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5 gorgeously glowy foundations our beauty team are obsessed with

5 gorgeously glowy foundations our beauty team are obsessed with
Alice Macfarlane
Beauty Writer1 month ago
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We all dream of having effortlessly glowing skin. Unfortunately, in a country where rain is the norm and natural vitamin D is hard to come by, getting that lit-from-within look isn't always that easy. For those who lust after the dewy, radiant complexions of celeb icons like Hailey Bieber and Zendaya, a high-quality base foundation can make all the difference. If using the right formula, a little bit of product goes a long way to achieving a truly radiant glow.

Here at LOOKFANTASTIC, we live for a fresh, radiant base. Discover our beauty team's roundup of the top five glowy foundations that take our skin from lack-lustre to illuminated in a matter of moments.


NARS Sheer Glow

The holy grail for many, NARS Sheer Glow has been a favourite amongst the beauty community for years, and it's easy to understand why. With a lighter-than-air liquid formula that provides sheer, buildable coverage, this anti-oxidant rich foundation glides a seamless veil over skin, revealing a soft, radiant base that even Zendaya would be envious of.

  • NARS Cosmetics Sheer Glow Foundation (Various Shades)

    NARS Cosmetics Sheer Glow Foundation (Various Shades)

    4.64 Stars 278 Reviews

'Nothing gives me that 'just got back from holiday' glow like this formula. It has been my go-to for the last year, and I don't think that will be changing any time soon! I'm obsessed with how it keeps me looking fresh-faced, without being too shiny.' 

Alice Macfarlane, Beauty Writer

Armani Luminous Silk 

A multi-award winning formula, this coveted foundation from the makeup maestros at Armani is one for your wishlist. Inspired by silk, the light, velvety texture is infused with light-reflecting particles that help you nail the 'lit-from-within' glow. Topped off with a touch of glycerin, this skincare-makeup hybrid offers all day hydration to maintain the dewy base you're dreaming of.

  • Armani Luminous Silk Foundation 30ml (Various Shades)

    Armani Luminous Silk Foundation 30ml (Various Shades)

    4.57 Stars 262 Reviews

'After hearing amazing things about this foundation, I was dying to give it a whirl and it did not disappoint! As someone with particularly sensitive skin I was worried that it may cause a reaction or not sit correctly, but as this is an oil-free and water-based formula it is amazing for all skin types, feeling super lightweight and silky.'

Maeve Lewis, App Executive 


Too Faced Born This Way

Designed to help you love the skin you're in, this medium to full coverage foundation from Too Faced brightens, smooths and hydrates the complexion with every pump. Harnessing the power of Hylauronic acid, this long-lasting formula keeps skin plump, without over-hydrating and causing separation, making it ideal for your night-out glam.

  • Too Faced Born This Way Foundation 30ml (Various Shades)

    Too Faced Born This Way Foundation 30ml (Various Shades)

    4.32 Stars 96 Reviews

'This foundation is a treat that cant be beat! Whether I'm having a bad skin day, or want to glam up for a night out, this foundation is super luxurious and leaves my skin with a healthy glow. As someone always in a rush, I need a fuss free foundation, so this super smooth, buildable formula works for me.'

Daniella Stapelberg, App Executive


Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm

With a buttery balm formula created to enhance your natural beauty, this pigmented blend provides light, smoothing coverage. Enriched with Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid, this multipurpose balm works as a concealer or a foundation that keeps the complexion supple all day long. If you're aiming for that poreless, 'I woke up like this' vibe, then this one is for you.

  • Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm & Brush 22.3g (Various Shades)

    Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm & Brush 22.3g (Various Shades)

    4 Stars 8 Reviews

'Keeping my skin hydrated and nourished is my main winter skincare goal, and this foundation does exactly that. The velvet-soft balm formula glides onto the skin without feeling dry or caked, and is enriched with hyaluronic acid which works to boost moisture and leave my complexion with a natural, dewy finish!'

Sheeva Fallahi, Beauty Editor

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40

Silky and smooth, this serum-foundation hybrid from Bobbi Brown is an instant radiance boost in a bottle. Formulated with SPF to protect the skin against natural aggressors, this foundation is an all in one package, offering souped-up skin protection, and illuminating the complexion. For a natural look that is kind to the skin, this product is top of the class!

  • Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40 30ml (Various Shades)

    Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40 30ml (Various Shades)

    4.5 Stars 22 Reviews

'I adore this foundation for a glowy finish without making me look shiny. The formula has so many skincare benefits, including anti-ageing and spf, which is great for busy days as I can just apply the one product knowing that my skin is protected and supported.'

Holly James, Beauty Writer


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Alice Macfarlane
Beauty Writer
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As someone with an affinity for all things beauty, discovering fantastic new products is my not-so-secret obsession. Over the years I've tried and tested a mountains worth of creams, serums and cleansers, finding some of my favourite 'holy-grail' products along the way. However, I'm always on the lookout for more ways to nourish my hair, perfect my dewy base, or enhance my skincare routine. Working as a beauty blogger for over 3 years, I've been lucky enough to collaborate personally with lots of amazing beauty brands including Christian Dior, The Body Shop and Dermalogica. I've used the Dermalogica special cleansing gel religiously since I first got it and their products are some of my ultimate skincare faves. When it comes to cosmetics, NARS Sheer Glow foundation is definitely my go-to - I live for a light, glowy base!