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The Best Sheer Foundations to Achieve Skinimalism in 2021

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Feb 10, 2021
The Best Sheer Foundations to Achieve Skinimalism in 2021

Skinimalism comes easy with these sheer foundations

Let’s get one thing out of the way… foundation isn’t going anywhere in 2021. This beloved makeup product has been smoothing, hydrating, and perfecting your skin since you developed your beauty obsession years ago. And while many of us set the makeup aside in 2020 in favor of serums and moisturizers, you can still give your complexion the best foundation (in more ways than one) for your 2021 makeup looks. Seriously, think Skinimalism. This beauty trend is defined by natural, everyday looks - achieved with just a few products for naturally glowing skin, as opposed to the 20-step routine you’re used to while doing Instagram glam. There’s no better way to reach Skinimalism goals for 2021 than with the best sheer foundations, which feel weightless on your skin and create a simple radiance for all skin types. Start transitioning your makeup routine for 2021 with these top-rated complexion products on MIRA BEAUTY!

Sheer POREfection Foundation by Lorac, $35

Sheer POREfection Foundation by Lorac
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If you’re looking for the ideal mix between tinted moisturizer and full-coverage foundation, you’ve found out with this cult favorite by Lorac. Cover up blemishes, dark spots, and other imperfections in an instant with this sheer to medium coverage formula, without the cakiness or unnatural look that often comes with the wrong foundation. In fact, Sheer POREfection creates a lit-from-within finish that’s perfect for natural, everyday makeup looks - exactly what Skinimalism is about. Be kind to your skin and get ready to glow with this lightweight foundation by Lorac, which is a luxury makeup product that’s definitely worth the splurge!

True Skin Serum Foundation by ILIA, $54

True Skin Serum Foundation by ILIA
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Skincare-makeup hybrids are the best way to transition your makeup routine in 2021, and let you reach peak Skinimalism by covering imperfections and nourishing with the best skincare ingredients. A top lightweight foundation that you need in your minimal makeup looks? True Skin Serum Foundation by ILIA. It’s a buildable, medium-coverage foundation to blur imperfections and melt into the skin for a luminous look - also infusing a variety of nutrients in the process. Aloe Leaf, Rosehip, Jojoba and Marula Oils work together to soothe irritation and calm redness while reducing the appearance of fine lines, and Mastic refines the pores and keeps the oil production to a minimum. As the name suggests, this top-rated product by ILIA is a serum and foundation in one… leaving you with a flawless complexion that’s always soft, hydrated, and sparkling. There’s also plenty more makeup-skincare hybrids to be purchased in 2021, with your favorite brands launching Vitamin E-infused eyeshadows and Hyaluronic Acid lip gloss by the second. Take care of your skin with this sheer foundation!

Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint by Neutrogena, $17

Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint by Neutrogena
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Sometimes the name of a beauty product just speaks to you, like the Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint by Neutrogena. If you couldn’t tell, it’s extremely hydrating, and basically the holy grail sheer foundation for those looking to create naturally glowing skin. Hyaluronic Acid is an ingredient that you’ll encounter quite a bit in your Skinimalism beauty routine, as it holds up to 1,000 times its own weight in water and produces a glowing, ultra-hydrated complexion. And Hydro Boost is packed with HA to give your skin a hydration vacation. This moisturizing power is what smooths out dry patches and creates an even canvas for lightweight foundation application, and Hydro Boost will keep you looking fresh and flawless with 24 hours of coverage. The kind that definitely won’t look cakey or settle into fine lines, either! 92% of MIRA guests with dry skin approve of this sheer foundation, while 99% love the smooth application and 93% say it’s ultra-hydrating.

Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Foundation by Pat McGrath Labs, $68

Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Foundation by Pat McGrath Labs
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We know what you may be thinking. Pat McGrath Labs is a luxury makeup brand that’s commonly used for ultra-heavy runway and red carpet looks… is it really the right fit for my Skinimalism and minimal makeup looks? The answer is a resounding yes. You see, the Mother of makeup knows how to reach complexion perfection while still being kind to your skin, and you’ll get sheer, glowy, and lightweight coverage with Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection. Start with a sheer look for your everyday makeup for Zoom school, and build to medium coverage for your at-home hangout with your quarantine buddy. Because that’s a real 2021 mood. Sublime Perfection is available in 30+ shades, and is enriched with Diamond Core Powder for a luminous, filter-like appearance that still looks 100% natural. This lightweight foundation is a key part of Violet Chachki’s makeup and skincare tips, as she’s been obsessed with Pat McGrath since childhood, and you’ll see why Skin Fetish is beloved by A-listers, influencers, and Skinimalism lovers alike.

