Finding the perfect foundation for your needs can be a challenge, but finding a foundation for your ever-evolving seasonal needs can be practically impossible. Sticking with one formula (and shade for that matter) for twelve months of the year is never the best idea (our skin needs are different throughout the seasons,) so I’ve always got a repertoire of bases I can rely on for my many requirements. It’s easy to reach for a heavy base in the winter months, but actually a lighter alternative can allow skin to breathe and bring much-needed radiance to the complexion. The first few months of the year always see a sudden explosion of innovation, as brands cotton on to the fact that the spring months provide an excuse to try something new, and 2016 is no exception. We’ve already had the incredible BB Blur from La Roche Posay (read my review here,) but what other bases have I been turning to for flawless, lightweight and breathable coverage this January?

1. YSL Touche Eclat Foundation – Advanced Formula (£31.50) 
Although the original formula has been around for some time, this ‘new and improved’ version hits stores on February 1st. The lightweight texture is utterly beautiful, gliding over skin to leave behind a radiant glow while effectively covering imperfections; there’s no mask effect, but the foundation dries to leave a delicately mattified finish that I adore. What I love about this is that it feels like I’m not wearing anything at all, allowing my skin to breathe while still providing a decent amount of coverage – the main improvement from the first incarnation, when coverage was a little *too* light for some. Available in over twenty shades, it’s also great to see a brand embracing diversity and the huge spectrum of skintones we have in the UK. It may be pricey, but it’s totally worth it – my new ‘go to’ for spring.

2. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water (£29.00) 
The first of its kind, this BB Water is incredibly lightweight and runny – but easy to buff into skin. Although I find one application alone isn’t great at covering imperfections or covering my dark circles, it is easy to layer and build the coverage until you’re feeling confident. Because it’s alcohol-free, there is no drying, cracking or caking during wear, plus ‘Photoset Polymers (taken from medical grade liquid bandage technology!) help it to perform all day long. The ultra-hydrating, oil-free formula creates a sheer, radiant finish that’s a great alternative to traditional BB Creams, but still allows skin to breathe. I do find it has a tendency to move around and transfer throughout the day, so setting it with a light dusting of powder helps keep it in place. Although it’s very much a ‘daytime’ base for me, I can imagine it being a great lightweight alternative for those of you that don’t like to feel too foundation heavy.

3. Oxygenetics Oxygenating Foundation (£45.00) 
A breakthrough formula initially created by doctors for use after invasive facial treatments, this foundation has been painstakingly developed to deliver lightweight coverage that corrects and perfects simultaneously. Infused with a ‘supercharged oxygen complex’, this innovative concept optimises skin cell oxygenation to encourage cells’ repair and renewal processes; the result is a formula that promises to diminish scarring, combat dehydration, reduce redness, tackle fine lines and create the ultimate environment for healthy cells to thrive. Essentially a combination of potent skincare and makeup, this leaves skin feeling and looking healthier over time – while instantly helping to create a lightweight finish on the skin that’s comparable to a BB Cream. It’s the perfect, weightless, flexible breathable base for all skin types. The price tag may make you wince, but you need only a pump or two to cover the whole face – plus there’s no need to overload on skincare products underneath. It’s been a firm favourite when I know my skin needs a treat.

Are you keen to try any of these lightweight formulas this spring? Do you have any other favourites in your repertoire that offer the same benefits?

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  1. Emmys Beauty Cave
    January 27, 2016 / 4:17 pm

    I haven't tried any of these but i always hear amazing things about the YSL Foundation. In winter i do prefer fuller coverage so i will look into these more towards the summer xEmma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  2. Pam Scalfi
    January 27, 2016 / 4:18 pm

    I've heard great things about the Smashbox bb Water, my only problem is coverage. I always tend to go for something a little more full coverage.Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  3. Isabelle Kate
    January 27, 2016 / 4:18 pm

    I'm really wanting to delve further into foundations and these are some great recommendations! I love foundations that feel lightweight and let your skin breathe, I'm especially drawn to the YSL one, might have to check it out!Isabelle |

  4. Carys Emily
    January 27, 2016 / 5:08 pm

    I've always wanted to try the YSL foundation, my mum swears by it !Distant Dreamer

  5. Leanne Page
    January 27, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    I'm excited to try the new YSL foundation, I love the original so I hope its even better! And the Smash Box one sounds great to. I love the Bourjois CC cream in the spring, although the staying power isn't great

  6. Ciara Rose
    January 27, 2016 / 5:53 pm

    I've always been meaning to try the YSL foundation but never got round to it! My favourite lightweight foundation at the moment is the new(ish) MAC Studio Waterweight.. it is amazing and gives great coverage but still lightweight and breathable!! I've done a full review on my blog if you're interested 🙂 xxxCiara Rose |

  7. last year's girl
    January 27, 2016 / 6:59 pm

    Debenhams is doing seven-day samples of the YSL at the moment, so I've taken one away on holiday to try. It's an ingenious idea that companies should do more often as you really can't get a feel for how foundation will work on your own skin until you've worn it all day, I find.Lis /

  8. Courtney
    January 27, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    I had the YSL Touche Eclat in it's original formula and I loved it, a bit confused as to why they've changed something that was never 'broken,' it's putting me off re-purchasing because i'm scared it's not the same as I remember x Blush and Blend x

  9. Lys ModestMix
    January 28, 2016 / 3:23 pm

    Nooo, YSL are changing the formula for Le Teint Touche Eclat? It's my favourite foundation, mostly for the beautiful healthy, glowy finish it gives my skin. Not excited that it'll have a mattified finish from now on… I mean, I'll give it a go but keeping my fingers crossed I won't be disappointed.

  10. Wonky Jen
    February 4, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    I REALLY want to find a Base that doesn't accentuate the fine velvety hair on my face and make me look like I've got a beard…any suggestions welcome ?

  11. Phoenicia Oyeniyi
    February 7, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    I love make up but wear foundation powder as oppose to cream. I assuming the cream is applied lightly in order not to "sit" on the face.

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