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Fortunately, for all of the makeup junkies out there, today’s foundation formulas can do pretty incredible things. Long gone are the days of cakey finishes and crease lines before noon, and we couldn’t be happier about it. In fact, the latest and greatest face makeup formulas offer lightweight, buildable coverage that will last the entire day without clogging your pores one bit. What more could you ask for? Here, we’re sharing our best lightweight foundation, how to apply it, plus three of the best times to wear it.
Just like it sounds, lightweight foundation formulas are meant to feel light on your complexion—contrary to heavier foundation formulas, which have a tendency to cake up and flake off quickly. Lightweight foundation, on the other hand, will get the job done without weighing down your skin or making you feel like you’ve applied ten layers of product on top of it. And just because it’s lightweight doesn’t mean it won’t provide the level of coverage you’re looking for, either. The ultra-thin liquid that comprises a lightweight foundation—if you choose the right one—can provide buildable coverage so you can literally build up to your desired look.
We wouldn’t spend this long touting the benefits of lightweight foundation and then leave you hanging, would we? Of course not! We have a product recommendation for you: The L'Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight is both lightweight and long-lasting. It’s formulated with three oil absorbers and helps resist sweat, water, and transfer. What’s more, the lightweight liquid goes on skin smoothly without weighing it down, yet still provides medium to full coverage. Wait, it gets even better—it’s also non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog your pores) and formulated with SPF. All skin types can use it, and with 30 different shades to choose from, you’re bound to find one that suits you just right. If you still need a little spot coverage after you’ve applied your lightweight foundation, reach for the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer Waterproof, Full Coverage.
Just because it’s lightweight doesn’t mean you’ll want to cut any corners when you’re applying it. Not sure what we mean? Any beauty look you’re going for will look better with a solid foundation. Here’s our go-to face makeup application guide:
To better ensure an even application, and to help keep your foundation lasting as long as possible, begin by prepping your skin with a makeup primer. Here, you’ll want to use a makeup primer that’s formulated to help address whatever skin concerns you may have. For example, if you typically have oily skin by the end of the day, use a mattifying makeup primer, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer. Alternatively, if your skin tends to become dry as the day wears on, use a glow-boosting primer, such as the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Lock Makeup Primer.
Next, it’s time to apply your foundation. Start by applying a light layer of product, and if you feel like you want more coverage, continue to build until you’ve reached your desired level. To apply, pump a bit of the foundation onto the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, then simply dab onto your entire complexion in an even layer.
After you have your foundation all set, use your concealer to cover up any remaining imperfections, such as blemishes or dark under-eye circles (they happen to the best of us!). If needed, use your makeup blender to blend your concealer and foundation together so it looks seamless.
Finally, a few spritzes of the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray will help make sure your face makeup stays in place—looking fresh even hours after you’ve applied it. Simply hold the bottle eight to ten inches away from your face, close your eyes, and spray four to six times in an X & T motion.
Now that we’ve convinced you to try lightweight foundation, here are some of the best times to wear it (besides every day).
Even if it’s not particularly humid out, the spring and summer months are a great time of year to rock lightweight foundation. These seasons are generally the nicest out of the entire year, and just like you’ll be trading in your sweaters and boots for sundresses and sandals, why not trade in heavy foundation for something a little lighter.
We bet that whatever your job is, you have enough to worry about when you’re at the office and you don’t need to fret over your makeup smearing or smudging, too. A lightweight and long-lasting foundation formula will get you through the entire workday with no face makeup snafus.
Sunday brunch with friends is arguably one of the best times of the week, but it’s also your day off. Keep things stress-free with a lightweight foundation that’s easy to apply and even easier to wear.
Now, do you need a little help finding your shade match in our lightweight foundation? No problem, check out our L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation Swatches.