When spring finally decides to grace us with its presence, I, like many of you, will be looking for something a little different for my foundation. Who doesn’t want a very natural, sheer, perfected complexion to compliment all the gorgeous bright colors on our lips and cheeks? That’s why in this post, I’ll be discussing some foundations that I think will be ideal for spring! A few are old and a few are new-but all promise to give you that coveted flawless face that we all dream of.
1. It’s pretty much instinctual that when the warmer months roll around, most people automatically reach for a lighter, sheerer base. Be it a light and dewy water-based foundation or a tinted moisturizer, no one wants to feel like they’re wearing an inch-thick mask in sunny, balmy weather. Instead, I recommend reaching for something like Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15 ($45). This lightweight, water-based foundation is a very luxurious option and the next best thing to going bare! It’s also oil-free, non-comedogenic, and comes in 10 shades. It provides light-medium coverage with a natural finish (semi-matte). This foundation does contain fragrance and quite a bit of of alcohol, so if you’re particularly sensitive-then maybe you should try the next option…
2. Invisible Fluid Makeup is the newest addition to Estee Lauder’s amazing foundation lineup. Coming in March, it boasts a very fluid, water-based tri-phase formula. As with many water-based foundations, this product will need to be shaken very well before application. This foundation provides a light coverage-one could even go so far as to say that it was light as air. Literally. Supposedly, the formula contains actual air (but please don’t ask me how), hyaluronic acid to hydrate, and super-fine pigments to really blend into the skin while still allowing it to shine through. This product is also oil-free, non-acnegenic, and will be available in 16 shades. I really think this formula will be very comparable to the Vitalumière Aqua-except this one will be a little more moisturizing. Are you excited yet?
3. There are so many wondrous new foundations coming out this spring but I have to say, the one that I’m most excited for is Lancôme’s Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation ($44). Who says that to have a glowing complexion, you have to wear a dewy foundation? These days, matte-finish foundations are in a league of their own. Gone are the dull, cakey, mask-like foundations of the past. Today, foundations can deliver on the matte finish while still managing to look natural and not be cakey, heavy, or drying. The benefit of using a matte foundation is you can add some luminosity and glow back into your skin where you want it (like tops of cheekbones, cupid’s bow, brow bone, etc.). Teint Idole Ultra 24H is an upgrade from Lancôme’s 14-Hour formula. I personally have not tried it-but I am very intrigued by this new formulation and have read great things about it from bloggers who have the good fortune of living across the pond (it was released on the 1st of February there). It’s described as having a “new, blendable and fresh texture [that is] divine and leaves the complexion feeling smooth, velvety and matte with no powdery effect”. It’s available in 18 shades. I’ve been looking into a lot of foundations that offer a little more oil control than my current foundation and of all of them, Teint Idole Ultra 24H is the one that leaves me most intrigued. But, as it’s also launching in March, I guess I’ll just have to wait a little longer. (*this item is now available for pre-order at http://shop.nordstrom.com/)
4. Ok, maybe this one isn’t technically a foundation-but I thought it deserved a spot on the list just because it’s so amazing! I know everyone raves about the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, but as I’ve never tried it I cannot vouch for it’s capabilities. I have, however, tried Bobbi Brown’s Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer ($40) and I must say, it’s pretty amazing. It offers a lot more coverage than the average tinted moisturizer (at least, any one that I’ve ever tried)-but that’s not to say that it’s not comfortable and light like a regular tinted moisturizer. It’s a gel-based formula that smooths on easily and blends well. I would say that if offers about the same coverage as a sheer to light coverage foundation. It contains SPF 15, Vitamins C and E, provides just enough moisture for my skin during the spring and summer without making me greasy, and is available in 9 shades. These tend to run a little dark though, so keep that in mind. There is also a regular, more moisturizing version available for those of you with drier skin types (also $40).