10 gorgeously glossy foundations for glowing skin
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / March 20 2023
Glowing skin is always in, and while it may all begin with your skin care routine, a little help in the makeup department definitely doesn't hurt.
But if you don't feel like layering on a zillion coats of highlighter, and you're chasing 'dewy' rather than 'glittery', it all comes down to your foundation pick.
The goal? To find a formula that will provide coverage without looking cakey, catch the light without making our faces look greasy, and actually stay on the whole day (ideally while looking flawlessly fresh all the while). Is that too much to ask?!
Okay, look, we know it's a tall order. But surprisingly (and fortunately for our faces), there are actually quite a few superstar status options that knock the bright-but-flawless brief right out of the park. And hey, if you're craving extra glow, layer a radiance-revealing serum like the OFIA Skin So Bright Serum ($99 at OFIA Skin) below your base to hit 'positively glistening' status.
Ready for radiance? Here are our favourite foundations for glowing skin...
Inika Organic Certified Organic Liquid Foundation
This foundation and moisturiser hybrid gives skin a healthy dose of skin-pampering nutrients as it covers and absolutely illuminates your complexion. The liquid formula is enriched with hyaluronic acid for instant skin hydration, improved elasticity and a reduction in the appearance of fine lines.
$39 on special (from $65) at a-beauty
LANCÔME Teint Idole Ultra Wear Care & Glow Foundation
Lancôme’s latest foundation takes glow to new levels with a medium-coverage formula that utilises neo-glow micro-light foundation technology. This innovative and buildable complexion perfector melds with the skin for an undetectable finish that doesn’t cake, budge or settle into fine lines for up to 24 hours after application. It also contains a glow-boosting serum base (a blend of hyaluronic acid and mandelic acid) that makes up 82 per cent of the foundation's formula.
$69 at Adore Beauty
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
What’s a list of glow-worthy foundations without this fan-fave, right? Its radiant, barely-there natural finish can go undetected if you want it to, but the buildable status means you can also add coverage without losing luminosity.
$105 at Armani Beauty
It Cosmetics CC+ Cream Illumination SPF 50+
We're big fans of any version of this cult-classic CC+ cream, but damn, this dewy formula may be our absolute favourite; the light-reflecting finish works a treat for banishing dullness, and we appreciate it.
$67 at Adore Beauty
Maybelline New York Fit Me Dewy + Smooth
The easiest way to nab glowing skin is by opting for a super hydrating foundation like this one. The lightweight formula is totally blendable, so it gives a natural, seamless finish that looks like your real skin, only glossier.
$10.97 at The Iconic
Clinique Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup SPF 15
Brightening vitamin C is always welcome in our world, so why not invite it to the foundation party, too? This guy also contains super subtle luminising pigments to give skin a little extra iridescence without going OTT.
$55 at Adore Beauty
Benefit Cosmetics Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation
See the heart-eyed smile the bottle is showing off? That'll be your expression once your skin gets a serving of this hyaluronic acid-powered brightness booster. The coverage is medium, but it feels super light.
$54 at Myer
Revlon PhotoReady Candid Glow™ Foundation
Our favourite thing about this dewy base? It doesn't cling to dry spots at all (no seriously, it probably wouldn't even text them back). Instead, it just glides over imperfections leaving skin both concealed and brightened.
$16.17 at Big W
Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.