Think about getting ready to go out for the day in the winter, versus summer. Isn’t it so much more fun to get ready during summertime? It’s already a plus having to wear a lot less clothing, and easier to wear styles at that! But, just the overall vibe of getting all dolled up in the summer...it’s much more motivating. Here’s the problem with summer though....the foundation wear is a struggle. Not all of us are born with a real-life filter. Some of us need the assistance of primers, foundations, and setting powders or sprays to help with all that.

Not every foundation is made equal. If you don’t choose the right foundations for summer, you could end up with the dreaded “slime face”, by the end of your hot days. The foundations that you love and swear by in the Fall and Winter months, are not going to be the ones you swear by in the summer. What you need are foundations that are melt-proof.

Your skin produces a lot more oil in the summer, hence breakout season. Your pores become very vulnerable. You have more oil production, more dirt in pores, as well as less room for them to breathe, which leads to clogged pores, which then leads to acne, whiteheads, and/or blackheads. This is why during the hot months, it’s important to use foundation formulas that are lightweight, oil-free, and if possible, that contain SPF in them.

Another great option for coverage in the summer months are BB Creams or Tinted Moisturizers. These will give you sheer coverage, and you won’t have to moisturize before putting it on. Two in one. Many BB Creams and Tinted Moisturizers come with SPF. It’s a great option if you really want that “barely there” feel and look. They’re both a great option for a pool or beach days!

Below are some great picks for melt-proof foundations and tinted moisturizers that will stay intact all day, and give you that jaw-dropping summer glow all season long!

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 (Oil-Free). Shop

This is a top-quality tinted moisturizer. It’s also the all in one package. It is very lightweight, giving you a beautiful dewy finish, and protects you from UV rays, as it also has SPF 20. The formula is oil-free, which gives your pores even more room to breathe!
Best for: Combination Skin

ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation. Shop

This foundation is currently the majority favorite. And, rightfully so because it’s not only a great quality lightweight foundation, but it’s also very nourishing for your skin. Think facial and foundation in one! It has SPF 40, contains plant-based Squalane for improved elasticity, Hyaluronic Acids for skin plumping and hydration, and Niacinamide to improve and smooth skin’s texture. Perfection!
Best for All skin types

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15. Shop

If you want your face to feel like you have nothing on, while having a medium coverage, then this is your go-to! This foundation has SPF 15, while giving you a very natural skin feel. Your pores will love you because the formula is water-based, so no clogging properties here! You can expect a fresh hydrated glow!
Best for: All Skin Types

CoverGirl Clean Fresh Skin Milk Foundation. Shop

This foundation is great if you’re looking for an inexpensive, quality, and nourishing option. It has a clean formula, which includes coconut infusion, and soothing aloe. You can expect a sheer finish, which boasts a natural, healthy glow all over.
Best for: Dry Skin

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer with SPF 50. Shop

If you have a special occasion during the summer, where you’d like a bit more coverage, but with a lightweight feel, this foundation is it! It will give you full coverage while protecting you from harmful UV Rays as it has SPF 50. It also has jaw-dropping benefits such as Proprietary 3D Skin Flex Technology which provides flexible pure color pigments that float over fine lines without creasing or cracking.
Best for: Dry Skin