3 Foundation Alternatives To Lighten Up Your Makeup Routine

3 Foundation Alternatives To Lighten Up Your Makeup Routine | Some days, you don't want the heavy feeling of foundation caked on your face. This post reveals 3 of the BEST lightweight foundation alternatives that will still help you achieve a flawless face!


The summertime was all about sporting the no-makeup makeup look by ditching foundation and turning to sheer base products. Summer may be coming to a close (check out 3 changes I made over the summer here), but it sure doesn’t feel like it in Southern California. It’s been 90 degrees and not letting up! Plus, if you wanna get technical…September 22 marks the end of summer, so we’ve still got three weeks to kill, people!

Anyways, summer or not, I tend to reach towards lighter-weight makeup options all year round. I mean…why cake on the heavy stuff when you can achieve radiant, even skin with products that are a bit more breathable?

Today, I’m sharing 3 of my favorite foundation alternatives!


3 Foundation Alternatives To Lighten Up Your Makeup Routine | This post reveals 3 of the BEST foundation alternatives for those days that you want a lightweight base while still looking flawless!


1. BB Cream

3 Foundation Alternatives To Lighten Up Your Makeup Routine | This post reveals 3 of the BEST foundation alternatives for those days that you want a lightweight base while still looking flawless!

This Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream and I…we go way back. 5 years to be exact. This is my go-to product for everyday base makeup as it evens out my complexion with a sheer finish. However, this BB cream can definitely be layered to reach your desired level of coverage. I usually apply a pea-sized amount to my skin using my fingers, then pat it in with a Beauty Blender and add more product as needed. It blends smoothly and maintains the skin’s moisture without looking greasy. Plus, there’s built-in primer and SPF 35! Whoop whoop!


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2. Tinted Sunscreen

3 Foundation Alternatives To Lighten Up Your Makeup Routine | Some days, you don't want the heavy feeling of foundation caked on your face. This post reveals 3 of the BEST lightweight foundation alternatives that will still help you achieve a flawless face!

I discovered the Tizo 3 Tinted Facial Mineral Sunscreen a few months ago and immediately fell in love. SPF should not be forgotten as we head into the cooler seasons (I suck when it comes to consistent sun protection, so this is definitely a self-reminder), and this tinted sunscreen has SPF 40. It’s also water resistant for 80 minutes, so you don’t have to worry if you’re sweating or swimming! The formula has a whipped texture and the consistency is so silky-smooth. I go straight in with my hands- no need for a Beauty Blender with this one!

The tint provides a hint of color; if you’re looking for something with medium-to-full coverage, this product is not for you. I like the light coverage, though, and the matte-finish is unbeatable! The one downside is that it only only comes in one shade, which is best suited for medium skin tones. However, because the coverage is minimal, I believe this shade would work for many people.


3. Concealer

3 Foundation Alternatives To Lighten Up Your Makeup Routine | This post reveals 3 of the BEST foundation alternatives for those days that you want a lightweight base while still looking flawless!

Rather than masking your entire face, why not lighten up your makeup by only covering certain imperfections? That’s been my method lately- a few dabs of concealer here and there, a sweep of powder and I’m good to go! The Benefit Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer has become my absolute favorite! It blurs and color-corrects dark circles, redness and minor blemishes flawlessly. Out of the sheer-to-medium coverage concealers I’ve tried, this one seems to be the longest lasting. There’s no caking and little creasing with this concealer, and it blends like a dream!


I hope you give some of these products a try! This was my first beauty/makeup-related blog post, so let me know if you’d like to see more in the future. What is your favorite foundation alternative?


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19 Comments

    • September 4, 2017 / 4:23 pm

      Thanks for reading!

  1. September 4, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    I live in the UK so we’re not as lucky to be blessed with Californian sunshine 🙁 however I am off on holiday to Morocco next week where it’s set to be super hot so this post was really handy! I’d not thought about what base to go for but that Tizo product sounds amazing, I love that it’s water resistant too!

    Sinéad xo Fabuleuse Du Jour

    • September 5, 2017 / 5:41 am

      Lucky girl! Morocco will be a blast 🙂 The Tizo Tinted Sunscreen is a great product!

  2. September 5, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    I’ve been loving your blog lately, girl! Keep up the great work. 🙂

    Another awesome post!

    • September 6, 2017 / 4:26 am

      Thank you Mariah! That means a lot 🙂

    • September 6, 2017 / 4:26 am

      Thanks for reading Alex!

    • September 7, 2017 / 1:00 am

      You definitely should 🙂

    • September 7, 2017 / 1:01 am

      That’s a bummer! You should definitely give it a try if you can get your hands on it!

  3. September 7, 2017 / 7:43 am

    I have heard great things about the benefit boiiing product.
    We don’t have it here so I would have to order it on amazon I think.
    Kiri
    Set to Glow
    http://www.settoglow.com.au

    • September 8, 2017 / 3:57 am

      It’s my favorite! I recommend it for sure 🙂

  4. September 9, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    Such a cool post! I didn’t even know tinted sunscreen existed, thank you for sharing. Found you on Bloglovin’, hope you have had a great week xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • September 10, 2017 / 7:06 pm

      Hope you’ve had a great week too, Kiran! Thanks for reading 🙂

    • September 10, 2017 / 7:07 pm

      It should definitely be the next Benefit product you buy! I think you’ll love it!

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