Over the summer months here in New Zealand and after having surgery wearing a full face of makeup was uncomfortable and unrealistic. Instead, I opted for a lightweight foundation I could apply by hand, combined with brow gel, mascara, bronzer and a little lip balm.
NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturiser £29.50 / $68 - Although this may be labelled as a tinted moisturiser it is so much more than that. It covers my redness, conceals my dark circles and generally evens my skin tone all whilst remaining light on the skin. Despite the name I would still recommend using a moisturiser underneath this as I find it just applies so much better with. Although this may vary from person to person this base dries to a glowy matte finish on me and can generally last me a good 7-8hours, pretty decent for a tinted moisturiser if you ask me. It also comes in a 50ml size, a considerable bit larger than the standard 30ml for foundation.
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua £32 / $78 - In comparison to the NARS tinted moisturiser, this foundation offers a tad more coverage and gives a much dewier finish. Although I mainly use this in the day time I wear this on nights out too when I am in a rush and am just going for a minimal makeup look. Paired with a champagne highlighter I guarantee your skin will look angelic. As it is that bit dewier I do find I need to lightly set it with a powder to make sure I get a full days wear, that said I do have slightly oily skin so I imagine for those with normal or dry skin types this wouldn't be necessary. When I get slightly dry skin on my forehead or cheeks this glides over and doesn't go the least bit patchy. Its a winner for me.
I am a massive foundation fanatic so let me know your favourite bases and I will be sure to try them out.