7 Best Foundations for Hot Weather

With these bases, you can achieve complexion perfection all summer long.

A good foundation is, well, the foundation for any makeup look, but when the mercury rises and humidity levels are sky-high, it can be the first thing to go. Think streaks, caking, or just generally feeling way too heavy on your skin—when your base breaks down in hot weather, it’s not a pretty situation. That’s why it’s most definitely worth considering finding a new foundation reserved solely for the summer months. But how do you determine which base is best to use from June to September? Ahead, top makeup artists share seven complexion perfectors that can stand up to all that heat and humidity, while still delivering flawless coverage. From sheer mineral formulas to full-coverage creams, there’s something for everyone on this list, no matter your foundation preference. They’re so good, we’re willing to bet you’ll want to keep using them long after Labor Day.


Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation

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This mineral option is choice for anyone who prefers light to medium coverage or has oily or blemish-prone skin, says pro makeup artist Jo Levy. “It’s also water-resistant, which makes it my go-to for those sticky, humid days,” she adds. Available in an impressive range of 24 shades, it’s easy to find your perfect match.

To buy: $42; janeiredale.com.


Laneige BB Cushion Hydra Radiance

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The brightening, water-based formula acts like a real-life Instagram filter that gives your skin an instant, ethereal glow, raves Levy. (Get ready to snap a selfie.) The pigments are also infused with moisturizer for extra hydration, and the included antimicrobial applicator makes this ideal for summer travel… no need to pack a brush!

To buy: $38; sephora.com.


Temptu Perfect Canvas Hydra Lock Airpod Foundation

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Ain’t nobody got time to be reapplying makeup during the summer, when there are far more enjoyable things to be doing. Thankfully, this one lasts for 24 hours (though a friendly reminder to please wash your face before bed), but feels weightless on the skin even after a full day’s wear, notes Kelli J. Bartley, Glamsquad Director of Artistry.

To buy: $48; temptu.com.


Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45

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“This tinted balm has a dewy finish that creates a ‘your skin, but better,’ effect,” says Levy, who notes that it also does double-duty as a primer, and is especially good for those with drier complexions. The added sun protection is always a plus, but even more so during the summer.

To buy: $39; sephora.com.


14E Cosmetics Aloe Nourish Foundation

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The namesake ingredient in this medium-coverage, buildable base helps with moisture retention (perfect after a day at the beach), but still feels completely weightless (perfect for the hot and muggy dog days of summer). “It’s a great all-around option, especially for dry or aging skin,” notes Levy.  Be sure to check out the entirely natural ingredient list, too.

To buy: $44; 14ecosmetics.com.


Gee Beauty Prime Skin Tinted Power Primer

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It may not be a traditional foundation, but this oil-free multi-tasker is choice when you want complexion perfection from one bottle. “It gives skin a sexy, radiant glow,” says Bartley (so you won’t have to layer on lots of other highlighters or luminizers), plus, it’s also hydrating and minimizes the look of pores.

To buy: $56; geebeauty.com.