SKIN FEELS GOOD Skin Nourishing Foundation by Lancôme, $35

SKIN FEELS GOOD Skin Nourishing Foundation by Lancôme
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Skin tints are your new best friend going into 2021, as these barely-there products feel weightless on your skin while leaving a luxurious, lightweight finish. And if you’re in the mood to recreate the porcelain perfection of Lily Collins in her Emily in Paris makeup looks, this lightweight foundation by Lancôme is your new go-to. SKIN FEELS GOOD lives up to its name, as this oil-free and hydrating formula is enriched with antioxidants and SPF 23 to make your skin look and feel gorgeous. A naturally radiant, effortless complexion is a timeless trend of French girl glamour, and that’s exactly what you’ll get with this skin-smoothing beauty product. It contains Moringa Seed and Hyaluronic Acid for a healthy and hydrated look, while the antioxidants shield your skin against environmental stress and free radical damage. French girls have been practicing Skinimalism long before the year 2020 made it a thing, and you can get that Parisian glow (inside and out!) with this lightweight foundation by Lancôme.

CC+ Cream with SPF 50+, IT Cosmetics, $39

CC+ Cream with SPF 50+, IT Cosmetics
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You may have just read the words “SPF 50” and gotten all wide-eyed about this Skinimalism essential, and we don’t blame you. As any good skin care enthusiast knows, you need SPF in all settings and seasons. And CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ by IT Cosmetics lets you create your minimal makeup looks without guilt as you enjoy a radiant complexion with ultimate protection. Against the sun, environmental stress, everything! This lightweight foundation can be built up to sheer, medium, or full coverage - and has a variety of skin and wellness benefits due to a powerhouse trio of Collagen, Peptides, and Hyaluronic Acid. The first two work to fill in fine lines and create younger and fresher skin, no matter how old you are, while Hyaluronic Acid deeply hydrates your skin to prevent the dryness and cakiness. The result? A glowy, gorgeous look that’s completely natural and perfect for your Skinimalism routine. IT Cosmetics is the best there is when it comes to skincare-makeup hybrids, and you’ll always be covered in more ways than one with this beauty product for simple makeup looks.

Sheer Glow Foundation by NARS, $47

heer Glow Foundation by NARS
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“My favorite foundation for three years. Works with any type of event, from everyday to prom. Very long lasting, glowy, and natural. Can build up to full coverage.” As a luxury makeup product that’s one of the best makeup dupes for the cult favorite Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, the Sheer Glow Foundation by NARS is a must-have for your Skinimalism routine and minimal makeup looks. It creates a dewy, yet completely natural finish that gives your skin a healthy glow - improving luminosity and texture while leaving it feeling soft, smooth, and hydrated. Did we mention that Sheer Glow feels extremely lightweight on your skin, and is formulated with Vitamin C for extra radiance and Turmeric to even out tone? This NARS favorite produces a subdued radiance that’s dreamy, but not disco ball-eque… and 97% say that it’s buildable and great for sensitive skin!

Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation SPF 15 by no7, $16

Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation SPF 15 by no7
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We know what you may be thinking. “Serum and SPF? Is this a skincare product, or a lightweight foundation that’s going to give me a naturally dreamy glow?” The answer is both, and it’s the best thing ever. Lift & Luminate by no7 lives up to its name, with an anti-wrinkle peptide formula to prevent and reduce early signs of aging, along with Hyaluronic Acid and Hibiscus to hydrate and plump up your complexion. And then there’s Vitamin C, the powerhouse ingredient that needs no introduction. Indulge in this affordable, sheer foundation that gives your skin a luminous lift while protecting against sun damage and creating a healthy, gorgeous glow that Skinimalism is all about. 100% of MIRA guests agree that Lift & Luminate is brightening, pore minimizing, and lightweight - while 98% say that it’s hydrating and blendable!

Backstage Face And Body Foundation by Dior, $40

Backstage Face And Body Foundation by Dior
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Looking for a celebrity-approved beauty splurge for your Skinimalism beauty routine? Look no further than Dior. It’s rumored that Meghan Markle wore the Backstage Face and Body Foundation on her wedding day, and it’s frequently used on the runways, magazine covers, and talk show appearances due to the lightweight coverage and radiant finish. So simple, yet sensational. Dior’s website describes it as “ultra-buildable coverage, from a natural nude glow to high-coverage perfection,” and we couldn’t agree more. The second-skin finish and custom-made intensity make this sheer foundation perfect for your Skinimalism beauty routine, and you’ll be keeping up with the trends with this luxury makeup product. 96% of MIRA guests agree that Backstage is lightweight, pore-minimizing, and brightening!

Pro Coverage Illuminating Foundation by LA Girl, $9

Pro Coverage Illuminating Foundation by LA Girl
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This full-coverage foundation by LA Girl is an influencer favorite, likely because it leaves you glowing skin for up to 24 hours under the Los Angeles sun - without any oiliness. Hello, Skinimalism! It’s also an excellent makeup dupe for the Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation by Make Up For Ever - with a blurred, second-skin finish that looks lit-from-within, yet completely natural. Add in the hydrating formula and antioxidants that improve the texture and appearance of skin, and you have the most ideal under $10 foundation that even Desi Perkins would love. 91% of MIRA guests say that Pro Coverage Illuminating Foundation is great for dry skin, and 90% agree that it’s brightening and long lasting.

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