This Foundation-Free Makeup Routine Is Perfect for Summer

August 21, 2020
Samantha Holender
By: Samantha Holender | by L'Oréal
How to Get Flawless Makeup Without Foundation
It’s a common misconception that wearing foundation is the only way to achieve a flawless, airbrushed complexion. It’s totally possible to give your skin a chance to breathe in the summer heat and still blur the appearance of imperfections. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick summer routine or you’re just embracing a more low-key look during social distancing, we’re sharing the perfect tutorial for achieving a glowy, smooth look sans foundation with the help of Desi Perkins. It involves your fave concealer, drama on the eyes and little glow. 

STEP 1: Fill in Your Brows

Fill in your brows using your go-to eyebrow product, whether it be powder, pencil, gel or pomade. This will make your eyes pop and give your eyebrows shape and dimension. For a full-brow look, reach for the Maybelline New York Brow Extensions Fiber Pomade Crayon. It’s easy to use and gives the appearance of naturally thick brows.

STEP 2: Apply Primer

Use a glowy primer to achieve a healthy, lit-from-within complexion. Try applying it all over your face for a radiant finish or on the high points of your cheeks, nose and temples to strategically catch the light. We’re currently loving the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer.

STEP 3: Curl Your Lashes 

Emphasizing your eyelashes is a must. To get a more voluminous appearance, we recommend using an eyelash curler like the cult-favorite Shu Uemura Curler. If you’re going for a more low-key look, feel free to skip the mascara. But if you want to really lengthen and volumize your lashes, we suggest trying the L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Washable Mascara

STEP 4: Touch Up With Concealer

To target skin imperfections and give the appearance of an even complexion, grab a concealer. Apply it under your eyes and on any other areas where you need a little extra coverage. Just make sure you blend it in well to achieve a seamless finish. We like the L’Oréal Paris True Match Eye Cream Concealer for lightweight coverage. 

STEP 5: Add Highlighter 

Grab a glowing highlighter and apply it to the high points of your face, including your cheekbones, down your nose and on your temples. Blend it in well to ensure there are no harsh edges or lines. For a shimmery liquid option, reach for the NYX Professional Makeup California Beamin’ Face and Body Liquid Highlighter

STEP 6: Finish Off With Blush

While you definitely don’t have to add blush, we think a subtle flush is the perfect finish to this summer-ready look. It adds a pop of color to your foundation-free face beat and creates a sun-kissed, rosy vibe. One of our current go-tos? The NYX Professional Makeup Sweet Cheeks Soft Cheek Tint
Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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