These Products Make Skin Look So Good They'll Replace Your Foundation

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Dewy finishes, blurred imperfections, customizable coverage, sure, there are plenty of things we love about our favorite foundation formulas. However, that doesn't mean we wish to be strapped to the stuff (or feel obligated to wear it) 24/7. True, it looks great in photos and blesses us with an extra notch of confidence pre–blind date, but there's something equally beautiful about a completely bare, foundation-free makeup look.

Plus, going without also saves us time (because blending can be a pain) and paranoia (because we're not always sure what it's doing come 2 p.m.—melting? pilling? flaking?). And with so many amazing, glow-inducing products on the market recently, we've been feeling increasingly inspired to ditch our foundation altogether in lieu of our makeup bag's other shining stars. However, if you're used to wearing foundation on a regular basis, transitioning your makeup routine to one without foundation can be a hair intimidating, To ease the switch, we reached out to celebrity makeup artist Tobi Henney, who is sharing the skincare products she uses instead of foundation.

Meet the Expert

Tobi Henney is a makeup artist based in New York City. Her client roster includes the likes of Ashley Graham, Barbara Palvin, Charlotte Lawrence, and more. She previously served as L'Oréal Paris Makeup Director for Australia.

Step One: Eye Gels

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels $30

"I'm going to start with Skyn Iceland, and these are the Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels. Now these things are absolute eye saviors if you're feeling really tired in the morning. A little tip I can tell you is to put them in the fridge before you put them on, and it makes them even colder. It will really help to de-puff that under eye area."

Step Two: Serums

Rationale Immunologist Serum $170

"Now that I've got those on, I'm going to work on making my skin a bit brighter. I'm going to use these two products from Rationale, which is an Australian brand that I am so mad about. These products just make your skin look so dewy and and juicy.

rationale super antioxidant
Rationale Super Antioxidant Serum $162

These are part of the Essential 6 System, which I use on my skin. It's totally transformed my skin⁠—I used to have pigmentation from being out in the sun a lot at home and I feel like these have just brightened my skin. They've definitely evened out my skin tone over time. If you continue using them, when you're having off days and you don't need makeup, you can just put your skincare on and a bit of mascara. Then out you go."

Step Three: Moisturizer

the cream
Augustinus Bader The Cream $265

"I am just mad about this product, also. I've been using this since somebody gifted it to me. I Just love the texture. I love that you can travel with it⁠—it's got a great pump system. And it just makes your skin so glowy. So there's this formula, and then there's also the Rich Cream; when I'm flying I like to use the Rich Cream."

Step Four: Lip Conditioner

Caudalie lip conditioner
Caudalie Lip Conditioner $12

"I also like to prep my lips with lip conditioner. This one is by Caudalie, it's a nice one if your lips are dry from winter or from flying."

Step Five: Eye Cream

banana bright eye cream
Olehenriksen Banana Bright Eye Creme $39

"Once I'm done with my skin prep I remove the Skyn Iceland eye gels. And I'm going to apply the Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream. When I use eye cream I like to tap it lightly under the skin. Thus part of the eye is super super tender and the skin is so thin, so it's really important that you're very gentle with that area with both your skincare and makeup. I really like to use this on my clients before really important red carpet events, it sits under concealer really beautifully."

Optional: Brightening Mask

sisley paris mask glow rose
Sisley Paris Radiant Glow Express Mask $130

"This is another mask I like to use when I'm tired or after a long flight. This mask is brilliant. Five minutes on the face—it just makes your skin so much brighter and more glowy. Just pop it on and then you can tissue it off or use a damp towel. And you will just see the instant difference in your sin. So if you don't want to use foundation, this is a great product to use in the morning if you want a really beautiful, even skintone. The texture is a gorgeous, rosy, creamy product."

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