Who wants to wear a faceful of foundation when it’s hot and humid outside? The stuff feels heavy on your skin, gets greasy as the day heats up, and settles into fine lines and pores. Plus, touching up with powder to battle the oily buildup only results in a hot cakey mess. It’s enough to make a girl head out into the world barefaced and stripped of any coverage—which would be okay if we all had perfectly flawless skin.
Thankfully, there are a number of skin-friendly solutions that will have you reaching for your foundation despite the forever-sweltering temps. Behold, our list of fab formulas to suit your every need!
IF YOU PREFER LIGHT-AS-AIR FORMULAS
Dislike the heavy feeling that liquid foundations give but still need full coverage? Try a powder foundation like Neutrogena’s Mineral Sheers Compact Powder Foundation, P655.
It’s packed with extra soft, easy-to-blend pressed minerals that provide lightweight, buildable coverage. In other words, you’ll looking flawless and shine-free all day—without the heavy feeling.
IF YOU WANT FULL COVERAGE WITHOUT SHINE
A lightweight, water-based liquid foundation is perfect for you. We suggest Christian Dior’s Diorsnow White Reveal Fresh Transparency Liquid Foundation, P3,520, which is formulated with Icelandic Glacial Water, diamond powders, and Glow Control powders to absorb sebum, soften blemishes, and give your skin a luminous glow.
Prefer powder? Laura Mercier’s Smooth Finish Foundation Powder, P2,250, instantly mattifies skin with an oil-free and waterproof formula.
IF YOU LIKE THE NATURAL, NO-MAKEUP LOOK
What you need is a lightweight formula that can deliver sheer to medium coverage. Try Naturactor’s Cover Face Foundation, P650, a highly pigmented concentrated cream that goes on sheer but can be layered for full-on coverage.
We also like NARS’ Radiant Cream Compact Foundation, P2,250, for its weightless, buildable cream formula.
IF YOU WANT ALL-DAY COVERAGE WITHOUT TOUCHUPS
Look for a multi-tasking foundation that works like a primer, such as Max Factor’s Face Finity All Day Flawless 3-in-1 Foundation, P1,018. It goes on lightly, primes and conditions skin, and holds onto makeup like a magnet to deliver long-lasting coverage with a lovely matte finish.
Another great find? Covergirl’s Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation, P875, evens out skin tone and delivers an all-day, shine-free, flawless look that won’t cake or settle into fine lines or pores.
IF YOU NEED A HYDRATING FORMULA THAT WON’T GREASE UP
A base laced with Vitamin E, like City Color’s Flawless Finish Liquid Foundation, only P495, hydrates the skin and is quickly absorbed without any leftover greasy feeling.
Plus, it absorbs oil with its ultra-lightweight, primer-like formula—perfect for hot, humid weather.
IF YOU WANT A FOUNDATION THAT MATCHES YOUR SKIN TONE EXACTLY
Almay’s Smart Shade Mousse Makeup, P840, contains “smart shade sensing beads” which basically transform into your ideal shade upon contact with your skin. Its mousse formulation delivers a lightweight, pore-perfecting, airbrush finish that makes for awesome armor against hot temps.
Another Almay skin-sation to try? Smart Shade Anti-Aging Skintone Matching Makeup, P880, a foundation that contains the same Almay Tonemimic shade-sensing bead technology to help erase flaws and imperfections while feeling incredibly feather-light.
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