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The 411 On Wearing Less Makeup - And Feeling Confident About It

Here's how to get that no-makeup makeup look, with literally less makeup.

Let’s face it, many of us are constantly pressed for time and we do not necessarily have the luxury of time to apply a full face of makeup especially in the mornings. While some of us prefer to simplify our beauty routine to speed up the getting ready process, there are a handful of us who wish to apply less to reveal a more natural, radiant and fresh complexion

Don’t get us wrong though, we still do love our makeup but maybe it is time to keep it simple. But if you are still lacking the confidence to go bare, here are some products to aid you in evening out your complexion, cancel out any redness and impart a luminous glow to the skin so you no longer need to be too reliant on that foundation of yours. 

Dior Capture DreamSkin Moist & Perfect Cushion Foundation SPF50 PA+++, $105
In a single universal shade (it’s shade 000), this works on all skin tones to enhance, correct and give a fresh, healthy and radiant finish. It is formulated with biomimetic mica and soft-focus powders, which aid in correcting redness and uneven skin tone, as well as blurring out any imperfections. Glycerin works to hydrate skin throughout the day for a plump and soft complexion. Besides that, it also contains an Advanced Age-Defying Skincare Complex made with two key ingredients known as boosted longoza and opilia. The former boosts  collagen and elastin production while the latter limits melanin (pigments that causes dark spots) production and combats dullness to restore radiance. Dr Jart+ V7 Pink Toning Cream, $80, Sephora
Going foundation-free calls for a tone-up cream that helps to cancel out redness, brighten complexions and even out skin tone. This does exactly that thanks to its natural pink tint while ensuring skin stay swell moisturised throughout the day. It is powered by seven different types of vitamins to provide antioxidant care, treat wrinkles and deeply hydrate for plump, smooth skin. Sunplay Skin Aqua Tone Up UV Essence SPF 50 PA++++ , $27.90
Since it has a lavender tint to it, this colour corrects and lightly conceals imperfections to create a smooth and even base (you really don’t need to apply foundation after this step). Besides that, it is infused with sodium hyaluronate, which is a vitamin C derivative and a Pure Nuance Complex to suppress skin darkening and inhibit melanin production. Passionflower fruit extract then soothes, calms and reduces puffiness while rosa roxburghii fruit extract slows down skin ageing and treats redness caused by UV damage.   Shiseido Makeup Synchro Skin Invisible Silk Loose Powder in Radiant, $70
This is formulated with a patented 4-Fold Technology and antioxidant wild thyme extract  to defend and protect skin against air pollutants. It is made with weightless pigments that sit comfortably on the skin to reportedly control excess oil and shine for eight hours. Bonus: it is also said to minimise the appearance of pores and blurs imperfections without settling into fine lines or wrinkles.  Dior Lip Glow Oil in 007 Raspberry, $50
With an intense lip care formula containing cherry oil, this nourishes, protects and softens puckers for a perfect pout. It also gives a high-shine effect, resulting in radiant, plump and sensuous lips. Plus, it even comes with a Color Reviver Technology, which is meant to give a custom rosy tint so no shade looks alike. Chanel Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint, $106
This features pigment micro-droplets that provide a water-fresh sensation once applied onto the skin for a radiant, healthy-looking glow. The MicroFluidic Technology gives this a lightweight gel texture for ultimate comfort and reportedly hydrates skin for up to eight hours. Lancome UV Expert Tone Up Milk Pearly White, $75
Besides protecting your skin against daily aggressors such as UVA and UVB rays as well as urban pollution thanks to its key ingredient edelweiss, this also helps to boost skin’s radiance, even out skin tone and brighten complexions thanks to its tone-up effect. Plus, it has a non-sticky, non-greasy and fast-absorbing texture that blends easily on skin