Ashley Kowalewski
Ashley Kowalewski
@ash_kowalewski

How I’m Learning to Live Without Foundation

I’m a devout makeup wearer. For as long as I can remember, I’ve lived with a weird compulsion that prevents me from ever leaving the house without makeup (unless I’m going to yoga or something, in which case I just dart from my house to the car, car to the studio and back again). It’s never caked-on—more natural than anything, but makeup nonetheless. I’ve never had bad skin, but I’ve never had great skin either, so I’ve always just felt more comfortable with a medium-coverage foundation and the right amount of blush.

Nowadays, with so many beauty products on the market geared towards creating better skin without foundation, I thought I might try going the no-foundation route.

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I don’t have acne, but I do have mild rosacea on my cheeks that needs coverage, so I started with a quick touch of green. Next, I used the Smashbox Colour Correcting Stick in Look Less Tired (Light) under my eyes and in the top corners of my eyes and blended it in to add a bit of brightness. To blend with my skin tone, I used the Maybelline New York SuperStay Better Skin Concealer, a favourite of mine before my foundation—I guess old habits die hard.

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Now I may have cheated a bit, but to make myself look a bit more alive (especially before coffee), I added just a bit of blush on the apples of my cheeks and finished my look by brushing Joe Fresh Highlighter Powder in Champagne onto the apples of my cheeks, down the bridge of my nose and over my eyelids and cupids bow. Oh, and a quick swipe of mascara of course (that I’ll never ditch).

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I may not have woken up like this, but this less-than-five-minute beauty routine is a much quicker option than my regular full-face—especially when I’m just popping out to the grocery store.

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Smashbox Colour Correcting Stick in Look Less Tired (Light)

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Maybelline New York SuperStay Better Skin Concealer

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Joe Fresh Highlighter Powder in Champagne

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Smashbox Colour Correcting Stick in Look Less Tired (Light)

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Maybelline New York SuperStay Better Skin Concealer

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Joe Fresh Highlighter Powder in Champagne