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Don't Like Wearing Foundation? Try These Alternatives Instead

Looking to forgo the usual heavy foundation base for a lighter alternative? A new wave of clever, high-tech tints, serums, and illuminators means that you can put down the full coverage foundation and replace it with something softer.


Whether you sometimes like to change it up some days and wear something lighter, you want to give your skin a bit of a detox or you just can't stand foundation altogether, there are plenty of other options on the market so that you can love how your complexion looks but also feel comfortable wearing it at the same time.

From liquid drops to add to your current skincare or serums formulated to contain a gentle tint, brands are constantly launching something new so all of our needs can be catered for. No longer do you have to go without anything on your skin if you don't want to! Keep on reading to discover exactly what you've always been looking for, for all skin types.

CLINICCARE Dermo Corrective CC Cream SPF 50++

 CLINICCARE Dermo Corrective CC Cream SPF 50++

A CC Cream is perfect as foundation alternatives as they give you that barely there "your-skin-but-better" appearance while still appearing like a natural glow. The colour pigments will burst on application to the skin, colour matching your skin tone and neutralising any areas of redness or discolouration. Apply all over the skin, if you like, for flawless skin or just in targeted areas of dullness for natural coverage. The ultra lightweight formula contains antioxidant Nicinamide to keep your skin barrier healthy, Hyaluronic Acid for a deeply moisturising effect, and L'Ascorabic Acid for a gentle lifting effect. Imperfections, pores, fine lines, and wrinkles are minimised.

Swiss Clinic Self Tan Drops


If you want to skip the heavy feeling of foundation or any kind of complexion base completely but still want a little colour then some self-tanning drops have your name written all over them. A true no-makeup-makeup-look, they are naturally buildable so that you can tailor the depth of colour on your skin and are completely safe as there are no damaging UV rays involved. Simply mix a little with your usual moisturiser in the evening and carefully blend all over your face and neck. Wake up the next day to a golden dewy glow on your complexion! Added extra skincare ingredients Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid contributes to additional hydration and moisture to the skin. A summer staple.

Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield Bronze SPF 50


Prefer a tan that you can wash off instead? If you don't trust yourself when it comes to self-tan products then a bronzing makeup product may be a better option for you. Winter doesn't mean that you can't look bronzed anymore... Combination skin and oily skin types will love this oil-free, all-mineral based formula. Apply Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield SPF 50 Bronze all over the complexion for a bronzed, luminous coverage while also containing broad-spectrum sun protection to protect your skin at the same time. Clever! It has also received the green light from The Skin Cancer Foundation for being suitable for using both daily and active activities.


Hopefully, you have now found your next best complexion friend... If you need some further help regarding applying makeup, makeup tips and tricks, or tweaking makeup for your skin then feel free to ask us! All the products featured above are available to purchase at Dermacare Direct with free tracked delivery via Royal Mail. We can help with our expert advice and top tips making your makeup shopping stress-free. You can contact us by live chat, email via [email protected], or pick up the phone now and call us on phone number 0116 251 4848 to speak directly with a friendly advisor.

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Andrea Patel Dermatology Nurse Practitioner & Director Author
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