Our favourite sweat-proof foundations for summer

By Josefin Forsberg

Photo: @thestreetland

It is time to say goodbye to makeup meltdowns. Whether you're battling shine, seeking glow, or in need of a lightweight champion that lasts from dawn to dusk, Vogue Scandinavia lists the best summer foundations: from matte marvels that defy the summer heat to dewy wonders that give you that just-back-from-vacation glow



Veil hydrating skin tint foundation

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The best summer foundation for dry skin

For those sun-kissed days when you crave “my skin but better” results, Hourglass' ‘Veil’ Hydrating Skin Tint is best described as an oasis in the desert of dry skin. With a thirst-quenching formula this foundation boasts an ingredient list rich in hyaluronic acid, squalene, and meadow foam seed oil, offering a nourishing hydration boost that pledges all-day comfort and a dewy glow, without skimping on coverage. Really, it has kept our beauty editor's parched skin looking plump all day long, all while withstanding summer heat.


Fenty Beauty

Pro filt'r soft matte longwear foundation

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The best summer foundation for oily skin

For those battling shine during summer's heatwaves, Rihanna's Fenty Beauty ‘Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation’ is a mattifying game-changer. Lauded for its lightweight formula, this foundation promises blurred-out medium-to-full coverage that remains breathable while being buildable, ideal for oily skin types looking to avoid the dreaded midday shine. The oil-free formula, fortified with climate-adaptive technology, is sweat and humidity resistant, making it a standout choice for those humid summer days. The only thing we will say is that some oxidisation may occur, so consider opting for a slightly lighter shade than usual.


Sisley Paris

Phyto-teint ultra éclat radiance boosting foundation

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The best summer foundation for acne-prone skin

Navigating the maze of foundations to find one that doesn't aggravate acne-prone skin while providing a radiant, natural-looking finish can be a daunting task. That said, Sisley Paris Phyto-Teint Ultra Eclat is a great option for those seeking impeccable coverage with skincare benefits. Boosted by radiance-activating ingredients and boasting an ultra-velvety finish, this oil-free, non-comedogenic formulation (designed to prevent clogged pores) promises a blurring effect that smooths over imperfections and delivers a luminous finish that lasts, even in hot, humid weather​.


Pat Mcgrath Labs

Skin fetish: sublime perfection foundation

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The best summer foundation for sensitive skin

There is a reason why Pat McGrath's feather-light formula with buildable coverage is considered cult for those with sensitive skin. After all, it is oil- and fragrance-free, designed to minimise the risk of irritation while blurring imperfections and enhancing your complexion's natural glow​. Acting more like a serum than a thick paste, its sublime satin finish offers ‘lit-from-within’ glow while being barely detectable on the skin. Even in high humidity and temperatures, it adapts beautifully, maintaining a luminous finish without becoming oily or causing makeup to separate​.


Giorgio Armani

Luminous Silk Foundation


The best summer foundation for mature skin

For those with mature skin, finding the right foundation that can enhance your complexion while addressing common skin concerns is crucial. Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation is a game-changer in this regard. The foundation is designed to combat common skin issues like dryness, fine lines, and uneven texture, while also sculpting, brightening, and improving texture. Thanks to its light, silky texture, the foundation glides effortlessly onto the skin, leaving it looking flawless and radiant with a comfortable and hydrating feel that lasts all day.


Tom Ford Beauty

Traceless soft matte foundation

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The best summer foundation for a matte finish

For those aiming for that elusive matte-but-not-flat finish this summer, may we suggest the Tom Ford's Traceless Soft Matte Foundation. This (somehow hydrating) matte marvel laughs in the face of midday shine, offering medium to full coverage that blurs away imperfections like a photo filter in a bottle – all thanks to the sorcery of soft-focus microsphere powders. And for those dreading the cakey aftermath of most mattes, fear not. This formula is designed to meld with your skin, promising a smoother look over time.


Chanel Beauty

Les beiges healthy glow foundation hydration and longwear

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The best summer foundation for a glowy finish

Somehow delivering that coveted ‘just back from vacation‘ radiance without the need for pesky jet lag, Chanel's Les Beiges Healthy Glow is the type of foundation with a ‘lit-from-within’ finish that has people asking if you’ve fallen in love or just had a facial. Long-wear? Check. Comfortable? You bet. And cakey? Not on its watch. In summary? It is hydrating your skin to the brim while keeping you looking like you're permanently in golden hour.


Charlotte Tilbury

Airbrush flawless foundation

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The best long-wear summer foundation

For the marathoners of the makeup world seeking a foundation that sticks around longer than the party does, Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Foundation is the true Ironman. Your skin’s best ally in the heated battle against the summer melt, this promising stay-all-day formula ensures you keep looking fresh without needing to bolt to the nearest mirror for a touch-up. Perfect for those who want their makeup to clock in extra hours without clocking out on comfort, this foundation is the secret weapon for a flawless finish from dawn till dusk.


Caia Cosmetics

Dewy drops

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The best light-weight summer foundation

Everyone should keep a bearly-there base on hand, and our lightweight formula of choice falls on Caia's Dewy Drops. With the type of flawless results we've only ever seen on vacation, the Dewy Drops sets out to enhance your natural beauty without masking it. A whisper of colour, it provides a luminous finish that makes skin look healthy and vibrant, not made up – Traits which make this foundation ideal for those sweltering summer days when heavy makeup is a deal-breaker.


Loreal Paris

True match super-blendable foundation

The best summer foundation on a budget

Switching up your routine for summer doesn't always necessitate deep pockets. L'Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Foundation is the perfect option for those on a budget. Lauded for its lightweight feel – a crucial feature when the temperatures rise – it promises a seamless finish that won't cake or flake, ensuring your summer skin looks effortlessly flawless. Bonuses like SPF protection and hydration make it a smart pick for those long days spent in the sun.