The Perfect Reasonably Priced No-Makeup Makeup

With summer around the corner, it’s the season for a fresh face. Here are some top picks and tricks for how to switch up your routine to create a lightweight and more natural look using only drug store products.


If you’re not confident enough to skip out foundation all together, I would recommend using a BB cream or a light coverage foundation (preferably with SPF) just to even out your skin tone, and because in Summer there is little worse than being out on a hot day and feeling your heavy coverage foundation move and cake up. With a light coverage alternative, there’s less chance of that happening – plus the sun actually helps lighten pigmentation and spots so there’s less need for full coverage. Personally, I love the Body Shop’s Tea Tree BB Cream (£9) – good coverage, with bonus Tea Tree oil to help your skin at the same time.

Now, concealer is where I like to fill in the coverage that the BB cream might have missed out on. Using a high coverage concealer just on the bits you need it is a simple trick for making your makeup look more natural – it’s unlikely that every inch of your face needs fully covered, so let the good parts of your skin breathe and let the concealer target any blemishes. Personally, the only concealer I’ll ever use is the Collection Lasting Perfection (£4.19 from Superdrug). The coverage and lasting time are amazing for the price point, but the downside is the shade range is S H O C K I N G. For a better shade range, the Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define is also a favourite of mine – and only £4.

Generally when I want a natural look, I tend to use cream or liquid products as they sink into the skin better, making your skin look dewy and fresh. The Body Shop’s Lip and Cheek Stain (£8) is a great multi-purpose product, and has quite a good shade range for a blush. Highlighter wise, there are so many amazing drugstore cream / liquid highlighters, but I’d recommend the Maybelline Master Strobing Range. They have a liquid highlight (£7.99) and well as a stick (£7.99), and I find that they even work amazingly on my dry skin.

If you prefer using powders, a trick I religiously stand by is dabbing my cheeks with a damp sponge to tone down the intensity of any powder products I’ve applied, which also eliminates powdery-ness and gives a dewy effect on the skin. It’s also a great tip if you’ve applied too much foundation, as the sponge will soak up any excess product. Now let’s all go and enjoy summer!


Edited By Isabelle Walker