Hot and sticky dog days got you down? Meet our newest beauty obsession.
We’re sure you’ve spotted skincare-makeup hybrids before—tinted moisturizers, CC creams, under eye correctors with SPF—but, there is one that might just deserve a spot above all the rest. If you haven’t already, now is the time to meet the serum foundation. We know, so exciting! But, what is a foundation serum exactly? It’s a lightweight foundation that blurs imperfections, evens skin tone, and essentially makes your natural skin look way better. They’re also chockfull of good-for-you ingredients that can work to improve your skin texture, tone, and elasticity over time. Consider this your new daytime warrior—just don’t throw out the moisturizers, eye creams, and full coverage foundations just yet. Everything in moderation, after all.
IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact Solid Serum Foundation
It’s skincare plus foundation in one tidy compact ready to throw in your bag and go. You won’t want to go far without this full-coverage anti-aging formula.
Buy: $38, itcosmetics.com
Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum SPF 50
If your goal is to eliminate foundation from your morning regimen, this is the next best thing. Just a slight tint gives enough complexion-enhancing and imperfection-softening coverage to convince you it’s time to ditch the makeup. No Makeup Foundation Serum comes in just one universal color, so the brand recommends mixing it with No Makeup Bronzer until you find the perfect match for your skin tone.
Buy: $60, dermstore.com
Dior Diorskin Nude Air Serum Foundation
It doesn’t come cheap, but sheer coverage, weightless application, and a flawless finish makes Dior’s serum foundation well worth the price tag.
Buy: $54, nordstrom.com
Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Serum Makeup SPF 25
This medium coverage foundation is formulated with broad spectrum SPF 25, infused with age-defying Perfectionist serum technology, and goes on with a satin finish.
Buy: $48, esteelauder.com
bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20
Don’t let bareMinerals’ ultra-thin formula fool you—it does more than what meets the eye. Just one to two drops deliver brighter skin, more even skin tone, and improved appearance of dark spots.
Buy: $30, ulta.com
e.l.f. Foundation Serum
At $8 a pop, this is the most budget-friendly serum foundation on our lineup. The brand recommends using it in addition to formula if it’s too lightweight—but, we say that just about defeats the purpose of this two-in-one wonder. Go ahead and skip the foundation, we have a feeling you won’t be sorry you did.
Buy: $8, target.com
L’Oreal Paris Visible Lift Serum Absolute Advanced Age-Reversing Makeup
In four weeks this formula promises to address five signs of aging, revealing more radiant and even skin tone, reduced imperfections and wrinkles, and more youthful derma.
Buy: $15, lorealparisusa.com