Foundation-Free Makeup.

10 June, 2013


As I mentioned in a recent post, my skin has been looking a lot better lately and because of the warm weather I’ve been skipping out on the heavy bases… in fact, all bases – except for a touch of illuminator and a dust of finishing powder.

One of my top skincare purchases has to be the Origins Make A Difference Plus Skin Rejuvenating Treatment, I seriously adore this stuff and it really makes a difference to my skin. It helps to look more even, brighter and just… more plump and hydrated too. I feel like I mention this all the time but it’s definitely an absolute night-time must for me as it helps so much with my complexion. By morning, I feel so much happier with my skin and after a week or so of constant use, I feel like my pores are really minimised, too – this is probably one skincare product I could never live without!

My first step (post-day moisturiser) is the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone *. I wasn’t really a fan of this particular shade until I applied it recently and noticed how flawless it made my skin, it created such a soft-focus look that instantly boosted my skin confidence. I swear by illuminating primers to cover imperfections and just generally even everything out, it’s a big job but it does incredibly well.
For any blemishes that are still peeking through (there’s also one), I’ve actually been applying the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation Compact *, I actually really love this as it’s meant to be allow you to top up your makeup without the dreaded cake! I would rather wear NO makeup than have it look heavy and caked on my skin… bleugh! I tend to use this as a concealer as it’s so light and melts flawlessly in to the blemish, concealing without highlighting it. Full review here.

A quick sweep of blusher never fails to help me look a little alive, I usually opt for something with a bit of shimmer, like theBalm Hot Mama! – these highlighting blushers catch the light and draw attention to my cheeks, ie. away from any spots. This is quite pigmented so a light hand will be enough for a light peachy glow.

And lastly, how could I skip out on my favourite flawless finishing powder, By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder! (Full review here) This is seriously dreamy stuff – I won’t lie to you, it costs an arm and a leg but it’s worth it if you’re willing to hand over the cash. It retains moisture in the skin and completely smoothes over pores, it’s my must-have makeup item and I have made a promise to myself to never be without it. Yep, I’m committed to this stuff. I usually use a nice fluffy powder brush and lightly sweep over the smallest of amounts, makeup is set all day and I’m pleased with how great my skin looks. A voila!

What are your products for skipping out on the foundation? Do you feel confident enough to leave the base alone?

Some of these products may have been sent to me for review. For more information, see my disclaimer.
  • Meagan

    I really want to try the Origins make a different plus skin rejuvenating treatment, by the amount you talk about it, It must be seriously amazing. That’s my next big purchase. x,au

    • Kate Johnson

      I do love it x

  • Ashley

    Really need to try some products from the origins line!

  • Hetty

    No photo? Need to see your face!

    • Kate Johnson

      It’s the same as always!

  • gemma alexander

    I wish my skin could stop throwing a hissy fit for just one day so i can try this. The Origins make a difference treatment gel is on it’s way!!

    Gem. x

    • Kate Johnson

      Good stuff, it’s my favourite 😀

  • Katie

    I really want to try the Becca Illuminator, I have heard such good things about the brand. I really like the Barbara Daly Face Lift cream but I think they have changed it now. It’s not expensive at all and I find it makes a massive difference to my skin!


  • Michelle

    I really want to try the Becca Skin Perfector, it’s been on my wishlist for so long!

  • Adrienne

    I’m trying to go for a minimal face and I love the idea of using a skin perfecter as a base and just a few dabs of concealer. My issue is I have quite ruddy, rosacea skin and it makes me panic thinking it wouldn’t last the day. How are you finding this routine for durability?

    Adrienne | Late Night Nonsense

    • Kate Johnson

      I have quite a pink/red face too and I usually use a yellow or cool toned primer like Moonstone and then with the by terry powder on top it never budges! X

      • Adrienne

        That’s fantastic, I’ll have to add these to my list. x

  • Helena Whitehead

    I need the origins treatment!

  • Rach

    I want to try Origins too, I’ve been saying this for too long but definitely doing it this summer :)


  • Laura

    Love the ByTerry, and I neeeeeed that Origins treatment! xx

  • DidYouFallfromHeaven

    Oh you make me want things….

