December 11, 2014 Diana Crisan Spotlight

Detox Challenge: The Pre-Holiday Foundation Cleanse for Flawless Skin

These days there are so many added benefits to foundation — sun protection, moisturizers, anti-aging, just to name a few. As far as your skin is concerned, there’s no reason to skip this miracle worker. However, in the midst of the holiday season, you might be craving a break. If your past few weeks have been anything like ours, you’ve endured enjoyed night after night of perfectly applied makeup. You’ve primed, blended, concealed and contoured your way into picture-worthy perfection. And since we’re still in the middle of the season, it’s bound to get worse. Quick! Take this time to accept our foundation detox challenge before your mom puts you through day after day of family photo opportunities. You deserve a break!

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Foundation-Free

Give your skin a winter vacation and opt for lighter coverage just before the holidays! While we love a perfectly primed complexion day in and day out, cold weather can be a cause for your flaky foundation. A sheer option, packed with plenty of moisture could be the ideal fix for your dry skin. Taking a (temporary!) break from full-coverage makeup will not only speed up your routine, but it will make your holiday travels that much easier! A little lightweight coverage and a facial mist and you’re ready to jet set!

Coverage Choices

1. Tinted Moisturizer & BB Cream. 
These hydrating products include a hint of sheer color that not only make your skin look and feel soft, but they also provide enough coverage to conceal imperfections, minimize the appearance of pores, wrinkles and reduce redness instantly. They look and feel lighter than a full face of foundation, which is a nice change of pace.

Product Recommendations: NYX Tinted Moisturizer, Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm, L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream, Maybelline Dream Pure BB, Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream

2. Skin Smoother. Smoothers leave your skin feeling velvety soft and can be worn alone to “blur” and erase pores for a perfectly matte, porcelain finish.

Product Recommendations: L’Oréal RevitaLift Miracle Blur, Lancôme Visionnaire [1 Minute Blur], Garnier 5 Second Blur Instant Smoother

3. Self-Tanner. We all love how tanning automatically makes you look toned and gives you a warm complexion! Well, the same theory applies to your face. Mix a little self-tanner in with you moisturizer for faux coverage or use a tanning towelette for easy application. 

Product Recommendations: Urban Decay Naked Skin Bronzing Beauty Balm, Tarte Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanning Face Towelettes, L’Oréal Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer

4. Mineral Veil Makeup. Land all-over coverage without feeling like you’re wearing a stitch of makeup! Airy, mineral powders work wonders on moisturized skin and highlight your natural complexion, leaving you with a bright and flawless face.

Product Recommendations: YSL Poudre Sur Mesure, L’Oréal True Match Naturale Soft-Focus Mineral Finish, YSL Souffle D’Eclat, Lancôme Ageless Minérale With White Sapphire Complex

5. Spot-On Concealer

Hey beautiful, we know you don’t need makeup every day! Dab a little concealer on underneath your eyes or use it to spot treat a surprise pimple if necessary. Take a look at our concealer map and just be sure to blend, blend, blend!

Product Recommendations: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil, NYX Concealer Jar


Will you accept our foundation detox challenge? Let us know in the comments!

Photo: Natalie Faye
Model: Laura Reed    

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    About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.