How To Get Glowing Skin ASAP — No Foundation Necessary

Go (nearly) makeup-free with these lightweight, glow-getting must-haves.

by Shawna Hudson
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With the overwhelming amount of makeup and skin care products available today, it may seem counterintuitive that your beauty routine could get less complicated, but it’s nonetheless true. Thanks to powerhouse products that blur the line between makeup and skin care, it’s easier than ever to get glowing skin — and it’s possible with far fewer products, too.

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A luminous complexion without smothering your skin? Yes, please! Proving that you don’t need a multistep makeup routine to achieve gleaming goddess status, I curated all you need to get glowing skin without foundation. Some extra-special standouts? Trish McEvoy’s Beauty Boost Cream that boasts light-reflecting properties, Laura Mercier’s imperfection-blurring tinted moisturizer that’s great for oily skin, and the Sisley Phyto-Hydra Teint that’ll even out texture and tone while delivering thirsty skin some serious hydration.

Armed with one of these multitasking, glow-getting potions and your newly streamlined routine, you can leave the foundation at home — and the rest of your makeup bag, too, while you’re at it. Ahead, find your skin type and then your go-to product for lit-from-within skin.

For Normal Skin

Aptly named, this tinted moisturizer not only erases pores and imperfections, but it protects, too, with SPF 30 for a gorg glow sans skin damage. Slip it on like a second skin, and treat your visage to ingredients like hydrating hyaluronic acid, kahai nut oil, and radiance-boosting vitamin C.

For Sensitive Skin

This tinted face oil applies like a serum and features six botanical oils to gently pamper your complexion. Especially worthy of shoutout is avocado oil that moisturizes and plumps, jojoba oil that soothes, and camellia seed oil that balances and brightens.

For Oily Skin

If your skin errs on the shiny side, avoid oil-based formulas and instead opt for this unique powder product: This tinted powder is lightweight and delivers sheer coverage with a matte finish. It’ll blur imperfections, minimize pores, and even your skin tone, providing all you need for that coveted no-makeup-makeup look.

For Dry Skin

This ultimate skin-care-meets-makeup hybrid is a match made in heaven. With white lily and other plant-based extracts, Sisley’s Phyto-Hydra Teint smooths, refines, and drenches dry skin in hydration. Its hint of a tint will also even out skin tone, while SPF 15 will protect your complexion from the sun. Consider it perfection in a tube.

Another stellar dry skin pick, Rodial’s Instant Glow Primer will provide instant hydration and a protective barrier that locks in moisture. While it can be used under makeup as a primer, it can also be worn all on its own. It will keep skin looking plump and calm, while glow-boosting micro-spheres will lend your complexion some radical radiance.

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