreal Paris True Match The One Liquid Concealer, P299 (limited time only)
Just like its foundation counterpart, this concealer imparts a subtle, effortless glow that makes your skin look lit from within. It provides medium coverage and a formula layers beautifully, so you don’t have to worry about any caking. Its satin finish ensures that your base never looks too “done,” making it the perfect choice for a beachside vacay.

Do you have any summer plans lined up? Tell us about ‘em below!

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