If you don't like the feel of full coverage foundations on your skin or simply want a barely-there look and feel to your base, light coverage foundations provide the perfect amount pigment to even out the skin tone and enhance your complexion.
Almost imperceptible on the skin, lightweight foundations blend seamlessly and can be built up in particular areas to give you a little more coverage wherever you may need it.
With a variety of finishes and textures, we have curated an edit of the best light coverage foundations to help you find the perfect formula for your skin type and concerns.
9 best light coverage foundations
- MAC Face and Body Foundation
- The Ordinary Serum Foundation
- Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation
- Burberry Fresh Glow Foundation
- Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Make Up
- Lancôme Skin Feels Good Foundation
- Stila Lingerie Souffle Skin Perfecting Color
- NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation
MAC Face and Body Foundation
Loved by makeup artists all over the world, MAC Face and Body Foundation is the ultimate buildable, feather-light foundation which works beautifully on all skin types. With a water-like consistency, the foundation glides onto the skin and leaves a sheer, satin finish on the skin and can be used on the face and the body to conceal imperfections and even out skin tone.
Perfect for: all skin types
The Ordinary Serum Foundation
The Ordinary Serum Foundation with SPF 15 by The Ordinary Colours 30ml (Various Shades)4.21 Stars 119 Reviews£5.75
With a gorgeous skin-like finish, The Ordinary Foundation works to even out skin tone and add a natural glow to your complexion. The Ordinary’s proprietary spreadability system allows the radiant foundation to feel just like a serum on the skin, gliding over fine lines and imperfections for a healthy-looking base.
Perfect for: all budgets
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation
Water-based and oil-free, Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation adds long-wearing, luminous coverage the skin while still feeling lightweight. One of the most-loved formulas from the brand, the Skin Foundation can be used on all skin types and keeps the skin looking fresh and flawless all day long.
Perfect for: oily skin
Burberry Fresh Glow Foundation
Enriched with a signature blend of Lavender, Rosehip and Tea, Burberry Fresh Glow Foundation is beautiful, juicy skin a bottle. Lightweight with sheer to medium coverage, the luxurious formula glides onto the complexion without hiding your skin underneath making it perfect for everyday wear.
Perfect for: UV protection
Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Make Up
Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Make Up SPF 30 (Various Shades)4.36 Stars 25 Reviews£34.00
The perfect alternative to the original Double Wear formula for those who don't like to feel of foundation on their skin, Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Make Up has an ultra-light, water texture. Leaving the skin with a fresh, dewy glow, the base also hydrates the skin making it the perfect choice for those with dry skin.
Perfect for: protection from pollution
Lancôme Skin Feels Good Foundation
Infused with Hyaluronic Acid and Moringa Extract to plump and smooth the skin, Lancôme Skin Feels Good Foundation combines the benefits of skincare with sheer coverage to create the ultimate barely-there base product. The blendable formula can also be built up where desired to add a little more coverage if needed.
Perfect for: hydrating skin
Stila Lingerie Souffle Skin Perfecting Color
Falling somewhere between a tinted moisturiser and a light coverage foundation, Stila Lingerie Souffle Skin Perfecting Color delivers a sheer veil of pigment to blur out imperfections and uneven tone. Infused with botanicals and made up of 70% water, the whipped cream feels so comfortable on the skin.
Perfect for: blurs out imperfections
NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation
NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation (Various Shades)4.29 Stars 7 Reviewsfrom£11.20
With a creamy matte finish, NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation is the perfect light coverage foundation for combination and oily skin types. Complete with a dropper to allow you to customise your coverage, the water-based formula can be used to create anything from a sheer base to flawless coverage.
Perfect for: combination or oily skin