The 6 best make-up alternatives to foundation for glowing skin

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Sarah Biddlecombe

There will always be a special place in our hearts – and our make-up bags – for foundation.

That being said, some mornings we just need a slick of something lighter on our skin – especially in the warmer months (which already feel like a distant dream), or when our face needs a break from heavier make-up.

And it turns out we’re not alone, with a highly addictive make-up thread on Reddit revealing people’s favourite beauty products for using in place of foundation – many of which are cult favourites renowned across the globe.

The thread, started by the excellently-named user Sass-quatch_Mcgee, is titled “Best ‘don't want to wear foundation today’ products?” and invites users to comment on their favourite skin products “that either work without foundation or boost/even your skin”.

There have been almost 100 comments and products recommended by foundation-averse make-up lovers so far, and below we have rounded up our pick of five of the best, for those foundation-free days. 

MAC Strobe Cream

Reddit users rave about MAC’s strobe cream. “I love the kind of illumination and glow it gives my skin!!” user okcurr says. “Anytime I order from MAC's website, I select the little strobe cream sample and stock up on them for those days.”

“Came here to say this. Strobe cream for life,” adds user Mausbarchen.


Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer

“I really like wearing the Revlon Photoready Primer on it's own,” Reddit user itsgonnabesweet says. “I feel like it makes my face look clean or polished… I really like the effect it has.”


Stila One Step Correct

Stila One Step Correct

Reddit user ryeisadj says, “I have huge pores and overactive sebum so it really helps to keep my face dry.”


Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Concealer

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Concealer

Reddit user artoo710 uses the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Concealer for “undereyes and spot concealing”.

They like it because it has “pretty full coverage, blends out nicely and stands well on its own”.


bareMinerals Prep Step Mineral Shield SPF50

Mineral Shield SPF50

User Pantone877 says, “I don't wear foundation most days and only wear Bare Minerals Prep Step. It's a tinted primer with sunscreen.

“It's just enough pigment to smooth over everything but feels weightless and no one can tell I'm wearing it.”


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NARS Tinted Moisturiser

NARS Tinted Moisturiser

“For everyday makeup I usually just wear my NARS Tinted Moisturiser,” says user joan2468. “It does a great job at evening out my skintone, I only need a small amount and I can just rub it in with my fingers and it will still look good, plus it just looks like a better version of my skin.

“It's one of those rare base products that I can see myself repurchasing.”


Main image: Matthew Kane

H/T Allure