The summer bases

It’s around this time of year I find myself swapping things around in my makeup bag. Out go the heavier, fuller coverage foundations and in come the lighter textured, dewier coverage bases. They feel a lot nicer on the skin and help add to that ‘summer glow’ rather nicely. These are a few of my current favourites for all budgets.

GOSH CC cream – this is one of the few high street products available in a shade pale enough for me! It’s got a lovely light consistency that covers imperfections but still shows your skin through underneath, giving a natural finish. It will benefit from a tiny amount of powder in oilier areas, and once set, should last all day. £8.99

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturiser* – if you’re worried about dark spots or pigmentation, then this new launch from Caudalie will be your new BFF. It’s part of their Vinoperfect range which gets to work on pigmentation issues, and provides skincare benefits as well as a light coverage of colour for flawless looking skin. While it might only come in two shades (light and medium) it adapts well to your natural tone (I’m fine with the light shade), however darker skinned ladies will struggle. It’s oil-free, non-drying and also contains an SPF20. £27

Inika Mineral Foundation Powder* – for a lightweight, vegan, organic choice, Inika has to be the top of the list. I love this foundation in summer – it gives skin a flawless finish without looking like you’ve piled on the product. You can build it up in certain areas if you feel you need a little more coverage, and the shade range is absolutely fantastic! If you’re prone to oiliness, add a touch of primer underneath to help it last all day, or blot and reapply mid-afternoon for a quick top up. £27.50

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue* – for the lightest of coverages, Complexion Rescue is an absolute must-have. It evens out the skin, while making it look (and feel) like you’re not wearing any base product at all. It also gives a lovely luminous look, and helps to minimise any redness in the skin. It comes in ten shades – I’m Opal, the lightest. £26

Antipodes Mineral Foundation* – I have yet to find another mineral foundation that gives the same sort of ‘glow’ to skin that Antipodes does. It looks incredibly natural on the skin and can be built up to give more or less coverage as you need it. It only comes in four shades which is a bit of a nightmare – the lightest is a tiny bit dark for me, so I tend to save it for the summer months when I don’t mind a warmer look to my skin. £23.45

What are your favourite lightweight bases?

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