The backbone of any makeup look, foundation has been a priority in any makeup vanity. Whether you want high-impact-drama or a subtle dewy look, foundations are the go-to option for the same. The right formula can make or break a beauty look-the pigment, finish, and coverage have to be just right.

Off late, choosing the right foundation has been of utmost priority when it comes to makeup. With winter in full swing, we definitely need to be careful of the ingredients that we choose and when it comes to foundations, we definitely need hydrating formulations for great coverage which offers a dewy glow!

In recent years, glow foundations have eclipsed full-coverage formulas, offering the kind of glossy finish that encapsulates exactly how we want to look now: fresh, bright and awake. Of course, the key to a great glow foundation is all in the balance: sheen is appealing, but shine? Not so much.

The best options stay expertly away from oily territory, instead unifying skin while delivering just the right amount of coverage to fade redness and blemishes. Not just a short-cut to greater radiance, the best glow foundations also work brilliantly on more mature skin. A product focused on hydration, rather than heavy coverage or life-proof longevity, is less likely to settle into lines or appear cakey on dry patches.

To help you pick the best glow foundation here are some of our favourites products.

Glow Foundation

L’Oreal Pro-Glow Foundation

If you are in search of a glow foundation you need to discover the new Pro-Glow Foundation: up to 24 hour wear with a hydrating glow. Lightweight and creamy, this long lasting foundation goes on smooth with a glow finish that lasts. This versatile foundation can be sheer and dewy or as full coverage as you want.

Apply with your fingertips for that no makeup look, or apply with a flat foundation brush for medium to full coverage. It blurs imperfections while also maintaining a lightweight, natural skin finish with hyaluronic acid for a nourished, hydrated look. The hydrating foundation with SPF is ideal for normal to dry skin

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation

If you’re used to a more full coverage look but also want to embrace a luminous glow, this foundation hits the sweet spot. It does its job at hiding redness, dark spots, and discoloration while also delivering a lightweight, second-skin feel that you’ll love. It’s also water-resistant, so it lasts much longer than the standard dewy skin tint.

Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation is one of their longest-standing products and it’s little wonder why. Its lightweight texture blends into the skin seamlessly for long-lasting coverage which doesn’t budge throughout the day. If you are also looking for a dewy and fresh face base, this is the perfect candidate. It contains reflective optic ingredients which give the appearance of a visibly glowing and plumped-up complexion.

Estée Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturizing Makeup SPF45

If you’re looking for a lightweight foundation that is breathable but offers buildable coverage, you will love Estée Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturizing Makeup SPF45 for a smoother looking finish. It blends seamlessly onto the skin, becoming indistinguishable from your natural skin tone and hydrates the complexion to keep it supported and moisturised for up to 12 hours.

The hero hydrating ingredient for this product is hyaluronic acid, which hydrates, plumps, and smoothes skin for a vibrant, fresh-faced glow. It’s creamy without being oily, glides on easily, and acts like a second layer of skin. Boasting an SPF45, probiotic technology and antioxidants to shield against damaging environmental aggressors and keep the skin feeling and looking calm and comfortable.

Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Foundation

Is there anything Shiseido Beauty can’t do? The Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Foundation is perfect for anyone wanting to achieve a gorgeous glow. Developed using the brand’s exclusive Advanced Sensing Technology, this glow foundation helps to infuse the skin with moisture, which in turn helps to achieve a natural luminosity.

It also contains a blend of nourishing and antioxidant-rich botanicals to shield against environmental aggressors, such as wild thyme and yuzu seed. For those with slightly oilier or combination complexions, the foundation is also non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog pores or cause breakouts.

Lancôme Skin Feels Good Foundation

This easily portable glow foundation from Lancôme gives the most beautifully radiant and dewy finish. Perfect for travelling with thanks to its plastic bottle, the Skin Feels Good Foundation is great for achieving a flawless complexion on-the-go. It contains moringa seed extract and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump up the skin while simultaneously shielding against environmental aggressors. Both oil and paraben-free, it’s great for all skin types, and even though it feels super lightweight, it can be built-up for better coverage.