10 foundations for glowing skin

Looking for a foundation that will moisturise and nourish tired skin? Whether it's the inclusion of light-diffusing particles or an injection of H2O, these glow-giving foundations hold the secret to radiant, luminous skin.

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1. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat All-In-One Glow Foundation

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat All-In-One Glow Foundation


The season's must-try foundation? This groundbreaking cream-to-water formula from YSL. Easily buildable and formulated with up to 50% water and hydrating agents, expect a flawless medium coverage with a supercharged glow.


Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat All-In-One Glow Foundation, £33.50


2. Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundations

Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundations


There's no need to forgo coverage in favour of glow. The latest foundation launch from Nars combines serious coverage with infusions of raspberry, apple, and watermelon extracts for all-day hydration and radiance.


Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundations, £35


3. Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation

Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation


A combination of radiant pearl mica, purified water and lightweight oils make this foundation from Laura Mercier one of the most-coveted foundations amongst glow-getters. Skin is left hydrated, warm and, most importantly, flawless.


Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation, £35


4. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation


Lightweight, buildable and blurring, Luminous Silk is often regarded as the crème de la crème. Expect medium to full-coverage that brightens and smooths, but still allows the best bits of your skin to shine through.


Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, £42


5. Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation

Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation


Unlike others in this roundup, Urban Decay's Naked Skin isn't as obviously glowy as you might expect. With a demi-matte finish and light-diffusing spheres, Naked delivers less shine and more luminosity.


Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation, £28.50


6. Lancôme Teint Miracle

Lancôme Teint Miracle


Again formulated with an exceptionally high concentration of water, this makeup bag staple from Lancôme contains pearlescent pigments to deliver radiance that packs an extra punch. The best bit? It's incredibly long-lasting with up to 12 hours of wear.


Lancôme Teint Miracle, £32


7. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation


This cult base from Bobbi Brown is a firm favourite amongst those that need a very hydrating formula. It creates an even skin tone, minimises the appearance of pores and leaves skin looking bright and radiant.


Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, £34


8. Stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation

Stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation


This serum foundation from Stila proves that the secret to glowing skin is more than surface-deep. Formulated with a complex of ionized water, advanced Hyaluronic Acid and essential minerals, skin is left nourished, hydrated and glowing.


Stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation, £34.50


9. Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Liquid Foundation

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Liquid Foundation


Formulated with pseudo-ceramides to keep skin hydrated, and a botanical alternative to retinol to help fight wrinkles, you can build this lightweight foundation from Charlotte Tilbury to achieve whatever level of coverage you desire.


Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Liquid Foundation, £32


10. Clinique Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup

Clinique Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup


The presence of Vitamin C in this formula has created a foundation/moisturiser hybrid that encourages skin to glow on its own after prolonged wear. Combined with luminising pigments, it will leave your skin looking dewy and radiant.


Clinique Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup, £28