There are few things more demoralising than a bad skin day. And while it can be tempting to cake on foundation if your complexion isn’t naturally flawless, a heavy-handed approach tends to highlight fine lines and wrinkles and can look thick and unnatural.
Sheer foundation and lightweight makeup on the other hand will even out your skin tone and refine your complexion – while still allowing the skin’s natural beauty to shine through. Here we reveal five of our favourite barely-there natural bases that will prove to you that less really is more.
1. MADARA Moonflower Tinting Fluid
This incredible rose-beige tinted moisturiser is one of our all-time favourite makeup bases. This clever cream provides a sheer tint that evens out your skin tone and illuminates your complexion to give you a beautiful lit-from-within glow.
The base is formulated using nourishing flower extracts including rose, sunflower, chamomile and calendula which hydrate and soothe the skin. Is also contains natural pigments and light-reflecting particles mask imperfections and smooth fine lines.
This shade is perfect for those with a fair complexion and cooler, pink-based undertones. If your complexion is warm, olive, tan or dark, try Madara Sunflower Tinting Fluid instead.
Why we love it: In addition to being ECOCERT certified, cruelty-free and vegan-friendly, this beautiful natural formula also helps to prevent oiliness and excess t-zone shine throughout the day.
2. La Mav Organic BB Crème
This was Australia’s first organic BB cream, and it’s still one of the best as it suits just about every skin tone and type. It’s a true multitasker – it moisturises and plumps the skin, provides medium coverage, helps to correct imperfections, and evens out your complexion.
In addition, it also contains natural sunscreen to help protect your skin against the sun’s harmful UV rays, and is formulated with vitamin C and rosehip oil to nourish your skin and fight the signs of ageing.
Why we love it: This bad boy is packed full of hydrating anti-ageing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and co-enzyme Q10, which help boost your skin’s ability to repair itself.
3. Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation
If you prefer your makeup in powder form, we recommend you try the award-winning Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation. Formulated using four pure hypoallergenic ingredients, it glides on like silk and feels feather-light on your skin.
The light to medium level of coverage is evens out your skin tone beautifully, and with dozens of shades available you’re sure to find your perfect match.
Why we love it: This luxurious, velvety foundation is free from parabens, talc and nanoparticles. In addition, the powder minerals used in this foundation form a protective barrier on the surface of the skin and don’t cross the dermal barrier like some liquid formulas can. This means you can breathe a little easier knowing that your body isn’t absorbing anything it shouldn’t.
4. Lily Lolo BB Cream
We love this velvety, silicone-free BB cream, and think it’s an absolute steal at just $27. Chock-a-block full with with nourishing, skin-loving ingredients like jojoba oil, organic aloe and sweet almond oil, this gentle formula cares for your skin while also perfecting it.
It contains mineral pigments which help to blur imperfections and even out your complexion, and it provides just the right amount of coverage for beautiful, radiant skin.
Why we love it: This affordable and vegan-friendly makeup base creates a gorgeous, natural-looking glow and also contains antioxidants to help protect your skin. It also contains natural anti-bacterial agents which help the product last longer, without requiring the addition of any synthetic nasties.
5. 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturiser
This clever natural tinted moisturiser uses natural fruit and vegetable pigments to give your skin a fresh, flawless and even-toned look. It also nourishes your skin with natural extracts like white tea, açai oil, pomegranate oil and vitamins.
In addition, this hard-working formula also provides SPF 20 protection thanks to naturally derived rice starch, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, and also contains antioxidants to help protect your skin from environmental hazards like pollution and city smog.
Why we love it: The creamy formula feels extremely hydrating (thanks to moisturising aloe extract) and makes your skin feel velvety soft, plus it’s 100% natural and doesn’t contains any synthetic fragrances, preservatives, or toxins.