Best Foundations for a “No Makeup Makeup” Look


Whatever your makeup style, a good base is always an essential. While going bare offers the most natural effect, sometimes you can crave a little extra coverage. The problem is, many foundations can end up looking cakey, flaky and generally too obvious. Finding a foundation which mimics the look of really great natural skin is tricky, but it’s so worth it.

1. Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation

The liquid take on their incredibly popular stick foundation, this option offers high coverage with a soft, flattering finish. It’s lightweight and smooth, skimming over any texture and concealing any discoloration, plus, it lasts all day. The best part? You only need about half a pump to achieve medium to high coverage, so even though it’s a splurge, a bottle will really last you.

2. Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

For those with an oilier skin type, this foundation may well be the answer to your prayers. It sets down after application, and will last through basically anything. You need to work quite quickly in order to blend it out in time, but once on it gives a beauty, satiny finish which is both flattering and natural. The fact it comes in 40 shades also means you’re basically guaranteed to find a perfect match.

3. By Terry Densiliss Foundation

This soft and glowy base is an excellent option for those with more mature skin types. It’s super hydrating and forgiving on fine lines and dehydration, but still packs a punch in terms of coverage. Apply with fingers for a barely there wash of coverage and glow, or build up for a more glamorous (though never overdone) vibe.


4. Beauty Counter Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation

If you’re into dewy skin, you’ll love this product. It has a super hydrating, luminous formula and is infused with skin loving oils for a juicy, plumped up, gleaming complexion. It’s so lightweight you won’t even feel you’re wearing any foundation but powerful enough to cover imperfections.

5. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

The original, and, some would say, still the best. What Luminous Silk managed was to bring together a glowy, natural look and some serious staying power. It’s essentially foolproof to apply, and once it’s on, it isn’t going anywhere. This is one of the foundations that appears genuinely undetectable on the skin, even in a magnifying mirror. The finish is subtly luminous and lit-from-within.


If you’re on a budget but don’t want to compromise on beautiful, natural skin, this is the foundation for you. It’s beautifully soft and glowy, but still offers enough coverage and lasting power to make it worth your while. Don’t let the price point fool you – this is comparable to many foundations twice (or thrice!) the price.