If you think you need foundation, think again. We get it – it’s literally foundational for many makeup routines. But the thing is, not only can skipping it save you time in the morning, but it can also help your skin in the long run by avoiding the downside that comes with using heavy makeup. We’re all about confidence, so help take yours to the next level with our tips for transitioning into a foundation-free life!

Take it slow.

You don’t have to dive in headfirst. If you don’t feel comfortable abandoning foundation entirely, opt for lighter coverage such as tinted moisturizers or light concealers. You can work toward going foundation-free at your own pace, but the more you take care of your skin, the easier it will become to use less and less.

Alternatively, ease into foregoing foundation by just using it a few times a week. If you’re especially self-conscious, do it on the weekends or during times when you know you’re less likely to run into anyone. As you become more self-assured in your beautiful skin, you’ll skip foundation without even thinking about it.

Focus on your eyes.

Taking care of your eye area is so important. The difference between eyes with dark circles and fine lines and eyes without is honestly night and day. Boost your confidence by keeping the skin around your eyes glowing and hydrated to make it easier than ever to rock a foundation-free look. If you’re on the go like the rest of us scrambling to get gifts, the Hello Bright Eyes Mask Set is a quick fix to give your eyes an instant lift.

Escalate your skincare routine.

Y our skin is an investment. You know this, but we’re here to remind you. First, if you don’t already know your skin type, get familiar with our guide to identifying it and make sure you’re using the right products for your particular skin concerns. Our Skin Personality Assessment Quiz can also help you figure this out!

If you do one thing for your skin – and we’re pretty sure you do ‘cause you’re here reading this – it has to be washing your face twice a day, once in the AM and once in the PM. Every. Single. Day. Try our Pore Refining Detox Double Cleanse in the morning and the Cleansing Duo of your choice at night. For an extra step post-cleanse, give your skin a moisture surge with our Hydra-Therapy Boost Serum’s cutting-edge micro-moisture delivery system.

Eat well.

A healthy diet brings untold benefits to your skin, which will totally help you be more confident in ditching foundation. Avoid dairy and salty foods – they’ll dehydrate your skin. Look for foods high in Vitamin A (carrots, sweet potatoes, collard greens) that encourage healthy skin cell production and Omega-3 fatty acids (walnuts, salmon, hemp seeds) for their hydrating properties. 

After all, there’s a reason that so many edible ingredients have found their way into our skincare products; their benefits extend beyond what you get from eating them, providing everything from hydration (like the Prickly Pear in our Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask) to brightening (the Vitamin C in our titular White Marble Dual Phase Vitamin C Peel).

Confidence is the key to inner and outer beauty. Feel good in your glowing skin and you’ll forget you ever thought you needed foundation. Plus, you’ll have more room on the shelf for the next trend in skincare – wink, wink!