5 skin-perfecting products for those no-foundation days
Let that face breathe
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / September 18 2019
You know those days when wearing foundation is just *too* much effort? The days when you want to pare it back, give your skin a breather and feel all free, natural and Alicia Keys-like? But you still kinda want something to enhance your complexion?
For such an occasion, you need a line-up of trusty foundation alternatives that boost your natural glow, even your skin tone, and just keep your whole face looking its cute best.
Need a little help sussing out who you’ll need on your beauty squad? We’re all over it! Here are five skin-perfecting products that you can use instead of foundation.
Bioderma Photoderm BB Cream
This light coverage BB cream with SPF 50+ helps to moisturise your skin, cover redness and imperfections, and will give you that healthy glow you’ve been trying to nab for *ages*. Bioderma Photoderm BB Cream is lightweight, sheer and literally melts into your complexion to match your skin’s natural tone. The best part? It won’t clog your pores or make your skin feel all greasy and gross like half of the other BB creams out there. And we love that.
Peter Thomas Roth Skin To Die For Primer
This absolute SAINT of a primer is so bloody good, we could harp on about it non-stop. Not only does Peter Thomas Roth Skin To Die For Primer feel like actual silk on your skin (seriously, your skin feels SO soft), but it also contains a unique duo of ingredients called Disa-Pore 20 and Evermat, which help reduce the appearance of pores. It basically blurs out all those niggling skin problems and makes you look like a filtered goddess, without a slick of foundation.
Innisfree Colour Corrector
The most annoying thing about going sans foundation is having your imperfections in full view: we’re talking those bloody dark circles and that pimple you wish you’d never squeezed. When you feel like this, use Innisfree Colour Corrector in Apricot Peach & Vanilla Green. It’s a handy little green pen that gets rid of dark under-eye circles, redness and dullness. It has a built-in brush applicator that makes it super easy to apply on the go - because doing our makeup on the train/bus/in the car is just part of who we are.
CHANEL Baume Essential Sculpting
Oh man – this is a goodie. CHANEL’s Baume Essential Sculpting is hands-down the easiest way to fool everyone into thinking you actually drink enough water. Swipe it along your cheekbones, brow bones and Cupid’s bow and blend out for the perfect natural, glossy look. If you want to go all out, dab a bit across the top of your lids and in the inner corners of your eyes for THE most gorgeous radiance. Foundation? Pfft, never heard of her.
Ella Baché Daily Hydration Mist
A spritz of Ella Baché’s Daily Hydration Mist instantly ups your complexion by like, a zillion. It’s formulated with hyaluronic acid and soothing witch hazel to gives your face a hit of moisture anywhere, anytime, while balancing your skin’s pH levels and all that jazz. If you’re going to work sans makeup, pop this in your bag/on your desk and give yourself a couple of spritzes throughout the day – it’ll instantly revitalise your skin, making it look smooth, plump and juicy.
Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.