If you hate makeup, I can relate. Not that I don't relish the beauty of a shimmering palette or dream of the day I'll master a liquid line, but getting up in the morning and commuting to the office doesn't exactly inspire a full face. Skincare is more my bag, so I make it my job (literally) to find products to make my face even, dewy, and flawlessly toned sans makeup.
Given that it's almost the holidays and I'm in the giving spirit, I've decided to round up the most delightful beauty products that do a ton of heavy lifting. Think brightening, hydrating, balancing, and subtly shimmery. Keep reading to find what your girl who doesn't wear makeup (actually) wants for Christmas.
Those with combination or oily skin often feel like they can't use facial oils. Not so. This blend of azulene-rich natural oils offers balanced hydration without clogging your pores. It reduces redness, clarifies, and absorbs super easily. That way, you won't feel it on your face all day long.
Using a mixture of floral extracts, frankincense powder, pomegranate tincture, and hyaluronic acid, this all-natural, locally sourced toner moisturizes like no other. Use it directly after cleansing while your skin is still damp to awaken your sense and your skin. Plus, who doesn't want to spritz like a French girl?
I walked into the office the other day, barefaced and exhausted, to my co-worker complimenting my makeup. I gave her a surprised look and explained how I wasn't wearing any, only to remember one crucial thing: I had just gotten a brow tint. Believe me when I tell you it makes more of a difference than you could ever imagine. Our beauty director, Deven, recently explained how to do it at home.
Try this multipurpose formula for a naturally pretty flush on both your lips and cheeks. It's a clear balm that actually self-adjusts into a pink to match your complexion.
Just because she doesn't like makeup doesn't mean she won't want a little shimmer, right? This iridescent formula includes six essential oils and can be used on your face, body, and hair for a glinty, gorgeous (but sophisticated) vibe. It's a way to dress up your skin without having to deal with foundation or contouring.
This is the easiest, most non-makeup makeup product out there. It's a creamy, light-reflecting highlighter that blurs and shimmers in all the right places. I tap it onto my cheekbones to strobe, the middle of my eyelids to brighten, and right above my Cupid's bow to plump up my lips. See? Easy.
You already know everyone on Team Byrdie is addicted to this stuff. Three drops of this vitamin C, E, and ferulic acid serum and your face will glow. I've never, and I mean NEVER, used a more effective skincare product.
Nothing makes you feel fancier, or sultrier, than a signature fragrance. This one, my ride-or-die, is a warm mix of sandalwood, spice, and a little bit of floral—everything you need to feel put together and sexy sans makeup.