By now you know that foundation is not the only thing that can help you score flawless skin in an instant. The issue is that it also isn't easy to find alternatives that are compatible with your skin type and can do the job of blurring out pores and discoloration.


To get you started, here's a list of skincare and makeup products that can smoothen and brighten your complexion seconds after application. These are perfect for your no-makeup days or for when you just want to wear a light base.

Nuxe Aquabella Beauty-Revealing Mattifying Essence-Lotion

An emulsion made to control a shiny T-zone and add a soft glow to the cheeks. It has silica powder that blurs fine lines and pores, while white water lily extract and hyaluronic acid keep dry patches moisturized.


TRY: Nuxe Aquabella Beauty-Revealing Mattifying Essence-Lotion, P1,550, Rustan's The Beauty Source

MAC Strobe Tone-Up Cushion Compact SPF50/PA++++

One pat on the face and you'll notice how this cushion brightens your complexion while still letting your skin shine through. It'll help you score "glass skin" in seconds!

TRY: MAC Strobe Tone-Up Cushion Compact SPF50/PA++++, P1,575, Lazada


Kiehl's Micro-Blur Skin Perfector

A thin layer of this is enough to camouflage fine lines and large pores. Plus, it can improve your skin's texture over time, thanks to bark and lentil extract. Lipo hydroxy acid, a salicylic derivative, acts as a micro-exfoliator.

TRY: Kiehl's Micro-Blur Skin Perfector , P2,365, Greenbelt 5


The Body Shop Insta-Glow CC Cream SPF20 PA+++

Didn't get enough sleep last night? Apply this all over your face to revive your complexion's glow. It brightens, minimizes pores, controls shine, and keeps skin plump and moisturized all day.

TRY:The Body Shop Insta-Glow CC Cream SPF20 PA+++, P1,295, Lazada


Huxley Tone Up Cream; Stay Sun Safe SPF50+ PA+++

Skipping sunscreen is a big no-no, but we sometimes do it because of laziness or time constraints. But thanks to this innovative sunblock, you'll love applying SPF because this one has illuminating and color-correcting particles that improve your complexion's appearance. It works for all skin types, too!

TRY: Huxley Tone Up Cream ; Stay Sun Safe SPF50+ PA+++ 35ml, P1,530, Freyja Glorietta


First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

This oil-free moisturizer evens out the skin's texture in one go. It has coconut water that plumps and hydrates a sleep-deprived complexion, creating a dewy, youthful appearance.

TRY: First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer, P1,772,

Origins Original Skin™ Matte Moisturizer with Willowherb

A pore-perfecting moisturizer that mattifies while maintaining your skin's dewy glow. It also corrects a dull, sallow complexion.


TRY: Origins Original Skin™ Matte Moisturizer with Willowherb, P1,900, Lazada

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