Just like most women I am very picky when it comes to my foundation. Even though my skin is far from perfect (I get hormonal breakouts around my chin and jawline) I hate bases that are too heavy and cakey. Foundations that visibly sit on top of my skin are not my thing. I do use slightly higher coverage foundations in winter, but in summer I go for the lightest bases that give me a natural glow.
The trick to using sheer bases when you have a good few imperfections to cover up is to use a very good, high coverage concealer on the blemishes - this way you cover what you need without camouflaging your entire face (more about this soon).
At the moment I am using two products that get me that glowy, fresh-faced skin: the Omorovicza Complexion Enhancer and MAC Face & Body Foundation.
Omorovicza is a luxury brand and the Complexion Enhancer is a complete splurge at approx. €90 (available in Space NK). It can be used completely on its own as a very sheer, natural base but I like using a very thin layer under my foundation, as a make-up / skincare hybrid. It gives my skin that extra bit of glow without actually making it darker. It also provides hydration and blurs our minor imperfections and fine lines. If Omorovicza is not within your budget there are tons of great lightweight skin enhancers that would do just as lovely a job, the Bourjois Bronzing BB Cream would be a great substitute here!
My other favourite product is the MAC Face & Body foundation. It's not everyone's cup of tea - the texture is a mix between liquid and gel and doesn't feel like any of your other foundations. It really is worth trying as it is super long lasting (in fact it's waterproof, which makes it perfect for summer) but still gives a very sheer and glowing coverage. It can be built up a good bit but I love just a thin layer worked in with my fingers for a natural effect. I love that the texture of the skin still shows through this foundation making the whole look very youthful and summery.
What are your favourite glow-inducing products? Let me know!