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12 Best Dewy Foundations for a Radiant Glow 2024

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Best Overall

Shiseido RevitalEssence Skin Glow Foundation SPF 30 120

RevitalEssence Skin Glow Foundation SPF 30 120

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Best Overall

Shiseido RevitalEssence Skin Glow Foundation SPF 30 120

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“I can’t rave about this foundation enough: It’s dewy, has a nourishing serum-like texture, blends in like a dream, and provides the perfect amount of coverage without sacrificing the look of real skin,” says Oprah Daily beauty editor Genesis Rivas. Shop the formula in 30 shades. It contains SPF 30 to protect skin, fermented kefir (a prebiotic) to maintain a healthy microbiome, and niacinamide to smooth and brighten skin over time.

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Best for Dry Skin

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Skin Hydra Glow Hydrating Foundation

HD Skin Hydra Glow Hydrating Foundation

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Best for Dry Skin

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Skin Hydra Glow Hydrating Foundation

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Pros
  • Hydrating
  • Available in 32 shades
Cons
  • None

“I’ve been reaching for this formula a lot because I like how fresh and luminous it makes skin look,” says makeup artist Suzy Gerstein. It’s a skincare-meets-makeup formula that’s loaded with hyaluronic acid and available in 32 shades. Williamson says it works wonders on her dry and sensitive skin. The coverage is buildable, whether you’re looking to lightly even out your complexion or want to cover up breakouts and blemishes. Over time, you’ll notice skin is more hydrated, plump, and smooth.

3

Best Buildable

NARS Light Reflecting Advanced Skincare Foundation

Light Reflecting Advanced Skincare Foundation

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Best Buildable

NARS Light Reflecting Advanced Skincare Foundation

Credit: Nars
Pros
  • Buildable coverage
  • Reduces redness
  • Protects skin
Cons
  • None

There’s much to love about this foundation, from its skincare-based formula to its buildable coverage and luminous finish. Biomimetic oat helps to reduce redness and calm the skin to promote clarity, Japanese lilyturf helps strengthen the skin barrier, and peptides help to protect the skin against environmental aggressors. “I recently used it on a client who had a bad reaction to a product and needed the full coverage. It was so amazing that we didn’t even need to layer concealer,” says Gerstein.

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Best for Oily Skin

Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation

Luminous Silk Foundation

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Best for Oily Skin

Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation

Credit: Giorgio Armani
Pros
  • Oil-free
  • Available in 40 shades
  • Smooths uneven texture
Cons
  • It’s more expensive compared to other options on this list

If you’re worried about your dewy foundation not playing nicely with your oily complexion, you’ll love this oil-free formula. Williamson says it’s one of her favorites because it “has great coverage and gives a natural radiant finish that’s long lasting.” It’s also great for smoothing uneven texture, like large pores or fine lines. Shop it in 40 shades.

5

Best Sheer

Mac Studio Radiance Radiant Sheer Foundation

Studio Radiance Radiant Sheer Foundation

5

Best Sheer

Mac Studio Radiance Radiant Sheer Foundation

Credit: MAC Cosmetics
Pros
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Weightless texture
  • Sheer coverage
Cons
  • If you like a lot of coverage, you may not like this formula

This formula is an oldie but a goodie. It has a beautiful weightless texture and offers sheer coverage that gives you a your-skin-but-better finish. “I love the range of shades and the lightness of the formula,” says Gerstein. “I love mixing it with stick foundations to make them more radiant.” The formula is non-comedogenic and waterproof, ensuring long-lasting wear that’s comfortable.

Shades: 30
Coverage: Sheer to light

6

Best Drugstore

Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Liquid Foundation

Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Liquid Foundation

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Best Drugstore

Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Liquid Foundation

Credit: Maybelline
Pros
  • Budget-friendly
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Moisturizing
Cons
  • Can come with a larger variety of deep shades

Want to get that dewy, juicy glow for a budget-friendly price? Look no further than this drugstore staple. It’s a non-comedogenic, dermatologist-tested, and fragrance-free formula ideal for all skin types. The texture is watery and lightweight, but it offers medium coverage, so a little goes a long way. It evens your skin tone and texture, and leaves your skin feeling comfortable and adequately moisturized.

