The best foundations for the 'no-makeup makeup' look

The best foundations for the ‘no-makeup makeup’ look

Creating a complexion that looks fresh, flawless and even is not easy, especially when you’re a time-poor mum. Follow our beauty editor Isabella Schimid's simple steps below to achieve that ‘no-makeup makeup look’…

Before you begin, make sure your skin is well hydrated. Use a face oil such as Vanessa Megan Nature’s Elixir Face Oil. Massage the oil into the skin. Massaging brings the blood to the surface of the skin and gives you a plump, healthy glow. If your skin is on the oily side, only massage onto the outer parts of the face avoiding the T.Zone. Alternatively you can use a hydrating serum such as Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil. Apply directly onto the skin or mix with your moisturiser.

Apply the foundation into your hands and warm up the product between your fingers...

Gently pat then massage the foundation all over your face avoiding the eye area. Make sure you blend in your jawline and neck.

Conceal around and the inner and outer corner of the eye...

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage has two shades in the palette. A yellow base and an orange base. Use the yellow colour to take away any redness around the eyes or nose area and the orange base to take away that blue undertone under the eye. Gently press the concealer in with your fingertips.


Pat a light weight powder such as IT Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Pores Pressed™ Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powder along your T.Zone, only keeping the outer part of your face glowing.

Here is a selection of my favourite foundations for that flawless no-makeup makeup look:

1. Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Foundation

An air-light formula with super powers: it illuminates, smoothes, hydrates, minimises pores and reduces wrinkles for perfect skin.

2. Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10/PA++

A liquid foundation that glides on fast, comfortably and evenly for a naturally-sheer, flawless finish that lasts all day.

3. IT cosmetics Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+

This cream gives good coverage and protection all-in-one. It also brightens and colour-corrects.

4. MAKE UP FOR EVER Water Blend Foundation

A lightweight, water-gel, foundation that provides sheer to buildable coverage with a natural-looking, dewy glow and flawless finish.

5. PHYSICIANS FORMULA Organic Wear Natural Origin Tinted Moist 44 mL

A lightweight tinted moisturiser which hydrates skin and evens out skin tone with sheer and natural coverage.

Here are some options if you'd like a mineral powder foundation...

Gently dust into the skin with a big brush after you have concealed. 100% natural mineral foundations deliver flawless, lasting coverage with a luminous glow for the perfect no-makeup look.