How to Do Makeup Without Foundation

You’re in luck if you’re looking for a more natural makeup look that doesn’t involve foundation. There are plenty of ways to do your makeup without foundation and still look great. In this blog post, we’ll show you a few different ways how to do makeup without foundation.

So whether you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to apply foundation, or if you prefer not to wear it, these tips will help you achieve a flawless makeup look without it. We’ll also provide tips on choosing the right products for your skin type. So, whether you’re looking for a quick everyday look or something more unique, keep reading!

How to Do Makeup Without Foundation

Step by Step Guide: How To Do Makeup Without Foundation

Step 1: Prepping The Face

The first step is to clean the face to get rid of any dirt or sweat, in which case, exfoliate. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells to reveal new ones. Anyone with dry skin should use a moisturizer before exfoliating. Rub it gently onto your skin and wait for two minutes for it to absorb before moving on to the next step.

Step 2: Concealing The Face

Using a concealer that is two shades lighter than your foundation, dab it onto the areas you want to highlight, such as underneath your eyes and along your cheekbones. Next, use a concealer brush or a cotton swab to apply the product to those areas.

Afterward, start concealing the under-eye area, and do not forget to focus on your eyelids since it can cause eye bags. Next, conceal darker parts of the face using a shade that is two shades darker than your natural skin tone, such as underneath the jawbone and along the sides of your nose.

Step 4: Apply Foundation

You can use your fingers or a foundation brush to apply the foundation. If you are using a liquid foundation, you should pour some into the palm of your hand, then dip your fingers into it and blend with circular motions starting from the center of the face moving outward until everything looks even with each other.

If you are using a pressed powder foundation, brush some onto the back of your hand and use a kabuki brush to blend it onto the skin and apply it along the forehead, cheeks, and chin first before working on the jawline. Focus more on areas where your skin is darker such as underneath the jawbone, then move to those areas of the face that are naturally lighter. When you are done with applying the powder, use a sponge to blend everything.

Step 5: Setting the Eye Lids

Take a loose or pressed powder of the same shade as your foundation and apply it to the eyelids. If you are applying pressed powder, it is best to use a flat eyeshadow brush. After the eyelids are powdered, take whatever shade of eyeshadow that fits your skin tone and apply it onto the lids using an eyeshadow brush.

Apply the colors in circular motions starting from underneath your eyelids then moving upwards before moving outwards. Then, look at the mirror and decide whether or not you need to apply more so that you can stop before it looks too overwhelming.

Apply to the Eyelids

Step 6: Shading the Face

To do this step, all you have to do is find a shade darker than your natural skin tone and use a contour brush to apply it onto the areas of your face that are naturally darker such as underneath the cheekbones, on both sides of your forehead and along the jawline.

Now find a shade lighter than your skin tone and use it to highlight certain parts of your face. The places where you should apply this include under the eyes, center of the forehead, along the nose bridge, and on the chin.

Step 7: Fixing The Hair

To make your face look more accentuated, you can curl the ends of your hair and use a touch of hairspray to keep them in place. If you do not want to curl your hair, you can always pin it up instead. If you want to make your hair look voluminous, use a round brush and blow-dry the roots of your hair. If you have bangs, you can either cut them by yourself or go to a hairstylist so that they can give you a new look.

Step 8: Finishing Touches To the Eyes

For this step, you should use an eyeshadow brush to apply the same color that you used for your eyelids onto your lower lash line. Make sure that it is smudged to not look too overwhelming. Afterward, you can use a pencil to line your eyes and fill any spaces between lashes with kohl eyeliner. Next, use a gel or smudge eyeliner and draw a line underneath your bottom lashes. Lastly, curl the end of your lashes and apply mascara onto them.

Step 9: Contouring & Blush

If you want to make your cheekbones stand out and look more defined, it is best if you contour them. Use a powder or liquid concealer three shades lighter than your skin tone to highlight the center of the forehead and under the eyes. Find a cream bronzer with light-reflecting properties such as golds, peaches, and oranges.

