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. (Try Fenty Beauty’s Pro Filt’r Mattifying Primer, $48 for 32ml). 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.