Light, customizable coverage with a hydrating base? Yes, please.
Jul 26, 2021
Although water-based foundations are nothing new, breakthroughs in formulations and a general understanding that all skin types need proper hydration have made way for a whole new generation of skincare-infused makeup. For oily or acne-prone skin, these light, replenishing bases are a makeup game-changer. Not only is your foundation less likely to slide or cake up around blemishes by midday, but you also get natural-looking coverage that doesn’t clog your pores or leave behind the dreaded T-zone shine. Instead, you’re now working with a skin-perfecting veil that sinks in seamlessly; plus, hydrating benefits help balance your natural moisture levels to keep oil production in check while pores and imperfections are blurred. In short: skin still looks like skin, but with a touch of an IRL filter.
Even for those with normal to combination skin, using an oil-free, water-based foundation results in dreamy coverage that’s just on the brink of a dewy (never greasy) soft-focus texture with a breathable, barely-there feel. Best of all: these formulas are effortless when it comes to application—a welcome, low-maintenance approach compared to traditional full-coverage foundations. The five-minute, I-forgot-about-this-Zoom-meeting face is now a total breeze: simply use your fingers to spread the liquid evenly across your face (just like you’re applying sunscreen), or use a damped makeup sponge to blot on the pigment. Either way, you’re in for a flawless finish.
There’s a time and a place for impenetrable foundation, of course, but if you’re on the hunt for the perfect canvas for easy everyday makeup, these are the 14 best water-based foundations to add to your routine.