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Best Foundation For Dewy Skin: Affordable, Lightweight, Daily-Wear Foundation For A Flawless Filtered Look!

Not a big fan of highlighters? Try these dewy and glowy foundations instead!

Written by Aashika Rajendran

On Jul 27, 2023 – 7 minutes read

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Everyone is talking about dewy skin; everybody wants dewy skin. While some get it right, and some mess it up by looking greasy rather than dewy, I know many are still trying to figure out,” What is the trick?” The trick is to find the best foundation for dewy skin which gives sheer natural coverage and a subtle, fresh glow. 

Everyone here must be a makeup lover curious or conscious. Either way, just like me, you might also have tried out different foundations in the quest to find the ultimate one. Have you succeeded? If not, I know the drill. I have been there- too ashy, too caky, and oxidized to look like the spooky Halloween pumpkin- the troubles are endless. But lately, I have learned a trick that has hit the nail right on the spot.

Beauty standards are being redefined every day and now brands are becoming inclusive. Even so, there is still a long way to go. If you are someone with a multi-national heritage or simply South Asian, the challenge to find the right shade of foundation is real. This is because even though we have dominant yellow undertones, there is still a tint of red in most people. Foundations are mostly either yellow or pink, neutral shades are rare, and even so, it’s hard to find the right mix of neutral.

So how do you pick the best foundation for dewy skin? Here are some tips you need to consider while going foundation shopping. 

What Is A Dewy Foundation?

Dewy foundations are foundations that are made from a blend of moisturizing humectants and oils to give your face a nice, hydrated glow. Dewy foundation looks more natural as it gives radiance to the skin.

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How To Pick The Best Everyday Dewy Foundation?

Unlike matte foundation, picking a dewy foundation can be quite tricky. Just like every other product, there are different types of dewy foundations in the market. Though there are lots of dewy foundations out there, the right type of dewy foundation should have less obvious light reflective pigment and not chunky glitters. When hydration is combined with subtle highlights, the ultimate finish is flawless, juicy-looking skin. Here are some tips to know before picking a dewy foundation.

Skin Type

  • If your skin is dehydrated and sensitive, then look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, shea butter, argan oil, etc. in your foundation.
  • Is skin aging your concern? Then you can pick dewy foundations that have a blurring effect on the skin, this will help get rid of fine lines and wrinkles from peeking from underneath your foundation and also to an extent give you some skincare benefits.
  • If skin sensitivity is your key concern, then we recommend you stick to lightweight water-based serum (1) or mineral foundations which have skin-calming ingredients like aloe vera, ceramides, etc.
  • Beauties with oily skin could stay away from dewy foundations if looking too shiny is a concern. But you can still try water-based lightweight serum foundations that can give you a natural shine without too much shine. 

Shade pick

To pick the right shade of foundation, you can try the vein check method or jewelry method. If you just cannot seem to find your shade, then we recommend you try color correcting, which can help in forgiving minor foundation mismatches. 


When it comes to picking the right dewy foundation, we think it’s better to stick to sheer buildable coverage. Dew foundation is all about making you look natural hence a thick layer of foundation will do not justice to the whole dewy-skin-like finish.

How To Apply Dewy Foundation The Right Way?

Dewy foundation works best on skin that is smooth and clean. We recommend doing the following before applying any kind of makeup.

  • Cleanse your face with a very gentle exfoliator.
  • Use a lightweight or heavy moisturizer based on your skin type.
  • If you have extremely dry skin, you can also add a few drops of facial oil for that extra hydration.
  • During daytime, do not skip your sunscreen.
  • For open pores and lines, use a pore-filling primer.
  • Color correct if you have pigmentation.
  • Conceal problem areas and spots.
  • Once everything settles down, apply your dewy foundation using a brush or beauty blender of your choice.

Makeup Tip: To rock that no-makeup dewy glow, try to keep the rest of the makeup minimal and top it off with a nude-tinted lip gloss.

Best Foundation For Dewy Skin: Affordable Dewy Foundations In 2023

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  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation (best lightweight foundation for mature skin)
  2. Benefit Cosmetics Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation
  3. Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup Foundation SPF 30 (Everyday dewy foundation)
  4. Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder
  5. Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation (the best natural-looking foundation with full coverage)
  6. Etude House Double Lasting Foundation
  7. Maybelline New York Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation
  8. MARS skin perfection BB cream 
  9. Kay Beauty Hydrating Foundation
  10. LA girl pro illuminating foundation 
  11. e.l.f. Cosmetics Flawless Satin Foundation
  12. Daily Life Forever52 Ultra Definition Liquid Foundation
  13. Miss Claire Professional Makeup, Everyday Foundation (Best Everyday dewy foundation India)


Dewy foundations are great to add hydration and youth to any skin type. Serum-like foundations that don’t make your face look all made up are trending these days. The secret to finding the best foundation for dewy skin lies in choosing the product depending on your skin type and skin concern. Most of the foundations launched recently also come with minor pro-skin ingredients such as vitamin C and SPF. Even so, we recommend not to skip your skincare and SPF. After all, makeup of any kind looks better on well-maintained skin. Are you a dewy makeup lover? Tell us all about your favorite dewy foundation!

Frequently Asked Questions 

Is a dewy or matte foundation better for oily skin?

Matte foundations work best for oily skin types and for those who live in very humid and tropical places. But there are also dewy foundations formulated to suit all skin types and stay put in all weather conditions.

Which foundation gives a dewy look?

Above we have recommended some of the best dewy foundations in the market. If you don’t want to get a new foundation, you can make any foundation dewy by adding a drop of illuminating cream or highlighter to your existing foundation.

What is the best dewy foundation for mature skin?

Clinique Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Foundation
Unicorn Glow Sleek Serum Foundation
ILIA True Skin Serum Foundation.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

These foundations are perfect for aging skin as they are easily blendable and do not settle into fine lines and pores. They also come with decent coverage and luminous glow.

What is the best dewy foundation for oily skin?

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup
 L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Foundation
SERY Fix ‘N’ Click Foundation Stick
Nykaa SKINgenius Sculpting & Hydrating Foundation
Blue Heaven Oil Free Foundation 
Faces Canada Weightless Matte Finish Foundation

These are some of the best foundations for oily skin. Though some of the foundation mentioned above has a matte formulation, without using too much setting powder the foundation will turn dewy in a few hours. 

Tip: Oily skin beauties can keep blotting papers handy instead of setting powder in case your foundation turns too oily to keep the shine but also to get rid of the oiliness

Is dewy foundation good for combination skin?

Yes, the latest formulations of dewy foundation make it suitable for all skin types. You just have to pick the right type of dewy foundation for your skin type.

How do you make dewy look less greasy?

You can use blotting papers or loose setting powder to set the foundation in place. You can also try spritzing some matt setting spray over your makeup to take off a little bit of shine.

How do I prepare my skin for dewy makeup?

Above we have mentioned of the best ways to prep your skin before applying dewy foundation.

Which skin type is the dewy foundation for?

Dewy foundation is suitable for all skin types as long as you pick the right product.

Which is the best dewy foundation?

Add a little bit of moisturizer, highlighting cream, or glow serum to your existing foundation to turn it into a dewy foundation.

  1. Nisbet, S. J., et al. "Clinical and in vitro evaluation of new anti‐redness cosmetic products in subjects with winter xerosis and sensitive skin." International Journal of Cosmetic Science 41.6 (2019): 534-547.

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Aashika is a makeup and beauty expert known for creating stunning looks that not only accentuate facial features but also empower women to feel confident in their skin.

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