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The Best Non-Melting Bases For Summer Skin

Humidity can prove problematic for most makeup, but it's no match for these tried and tested, heat-proof foundations

Beat the heat with these foundations and bases that won't melt off when the mercury's rising! 

Ideally, we'd give foundation the skip on days as warm today and we pretty much swear off all makeup when on holidays to avoid looking like a melted, flesh-shade candle, but this is the real world and not every day is a great skin day. 

Weather aside, when our skin is acting up, we find a little coverage can do wonders for our confidence even within our personal quarantine bubble. It can also assuage temptations to touch our faces constantly. 

Humidity can generally prove problematic for most makeup, but these lightweight, heat-proof bases are formulated in such a way as to deliver on the promise of evening out skin tones, but are less prone to slipping and sliding.

Hottest day of 2020 so far? No problem, with the best of the best summer bases.

Scroll on for a roundup of our tried and tested, favourite daily tints, that actually stay all day... 


This water-based, water-resistant foundation is an all-year-round classic, but it really comes into its own in warmer weather. What it will do is even out tone-issues, provide natural coverage and moisturise the skin. What it won't do is cover up freckles, separate on the skin's surface or stick to drier patches. **Adds to cart. 

Studio Face & Body Foundation, €32, MAC - SHOP


In the land between bare skin and makeup exists the imperceptible wash of colour that is Glossier's Perfecting Skin Tint. It leaves your face looking toned, smooth, and dewy. The breathable, ultra-thin formula auto-fits to skin, making application as simple as throwing on moisturiser. 

Perfecting Skin Tint, €24, Glossier - SHOP 


While microdroplets of pigment suspended in a hydrating solution might not sound all that innovative, Chanel pioneered the skincare technique and most recently, borrowed it for their freshest foundation yet. Blending this over the skin leaves a near-untraceable veil of colour behind, while the finish on the skin looks plump and radiant, thanks to a formula that's composed of 75% water. 

Les Beiges Eau De Teint, €60, Chanel - SHOP


Receiving high praise from beauty editors around the world, this new launch is a pretty perfect base for quarantine-living and beyond. Sheer-yet-buildable in coverage and formulated with skincare benefits, this glowy but non-greasy base will leave your skin looking flawless, but also as if you’re wearing next to nothing.

Stripped Nude Skin Tint, €40, Kevyn Aucoin - SHOP


Part skincare, part lightweight foundation, this serum-come-base boasts is so much more than your average hybrid beauty product. In fact, on applying Ilia's Ilia Skin Tint, you’re getting: a light-coverage foundation, sun protection (via a patent-pending non-nano micronized zinc oxide), a serum, and moisture… all in one fell swoop. Plus, it's freckle-friendly, according to our site's editor Amy.  

Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 30 Foundation, €49, Ilia - SHOP 


Formulated with the brand's exclusive ROSACTIV® patent – which prevents the dilation of small blood vessels and calms redness – this BB Cream is ideal for those with sensitive skin types, susceptible to redness and rosacea. Active ingredients like ginkgo biloba, green tea and soy all work to reduce inflammation and immediately soothe skin.

Sensibio Anti-Redness BB Cream, €17.50, Bioderma - SHOP 

Bare Minerals

A multi-tasking genius that combines skincare benefits with a very lightweight CC come BB come tinted moisturiser. Almost made for those with very dry to normal skin, it will deliver on a healthy-looking, radiant glow, but it does verge on the completely sheer-side, so it's best kept for GREAT skin days. 

Complexion Rescue Hydrating Gel Cream, €32, Bare Minerals - SHOP


Sheer and matte don't tend to necessarily come packaged together as adjectives when describing light summer bases, but this oil-free, suede-like tint controls shine all day, using serious blurring powders. Vitamins C, E, and SPF 30 also protect against free-radical damage caused by environmental stress. 

Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF 30, €39, NARS - SHOP 

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