5 Steps to Flawless-Looking Skin Without Foundation

Despite makeup trends like Instagram makeup and glass skin making waves in the online world of the beauty industry, not every beauty lover is on board with the numerous amount of products required to achieve these flawless looks. Even though these makeup looks might seem amazing in photos, in reality, they tend to look cakey and mask-like on our faces.

The thick layers of makeup used to get the near-perfect skin defined by Instagram makeup or the super-glowing look of glass skin are particularly a bad idea for those of us with an oily or combination skin type. All that product suffocating our pores does not bode well for our skin either, creating an environment perfect for acne and other skin issues to thrive.

Still, living in a world filled with a constant stream of images of beautiful women in the media like Karlie Kloss, Priyanka Chopra and Naomi Campbell, the desire to have flawless skin still unfailingly nags at us. But, is it possible for us to achieve clear-looking skin without needing to rely on one thousand and one products to help us?


How to Look Flawless Without Foundation

Unless you already have clear skin free of any imperfections— in which case, lucky you!— achieving flawless skin without applying a bunch of products is not as easy as you would like it to be. If you have skin plagued with blemishes, acne and hyperpigmentation, you will need some heavy-duty products to help conceal those imperfections to create flawless-looking skin.

However, there is one product you can consider skipping out on in your makeup routine — foundation. We know, we know, you are probably wondering, “How do I cover all my pesky spots without foundation?” Well, lucky for you, that is what we are here for! Here is a guide on how you can achieve flawless-looking skin without foundation even if you have skin plagued with blemishes and other skin concerns:

Skincare is Key

When it comes to creating the appearance of clear skin without covering it up with foundation, the condition of your skin takes the topmost priority in your beauty routine. Since you are not relying on a foundation to conceal the imperfections on your face, ensuring your natural skin looks as good as possible is a must. First up, before getting into your makeup routine, put on a face mask that will provide your skin with a radiant glow. Look for masks with skin-brightening ingredients such as niacinamide, green tea and turmeric. If you prefer something more natural, try creating your own! Here is an easy recipe you can whip up in an instant:

  • 3 teaspoons of honey (use Manuka honey for best results)
  •  ½ to 1 teaspoon of lemon juice (depending on your skin sensitivity)

Simply mix both these ingredients together and apply it to your entire face. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse off. If you have sensitive skin, start off by adding ½ teaspoon of lemon juice first and do a patch test to see if your skin experiences any adverse reactions.

Take Care of Your Eyes

Prepping your eye area is essential in a foundation-free makeup routine. Sure, you can easily cover your dark undereye circles with concealer and any puffiness will go down eventually as the day goes on. But, taking care of your eye area will add to the overall radiant glow of your skin, without you having to rely too much on makeup. While you have your face mask on, apply a mask specifically for your eyes onto your undereye area too. This will help to lighten the dark rings around your eyes as well as aid ease any puffiness that you might have early in the morning. With an undereye area that is well taken care of, you can apply less of your concealer thereby allowing your makeup to look more natural. Or, if you are okay with letting your dark circles show through, go right ahead and skip concealer altogether.

Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Applying an SPF on your skin is an all-around important step, no matter what kind of makeup look you are putting on. For a foundation-free look, choose an SPF with skin-blurring and pore-minimising ingredients to create a smooth complexion. Pay attention to the texture of the SPF too. If you have dry skin, ensure your SPF has hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid. For oily skin, find a mattifying SPF that will help to control your skin’s oil production.

Opt for a Smoothing Primer

When choosing a primer for days when you are going out sans foundation, opt for one that will help to smooth the texture of your skin as well as blur any facial imperfections. Look out for ingredients such as dimethicone and glycerin, which will create a blurring appearance on your skin as well as provide it with sufficient hydration.

Spot Conceal with a Heavy-Coverage Concealer

If you have any hyperpigmentation or blemishes you wish to cover, go for a concealer with heavy coverage. Spot conceal the specific areas of concern and blend the concealer thoroughly to ensure it melts into your skin with no harsh lines showing through. You can set the concealed areas with a light dusting of powder to help the concealer stay in place.