A great base is the key to creating a fierce makeup look! However, you don’t need a full coverage foundation to achieve the complexion of your dreams. Check out our top 10 favourite foundation alternatives, from concealers to CC creams.
For a glowing, flawless base check out the By Terry Cellularose CC Serum. This lightweight, colour-control serum works to blur the appearance of imperfections whilst moisturising and rejeuvanting the skin, thanks to enriching ingredients like white rose stem cells. Blend with your fingers for a seamless finish.
Top Tip: Mix shades together for radiant, customised colour correction.
Refine tone and texture with the Erborian BB Cream. This lightweight, subtly pigmented cream hydrates and plumps the skin while working to minimise the look of puffiness. Helping skin to appear softer, the formula is infused with ginger to revitalise and liquorice extract to target the appearance of dark spots. Plus, you only need a pea-sized amount of product for every application!
Cult favourites for natural looking makeup, the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturiser combines the benefits of a BB and CC cream with the texture of a gel moisturiser. Formulated with vegan ingredients, the skin tint offers sheer coverage with a luminous finish. Marine botanicals with electrolytes work to nourish and enhance your skin, whilst added SPF gives essential protection from UV rays. The perfect moisturiser to use all year round and available in a wide range of shades.
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer SPF30 35ml (Various Shades)4.4 Stars 86 Reviewsfrom£25.50
A favourite in the beauty scene for many years, the NARS Cosmetics Radiant Creamy Concealer is long-wearing and buildable for medium-to-full coverage. The crease-proof formula with light-diffusing technology glides onto skin and blurs the appearance of imperfections. A wide shade range combined with the concealer’s staying power makes this hydrating product a great base to work with.
The MAC Pro Longwear Concealer lives up to its name with its strong staying power – up to 15 hours! The oil-free and waterproof formula is designed to camouflage imperfections, such as dark under-eye circles or blemishes. It is also face-mask friendly, meaning it is transfer-, sweat- and humidity-resistant. Plus, it lends your skin a comfortable, matte finish.
The full coverage IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF50 hydrates and nourishes for an airbrushed illusion that resists creasing or cracking. Formulated with skincare favourites like hyaluronic acid, niacin, peptides, vitamins and antioxidants, the CC cream works to leave your complexion looking rejuvenated. Combined with SPF50, the cream helps to minimise the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles – without breaking the bank!
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF50 12ml (Various Shades)4.47 Stars 15 Reviews£11.20
Achieve the So Cal sun-kissed glow all year round with the Vita Liberata Beauty Blur Sunless Glow. This multi-purpose base works best on medium skin tones, providing a natural-looking tint that blurs the appearance of imperfections. The brand’s cutting edge Advoganic Technology helps to boost the formula’s efficiency so skin can appear radiant, while the Moisture Locking System conditions and smooths.
The lightweight Lancôme Effacernes Long-Lasting Concealer blends effortlessly into skin for a streak-free finish. It also helps to soften signs of fatigue while concealing under eye circles and imperfections. With SPF30 to protect from environmental aggressors, this concealer makes the perfect base all year round! Apply a small amount onto skin for buildable, medium-to-full coverage.
A holy grail for the ‘no makeup’ look, the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Natural Skin Perfector provides sheer, dewy coverage while blurring the look of imperfections. The skincare-infused formula features a blend of kukui seeds and macademia oils to help smooth dry patches and resist flaking. SPF30 also works to protect against damaging UVA and UVB rays.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Natural Skin Perfector 50ml (Various Shades)4.08 Stars 25 Reviews£36.00
For a natural and radiant look, discover the PIXI H20 Skintint. Designed to replenish the skin, the tint offers a more breathable alternative to traditional foundations, while working to unify tone. Formulated with green tea and rose water to hydrate, and chamomile and lavender to deliver a soothing effect.
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