Put a small drop of it onto the back of your hand, then pick some up with a small eyeshadow brush. Next, apply the cream bronzer underneath the cheekbones, around both sides of your nose, and along the jawline to highlight those areas before applying it onto the temples, center of the forehead, and chin. Lastly, apply a layer of powder blush onto the apples of your cheeks before blending it upward toward the temples.

Step 10: Fixing the Lips

To finish off this look, use a lip brush to apply lipstick that matches with whatever eyeshadow you used under your lower lash lines. For example, if you apply matte lipstick, blot the lips, then apply another layer for added opacity. Afterward, you can use a lip pencil to line the edges of your lips before using another color of lipstick to fill them in. Once this step is finished, you are all done!

If you want to know how to do your makeup without foundation, look no further than the steps outlined above. Remember that this is not a be-all-end-all guide on putting on makeup properly; it simply gives information on how to do makeup without wearing foundation.

Use a Lip Brush

Some Helpful Tips and Suggestions

Here are some tips on how to do makeup without foundation.

1. If you have dry skin, it’s best to use a foundation or powder with an SPF of 15 or higher.

2. If you have combination skin, the rule is usually the drier your skin, the more oil-free and matte your makeup should be. The oilier your skin, the shinier and more dewy products you should use.

3. If you have oily skin, choose a foundation with a matte finish and an SPF of 15 or higher to keep shine at bay. Try not to pile on the powder. The more you apply, the more likely you’ll end up looking cakey rather than fresh and flawless.

4. Even if you have oily skin, avoid oil-based foundations that are not water-resistant. Oil breaks down the foundation, which can become streaky and clog pores.

Avoid Oil-based Foundations

5. If you want to make your face appear slimmer, use a foundation with pink or peach undertones rather than yellow or golden tones. The pink tones counteract the yellow in your skin, making a face look slimmer.

6. If you have very dark or tanned skin, try a waterproof foundation with an SPF of 15 or higher to keep shine at bay. Depending on your preference, choose cream-based foundations over powders as they are less likely to cake and accentuate wrinkles.

7. If you have acne, try an oil-free foundation as these types of products are less likely to clog pores and cause further breakouts. Salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide can also help keep your skin clear and healthy by combating any bacteria.

What Are the Benefits of Doing Makeup Without Foundation?

Doing makeup without foundation is beneficial for a variety of reasons. Of course, the main reason why women choose to leave their foundation at home and apply only the necessary products, such as mascara and lipstick, is because they do not want to feel caked in makeup. But, as it turns out, other reasons aside from versatility make this beauty choice beneficial.

Using a foundation with the wrong color, texture, or amount of makeup can create an unflattering look. However, when makeup is not applied with a heavy hand, you will naturally appear healthy and vibrant without looking like you are wearing an unnatural mask of makeup. Doing your makeup also helps save on costs, as you will no longer have to buy an expensive foundation. Thus, opting for doing your makeup without using foundation can save you money.

Doing makeup without foundation


So, there you have it! We have discussed some simple ways how to do makeup without foundation. If you’re looking for a more natural look, one of these methods is perfect. Experiment with the techniques and find what works best for you. With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to apply your makeup like a pro without any foundation necessary!

So, if you’re looking to ditch the foundation this summer and still want your makeup to look flawless, give one of these tips a try. With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to create a natural makeup look that lasts all day without foundation! Have you tried any of these techniques? Let us know in the comments how they worked for you.

Jane Hubbard

Jane Hubbard

Jane has always been passionate about hair and beauty. After many years of working as a hairdresser specialist, she decided to start her own consultancy business. She is an experienced haircare and beauty consultant, and she loves helping others find the perfect look for them. She has been writing articles for DIY quickly for over 3 years. In her free time she enjoys keeping up with the latest news in the industry, practicing yoga, and spending time with her friends and family.

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