It feels like a generous layer of foundation is the best way to get a flawless complexion. But what happens when your skin doesn’t agree with you? What do you do when your foundation makes your skin look worse as opposed to better and smoother? How do you wear makeup without foundation?
We all have different reasons for wanting to do makeup without using a liquid or powder foundation. Sometimes your skin goes through a phase and needs to breathe, so you skip foundation. There’s also the fact that foundation doesn’t help with mask acne.
Plus, some of us are into minimalism and trying to reduce the number of makeup products we use daily. And let’s not forget that no-makeup makeup has its own appeal and is great for natural, everyday wear.
My particular reason, however, is none of the above. I’m talking about seemingly normal skin that looks heavily done, flaky, and patchy at the mere swipe of a foundation.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m in no shortage of a good foundation. I’ve got a lot of good stuff lying around waiting to be expired. From full coverage stuff like Estee Lauder Double Wear to natural coverage ones like Chanel CC Cream…
Hands, brushes, sponges… They didn’t make any difference either. So instead of forcing it, I’ve tried something else. Here’s how you can do your makeup without foundation.
1. Start with your skin.
First of all, your bare skin is going to be pretty much your base. So don’t shy away from binge-masking or Jade rolling or whatever it is that freshens your skin. Make sure you do your full skincare routine.
Start with a clean face and apply your products in an orderly fashion. Start with your serums and follow up with your moisturizer and SPF.
If you need an extra boost to look more awake or fresh, you can try under-eye patches to plump the eye area and exfoliating pads to smooth out the skin and brighten your complexion.
2. Grab the concealer.
A good concealer is essential for doing your makeup without foundation. This is the most important step. First of all, apply the concealer under the eye area like you normally do.
Once you’re done, any discolorations or imperfections on the rest of the face will become more visible. So you’ll know which areas need more attention.
There’s no need to overdo your under-eye coverage. Also, you don’t need to set your concealer if you want more natural-looking makeup.
3. Spot conceal.
Use the same concealer to cover those red spots, brown spots, and any other marks. The important thing here is to use tiny amounts and press the concealer in. No swiping across.
Aside from those dots, you may see redness around the nose as well. Do the same thing and apply a tiny amount around the nose to cancel out any redness.
You can even apply tiny dots on enlarged pores to reduce their visibility. The best thing about this method is that you decide how much coverage you want.
You can choose to spot conceal for a natural-looking face. If you want more coverage, slowly add tiny amounts all over the face in a very localized manner.
4. Mimic your natural shadows.
The good thing about doing makeup without foundation is that you don’t have a flat face to work with now.
When you wear a full coverage foundation, you get a completely neutral base. Yes, that’s what you’re going for.
But now it’s your job to bring out shadows and colors using bronzer or blush or highlighter, which doesn’t always end up looking like skin especially if you’re a beginner.
But when you use concealer instead of a foundation and apply it only where necessary, you still have your natural colors and shadows on your skin.
This makes it incredibly easy to see where your bronzer or blush needs to be applied. You’re just reinforcing the colors present on your skin.
5. Move on to the eyes and lips.
Depending on your personal preference, do your eye makeup in the most dramatic or natural way. Use an eyeshadow palette to create different, vibrant looks.
If you’re like me and over the age of 30 and find eyeshadow palettes to be too much work, use a bronzer or a blush to simply color up the eyelids for a natural look.
The fact that you’re not wearing foundation has nothing to do with your eye makeup. Also, you can try both cream and powder formulas. There’s no better option.
From here on, move on to the rest of your makeup however you like. Apply several coats of mascara to make the eyes pop. Go for a bold lip or a nude lip.
If you’ve followed through the steps properly, you now have a very even-looking base that’s equally natural. You just reduce the visibility of imperfections without covering everything up and canceling out your own skin color.
You can always try foundation alternatives like tinted moisturizers or CC creams. But if you want the best coverage, using a concealer is the best way to do your makeup without foundation.
Below are the products I used for my look in the selfie above. If you’re going to invest in one of these products, I say go for the concealer.
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