My Favorite Foundations For Spring and Summer

Each spring, beauty companies bring us a slew of new foundations for the warmer weather and below are my tried-and-tested picks for my dehydrated combination skin.

Top Foundations For Spring and Summer

1. Kanebo Sensai Fluid Finish Lasting Velvet Foundation ($50). This may have made its debut last year but it is still one of my favorites. It contains Phyto-Squalene, Rice Extract, 55% Fuji-Sensui Water, Koishimaru Silk to deeply moisturize along with and SPF 15 to protecting from the sun. I loved that it provided great, natural-looking coverage and left behind a velvety, not overly matte finish that is perfect for the warmer months. My Shade: FF203

2. Laura Mercier Oil Free Supreme Foundation ($42). A new addition to Laura’s famous line of foundations, this oil-free formula is packed with Aloe, Green Tea Leaf extract and other skin-loving ingredients like vitamins A, E and Panthenol. It provides medium to high coverage and keeps my skin matte all day without drying it out. Oilier skin will love this too! My Shade: Warm Ivory

3. Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup ($35). With a super thin water-based formula (we are talking RMK Liquid Foundation thin!) to mimic the lightweight, ultra-natural appearance from an airbrush application and Hyaluronic Acid for all day hydration, I was sold only after one application of this new foundation. Not only did it feel and look completely invisible as claimed, it evened out my skin so beautifully that concealer, wait what concealer? It also dries down to a satin finish that stays put over 10 hours. Makeup guru Lisa Eldridge is also a fan of this. Shade I Use: 2CN2

4. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF30/PA+++. Infused with Kopara, Oceana Saffron, Galaxaura, Ascorbyl Glucoside and mineral rich seawater from French Polynesia, this tinted moisturizer covers just like a foundation and has taken me from winter all the way to spring. It goes on ultra creamy and leaves behind a natural, dewy finish, plus it comes with SPF 30 and PA+++ to offer great protection against UVA and UVB rays. Shade I Use: Alaska.

What are some of YOUR favorite foundations for spring and summer?

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

16 COMMENTS

      • Thanks for info, that a shame really need a fragrance free one. Do you know of any good foundations that are scent free at all? BTW love ya blog x

  1. I’m still looking for a leightweight and mattifying foundation for summer. Maybe I’ll try the BB Creams from Dior or Estée Lauder, they are new in Germany. :)

    • Oooooo let me know how you like the Estee Lauder one. I tried their Cyber White Extra Intensive BB Cream years back but didn’t like it much.

  2. How do you like the Armani foundation Phyllis? I’m curious for your opinion on this one as well as the Chanel Aqua Lumier. I’ve been pondering on getting the Armani but still not sure. Thanks!

    • Hi Tina,

      I have only tried the Luminous Silk Foundation and Designer Shaping Cream Foundation from Armani. The LSF is also thin like the Estee Lauder and good for spring/summer but it is silicone-based which can be pore-clogging for some. The Designer Shaping Cream Foundation, on the other hand, is super rich and creamy foundation which is good for the winter but definitely too heavy for the warmer months.

      • I been try nars teint pure radiance new one good i love it i use colour alaska and i been try dior bb cream hydralife i bought in sephora france that also very good its cover and light with spf 30 I love it both but i still confused to find powder compact for me i try many product still break me out sometime or could be from serum i use huhhh tell me which one good compact powder and poudre for combination skin area t oily and cheek normal to dry?

  3. Thank you for all your recommendations. My sensitive skin is dry combination like yours so this is helpful for at least narrowing down on which one’s to pick from.

    I do have a question though: What do you think about the following foundations for summer? I’m considering them for an outdoor summer wedding and I noticed you gave them an A+ grading. Well these hold up in 30 degree C weather?

    Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Spf 15
    Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hr Wear Hydrating Foundation Spf 10

    • Hi Maggie,

      The foundations you mentioned are great for the summer too! I would definitely go with the Smashbox for an outdoor wedding.

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