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The best lightweight bases to suit every skin type

From dew-boosting {primers} to blurring, protective and shine-minimising solutions to suit your skin’s needs, these cult {complexion} heroes work hard to enhance without masking your idio-skin-cracies. Ideal for sun-scorched days that call for something a little lighter, they’re forgiving on tidelines and incredibly comfortable to wear, with some even offering a little leeway on colour matching and blending – just what you need when your skin falls prey to a suntan.

The one for active lives: Huda Beauty GloWish Multidew Skin Tint

There’s nothing worse than committing to your morning commute under the burning hot sun – fact. Now with {face coverings} in tow, your skin can get hot, sweaty and downright moist (sorry!). And, because there’s nothing more soul-crushing than melted make up prior to arrival at your destination, this NEW formula from {Huda Beauty} is water, sweat and transfer-proof (take THAT, masks!) and we. are. obsessed. Just launched and set to take the beautysphere by storm (you heard it here first), the formula also plumps, brightens, soothes, hydrates and protects against blue light and pollution with a beautiful, second-skin finish that offers just the right amount of coverage.

The one that does it all: Monika Blunder Beauty Blunder Cover

Sitting comfortably at the intersection between {foundations}, {concealers} and {contour} creams, this do-it-all formula ensures a natural and skin-like finish – whether you decide to use it all over, simply to brighten your under-eyes or to contour (just opt for a shade darker than your skin tone if so). Pumped with a whole host of skin-enhancing ingredients (like redness-reducing arnica, soothing aloe and antioxidant-rich rosemary, to name but a few) Blunder Cover encourages soft, supple skin. And – having been formulated with make up artistry and diversity in mind – the 14 shades are made to be mixed and matched, so that you can create your very own perfect shade.

The one for dryness: Kosas Tinted Face Oil

If you tend towards dryness or glass skin’s your thing, Kosas {Tinted Face Oil} suspends buildable pigments in rich and replenishing oils to rebalance and supplement skin’s moisture levels while granting a chic, editorial sheen. It’s that post-workout glow (sans the sweaty-faced redness) that’s fresh and believably luminous.

The one for dullness: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30/PA+++

A favourite of Cult Beauty’s Marketing Team, NARS’ light, light-scattering veil calls on a blend of botanical extracts – including brightening kopara and mineral-rich sea water – to quench your cells’ thirst as it counteracts dullness to leave your skin gorgeously ‘glowy’. With even more sheer shades on offer, each with enough ‘give’ to suit a swathe of skin tones, this is great if your skin looks a little lacklustre (hint: it’s perfect for hiding a hangover).

The one for fine lines: Victoria Beckham Beauty Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturizer

Bathing your skin with a veil of illuminating hydration, this subtle, light-scattering veil isn’t tinted per se, but it grants a ‘soft focus’ effect thanks to optical powders and pearls that create a soft, flattering filtered effect. And what’s more, it’s powered by Augustinus Bader’s revolutionary TFC8 technology – which triggers repair and renewal – alongside elasticity-enhancing micro-algae extract and smoothing black ferment. With quick and cumulative benefits, in clinical studies, 87% of testers said their skin looked firmed and lifted after six weeks of consistent use.

The one for excess oil: BECCA Zero No Pigment Virtual Foundation

A tinted moisturiser with zero tint, BECCA have shown us the future… and we really really like it. Thanks to mythical Clear Light Blur Technology which artfully diffuses light to blur the visibility of lines, dark spots and blemishes, this feels like a long drink of water – cooling skin on application – while helping to regulate oil so you’re less prone to shine. Think: matte but not flat and you get the idea – plus it’s perfect for men who are keen to enhance without give-away tidelines.

The one for everyone: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

An undisputed icon (not a term we use lightly), Laura Mercier’s world-famous {Tinted Moisturiser} is back after re-formulation (and a chic new outfit). Neither too matte nor too dewy, this ‘second skin’ tint comes in 20 sheer shades and is bursting with nourishing oils to promote moisture levels, alongside antioxidant vitamins C and E to shield against environmental angst. It’s quick, easy and perfect for those on-the-go.

The one for sun protection: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

Skin care meets make up, this camouflage seamlessly covers whatever you wish to conceal while infusing your face with a buffet of strengthening, plumping, line-smoothing and dew-boosting extracts and actives so skin doesn’t only look good – but improves with each use. What’s more, this boasts broad spectrum SPF 50 to keep your face safe from the harmful effects of the sun to perfect and protect.

The one that’s customisable: Surratt Dew Drop Foundation

With its light-to-medium coverage formula, Dew Drop is a lesson in authentic, undetectable enhancement – allowing you to concentrate the pigment on the areas that need some extra help while ‘sheering’ out towards the edges for believable perfection. Fresh and dewy, we like to mix this with our day cream when skin’s looking great on its own, or blend with a glistening liquid to dial up the radiance. The limit does not exist!

The one for city dwellers: Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15

There are tinted moisturisers and then there’s Just Skin – an industry icon and one of the beautysphere’s bestselling bases that’s worshipped all over the globe. Creating a (featherlight!) force field between your complexion and ageing aggressors, this traceless creation deflects the effects of pollution while granting a velvety, ‘second skin’ veil.


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…