“Oh, I never wear foundation.” Have you ever felt a pang of envy when someone dropped that carefree statement into conversation? I have. “How nice for you, you radiant woman, but most of us aren’t blessed with clear, glowing Skin every day of the week.” Well, my friends, since realizing that the less cover-up you wear, the less you need to cover up, I’ve weaned myself off the hard stuff and come out the other side.
I’m here to give you the tools you’ll need if you’re looking to banish foundation from your makeup bag for good. Having worn foundation for over 10 years, this was no easy feat. Using a long holiday weekend to bear the brunt of my exposed skin, it’s taken two weeks in total to get used to not wearing the hero product of my makeup arsenal.
Why would I want to stop wearing it? Well, thanks to my oily complexion, while my skin looks pretty great in the morning, by the time I reach work it’s mostly patchy and, by lunchtime, there’s nothing left but an oil refinery. During my period, spots flare up that require heavy-duty concealer, which then builds up into a cakey texture. It’s all rather unpleasant and, after seeing friends who have foregone foundation in favor of natural skin, I rose to the challenge.
While I’m not claiming that living a foundation-free life will guarantee great skin all the time, I do believe your skin will look healthier and surprisingly fresh. Read on for the pro-approved tips and star products that will help you – from the oily and blemished to the dry and uneven – reach peak skin peachiness.
Perfect your base
First things first: In order to stop wearing your trusty cover-up, you need to work on whatever it is you’re trying to conceal. That means you still have to keep your skin-care routine in check, so commit to a simple makeup remover, good cleanser, tailored serums, and a moisturizer.
Take it step by step
You don’t have to go into this cold turkey. “Try a step-by-step approach to let the skin recover,” Dr. Murad suggests. Try a few days per week without foundation until your skin improves and you feel confident enough to go the full seven days. Weekends, hibernation days, or holidays are a great time to start if you’re self-conscious.
Weekends, hibernation days or holidays are a great time to start if you’re self-conscious
Don’t worry about the bad days
Look, we’re all going to have poor skin days. Thanks to stressors like an unbalanced diet, transitional weather, hangovers, unruly hormones. and lack of sleep, you’ll still have flare-ups occasionally. The trick is to accept what you’ve got and work with it, not against it.
Know your tools
That doesn’t seem too scary, right? Whether you’re trying to forego foundation in the build-up to summer, or you’re just kind of tired of covering up every day, I wish you luck in your voyage to a fresh, glowing visage. Now, go show ‘em some skin.