For years I only wore one brand of foundation (Revlon Colorstay) but they changed the formula a couple of years ago, and it was no longer the same. Thankfully, being a beauty blogger, I often get sent different foundations to review so I am always finding new favorites. Today, I’ve compiled 6 of my favorite light to medium coverage foundations for light skin. I used to choose more full coverage options but I felt that they started accentuating my lines and making me look older. Now, I prefer foundations that offer decent coverage but still allow some natural “flaws” to show through.
Some of my picks have a matte finish, others have a dewy one so there is something for everyone. I have fair skin so I can currently wear all of these except the Osmosis, which only matches me in the summer when I get a bit more tan. (Some products are cruelty free and/or vegan, which I specified in the descriptions below.)
My Favorite Light to Medium Coverage Foundations
- Face Atelier Ultra Skin foundation in shade .5 is for very light skin with blush undertones. This silicone based formula offers a long lasting satin finish with light coverage. 1 coat looks very natural but it can be built up without looking cake-y. I prefer to use a beautyblender or my fingers when applying this foundation. There are 11 shades available and it is also vegan and cruelty free. $50 for 1 oz.
- Julep Cushion Complex in shade 110 Porcelain is for light skin with a cool undertone. This multitasking skin perfector has a natural, demi-matte finish with medium build able coverage. You can use this to spot correct like a concealer or all over as a foundation. You may think that the tube looks awfully small, but a little goes a long way. I swipe the cushion tip across my forehead, cheeks, chin, and nose then I blend it out with a brush or beautyblender. $30 for 1/2 oz.
- It Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Foundation in Fair is for very light skin with neutral undertones. This foundation is infused with an anti-aging serum and it offers sheer to medium coverage with a luminous finish. This one always makes my skin look so glow-y and hydrated so it would be great for those with drier or maturing skin. It Cosmetics is cruelty free. $38 for 1 oz.
- Osmosis Performance Wear Satin Foundation in Natural Light is for light/medium complexions with a neutral undertone. Unfortunately, this is the lightest shade the offer so I can only wear it during summer months. This foundation has an anti-aging formula and a silky, build-able formula with a dewy finish. This is a bit more sheer than their Long Wear foundation, which they appeared to have discontinued, but it still offers great coverage. It is also Vegan and Gluten Free. $48 for 1 oz.
- L’Oreal Infallible Pro Glow in 201 Classic Ivory is good for light skin with pink undertones. This is by far one of my favorite drugstore foundations that I’ve ever tried. It offers medium, natural looking coverage with a slightly dewy finish. The hydrating formula is great for normal to dry skin and it also has SPF 15! $12.99 for 1 oz.
- It Cosmetics CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder Illumination in Fair is for light skin with neutral undertones. Typically, I don’t care for powder foundations but this one is really great! It provides a radiant, airbrushed finish and can be built up to medium coverage, which is something most powders don’t usually deliver. Plus, this powder has SPF 50 and is cruelty free. $35 for .33 oz.
So, I really do love all of these foundations but my must have, can’t live withouts would have to be the L’Oreal Pro Glow, Osmosis Satin, and the It CC+ Airbrush Powder Illumination. What kind of foundations do you prefer? Liquid, powder…sheer, medium, or full coverage? I’d love to know some of your favorites too!
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