Foundation is arguably the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word makeup. This magical face makeup product is a must-have for both beginners and professionals and for good reasons. Foundations mask the redness, acne, or other unpleasant areas and blemishes of the skin. It may not conceal every last blemish, but it lays the base upon which you can start the artistic creation. However, it can be exhausting putting on foundation day after day. We bet some days you just want to go foundation-free and instantly feel an improvement in your skin’s breathability!
If you don’t like the idea of completely bare skin, the good news is that there are lightweight variants such as serum foundation or other lightweight alternatives. A great addition to your makeup collection, particularly for days when you want to pamper your face or achieve a more natural appearance.
Here are our favorite ways to still look fantastic during the times you wish to avoid a heavy base—
Proper Skincare: Start With Perfecting The Natural Base
First and foremost, you need to work on whatever it is you’re attempting to hide to stop the covering-up process. This implies allowing yourself to stick to a good skincare routine. For example, makeup remover, a good cleanser, customized serums, moisturizer, etc. Start with double cleansing your skin to ensure the skin is thoroughly free of any makeup product residue. You want to do this every morning and night. No makeup, dirt, dust, or pollutants should be left behind. Go for skin care products that do their job without stripping your skin— leaving you with plump and healthy skin.
It can be challenging for individuals with oily skin to be makeup-free— the fear of exposing the gleaming skin. This is probably one of the main reasons oily skin people end up avoiding moisturizers. But our skin needs proper hydration to maintain skin synergy. Ample hydration prevents the overworking of sebaceous glands to reimburse the loss of moisture. Oil-Control Matte moisturizers are excellent oil-free moisturizers that not only mattify but also spread and settle evenly, lowering oil production on the skin, preventing breakouts. Hyaluronic acid serums and moisturizers are also a fantastic way to replenish moisture in the skin without leaving it greasy and shiny. For uneven skin tone, brightening and illuminating products over face foundation can help balance the tone. The same applies to hyperpigmentation and acne scars. Products that specifically work for brightening and glowing can result in a significant difference. While at it, you also want to opt for vitamin-rich products which will help repair the cell tissues and also protect your skin from pollutants and environmental dirt.
Face Foundation Alternatives
If the thought of giving up or substituting your favorite face foundation is leaving you with jitters— that’s okay! Going natural may sound like a good idea to some, frightening for make-up addicts who aren’t excited about giving up their favorite cosmetics. You can, however, temporarily or permanently abandon the foundation in favor of some fantastic alternatives. Using a concealer to cover blemishes is a terrific approach to skip foundation. Then, adding to it a tinted moisturizer can help you achieve the required coverage while enhancing the skin’s ability to breathe. Excellent coverage with a natural-looking appearance. You can finish off with an illuminator for an extra dose of radiance.
Take Things Slow and Steady
You don’t have to abandon your face foundation at a go— take it one step at a time to give your skin enough time to adjust and recover. Start with a no-foundation process for a few days in a week. Then, you can eventually increase the frequency after you’re confident enough. If you’re self-conscious, weekends, hibernation days, or holidays are ideal times to begin. If not, try it during the holidays or ‘me-time’ during the weekends, or even periodic hibernation!
Final Thoughts— Do Not Fret Too Much About The Bad Days
The truth is— we’re all going to have bad skin days at one point or the other. Erratic weather, an imbalanced diet, sleep deprivation, hangovers (oops!), and hormonal fluctuations can stress the skin. The key is to embrace what you have and make the best of the situation!