  • Millie Robinson

    Great post! You could literally sell my anything Kate, I’m in love with your blog! The Balm blush looks amazing, a shame you can’t get it in the UK :(

  • Maddy Cane

    Is Becca back, I can’t find the line anywhere! xxx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

    • Kate Johnson

      It’s on Space NK but it’s just back order at the moment. Hopefully soon! X

  • Abigail Lovick

    I wish I was confident enough to go bare skinned! You’re so lucky! My blemishes are the bane of my life x

    • Kate Johnson

      I have a few videos on helping blemish skin :) I know what you mean though! X

  • Parisian To Be

    I also love foundation-free makeup, but mostly because I’m lazy. I bought the Origins make a difference treatment yesterday based on your recommendation and I used it for the first time last nigh. So far, I’m really loving it!

    Xx Lillian

  • Daphne Shen

    I’m recovering from a massive chin breakout and am currently waiting until they start healing more to go foundation free! xx

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate

  • Angela

    These products looks great, I love going without foundation in the summer. I really want to try some thebalm products, they sound amazing! x

  • Anja MacGillivray

    Oh how I wish my skin was ready for foundation-free days! Maybe with my new Omorovicza routine? But I love your pics and strategy!

  • Jennifer

    I love the Balm Hot Mama! It works so perfectly!

    Great Post!


  • Annabel

    Even though my skin is AWFUL at the moment (literally gonna be housebound soon, I’m not joking) I only use the bare minimum on my face, light coverage stuff so I don’t feel caked in crap, I hate that feeling. X

  • Shari

    I’m even more interested in picking up Moonstone. Illuminating primers interest me at the same time scare me. Sure it’s not too oily-looking on the skin?

  • Katie

    Wow you’re brave to go foundation free although this post has inspired me to try it this summer.

    Katie Loves..| UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

  • Jessica Ringle

    I bought the ByTerry powder after you mentioning it a few times here and you are right; it is the best finishing powder of any that I’ve tried. I’m totally hooked on the finish it gives! Thanks for clueing me in to it:)

    • Kate Johnson

      It really is the best shiz! x

  • Jessica W

    I usually opt for a lightweight tinted moisturizer in the summer months but my ruddy complexion doesn’t enjoy me going completely bare!

    We Are Oceans | a beauty, food, & lifestyle blog

  • Yonnica

    I skipped foundation today too! I’ve had pretty bad skin and I think I’ve finally reached the point where I can just go with a bit of concealer (hurrah!). I wanted to ask, do you use the Origins Make a Difference every night or is it more like a treatment for every couple of days?


    • Kate Johnson

      Most nights but not all x

  • Katarina

    I’ve been trying to skip foundation, but lately my skin has been acting up. It’s stressful because even my light foundation feels heavy when I set it. : (

  • Lauren

    I can’t wait to have skin good enough to be able to do this! I’m currently in my first month of Roaccutane, and after a few months of that and then some scar treatment, I’ll be rocking looks like this all the time!

  • Thyfaine Verthier

    The blush looks so pretty!!

  • Ellis

    I really want to try some Becca make up as everyone seems to ramble about it!

    It’s so hard to get away with just powder/concealer when you have blotchy, spotty and grey skin like me!

  • Tasha

    Recently I’ve found myself just reaching for my clinique CC cream for a base and applying a minimal amount of eyeliner and mascara, little bit of powder and blush, lipstick and I’m good to go. Especially with the warmer weather (although as I type this it looks like it’s raining outside) I don’t want to be putting too much on my face.

  • Celina

    I really need to buy the Origins Rejuvenating Treatment! I got a sample of it and I agree that it does make a difference!

  • Christina

    Really great post, wish I had the skin to pull this look off!!

    Christina xx

  • Suzanne Minskey

    For me it’s all or nothing, so if I’m not wearing foundation I’ve just got on lipgloss. I don’t like the way makeup looks on my skin if I don’t have a foundation for it to cling to. My skin just eats all color up, and I look blotchy. However, you should try the Smashbox Halo powder. It’s a great powder for setting or to use as a powder foundation, and it’s got hydrating and skin healthy benefits to it, too! It might be a cheaper alternative for you.

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