Derek Zoolander said it best: “Moisture is the essence of wetness and wetness is the essence of beauty.”

If your skin feels dehydrated or your foundation isn’t setting as well as it used to, switching to an aqua foundation might be the solution.

A foundation is considered water-based as opposed to oil or silicone-based, when it lists water as one of its first three ingredients. (It’s not exactly oil-free, but it does contain less oils than its counterparts.) Aqua foundations are famously easy to blend and even after setting, they have a good reflex and therefore don’t cake.

Now that you’re up to speed with the trend, get yourself acquainted with our favourites below:

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M.A.C Studio Waterweight SPF30 Foundation

If this foundation were a piece of clothing it’d be a silk slip, with the staying power typical of a M.A.C foundation. The ultra-fluid requires a bit of building so if you’re after high coverage, it’s probably not the right product for you. Rather, it’s specialty is that no-makeup makeup look with added daily sun protection.

Stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation

With its Electrolyte Balancing Complex, this double-action foundation boasts some excellent skincare benefits including nourishing minerals and hyaluronic acid for moisture retention. It even smells like a luxury moisturiser and has the same velvety consistency – with a surprising level of pigment.

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We all know that oil and water don’t mix, so if you’ve got oily skin, use a primer underneath any of these aqua foundations (try: Paula’s Choice Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish Primer).

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Makeup Forever Water Blend Face & Body Foundation

French cosmetics brand, Makeup Forever specialises in top-selling foundations, which should give you an idea of the quality of their water blend. The formula absorbs quickly so it’s be easy to underestimate the level of coverage you’ll get. Here’s some advice: don’t. The pigments tend to develop as they dry, giving you medium to full coverage before you realise.

BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation

Trust BECCA to create the ‘dewy and luminous’ aqua foundation. Still weightless to wear but more emollient than the others, this one leaves skin visible glowing as promised. A little goes a long way for medium coverage.

Have you ever tried a water-based foundation?

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