Water based foundations are great if you like lightweight coverage and a natural looking finish. However, they are also super to use in your makeup routine if you have especially dehydrated skin, or skin that is prone to excess shine and gets a little oily throughout the day.
If you suffer from severely oily skin, these may not be mattifying enough for you (read about our best foundations for oily skin here), but if you need a little extra coverage, these are our favourite options.
Why are water based foundations great for all skin types (including oily)?
A lot of water based foundations tend to be oil-free, making them great if you suffer from excess shine. However, even if they’re not, the high water content in them makes them super nourishing without being heavy, meaning your skin stays hydrated without becoming shiny or oily throughout the day.
Additionally, water based foundations are super lightweight and can be built-up to your desired coverage without going cakey, making them great if you do suffer from excess shine (which can typically break up makeup molecules and leave your skin looking streaky).
Which are the best water based foundations?
- Cover FX Natural Finish Foundation
- Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Soft Matte Hydra Makeup
- Lancôme Teint Miracle Foundation
- MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation
- bareMinerals barePRO Liquid Foundation
- NYX Total Control Drop Foundation
- Chantecaille Future Skin Oil-Free Foundation
- Pixi H20 Skintint
8 of the best water based foundations 2019
Discover our selection of the best water based foundations below for beautifully hydrated and luminous skin.
Cover FX Natural Finish Foundation
Cover FX’s Natural Finish Foundation has been specially formulated with a water-base to help deliver unrivalled hydration into the skin without making it look shiny. The formula is also infused with Vitamins C and E to shield against environmental aggressors, making it a great foundation if you live in a city and are concerned with the effects of pollution on your skin.
Buildable and with a natural satin finish, it melts into the skin upon application to give your complexion a flawless glow.