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14 “Non-Foundations” For No-Makeup Makeup

Ever since our phones stopped auto-deleting the extra “makeup” from “no-makeup makeup,” many of us accepted the phrase as not only a much-discussed trend, but also a lifestyle choice. And it’s one that most of us fully embrace — if only on rushed mornings.

It makes sense: Skin is always in, but when dealing with the skin on your face, your options for showing your best barefaced look tend to rely on some amount of foundation or concealer, which, as you know, can feel heavy to some and require time to apply. So what are you to do if you hate foundation, or just don’t have the time, but still want some coverage?

Lucky for all of us, there is plenty of face makeup out there made by like-minded brands that understand our mutual hatred and frustration with heavy foundation. But the best part of our favourite lightweight face products? They’re all able to be applied with your (clean) fingers.

Culled from both the high-street and luxury beauty counters alike, all in varying degrees of coverage, the options ahead will become staples in your makeup bag. We promise there are no complex techniques to confuse you here, just foolproof makeup that looks like anything but. After all, a truly solid no-makeup makeup routine begins (and basically ends) with the complexion.

This is glass skin in a tube. The lightest layer is enough to blanket blemishes and pigmentation, lending a radiant, dewy finish.Ciaté Dewy Skin Glass Glow Tint, $, available at FeelUnique

Sheer makeup is great, but multi-purpose products are even better. This cult-favourite formula, which offers a surprising amount of coverage, combines your SPF, moisturiser, and base all in one, so your makeup routine is quick and simple with zero fuss.It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ 32ml, $, available at Selfridges

Available in 25 shades, this skin tint serves up light-to-medium coverage, which can be built up in thin layers for glowy skin. It’s also sweat- and humidity-resistant.Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint, $, available at Boots

Most tinted sunscreens are incredibly sheer, but this one provides a touch more coverage. Plus, that high SPF is #skingoals.Avène Complexion Correcting Shield SPF 50+, $36.00, available at Avène.

It’s our personal belief that this perfector has, well, perfected the entire concept of a brightening, tone-evening, blemish-concealing, skin-smoothing base that never looks like makeup. With sheer-to-medium coverage, the natural finish seems to blur away all the bad stuff and leave every complexion looking refreshed — and with the addition of SPF 25, it’s officially an all-around winner.Make Up For Ever Perfector – Blurring Skin Tint SPF25, $, available at Escentual

Don’t call it a foundation — no, really, don’t. This low-maintenance tinted stick has very little in common with the face-base staple; rather, it provides incredibly sheer colour that leaves skin looking naturally even, with a finish that’s somehow both matte and glow-y. It won’t cover your worst breakouts or darkest under-eye circles, but it provides a smooth, soft-focus canvas for whatever comes next (i.e. concealer).NudeStix Nudies Tinted Blur Stick, $, available at Cult Beauty

If you love Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonder Glow, then you’ll absolutely flip for the brand’s Light Wonder Foundation. It packs the same radiance, with just enough coverage for every day. In reality, the finish is more like a tinted moisturiser than a foundation, but it’s simple to build up when you want more coverage.Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder, $, available at Charlotte Tilbury

If you’re going for the no-makeup makeup look, why not pick one cleverly named after the trend? Dr. Perricone’s line of skin care masquerading as makeup offers the ideal product for the skin care obsessed. This serum/makeup hybrid incorporates the brand’s go-to anti-aging ingredients, like neuropeptides, alpha lipoic acid, and vitamin C, to help minimise fine lines, correct uneven pigmentation, and nourish your skin with antioxidants, all while cleverly and naturally disguising any uneven tone or dullness as soon as you smear it on. With UV protection, to boot, this easily makes our trapped-on-a-desert-island list.Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation Serum Broad Spectrum SPF20, $, available at FeelUnique

Sheer and matte don’t often go hand-in-hand — until now. This suede-like formula offers medium-to-full coverage, depending on how much you layer it. Oil-free with blurring powders, this skin tint helps control shine all day and gives your skin a pillowy, soft appearance. You’ll rejoice at how it doesn’t feel greasy or cakey like many skin tints with heavier coverage — and you don’t even need powder.NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30, $, available at NARS

This sheer, buildable tint has micro-particles of shimmer for a luminous, blurred effect that diffuses light to make your skin look like something out of a magazine spread, but still natural in bright light.Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Natural Skin Perfector SPF30, $, available at Boots

A high street favourite for sensitive skin, Aveeno’s tinted moisturiser offers SPF 30 in a sheer, brightening formula specked with barely visible light-reflecting minerals that offer a subtle blurring effect. This means your skin still looks like your skin, which is kind of the point, isn’t it? The lightweight coverage is noncomedogenic and hypoallergenic, so you won’t have to fuss in case you’re worried about exacerbating any redness. The best part? Since it’s oil-free, you’re spared the midday shine potentially made doubly blinged-out from its already “light-reflecting” nature.Aveeno Aveeno Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector, $, available at Amazon

This formula is brand-new to the market, but it’s already amassed a huge fan base thanks to its weightless, medium-coverage finish, serum-like feel, and impressive shade range. The silky texture blends like a dream and leaves skin looking totally natural — just… better.The Ordinary Serum Foundation, $, available at Cult Beauty

Barely-there makeup isn’t exactly the type of thing we’ve come to expect from MAC (their usual offerings are more along the lines of outrageously bright lipsticks and gloss for your eyelids), but this recent addition is the Platonic ideal of a lightweight, complexion-perfecting foundation that feels more like skin care than makeup.MAC Cosmetics Next To Nothing Foundation, $, available at MAC Cosmetics

This hydrating tint feels barely-there weightless, but you’ll definitely know you’re wearing it once you look in the mirror — your skin will have a lit-from-within glow. Since the formula is so sheer, it just kind of evens out skin tone for everyday wear. Sometimes, that’s all you need… and SPF 15, of course.Bobbi Brown Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Tinted Moisturiser, $, available at Look Fantastic

Touted as being even lighter than a tinted moisturiser, this bottle of magic is ideal for those who want sheer, breathable coverage to even out minor tonal variations.Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, $, available at Glossier

Tinted moisturisers that adjust to your natural skin tone are perfect for days you can’t be bothered with makeup brushes. This formula from Origins does just that, and leaves behind a sheer wash of colour that looks healthy and fresh.Origins Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturiser, $, available at Look Fantastic

There’s a reason stores can’t keep this CC cream stocked: It’s the one-shade-fits-all solution for anyone with a lacklustre complexion. The formula feels like nothing on skin, but you’ll definitely notice that you’re wearing it, since it leaves behind a subtle, filtered glow. Translation: Just what you need for summer.Erborian CC Crème SPF25, $, available at Space NK

If you want your tinted moisturiser to actually moisturise, then Inglot’s got the solution. The brand’s creams are packed with three vitamins and saffron extract to give you soft skin (and an impressive finish).Inglot Cosmetics Beautifier Tinted Cream, $, available at Inglot Cosmetics


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