The Anti-Foundation I Keep Getting Compliments On

As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best products we’ve tried. Whether it’s a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you’ll find all of our favorites in this column. Enjoy!

Regardless of how well we take care of our skin, foundation is the makeup product many of us consistently feel shackled to—as if without it we'll cease to exist. Given the society-induced stress related to a woman's appearance, those feelings make sense. Painting on foundation each morning saves us from "looking tired" or "unprofessional," or at least that's what we've been led to believe. After a while, I sort of had enough. I liked my skin. I wanted it to show through my makeup. I wanted my face to look like me, not the buffed, blended, or contoured version of myself.

Naturally, it goes without saying that you should feel empowered to look however you'd like, whether that's a full-coverage foundation, none at all, or somewhere in-between. For me, I found my groove in that gray area—with a sheer, whipped, gel-like confection that offers up dewiness and coverage, but in a more natural way. Enter BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream ($30).