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Best for Uneven Texture

Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Medium Coverage Liquid Foundation

Beautiful Skin Medium Coverage Liquid Foundation

7

Best for Uneven Texture

Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Medium Coverage Liquid Foundation

Credit: Charlotte Tilbury
Pros
  • Smooths skin texture
  • Comes in various undertones
Cons
  • None

Charlotte Tilbury is the queen of dewy, glowing looks, so it’s no surprise that her liquid foundation delivers. Its formula contains hydrating hyaluronic acid and a rose complex to help combat stressed and fatigued-looking skin. It comes in 30 shades available in cool, warm, and neutral undertones. It’s a great choice for all skin types, but those with mature skin will appreciate the formula’s effortless ability to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

8

Best Full Coverage

MAKEUP BY MARIO SurrealSkin Liquid Foundation

SurrealSkin Liquid Foundation

8

Best Full Coverage

MAKEUP BY MARIO SurrealSkin Liquid Foundation

Credit: Makeup by Mario
Pros
  • Conceals redness and discoloration
  • Soft and subtle glow
Cons
  • None

Oprah Daily beauty director Kate Sandoval Box says this formula “lives in that sweet spot between my day-to-day skincare that offers some coverage and my heavy-duty, it’s-headshot-day foundation.” A thin layer goes a long way and packs a radiant punch. “The formula cancels the redness and evens out my tone—and yet my skin still looks and feels like skin, with a quiet, not at all greasy, glow.”

Shades: 30
Coverage: Medium to full

9

Best for Everyday Makeup

Glossier Stretch Fluid Foundation

Stretch Fluid Foundation

9

Best for Everyday Makeup

Glossier Stretch Fluid Foundation

Credit: Glossier
Pros
  • Long-lasting
  • Great for a ton of different skin types
Cons
  • None

Between its flexible light-to-medium coverage and natural radiant finish, this option is great for everyday wear when you need to even out your skin tone but still want something that’s comfortable and moisturizing. It contains squalane and glycerin to hydrate and wild rose berry and plankton extract to help balance excess shine, making it perfect for a variety of skin types, especially combination skin. The formula is also vegan, non-comedogenic, long-lasting, and sweat-resistant.

Best

Shades: 32
Coverage: Light to medium

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10

Best for Mature Skin

IT Cosmetics CC+ Nude Glow Lightweight Foundation

CC+ Nude Glow Lightweight Foundation

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Best for Mature Skin

IT Cosmetics CC+ Nude Glow Lightweight Foundation

Credit: It Cosmetics
Pros
  • Protects skin
  • Moisturizing
  • Smooths uneven texture
Cons
  • Not as many shades avaialble as other options

If you’re a fan of the OG IT Cosmetics CC cream, you’re in for a dewy treat. The formula comes in a glowing finish but still carries all the aspects we love of the original formula, like SPF 40, medium coverage, and nourishing skincare. Niacinamide helps brighten tone and smooth skin texture, hyaluronic acid plumps and hydrates, and green tea extract helps protect against environmental aggressors.

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Best Refillable

Danessa Myricks Beauty Yummy Skin Serum Foundation

Yummy Skin Serum Foundation

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Best Refillable

Danessa Myricks Beauty Yummy Skin Serum Foundation

Credit: Danessa Myricks
Pros
  • Vegan
  • Refillable packaging
  • Packed with moisturizing ingredients
Cons
  • Not as many shades avaialble as other options

This vegan and refillable option is good for your skin and the planet. It’s a skincare-makeup hybrid formula that feels like a serum but covers like a medium-coverage foundation. It has an easy-to-blend texture that feels nourishing against the skin, and it comes available in 26 shades. The formula contains hydrators like jojoba oil, hyaluronic acid, and squalane to visibly plump and moisturize the skin. The results are soft, smooth, and healthy-looking skin every time.

12

Best for Mature Skin

Tarte Maracuja Juicy Glow Foundation

Maracuja Juicy Glow Foundation

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Best for Mature Skin

Tarte Maracuja Juicy Glow Foundation

Credit: Tarte
Pros
  • Blends in easily
  • Firming benefits
  • Brightens over time
Cons
  • None

As the name suggests, this formula really does give you a juicy glow. It comes in 25 shades and is a favorite of Oprah Daily wellness senior director Jennie Tung. “It glides on effortlessly, and there’s something mara-magical in it that makes my skin feel super-quenched and look dewy, luminous, and polished,” she says. The formula is made with maracuja oil to help firm skin, hyaluronic acid, and superfruits that brighten over time.

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Genesis Rivas is the Beauty Editor at Oprah Daily, where she covers hair, makeup, skin, nails, and more. Before joining the Oprah Daily team, she wrote for several publications, including InStyle, Real Simple, and Shape. When she’s not testing, researching, and writing fun and educational beauty content, you can find her dancing and eating her way through New York City. Follow her on Instagram or TikTok

 

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