Vaara Beauty: Top 5 Lightweight Foundations

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With the days getting longer and the bank holidays just around the corner, many of us are inclined to revise our skin-care regimes and re-think our make up bags, rightly so. Of course, no make up might be the ultimate wish for that fresh spring look. But for many, whether it’s down to lifestyle, work or just personal choice, this is not really an option. Well, fret not, we have got some worthy choices to consider.

Hardworking foundations – those with full coverage and a thick creamy texture – often clog the skin and leave it prone to blemishes and irritation. This can be especially amplified with the warming temperatures, thus making lighter formulas a better choice. A good foundation will feature SPF, it’ll moisturise the skin and leave it ready to face the heat. But which is the right one for you?


We recommend testing, and learning more about your skin type, as this goes a long way to finding the perfect product. For example, if you have oily skin, opt for products with a matte finish to keep shine to minimum. And similarly, if you suffer from problematic skin, invest in a light coverage that will even out skin tone and won’t look “cakey.”

Speaking of tone: for the best-looking product, it has to be a perfect match. A quick tip to testing is to use a brush and apply a small amount to the centre of your jawline area, along the side of your face. If it appears invisible, you’ve found your match.

However, to start the process and whittle down testing, here is some vital information. Those with cooler complexions should opt for rose or blue base products for balance; if your skin is warm in colour and you quickly bronze in the sun, you need a golden or yellow base foundation; and if you have a neutral shade to your skin, and you’re one of the lucky ones who can wear most lipsticks and eye shadows, look for neutral base

So once you know what you’re after, it becomes easier to find a lightweight, spring-proof foundation for you. We hope our list comes in handy.


1. Laura Mercier – Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation
This new foundation has a calibrated blend of radiant-pearl mica that’s embedded in the ultra-lightweight formula causing it to mimic the reflective glow of just lit candles. It also has a mica fusion that is blended with purified water making it hydrating for the skin, while improving smoothness and natural luminosity.

Laura Mercier Candleglow

2. Maybelline – Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation
What this product boasts is no oil, no waxes and no nonsense. It has a translucent base and lightweight pigments that allow the skin’s natural highs and lows to show through. And a friendly price tag doesn’t hurt either.

Maybelline Fit Me

3. PerriconeMd – No Foundation Foundation
This is a classic for a reason: It was the first advanced anti-aging, multi-tasking translucent foundation with non-chemical SFP 30 protection. The unique formula delivers many benefits of a traditional product, but without the heavy matte finish that tends to emphasize the tiniest skin imperfections.

Perricone MD No Foundation

4.Giorgio Armani – Maestro Glow
This is a brand new formula from the Italian fashion house that enhances your complexion for a fresh, natural look. And it does so without containing water. Instead the foundation contains a high concentration of oils that leave the skin feeling comfortable all day, but without getting that unwanted oily feeling.

Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow SPF 30

5. Chanel – LES BEIGES Healthy Glow Foundation
The latest invention from Parisienne favourite Chanel, is an invisible foundation that creates a natural healthy glow. It contains what they call a ‘Healthy Glow Booster’ of mineral pigments that instantly deliver a dewy radiance, and together with the ‘Soft Focus’ powders, they even out the complexion and enhance it, creating a sheer finish.

Chanel Les Beiges


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