It’s Friday so that means we’re back to my January series on the gorgeousness that is fresh, barely-there makeup! All throughout the month I’m talking about my go-to products and techniques that help me achieve natural-looking makeup and skin. If you’d like to know more about this series, make sure to check out the intro post here. So far I’ve shared my favorite no-eyeshadow eyeshadows, and my tips for barely-there blushed cheeks.
Today I’m sharing with you how I achieve a fresh, barely-there base using light formulas and a mixture of skincare and primers. The result is an overall evened-out complexion with coverage only where it’s needed. Think: “perfectly imperfect.” This is for the person who wants their skin to look like skin; who’s not overly concerned with perfection, but who still wants a certain amount of coverage.
OPTION 1 – USE A TINTED MOISTURIZER
This is the easiest and quickest way to achieve a light, barely-there base look. One product and you’re done, essentially. If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you’ll know that on the day-to-day I’m usually wearing a tinted moisturizer. It’s totally my comfort zone when it comes to bases; I haven’t worn a traditional foundation in ages! Personally I don’t think my skin needs much coverage, and I hate that ‘face mask’ look that some heavier foundations can give the skin. No thanks!
There’s so many products on the market now if you like the finish and feel of a tinted moisturizer. My personal favorites at this time are the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue, the Iris & Romeo Best Skin Days and the Glossier Stretch Concealer. They all imbue the skin with moisture, a natural-to-dewy finish, and a very light amount of coverage. If you have combo or oily skin, you may need to use these products in conjunction with some setting powder for lasting effect. Or check out the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint – it’s thin and breathable but not nearly as dewy as the previous listed bases.
Whenever I reach for a tinted moisturizer, I usually tend to blend the product in with my fingers because I think that gives the most natural finish. I will occasionally use a soft blending brush like the Bobbi Brown Face Blender Brush, especially with the Glossier Stretch, to gently blend out product. But honestly you could use whatever blending method you prefer since these textures are so smooth and generally easy to work with.
Once I have applied and blended out the tinted moisturizer, I will always go in with a higher-coverage concealer to spot conceal any redness, blemishes, unevenness, etc. My favorites at this time are the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and the The Organic Skin Co. Hide and Seek Concealer. Et voila! An easy and quick base that polishes the skin a bit but doesn’t over-complicate anything.
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OPTION 2 – MIX CONCEALER WITH SKINCARE OR PRIMER
This is a great option if you: a) want a bit more coverage all over your face, or b) have a very limited or capsule makeup collection. You don’t necessarily need a foundation and a concealer in your collection; you can create your own base and customize your coverage if you mix products together.
So this is what I like to do.
I take a few swipes of my beloved NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – which has medium-to-full coverage – and mix it in with either the Weleda Skin Food Light Nourishing Cream, or the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Glotion. Essentially what I’m doing is creating my own tinted moisturizer, but the coverage level is much more customizable. So you get coverage, moisture and/or illumination depending on the type of primer you may use. Perfect!
Whenever I make my own little concoction I like to blend out the product using a dense buffing brush like the aDesign Professional Finishing Buff Brush, which has short yet soft bristles. You can use your fingers here as well, but depending on how you mix the products the consistency might be a bit thicker than your average tinted moisturizer. It’s totally up to you how you want to achieve your best barely-there base.
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What products or methods do you use when you want a light, barely-there base? I’d love to know!