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8 Best Sheer Foundations To Give You Your Best Glow Ever

These lightweight, sheer foundations will enhance your skin and give you that my-skin-but-better glow we all dream for.

A sheer foundation is the exact opposite of the “matte” and “full coverage” qualities that are more commonly associated with foundations. Why should you seriously consider these sheer foundations? They have water-like, or sometimes gel-like textures that spread really easily on the skin, offering the sheerest veil of skin-enhancing colour and a whole lot of glow.

As mentioned, these aren’t meant to make skin look matte, so they aren’t the best for oily complexions. However, if you have an oily skin type but want to try the lighter coverage these sheer foundations offer, just apply a good makeup primer to balance out your skin first. And because of the lack of coverage, sheer foundations won’t work if you want to cover blemishes, pigmentation or scars.

However, sheer foundations are perfect if you have normal to dry skin and are also great for mature skin as they do not cake and settle into lines and wrinkles. Ready to enhance your complexion instead of covering it? Try these eight sheer foundation winners.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, $74 from Sephora
This lightweight liquid spreads like a dream on the skin, giving it an instant glowing finish. The best part? Its coverage can be built up without looking cakey. It also has hydrating and skin brightening skincare benefits. Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow – Light-Revealing Sheer Make-up, $77 from Sephora
This goes on the skin like silk and immediately brings radiance back to the complexion. We love how it plumps the skin and subtly corrects the skin tone, thanks to the signature Meteorites multi-coloured pigments. Urban Decay Naked Skin – One & Done Complexion Cream, $50 from Sephora
This great one-step skin perfector lights up the skin, smooths out slight skin tone imperfections and veils uneven texture. There are also multiple skincare benefits from peptides (for anti-ageing), vitamins (to nourish) and skin moisturisers (to hydrate). Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation, $72 from Sephora
The water-gel texture of this foundation makes it feel like skincare when you spread it on your skin. It also has ingredients to hydrate and improve the elasticity of your skin. And the best part is that you get the added benefit of a dewy, glowy and more flawless-looking complexion. Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Fluid Foundation, $74 from Shiseido
When you spread on this lightweight serum-like foundation, it blurs skin tone imperfections and also works hard to reduce the fine lines and wrinkles in your skin, as well as prevent acne and minimise pores. 3CE Glossing Waterful Foundation, $43 from Sephora
Like foundation and highlighter rolled into one, this water-like foundation barely requires any blending as it spreads so easily. It gives equal amounts of subtle coverage and natural glow, so you don’t need anything else for a lovely, luminous finish Excel Skin Tint Serum, $30.90
Perfect for giving skin a translucent lit-from-within look, this Japanese brand’s foundation has a high concentration of skincare serum with pigments for the sheerest coverage. This serum contains ceramides and peony extract to moisturise and firm the skin. A bonus: It also has SPF28/PA+++ and its price tag is totally wallet-friendly too. Chanel Les Beige Eau De Teint, $106, from Chanel
The first foundation with the brand’s microfluidic technology, which makes it possible to unite water- and oil-soluable phases in the product so you get ultra micro oil ingredients in a water-like coating. This gives the foundation a luminous finish, skin-nourishing properties plus the weightlessness and freshness of a water-based texture. Divine.