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.
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.
'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
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.
'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
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.
'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
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.
'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
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)4.5 Stars 22 Reviewsfrom£38.40
'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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