Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth
Best for: Dewy on a budget
Price: $AUD 10.97
Maybelline is one of the reasons ‘drugstore makeup’ is no longer an insult. Another cheap yet high-quality addition to their makeup line is the Fit Me foundation. Their Matte + Poreless formula is already a budget holy grail for oily skin, and the Dewy + Smooth is the same but for dry skin.
Nars Sheer Glow
Best for: Sheer but buildable coverage
Price: $AUD 72
No list of top dewy foundations is complete without the NARS Sheer Glow foundation. The sheer coverage smoothes out your complexion without caking it on, but it’s still buildable if you want fuller coverage. Plus, its fragrance-free, non-comedogenic formula is perfect for sensitive skin.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk
Best for: Big spenders
Price: $AUD 99
The ultimate holy grail dewy foundation is, of course, the most expensive. But Armani Beauty’s Luminous Silk foundation is more than worth its price tag. What else do you expect from a celebrity favourite which counts Kim Kardashian and Meghan Markle as fans?
L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow
Best for: Long-lasting, full coverage dewiness
Price: $AUD 27.95
L’Oreal is another drugstore powerhouse that never fails to deliver good quality at a good price tag. If you need 24-hour coverage without drying out, then the Infallible foundation in the Pro-Glow formula is a great choice. For lighter coverage with a wider shade range, check out the L’Oreal True Match Lumi.
Covergirl Outlast Stay Luminous
Best for: Oily or combination skin
Price: $AUD 6.95
The Stay Luminous foundation is more of a natural finish, which is somewhere between dewy and matte. But it still gives you a slight glow, so it’s great for those with combination skin or people who want to look bright and youthful without looking too shiny.
Nyx Born To Glow!
Best for: Medium coverage with a natural finish
Price: $AUD 22
While it’s a bit difficult to find, Nyx’s new Born To Glow! Foundation shouldn’t be overlooked. With over 45 shades from ivory to deep bronze and a jojoba-enriched formula, you’re sure to have a flawless and fresh face that lasts all day.
MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15
Best for: Professional ‘airbrushed’ effect
Price: $AUD 62
MAC is every MUA’s go-to when it comes to foundation, so it’s no surprise that their Mineralize Moisture foundation made this list. The product naturally reflects light, which adds to your natural-looking dewiness. Plus, the formula is packed with minerals, vitamin E, and shea butter for a soft and hydrating feel.
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Gel Cream
Best for: Correcting blemishes while providing coverage
Price: $AUD 49
What if you could supercharge your BB cream? That’s what bareMinerals’ Complexion Rescue Hydrating Gel Cream aims to do. With all-natural ingredients like squalane, botanicals, and minerals, you’ll get a lot of glow with none of the dryness. Plus, it’s free of animal-derived ingredients, parabens, fragrance, and other ingredients that could cause skin sensitivity.
Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder
Best for: Mature skin
Price: $AUD 56.60
Older skin is difficult to formulate for, especially because the right mature skin foundation needs to provide coverage while blurring out fine lines and wrinkles. Light Wonder from Charlotte Tilbury does all that and more – the formula has a natural retinol alternative that boosts collagen production and makes your skin smoother and plumper with every use.
Cover FX Dewy Skin Primer & Spray
Best for: Turning any foundation into a dewy finish
Price: $AUD 64 for the primer, $AUD 52 for the setting spray
This is technically not a foundation, but this 1-2 combo is a great way to add a dewy finish your favourite formula – even if it’s a mattifying foundation. Start with a layer of the dewy primer before slathering on your foundation, then seal it with the dewy setting spray to add radiance and keep your makeup in place!
Glow In A Bottle
While mattifying formulas are great for events or dressy nights, they can also leave you looking dull and dehydrated. Add moisture and radiance back into your skin with a dewy foundation!