We love a good full-coverage foundation just as much as anyone else, but if we can score the same level of flawlessness sans the heavy, cakey feeling of a thick base, we're all ears.
Someone who has mastered the look of a minimal MOTD is Elisse Joson. Her Instagram feed shows how often she wears a no-makeup look.
We may not be blessed with flawless skin like Elisse (we wish!), but there are steps we can take to cheat our way to it without the heavy base. Learn how to do it below:
1. Prep, prep, prep.
Massaging the skin with a good moisturizer is a crucial step in makeup application. Score a smooth canvas by applying a gel-based, oil-free moisturizer—this will allow all the products you'll layer on next glide seamlessly.
NEUTROGENA Hydro Boost Water Gel, P900, Watsons
2. Use a high-coverage concealer.
If you hate the heavy feeling of a foundation, turn to a high-coverage concealer. You only need a tiny bit of it to cover blemishes and spots. Apply it on your underye area and anywhere you might have redness. Blend it using your fingertips for a more natural finish.
L'OREAL Infallible Full Wear Concealer, P450, Watsons
3. Apply highlighter strategically.
It can be easy to go overboard with the shimmer. You can go from glowing goddess to shiny disco ball in just seconds. To get a natural, lit-from-within highlight, use a jelly or cream formula to bring out the high points of your face, aka the tops of your cheekbones, the tip of your nose + the bridge, and your cupid's bow.
BLK COSMETICS Shimmer Jelly Multi-Pot, P349, SM Makati
4. Set your face with a translucent setting powder.
Lightly dust some translucent setting powder on all the areas you applied concealer. Concentrate it especially on your T-zone and cheeks to keep the shine at bay.
NICHIDO Final Powder, P150, Watsons
5. Get a second-skin finish with a setting spray.
To prevent your face from looking matte and flat, spritz on setting spray to bring back the glow.
MAC Prep and Prime Fix+, P1300, Glorietta 3
* This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.