You know those snippets often spouted by those in the makeup know: “Only apply foundation where you need it”, “Begin with light layers and build up your coverage”, “Just stick with concealer on good skin days” etc etc. Although I like to think I follow the beauty rules to the best of my ability, more often than not I splodge out a big ol’ blob of foundation and apply all over, completely ignoring well-intended advice and ending up with a face of slap that I don’t really need (debatable, but you get the gist). With this all too frequent scenario in mind I thought I’d throw a bit of caution to the wind and try skipping foundation all together covering where needed with a lone slick of concealer instead. Perfect for lazy days, weekends or a quick duck into Sainsburys; I’ve really been favouring the natural finish and it’s quite nice to hold onto that post-cleanse sheen throughout the day. I’m showing some skin people.

For me to embrace the concealer-centric base completely there is a bit of prep work required. Now of course a well-thought out skincare regime is a good starting point; I change mine up all the darn time but my current reachables aren’t much of a deviation from my latest skincare lineup. Another thing that helps make the foundation-free shift a little easier is a bit of warmth to my skin. Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning for Face sorts me out on that front without a streak or strange scent in sight; a sweep as the last step of my skincare routine every other night does the trick. The next prep step may be a little bit of a cheat, but This Works Perfect Look Skin Miracle has been coming into play as my daytime hit of hydration, a sort of caramel tinted moisturiser that adds a hint of glow to the complexion – sshhhhh, we just won’t tell anyone about that. Now for actual concealing, here’s my top three:

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Sand: well, dur. The one concealer that I come back to time and time again. I dab on with my index finger and blend under my eyes and on the end of my sometimes Rudolph-ish red nose. Perfect for when you need a touch more evening-out.

YSL Touche Éclat in 2.5*: the classic, that doesn’t necessarily fall into the concealer category, but I find the shade I have to be the perfect companion for tired eyes and slightly red patches. I keep this bagside at all time and there’s been a high amount of occasions where I’ve panicked gone a little frenzied with this. Opps.

L’Oreal The Touche Magique True Match Illuminating Concealer in Ivory Biege: a budget-friendly version of the luxe YSL click-on with a slightly more matte texture – just ignore the ‘illuminating’ claims in the name. I actually find this best for pimples – dotted onto my finger first then smudged on, ta-dah!

Cutting down yet another step of my makeup muster, following MUA’s advice and no foundation fluffing – au natural concealer-only base? I’m pretty into you. 

*PR Sample

  • Nicky Zeeb

    I’m not sure if I’d have the courage to leave the house sans foundation but go for you doing it! I’m well impressed!


    • Ayesha

      You can do it!

      • Nicky Zeeb

        haha thanks! We’ll see, I’m off to the zoo tomorrow, maybe I’ll give it a go! The monkeys won’t care about my blemishes. :P

  • Sophie Davies

    I always keep a tube of Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer because I haven’t found a single other concealer (and I have tried A LOT) that does the job.

    I don’t think I could completely get rid of foundation from my routine, I have normal skin so don’t suffer from oily or dry patches and I use a mineral foundation, which is completely natural so doesn’t irritate the skin.

    • Nicky Zeeb

      I love Collection Lasting Concealer! It’s so good!

  • Ayesha

    Every day I wake up at 8, and check your blog just before I leave the house at 9 to check for any new posts! (I have bookmarked your blog on my home screen). Your blog posts are absolutely awesome! x

  • fosterlots

    This is my favoured daily look! Fortunately I work in an isolated area. Kudos for baring face!

  • Shannon Lei

    Yes. Highlighting concealers + Bobbi Brown corrector = heavenly. Always enjoy your posts xx


  • Louisa

    I often think I should either cut out the foundation step of my makeup routine or do as the pros suggest and only apply it where I need it. I love the Bobbi Brown concealers too!

    Louisa’s Notebook

  • WY H

    I swear by my Laura Mercier Undercover Pot. Having repurchased it for 3 times already shows how much I like it… I guess. x

  • Kady Sandora K

    Love the Bobbi Brown concealer! Will try the YSL =)

  • Joycelyn Steib

    You are one of the lucky ones who is able to go without foundation!! I love Bobbi Brown concealer as well. My next favorite is “Amazing” cokncealer. Yep, that’s the name and really is “Amazing”!!!!!!

  • Delia

    I love your blog! You are so beautifiul and I love the way you keep it natural. Could you please do a tutorial on how you keep your brows in shape and how you’ve been able to grow them out?
    They look absolute great amd always perfectly groomed!
    Thank you.

  • Rocio

    Thanks for reminding us! It happens to me a lot, where I end up wearing much more make up than I need. Lets show some skin! :) – beauty & food


  • Parisian To Be

    For me, I find it’s the opposite – I always forget foundation and just slap on concealer. I guess I’m lazy… Thanks for the post!

    Xx Lillian

  • Leonie

    I’m guilty of unnecessary foundation too! Just had an email from Pai with your promo code on it! Go you! Xx

    Leonie –

  • Patricia

    The Clinique Airbrush concealer its my favourite…So easy to aply


    I recommend trying collection (2000) lasting perfection concealer, it’s actually pretty decent. Except for the fact the lettering on the packaging wears away after a couple of days :(


  • thelikelylady

    I’m quite a fan of just using concealer nowadays! But I do agree, I like to whip out the self-tanner beforehand to give my skin some warmth. My skin’s in better condition without the heap of foundation laying on top of it..! x

  • Beautyandtheb

    I love the YSL touche eclat so much, this post just reminded me how much I miss it!

    B xx

  • Claire Wilkinson

    This is so helpful thank you :) How do you find the Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightner? I love the corrector but am not sure about the Tinted Eye Brightner? xx

  • Amber Hunter

    This is a really helpful review! Have you ever tried Maybelline Fit Me concealer? I’ve also heard that one is good for a drugstore brand.
    xx Amber

  • Maddy Cane

    I love wearing just concealer and it feels so much nicer on my skin, my favourite has to be good ol’ collection 2000 though! xxx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • Tree Mushroom

    Bobbi Brown’s concealers are always great.


  • Rahah

    I would recommend Makeup Forever concealer! Blessing in disguise I have horrendous dark circles!

  • Helena Whitehead

    I love the Maybelline dream lumi concealer! I also really want to try the Nars concealer which a lot of people really love

  • Alexa

    I love YSL Touche Eclat ever since I got it for my birthday a few years ago, especially in the winter :)

  • Cassie

    Great post, we would really like to try the YSL Touche Eclat!

  • Kassandra Fairhall

    ahhh good ol concealer always there when you need it, like you I sometimes just take the concealer routine ( mind you I have a good tinted mositurizer ) and I find it looks great for work or lazy days

  • Katie Nally

    what is the pot ? i hate liquid concealors

  • Gaby

    The weather is so darn hot where I live that I never wear foundation — but I *need* my concealer everyday! I’m dying to try the Bobbi Brown concealer. Lovely post Anna :)

  • dannii ofe

    i find myself doing this more and more these days, but i do cheat and use origins vitazing! need to get my hands on the this works perfect look skin miracle, its just what i need!