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The 11 Best Serum Foundations for Lit-From-Within Skin

Picks from ILIA, Kosas, Kjaer Weis and more.

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Over the course of the pandemic, beauty enthusiasts have shifted their spending power from makeup to skincare, a response to more time spent at home and a dearth of events warranting full glam. Instead of packing on heavy foundation and concealer, customers are focusing their efforts on improving their skin from the ground up.

We haven’t entirely shunned makeup, though. In the event of a FaceTime date or last-minute Zoom call, we’re opting for products that — as the saying goes — work smarter, not harder. Incorporating our pandemic-era skincare craze, serum foundations are becoming an increasingly popular pick. A skincare-makeup hybrid, serum foundations provide natural-looking coverage while improving the appearance of skin with continued use. Take ILIA’s Super Serum Skin Tint, for example. The fan favorite arrives in 30 shades and is formulated with two high-powered ingredients beloved by experts: niacinamide, which evens out skin tone, and hydrating hylaruonic acid.

Keep reading for the best serum foundations for achieving a lit-from-within finish.

bareMinerals COMPLEXION RESCUE™ Tinted Moisturizer

bareMinerals
COMPLEXION RESCUE™ Tinted Moisturizer
$33 USD
SephoraSephora 

BECCA Cosmetics Zero™ No Pigment Virtual Foundation

BECCA Cosmetics
Zero™ No Pigment Virtual Foundation
$36 USD
BECCA CosmeticsBECCA Cosmetics 

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation

Bobbi Brown
Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40
Approx. $69 USD
Bobbi BrownBobbi Brown 

Clinique Even Better Clinical Serum Foundation

Clinique
Even Better Clinical Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 25
$42 USD
SephoraSephora 

ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint Foundation

ILIA
Super Serum Skin Tint Foundation SPF 40
$48 USD
SephoraSephora 

Kjaer Weis Invisible Touch Liquid Foundation

Kjaer Weis
Invisible Touch Liquid Foundation
$48 USD
Kjaer WeisKjaer Weis 

Kosas Tinted Face Oil Foundation

Kosas
Tinted Face Oil Foundation
$42 USD
KosasKosas 

LYS Beauty Triple Fix Serum Foundation

LYS Beauty
Triple Fix Serum Foundation
$22 USD
SephoraSephora 

STILA Aqua Glow Serum Foundation

STILA
Aqua Glow Serum Foundation
$41 USD
Harvey NicholsHarvey Nichols 

Tarte SEA Water Foundation

Tarte
SEA Water Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15
$39 USD
SephoraSephora 

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

The Ordinary
Serum Foundation
$6.70 USD
The OrdinaryThe Ordinary 
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