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The Best Skin-Like Foundations For A Luminous Glow

Because yes, glowing but natural-looking foundations are out there; they’re just a little harder to find.

Looking for a foundation that will brighten and add radiance to your skin? Whether it's the inclusion of light-diffusing particles or an injection of H2O, these glow-giving foundations hold the secret.

Trying to find the best foundation can often feel more like a chore than a walk through the Arnotts Beauty Hall. There's a lot of guesswork involved, and what looks great on in the store can quickly become a different story four hours later. Thanks, oxidation. 

Just like running, attending a HIIT class or renovating a house – the work is always worth it. But because we want the best for you, dear readers, we decided to do the hard work for you and seek out the dewiest foundations there are. 

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Each one is a blend of good ingredients, excellent coverage with hydrating and radiating, properties that makes the skin look natural – but better. Keep scrolling for our edit of the best skin-like foundations that are glowing and complexion-enhancing, without adding too much shine.


Some say this is the best foundation ever made, and we can't help but agree. Luminous Silk is basically the gold standard of glow-giving bases. It’s full-coverage and radiance-boosting without leaving behind even a hint of oily residue

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, €49, SHOP.

After that Hollywood glow? Charlotte Tilbury has your answer. The long-lasting, 18-hour-wear pigment leaves behind a glowy, luminous finish, while anti-ageing actives work to trigger collagen production, so you’ll have that glow long after you take off the foundation.

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation, €40, SHOP.

Another cult classic, you'll struggle to find a single makeup artist without this foundation in their kit. Unlike so many other luminous foundations, this stuff sticks around, and it requires hardly any powdering. 

Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, €46, SHOP.

Designed to be just as easy as throwing on a moisturiser, Glossier's Perfecting Skin Tint is a breathable, ultra-thin formula which evens out the skin for a smooth, dewy finish. What's more, this foundation has "Diamond Power" which is said to give a brightening, soft-focus effect and minimises the appearance of pores, while Glycerin moisturises your skin.

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, €24, SHOP.

This is a clear formula with beads of colour suspended in it, which burst on contact with the skin. It feels cool and refreshing on application, and it’s definitely glowy, with an almost wet-look finish. 

Chanel les beiges eau de tein, €60, SHOP.

Lightweight and creamy, this affordable foundation from L'Oréal Paris goes on smooth with a glow finish. Ideal for people with normal to dry skin, the foundation doesn't cost the earth and works just as well it's more expensive counterparts. 

L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24HR Freshwear Foundation, €13.99, SHOP.

This thin, lightweight formula is comfortably cushioning on dry skin and gives buildable coverage without feeling heavy. 

Stila hide and chic fluid foundation, €34.95 , SHOP.

This stuff is like liquid silk. It blends like butter and delivers the most blurring, but convincing, veil. Infused with rose-hip oil, it’s also super lightweight and skin-loving. On top of all this, it boasts an offering of 44 shades.

Zoeva Authentik Skin Foundation, €28.75, SHOP.

For the ultimate dewy finish, Kevyn Aucoin’s The Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation is a face base that can’t be beaten. Ultra-fine pearl pigments and hyaluronic acid help to hydrate the skin and create a naturally radiant glow, which looks fresh and super illuminated

Kevyn Aucoin’s The Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation, €53, SHOP. 

Branded a CC Cream, this is a foundation in disguise. Sure, it does a superb job at evening out skin tone and discolouration, but it also does so much more. It’s perfecting, blurring, radiance-boosting and brightening all at once. Our only complaint? The shade range is nowhere near as expansive and inclusive as it should be. 

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream, €38.86, SHOP. 

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