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4 Water-Based Foundations to Add to Your Summer Makeup Routine

Makeup can keep your skin hydrated too.
May 06, 2022
Water Based Foundation

Liquid foundations are arguably the most popular foundation formula on the market, with powder and compact foundations being released less as frequently. This means that water-based foundations are dominating the industry - but what exactly are what based foundations?

As you can probably guess, just like water-based cleansers, this type of foundation has water as its main ingredient. To check to see if a foundation is water-based, just check the label to see if water is listed as one of the first ingredients. This type of foundation is also typically free of silicones and oils but doesn’t have to be — they just won’t be a primary ingredient. Since water is the star ingredient in this type of foundation, this explains why water-based foundations usually have liquid formulas.

Who Should Use a Water-Based Foundation?

As we said, most water-based foundations are free of silicones and oils, and even if they contain a small amount of these ingredients, they are still a great option for those with oily, acne-prone skin. They’re also great for dry skin too as the water-based formula will help keep your skin hydrated throughout the day. So, you could say water-based foundations are a good choice for all skin types.

Water-Based Foundations to Try 

We’re sure with summer on our heels you’re itching to add a water-based foundation to your routine, and we have just the pick — or should we say picks. Check out some of our favorite water-based foundations to year when the weather heats up (and year-round).

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

Consider adding this water-based foundation to your list of must-haves. The air-light, long-wear, creamy formula goes on smoothly with a demi-matte finish that lasts all day and night — blurring imperfections for a smooth, clear complexion. Since it’s demi-matte, your face makeup won’t look flat either. The formula contains SPF 15 for some added sun protection.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation

If you’re more of a glow-getter, opt for this water-based foundation. The hydrating, lightweight, creamy formula glides on smoothly with a glowing finish, leaving you with a perfectly radiant complexion. It has medium coverage to hide imperfections, for an instantly flawless look and is formulated with SPF 15.

L’Oréal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup

You may not want to pick a side — when it comes to foundation finishes, that is. If you prefer a natural finish, turn to this water-based foundation. With 45 true-to-you shades, you’re guaranteed to find one that perfectly matches your undertones and skin tone. The formula is super-hydrating and provides blendable medium coverage. Like many water-based foundations, it’s free of oils, but it’s also formulated without fragrances and won’t clog your pores.

L’Oréal Paris Skin Paradise Water-Infused Tinted Moisturizer

Although not a traditional foundation, we recommend using this for light, hydrating coverage. The formula is infused with 70 percent water, aloe vera and witch hazel to keep your skin looking glowy and fresh without the excess shine. It also has SPF 19 and will keep your skin moisturized for hours.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation

If you have oily skin and are hesitant about using a water-based foundation, this one might be what you’re looking for. Formulated with three oil absorbers to resist transfer and sweat, this lightweight foundation can last and look fresh for up to 24 hours. It comes in 30 shades that have a blendable, ultra-thin texture so that it applies smoothly, and also includes SPF 25.

L’Oréal Paris True Match Hyaluronic Tinted Serum

Products that combine skin care and makeup are flying off the shelves right now, and this serum-foundation hybrid is no exception. This tinted serum is a great water-based foundation adjacent if you’re in need of a little extra hydration, as it’s made with one percent hyaluronic acid. It has a nude but radiant finish that applies smoothly while brightening, and also comes in 14 shades.

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How to Apply Water-Based Foundation

Chances are you already know how to apply a water-based foundation since it’s the same process as applying a liquid foundation. That said, it never hurts to brush up on your skills! Check out these quick steps for a refresher.

1. Apply Primer

To ensure your foundation applies smoothly and lasts all day, start by applying a makeup primer, such as the L’Oréal Paris True Match Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer.

One thing to keep in mind is that when you're applying a water-based foundation, it’s best to pair it with a water-based primer. Formulas that are silicone-based may repel your foundation and lead to a look that doesn’t last as long.

2. Bounce Your Foundation

You know what to do! Use a makeup sponge, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, to buff, bounce and blend your foundation of choice onto your skin.

Follow up with the rest of your makeup routine and get ready to fall in love with your new water-based staple. And as always, finish with a setting spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray + Set Makeup Setting Spray to keep it in place all day.

Next: How to Find Your Perfect True Match Foundation Shade

Edited by: Shannon Stubbs, Photo Credit: Shalwah Evans

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