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Touching Base: Eight Lightweight Foundations That Feel Natural

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While every girl loves a smooth complexion, layers of makeup doesn’t sound appealing at all. So, does that mean you skimp on using base? Absolutely. Not. Let us introduce you to the world of lightweight foundations that give you all the coverage you need, be it sheer or something more substantial, blending seamlessly into your skin without being too heavy. Of course, there’s a difference between lightweight and completely useless. And you don’t want to be wasting your hard-earned money on something that’s so sheer that it just disappears into your pores without giving you the flawless coverage you’re looking for. We’ve done the research and found the perfect formulas that tick all the right boxes.

Take a look at our barely-there, lightweight foundation picks:

Best Lightweight Foundation - Lakme

1. Our Drugstore Find

When it comes to drugstore makeup products, no brand does it better than Lakmé. Get your hands on the Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Mousse Foundation that gives you the perfect lightweight coverage for everyday use without breaking the bank. With a matte finish, it blends effortlessly leaving your skin looking blemish-free. The formula is so lightweight, you’ll forget you’re even wearing it. We’re hanging on to this one for sure!

2. The Long-Wear Hero

Most lightweight foundations don’t promise to last for hours. Other than the L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation of course. If you want something that doesn’t budge for 24 hours, stands the test of time come rain, sun or sweat, and still gives you the coverage you want to look like a million bucks, this product is literally all you need. This long-wear, lightweight, waterproof formula keeps your skin hydrated while keeping the shine out. We’re in love. You?

Top Lightweight Foundation – L’Oreal Paris
Lightweight Full Coverage Foundation – Fit Me

3. What The Doc Ordered

If you’re using foundation to cover up those acne scars, blemishes, and redness, then chances are you’re looking for something that’s dermatologist-tested. We’ve got you girl. Actually, Maybelline New York does. This brand’s Fit Me Matte+Poreless Liquid Foundation With Pump is weightless to the extent that it feels like you’re not wearing any makeup but it’s still buildable and super easy to apply. What’s more: it’s comfortable on your skin, it’s safe to use daily, and there’s a shade for all Indian skin tones. Sold! Now you agree that this is one of the best lightweight foundation.

4. The Animal Friendly Choice

If it wasn’t enough that the Nykaa SkinShield Anti-Pollution Matte Foundation is lightweight while being cruelty-free, this product comes with a Triple Active Action formula. Let’s keep count: It protects your skin against dust and pollution, it deeply hydrates your skin minimizing your pores, AND it works to control oil significantly mattifying your complexion. With 15 shades to suit varying Indian skin tones, it’s also full of ingredients that make your skin happy. Besides, no animals were harmed in the making of this product.

Best Lightweight Foundation – Nykaa
Top Lightweight Foundation - Lotus

5. Our Au Naturale Pal

When it comes to the Lotus Make-Up Ecostay Intensive Serum Foundation, the name says it all. It’s a liquid formula that feels like a serum but acts like a foundation. Enriched with Bulgarian Rose Extracts and Vitamin E, that intensely moisturize and plump the skin, this product has an ingredient list you can feel good about. When you’ve got something that nourishes your skin, hydrates it, has anti-aging properties, and blends easily to give you a flawless finish, you know you’ve scored big.

6. Our Luxe Love

The Benefit Cosmetics Hello Happy Velvet Powder Foundation isn’t just another pressed powder. It’s velvety-smooth, lightweight and breathable, matte but still creamy soft, and infused with Shea Butter Extracts that create a luxuriously smooth finish. In fact, this product is perfect for all those selfies, formulated to minimize flashback shine when a photo flash hits your skin. It comes with both a sponge and a brush so you’re in full control of coverage. Trust us when we say, it’s luxury in a box so cute you’ll want to buy it anyway.

Lightweight Full Coverage Foundation – Benefit Cosmetics
Best Lightweight Foundation – Innisfree

7. The K-Beauty Superstar

When it comes to beauty trends, we know K-Beauty is here to stay which means no list is complete without at least one Korean brand. We’ve picked the Innisfree My To Go Cushion. Not only is this completely customizable, it also gives you the right level of moisture and coverage for your skin without feeling too heavy and cakey. It comes with a blendable plate that helps with even application and as an added benefit – it’s replete with SPF too! Dual purpose at the price of one? Hell, yeah!

8. What The Pros Prefer

Developed specially for the big screen, the MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation works its magic both on and off camera. This revolutionary formula has uniquely coated pigments and Hyaluronic Acid spheres that provide medium to high coverage with a light texture that feels just like a second skin. If you’re looking for immaculate, fresh skin all through the day, then go the pro way and pick this. ‘Coz honey, every day’s going to feel like a red-carpet day with this one.

Top Lightweight Foundation – Make Up For Ever
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