The Best Dewy Foundations


Fight the January blues and refresh tired-looking skin by swapping your usual foundation to a light-reflecting formula. Here’s our edit of the best foundations for faking that fresh glow…


1. Best for… dry skin

Proven to provide up to eight hours of hydration, Bourjois’ Happy Light Foundation combines much needed moisturisation to combat dry skin as well as providing flawless coverage without that ‘cakey’-finish. Its velvety formula glides onto skin evenly, allowing its translucent pigments to correct imperfections for a more luminous complexion.

2. Best for… oily/combination skin

Oil and fragrance-free, Revlon Photoready Airbrushed Mousse is the best choice for those with oily or combination skin. With a whipped-mousse texture, this ultra-lightweight formula blends well into skin smoothing over pores and effectively ‘airbrushing’ skin. Plus, thanks to its light-reflecting pigments, skin benefits from a healthy glow.

3. Best for… pale skin

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Ivory is our favourite foundation for pale skin tones. This vitamin-enriched moisturising foundation reawakens skin for a healthy and radiant glow that lasts all day without clinging on to dry patches.  What’s more, it contains SPF15. Bonus!



4. Best for… sensitive skin

Sensitive skin that often suffers with clogged pores will benefit from switching to a foundation like Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation. This air-whipped liquid formula is oil-free, fragrance-free and very lightweight, meaning it’s ultra-blendable and won’t clog pores.

5. Best for… those on a budget

A cocktail of vitamins, minerals and light-reflecting pearls make Miss Sporty’s Light Energy Foundation the ideal foundation for achieving healthy-looking skin on a budget. Its non-greasy, moisturising and lightweight formula makes it suitable for all skin types (although we think it’s best suited to normal or dry skin).