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4 Ways You Can Replace Makeup With Skincare to Look Effortlessly Fresh

For a quick, effortless face.
4 Ways You Can Replace Makeup With Skincare to Look Effortlessly Fresh
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For a quick, effortless face.

Being comfortable with less makeup (or none at all) is easier said than done. It's a process, and definitely takes some getting used to if you've been too accustomed to wearing a full face. One way to make the transition a little easier is with the help of skincare, which you can switch with your go-to makeup products for similar benefits.

Here are four easy switches you can make now:

Mattifying Face Mist for Powder

Out of all complexion products, powder has the most "makeup-y" effect. When you put on too much, it'll make your skin appear dry and unrealistically matte. While you can always use less powder to prevent this, a mattifying face mist is a great non-makeup alternative for reducing shine. It's much easier to apply, too—no brushes and sponges needed.

This setting spray from Ellana is a perfect example, since it contains mattifying and anti-acne ingredients that can refine the look of your pores without an ounce of makeup. It's also alcohol-free, so it won't leave your face feeling dry even if it's helping you control oil.


Stay Fresh Setting Spray, P599,

Eye Cream for Undereye concealer

Eye creams are not just for moisturizing your undereye area. You'll find ones that are naturally tinted to lightly conceal dark circles, or have brightening that will make your tired peepers look more awake.

Laura Mercier's Illuminating Eye Cream combines both of these perks in one tub. Its light pinkish tint helps blur the bluish look of eye bags, while the flamenco violet pearl in the formula reflects light and helps the undereyes appear brighter and more radiant. You'd definitely be convinced to skip concealer after one layer.

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Illuminating Eye Cream, P3195, LAURA

Tinted Lip Balm for Blush

We're sure you already have a blush or cheek tint that you love, but if you ever find yourself without it, the tinted lip balm in your makeup kit can provide you an easy emergency flush. For an even application, swipe the balm on your fingers first and then gently pat it on your cheeks. The result will barely look like makeup at all, but it'll add a flattering wash of color and glow to your cheeks.


If you're in the market for a new non-sticky balm, check out NARS' Afterglow Lip Balms. These come in similar shades as the brand's cult-favorite powder blushes (like Orgasm and Torrid) so you can pick up a familiar color to repurpose for your cheeks.

Afterglow Lip Balm in Torrid, P1500,


Lip Balm/Face Oil for Highlighter

Highlighter is probably one of the easiest makeup products to replace. Even the natural oils on your face can pass as highlight when the weather gets warm enough. That said, for a glow that's more pronounced (and intentional), try applying a small amount of clear lip balm and face oil on the tops of your cheekbones and cupid's bow. Focusing the products on these areas will give you the luminosity you need without making your skin look oily or feel sticky.

For a classic and budget-friendly glow on the go, you can't go wrong with swapping highlight with Vaseline. In case you're worried about it breaking you out, petroleum jelly (its main ingredient) is actually non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog your pores.


Recharge Lip Mask,  P214,

*This story originally appeared on FemaleNetwork.comMinor edits have been made by the editors.

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