You’ve probably heard of many reasons foundation isn’t good for your skin. It clogs your pores, it causes breakouts, it dries your skin out during the day. If you read my “What’s In My Makeup?” post, you’ll know that it doesn’t exactly contain stuff that’s good for your face.
“But nooo, I still want to have that perfectly smooth, blemish-free complexion that foundation gives me!”
If that sounds like you (and it certainly sounds like me), then this post is for you. Here are a few cheats and tricks to help you get that flawless face without wearing any foundation, as well as some long term habits that will help clear your skin up and help you feel more comfortable going foundation-free.
Switch to a BB or CC cream.
Probably the most obvious solution. For those of you who may be confused about the difference:
BB cream = moisturiser + primer + serum + foundation + SPF
CC cream = colour correcting cream + SPF
They may be pricey, but they are a much better investment. Think about it – the money you’d be spending on a foundation, a moisturiser, a primer, a face serum and an under-eye serum could probably get you multiple tubes of your favourite BB or CC cream. They also have a much lighter texture than foundation – think whipped cream rather than cream cheese. This can mean a lighter coverage than foundation, but they give you that dewy glow whilst allowing your pores room to breathe.
One tube of CC cream saves you from having to mess around with all the different colours in a colour correcting palette. AND remembering which colour does what. Tell me that isn’t a tempting offer.
If you’re wondering about DD creams, these are essentially “daily defence” creams, and act more like a sunblock.
Use concealer and pressed powder in specific locations.
By specific locations, I mean blemishes, spots and general discolourations. After blending the concealer out, set each portion with pressed powder or a translucent setting powder. This way, you get the coverage you need whilst using minimal product.
If you can’t quite part with that fully matte look that foundation creates, start with a primer all over your face. This blurs your pores and gives you a subtly matte base layer, which helps the concealer and pressed powder stick too. I’m currently loving the Flawless Beauty Primer by OUD Milano – I’ll be posting a review on that soon! Just make sure you blend everything well. Finish with a makeup-setting spray if you’re worried about things coming off during the day.
Use a tinted moisturiser.
A great way to look good whilst taking care of your skin. This may not give you the heavy coverage that only foundation can, but there’s no harm in embracing a dewy, natural look – especially in the summer.
IN THE MEANTIME…
Look after your skin for the long term with these easy, very doable habits. Trust me on “easy” – if I can do them, anyone can.
Wash your face in the mornings, as soon as you wake up.
A great way to wake yourself up in the mornings if you aren’t a morning shower person. Lots of oil and sebum tends to build up on your skin whilst you sleep, particularly when the weather gets warm. Start off with warm water, and add your favourite face wash to this morning routine. Once you’ve finished rinsing, give your face a quick splash with cold water. Hot water opens pores, cold water closes them. This helps keep your face clean for that bit longer.
Wash your face before you go to bed.
Exactly the same principle here – clogged pores after a long day can’t be a good thing. Maybe save the cold water for the next morning though, getting enough sleep is hard enough as it is.
Use a toner after washing your face.
Toner makes a world of difference to those of us who are more prone to oily skin. However, overdo it and you get dry patches and breakouts. I usually use this once a day – any more is too much for my sensitive skin. Toner essentially breaks down the oils in your skin – perfect for getting rid of the excess. We do need some oils to keep our skin healthy and supple, so tread lightly with this one. Find a gentle formula that’s designed for sensitive skin, and always finish with a moisturiser.
Your skin will thank you for it. Twice a day is a good place to start – once after washing your face in the morning, and once at night before bed. This locks in moisture, which is crucial for your skin to maintain a healthy appearance. Personally, I love Simple’s Spotless Skin Anti-Blemish Moisturiser – it’s a wonderfully light formulation that does the job without being too greasy on my skin, which tends to fluctuate unpredictably between greasy and very dry. I know, lucky me.
Drink more water.
A good lifestyle tip in general. Every cell in your body needs water to maintain their function. Keep yourself hydrated, and you’ll notice a change in your energy levels and the appearance of your skin – not just on your face.
Go makeup free when you can.
This may feel like more of a comfort zone/habit thing. We all love looking our best, but sometimes it’s best to ditch the slap and let our faces breathe for a bit. Our skin goes through a lot – like any normal person, it needs its down time to regenerate and heal itself. Give it the opportunity to do this. My favourite thing about going makeup free? I can rub my eyes without worrying about looking like a panda afterwards.
Hope this helped, let me know in the comments if you have any tips for going foundation-free, or if you’ve recently gone without foundation in a while and what you thought of it! You go girl.
DISCLAIMER: Any advice here is not intended to replace that of a medical professional. If you experience allergic reactions to any of the products mentioned above, please seek medical help immediately.